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Thoughts on the Index Card RPG

I don’t actually remember how I stumbled upon the Index Card RPG CORE by Runehammer Games. It could be someone mentioned it in a chat, or I just saw it on sale at RPGNow. Eventually I picked it up, since it looked as if I could like it. And in fact, I do love it. It’s one of those games I wished I came up with.

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At its core the Index Card RPG CORE (no pun intended) is an ultra-light variant of D&D. It uses the same attributes, but in form of their bonuses instead of the regular 3 to 18 attribute scores. There are no levels, advancement is fully equipment based. Characters’ and monsters’ hitpoints are rated in “hearts” with each heart being 10hp. Difficulties for rolls are not set on a per case basis, but there’s a common threat level for each scene, which the GM can adjust as they see fit.

One of the coolest changes to regular D&D is Effort. In cases a simple check on whether you succeed or not is not enough, you roll first if you succeed on your task (d20 + attribute vs. threat), and then – if successful – you roll effort. It’s a d4 if you use your raw wits or bare hands, d6 for weapons, d8 for magic, and d12 is your Ultimate which comes in play when your action check was a natural 20. Some items may also allow you to use your Ultimate effort. In this system things you have to overcome (a cliff to climb, a trap to disarm, a chest to open) also have hearts. Cracking that lock open is mechanically more like attacking it with a lockpick. you could even use this for social conflicts.

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In a way the Index Card RPG CORE reminds me of Into The Odd, another ultra-light D&D clone. It strips away a lot of what people usually consider sacred cows but retains what makes the game exciting to people. By the way, I forgot to mention why it’s called Index Card RPG. The game doesn’t rely on the use of index cards at all. But the creator of the game is a fan of the “Index Card Method”. I’ve included a video about said method below.

So the game more or less was created with said method in mind, but you actually don’t need to employ it. Overall the Index Card RPG is full of great ideas for the busy game master with a full-time job and a family. Everything is kept as simple as possible while feeling awesome at the same time. The book is full of creative ideas and just makes me want to run it ASAP.

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The Index Card RPG comes with a bestiary, a lot of examples for obstacles to overcome, two settings (a fantasy and a space opera one), and paper miniatures for monsters and characters. It even includes materials to use with online services like Roll20.

Even if you don’t want to make use of the rules included the Index Card RPG is well worth it. Its advice on how to run exciting games and the print-out-and-play material alone is worth its price of $16.50. POD options are also available. And did I mention that I adore the artwork in this book? It’s awesome! I could go on and on about how much I adore this little game, but I think it’s way better if you check it out!

#RPGaDay2017 Day 31: The future’s so bright, I’ve gotta wear shades!

Day 31 of #RPGaDay2017. And so, another year of RPG a Day comes to an end. This has been a particularly good one for me. Managed to post every day. Here in the blog we were joined by a new contributor. This year I’ve also joined a new team making Spanish vlog content, Desde la Fosa, and I’ve also created a pair of videos in English for my personal YouTube channel. I really hope to keep up the pace and not disappear from the blog until August 2018, because you know I’ll participate next year.

So, let’s get going with the last question:

August 31: What do you anticipate most for gaming in 2018? Continue reading #RPGaDay2017 Day 31: The future’s so bright, I’ve gotta wear shades!

#RPGaDay2017 Day 30: Gaming Mixology

Welcome dear reader to Day 30 of #RPGaDay2017. Tomorrow is the end for 2017. The month has just flown by! The topic for today’s discussion is:

August 30: What is an RPG genre-mashup you would most like to see?

When you think about it, many mashups that come to mind are either already out there, in one form or another, and would be easy enough to adapt to an RPG. Space cowboys? From Firefly to Bravestar! Angel Miranda, from ARMR Studios mentioned a western-fantasy combination in his video for today, that’s a mix I’d certainly like to see, specially a fantasy world with western elements, not a fantastic version of the west. There are books and comics that meet the criteria of a western-fantasy mash up. There is an interesting a list here. Continue reading #RPGaDay2017 Day 30: Gaming Mixology