If you’re a gamer, then you already know about Savage Worlds, the Ennie Award-winning RPG system from Pinnacle Entertainment Group. Savage Worlds is all about fast and furious gameplay that focuses on action rather than bookkeeping. But even with that emphasis on fun, there are some aspects of running a game that just can’t be avoided, like spending time generating Extras. Whether they’re bystanders, monsters or super villains, non-player characters need stats, and it falls to the game master to take the time to make those stats. And that can get tedious.
But we have a solution: Cast of Cards!
Cast of Cards is a game aid for Savage Worlds game masters, featuring all the stats and information you need for a variety of different non-player characters. Available on demand on dry-erase marker-ready cards, or printable from the PDF you can download today from DriveThruRPG, Cast of Cards decks save you time and effort. Each deck offers 17 Extras, including game stats and character backgrounds, as well as space to track Wounds in case you upgrade the Extra to a Wild Card.
Let’s take a quick tour of the cards!
The Timid Halfling is a good example of a Cast of Cards Extra. The front of the card displays all the stats a GM needs during gameplay while the back offers a description of the character, a brief background summary and a list of names to choose from. All ready to go, just choose what you need and put them on the table! But what if the background or description doesn’t fit into your current campaign? No problem, just ignore it! In fact, since the cards are compatible with dry erase markers, game masters can modify the cards on the fly!
The Castle Chef (available in the King’s Castle deck), is usually more concerned with cooking, but let’s say he’s eaten some magic beans and is feeling a little…different. Just grab a dry-erase marker and change them!
We’ve also made suggestions on which characters should be used as Wild Cards, using a “bolt” symbol as an identifier. But, maybe you disagree—just nix the idea:
Eventually, you’re going to get into combat. Each card features an area to mark Wounds. For an Extra, usually one hit is enough to take him out of the fight. In that case, just make one slash. But if it’s a Wild Card, make three. Then at the end of the game, grab a paper towel and clear it off!
Each Cast of Cards deck is built around a theme. Is your adventuring group heading to a harbor town? Check out Dockside Denizens! Exploring a harsh desert? Desert Oasis is for you!
We’ll be regularly releasing new decks over the next few months as well, so keep your eyes out for Imperial Army and Werewolf Tribes, to name a few. While the current selections are fantasy-based, we’ll also be releasing decks for World War II, Sci Fi and Western settings.
And because this is the Internet, I’ll leave you with a cat picture.