IntroductionRegular readers of my blog will already know that I'm a fan of adding a bit of colour and narrative to the games I run. Often this involves having some form of random events which probably won't change the overall course of the game, but may well throw a spanner in the works for someone.
To this end, I've previously published a random event deck for All Things Zombie (http://colgar6.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/atz-event-cards-finally.html) and have republished work by Super Galactic Dreadnaught for "special" hits in Full Thrust (http://colgar6.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/damage-control-to-disco-lounge.html).
A little while ago, I announced that I was working on a complete deck of random events for Full Thrust (http://colgar6.blogspot.com/2013/01/full-thrust-event-cards-initial-version.html). This preliminary version has been used in a number of my games and some changes have been made as a result. In fact, I completed the final design many weeks ago and have been waiting ever since for delivery of the printed deck. Well, the postman finally dropped the finished item through my letterbox this morning. It's here!
The Event DeckThe event deck is based on a regular poker pack and therefore has 54 cards in it. However, that's the end of the resemblance; there are no spades, hearts, diamonds or clubs to be seen!
The back is a fairly simple design of my own:
Oddly, 1 of the cards (and only 1) has its front printed upside down with respect to the back. It's still quite usable, but I'm puzzled as to how this happened since my source materials do not have this fault.
Using Event Cards in Full ThrustFull Thrust doesn't have any built-in random events. Instead, I use the same mechanism as the Doctor Who Miniatures Game. In that set of rules, each side is dealt 3 cards at the start of the game. These may be played at any appropriate moment, but once played they are gone; the owner does not draw more cards to replenish his/her hand. Personally, I limit each side to playing at most one card per turn, though I would make an exception for a "response" card such as "That's not fair!".
Obtaining the DeckIf you wish to obtain this deck for yourself then you have 2 options:
- Order a copy from Artscow.com here: http://www.artscow.com/gallery/playing-cards/full-thrust-event-cards-hp58ug5jugwr . It's worth noting that Artscow have frequent discounts, so there's usually no need to pay "full" price. Also note that I have no association with Artscow, financial or otherwise, other than being a satisfied customer.
- Download my original design and print it yourself (but not for commercial purposes, please!). The PowerPoint master file can be found here: http://www.mediafire.com/view/?z9p24e7lnlxxg6h . If you do this then obviously you can add or remove cards, or edit the existing ones to suit your taste.