Saturday, July 4, 2009
Tools - Treasure Cards
Recently reading a post on the Troll and Flame blog reminded me of drawings on index cards I made for my old campaign. I like the idea of the tangibility of physical cards for treasure found by players. The picture above was a potion box that came with a kind of sampler pack of weaker potions and was useful afterwards for transporting potions safely. Because spell were hard to come by, I found cards for enemy spellbooks useful, players often being more interested in the spells these contained than any gold the caster might be carrying.
I want to produce some cards for my current campaign. You could write details on the back, but I'm thinking of leaving them blank for players to write what they discover on them. (In fact, Chgowiz' post here pretty much convinced me to require players to figure out items through trial and research rather than identify.)
Index cards are a possibility, or index cards cut in half, like I used to use. But if we use business card size we can store them in plastic binder sheets made to store business cards and we can use templates to create and print cards, rather than having to draw them all.
I thought this might be exactly the kind of thing that the OSR would find useful-- something that takes a lot of time to create but is generic enough to be used by all. So, here is my proof of concept. Using public domain art and an Open Office Business Card Template I've created two sheets of Treasure Cards you can print and cut out. It would be nice if many people worked to find appropriate art and we could gather up a variety of these free for all to use. But for now see what you think:
With that I'm off to the mountains. Happy 4th of July everyone.