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Today is my birthday, and it’s customary in the mirror-lands to give gifts away on birthdays. Since my Western astrological sign is Capricorn, and Google asserts that 2015 is the Year of the Goat in the Eastern zodiac, it seems only fitting to create the old sea-goat as a dream-creature for House of Cards. While I was at it, I also added a little extra rules material for Castellans, giving them peculiar abilities and vulnerabilities based on their Essence. Here you go!

In my day job, I work with accommodations for students in higher education who have disabilities, so awareness of the needs of individuals with different abilities carries over into other areas. Players of House of Cards (or other games that utilize cards for resolution purposes) may find it useful to have cards that are accessible to those with visual difficulties. Large-print decks are already ubiquitous – the average department store has “jumbo” decks hanging right alongside their other decks on end-caps or register displays – but Braille decks are not as readily obtainable unless you’re fortunate enough to live near a store that provides materials for the visually impaired.

My top recommendation is for this deck of Braille standard playing cards, which not only provides clear standard print face indicators as well as Braille notation, but is printed on durable plastic that is completely waterproof. Very practical! (Also of use on that page, incidentally, are tactile poker chips carved out of nice hefty wood in easily distinguishable shapes to indicate denomination.)

It is unfortunate that US Games, publishers of the most readily recognizable Rider-Waite deck along with many other specialty decks, no longer has their Rider-Waite Braille edition in print, but copies are still obtainable via Amazon, AbeBooks, and other online retailers, if you’re not fortunate enough to run into one in stock at your local provider of books and other goods.

Parenthesis Press is pleased to partner with Engine Publishing and Gnome Stew to support New Game Day this February 2. What’s New Game Day? It’s the brainchild of Martin Ralya: holidays are fun, and gaming holidays are double fun, plus we all have games we’d love to try out, right?

Not only is trying new games its own reward, but if you post over at Gnome Stew about your new game experience, you could win prizes from Amazon, Engine Publishing, and Parenthesis Press – three participants will get a free digital copy of House of Cards for taking part. Click the above link for more info!

Because alternate Tarot decks are always relevant here, I thought I’d pass along the latest to cross my path. Keith Senkowski is now accepting patrons over on Patreon – check out the lovely stained-glass look and variant symbology for yourself.

If you’re familiar with the Humble Bundle, then you know the concept already: a compilation of indie games that you can buy by paying what you want, benefiting a charity. In this case, the Tabletop Drop sells you a collection of core rulebook PDFs for indie tabletop RPGs, donating 10% to Reach Out And Read, a group which helps doctors and nurses provide books and literacy support to children.

House of Cards is proudly part of this collection, along with some other fantastic small-press RPGs. Head on over to thetabletopdrop.com to pick yours up: the bundle is only available for two weeks!</p>

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thedandmom/deck-of-legends

Artist Kaitlynn Peaver has successfully funded a beautifully-illustrated project called the Deck of Legends. There are still some great stretch goals to hit, and a lunar month left in the campaign, though, so feel free to go chip in. Kaitlynn’s work would make a fantastic thematic choice for a resolution deck if you’re playing a dreamscape-heavy game of House of Cards!

The real Knecht Park

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This is a photograph of the real-life park on which Knecht Park in the sample scenario “Dreams on the West End” is based. Feel free to use it as a visual complement when you play it. (Photographer: Carlie Hensley)

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