IntroductionSome of you may remember that I started a project to create a set of random events for All Thing Zombie (ATZ). I initially announced this to the world at the start of June this year, some 2.5 months ago: atz-event-cards.html . My intention was to generate 54 different events, turn them into designs for cards and then have them made into a deck of cards by one of the "print your own" shops that have sprung up on the internet over the last few years.
|Original design for ATZ random event card|
Well, the time has now come to announce a successful conclusion: they're here!
I will describe how I designed these cards in another article some time (if there's enough interest), but for now I just want to show you the finished result. Update: article on card design is here.
The Event DeckSoon after my return from holiday at the end of July, I uploaded my designs to and placed an order with Artscow. I could have done this a little earlier, but that company has periodic discounts which are well worth waiting for, at least in my opinion. Artscow are also very quick to fulfill orders. Despite being on the other side of the world, I received my cards within a week or so!
Using Event CardsHow to use random events in ATZ is described in ATZ:BDTZ, though for simplicity I'll repeat it here. Each time the initiative dice come up as double-6, choose and apply an event. If I'm playing with more than 2 factions then for this purpose I use only the initiative dice for the first 2 factions (typically player characters and zombies). If using the deck, choose an event by drawing a card rather than by rolling on the table in ATZ:BDTZ. Don't worry; the original events from the rulebook (or adapted versions of them) have all been included in this deck.
The random events themselves are intended to add colour to the story, rather than to penalise one side exclusively. As such, some events favour the zombie side, some favour humans and some are strictly neutral. Anything could happen!
Obtaining the DeckIf I've understood correctly then anyone who desires can order my deck from Artscow by following this link: http://www.artscow.com/gallery/playing-cards/atz-event-cards-dfkuuc7ri4ha . You'll have to open an account with them first, of course!
[Edit: alternatively, the source PowerPoint file for the deck can be downloaded for free, ==> Here <==]
Finally...With modern computers and do-it-yourself publishers, it's quite easy to create your own game aids. It's also cheap; this project may have taken quite a bit of my time but has cost very little money. The sense of satisfaction that I feel when I hold the almost-professional result in my hand is hard to describe.
I'd like to say a word or two about those who showed an interest in this project, especially during the early days when it all looked fairly crude and amateurish. The encouragement I received has really spurred me on to do the best I could. Thank you!
Making custom card decks for your games is simple; if I can do it then so can you!