Variation Archive

  • The Second Tarot Variation (Castle Falkenstein) The second of Tarot-based alternate rules-pdfs for Castle Falkenstein clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, leaving us with 4 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Wait, first, before we do: If you have not yet picked up the first Tarot Variation, please do so NOW. It has made my Top Ten RPG-product list for a reason – it is brilliant. The genius idea here is to use the Rider-Waite-Smythe tarot deck instead of the regular playing cards deck – the result has not only been an increase in atmosphere, but also a more interesting gameplay. I literally never want to play vanilla CF again. … […]

    The Second Tarot Variation (Castle Falkenstein)

    The Second Tarot Variation (Castle Falkenstein) The second of Tarot-based alternate rules-pdfs for Castle Falkenstein clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, leaving us with 4 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Wait, first, before we do: If you have not yet picked up the first Tarot Variation, please do so NOW. It has made my Top Ten RPG-product list for a reason – it is brilliant. The genius idea here is to use the Rider-Waite-Smythe tarot deck instead of the regular playing cards deck – the result has not only been an increase in atmosphere, but also a more interesting gameplay. I literally never want to play vanilla CF again. … […]

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  • The Tarot Variation (Castle Falkenstein) This little pdf clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, this pdf very much represents a substitution – Castle Falkenstein’s default mode to generate magic is obviously that of employing a standard playing deck of cards, which makes sense in two ways: For one, pretty much every household has one. Secondly, and more importantly, dice, in the era emulated by the game, were the common man’s playing tool. A proper lady or gentleman would obviously play with cards. It is a cultural convention, much like playing bridge and the gender-divide in “proper” society […]

    The Tarot Variation (Castle Falkenstein)

    The Tarot Variation (Castle Falkenstein) This little pdf clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, this pdf very much represents a substitution – Castle Falkenstein’s default mode to generate magic is obviously that of employing a standard playing deck of cards, which makes sense in two ways: For one, pretty much every household has one. Secondly, and more importantly, dice, in the era emulated by the game, were the common man’s playing tool. A proper lady or gentleman would obviously play with cards. It is a cultural convention, much like playing bridge and the gender-divide in “proper” society […]

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