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Shuffles & Skeletons • 2017rpg

Carlos Martins • http://behance.net/golem

2-5 players + Game Master (GM)
Tools: cards (regular deck)

<LEXICON>
[Stamina] = cards you hold
[Life] = face-down cards in front of you (can’t reach zero)
[Fountain] = collective pile of discarded cards
* = hearts
# = spades
$ = diamonds
% = clubs

<SETUP>
!
Take two random cards to determine [Class] & [Class Bonus]:
** = Bard 
%% = Assassin
## = Barbarian
$$ = Sorcerer
*$ = Alchemist
*% = Thief
*# = Knight
$% = Shaman
$# = Cleric
%# = Ranger

picked suits grants +1 [class Bonus] (if they’re equal: +3 [class Bonus])
non-picked suits = -1 [class Bonus]

!!
Make up 3 {Special} abilities according to your class (seek GM validation);

!!!
Each player gets more 8 cards;
Split them (at will) into [Life] & [Stamina]

<CARD VALUE>
Card Number = 2-10
Ace = 11
Queen = 12
Jack = 13
King = 14

<ACTION>
It’s defined by card’s suit:
* = social / knowledge
# = strength
$ = metaphysics
% = finesse

[Action] = [card Value] + [class Bonus]

{Standard Action}
-1 [Stamina];

{Help}
-1 [Stamina]: Add Half [card Value] to other player’s [Action]

{Hold}
Trade a card: [Fountain] <> [Life] or [Life] <> [Stamina]

{Special}
-2 [Stamina];
1 suit must match the desired [Action];
Combine both [card Values]

{Bonding}
GM rewards Roleplay;
Players trade [Life] Cards (1-1 ratio)

{Rest}
Restores [Stamina] from [Fountain];

<OBSTACLES>
GM creates [Obstacles] (difficulty range: 1-20); 
if [Action] > [Obstacle] = success;
if [Action] = [Obstacle] = success & penalty;
if [Action] < [Obstacle] = penalty

<PLAY>


Author Comments

Example of Gameplay: [GM] – The King seems unimpressed by your request. What do you do? [Player] – Can I persuade him? [GM] – You can try. Tell me how you do it? [Player] – I would like to sing him a Song – a song that I heard on the streets and talks about kingdom’s poverty and misery. [GM] – Right, that’s a {social} action. To do that, you need the suit of Hearts. [Player] – Okay, I play this 7 of Hearts from my [Stamina] hand, since I’m a {Bard}, I get +3 from [class Bonus]. It’s a 10! [GM] – The King is touched by your performance (…)

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