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Backstory Cards for Foundry VTT


The Immaterial Plane presents Ryan Macklin's Backstory Cards for Foundry Virtual Tabletop, officially licensed from Galileo Games!

Backstory Cards blend your characters and setting concept into an intriguing set of relationships and history. It’s tailor-made for games where the player-characters already know each other—from fantasy adventurers to star marines, from supernatural beings who share the same city to global-hopping troubleshooters.

This deck of cards works well with most roleplaying games, including GM-less ones. It also includes how to directly integrate Backstory Cards into Fate Core and Fate Accelerated’s character creation.

For a more enhanced experience with your Backstory Cards sessions, we highly recommend downloading the free Backstory Cards Techniques Guide which contains tips on how to workshop answers to prompts and flesh out your setting elements and elaborates further on the basic instructions included with this purchase.

Example prompt card

Editable setting grid

Tag exclusion settings

Instructions and reference material

About the Module

This module can be used with any game system for Foundry Virtual Tabletop, which is required to use this software. Foundry VTT requires a Foundry VTT license.

The module includes:

  • Interactive Journal Entries for prompt cards as well as Journal Entries for List of Tags, Player Tips, GM Tips, Arrow Diagram, Prompt Card Anatomy, and Instructions.
  • Module settings for creating a mixed deck with expansion packs and for excluding cards with unwanted tags.
  • Rollable Tables from which you can draw prompt cards from the core deck as well as a Mixed Deck Rollable Table for mixing with purchasable expansion decks.
  • A Scene that includes a fillable Setting Grid and table drawing for arranging PC tokens to use with the Arrow Diagram.
  • A Macro for drawing prompt cards from Backstory Card Rollable Tables, including installed and activated expansion packs for Backstory Cards.
  • A Macro for randomly selecting a PC or setting element. 

Get the Entire Backstory Cards Collection

Want more Backstory Cards to add to your deck?

Core Deck


Start creating rich backstories and deep connections with the original Backstory Cards!

Expansion #1: Distant Worlds, Unseen Threats, & Wicked Shadows

Backstory Cards Expansion Pack #1

Expansion #1 includes 45 genre-specific prompts for science-fiction, horror, and noir intrigue.

Expansion #2: Even More

Backstory Cards Expansion Pack #2

Expansion #2 gives you Even More (literally), which expands on the core deck and the themes presented in Expansion #1.

Expansion #3: Setting Elements

Backstory Cards: Expansion Pack #3

Expansion #3 contains Setting Elements, a set of 40 cards providing inspiration for defining unique Individuals, Groups, Places, and Events as well as Motivations! Each card includes randomly selectable Traits or Roles to help you enrich your setting elements.

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This title was added to our catalog on March 24, 2022.