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Off to the editor!

The editor that isn’t me, anyway. [grin] The next few days will be devoted to working on a nice little goodie to go along with House of Cards: a set of plot cards to help referees stuck for ideas on what to do when a Shuffle occurs. They’ll be illustrated by Katie McCarthy, whose work you’ve already seen on the character generation preview (she drew the portrait of Genevieve, the Hanged-Man-Bearer). In the meantime, you can also follow the ongoing design of a brand new game for National Game Design Month over at parenthesispress.com.

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Status Report!

* November 21 is the deadline by which all art, cover and interior is expected in.

* The game is probably 95% written: a few areas were exposed during review at Metatopia as being vague or clunky and which need to be fleshed out more completely. (The vast majority of this falls under technical-expository material and not actual mechanics; I just have to explain how and why the mechanics work, but they do.)

* Expect the game to be available for pre-order in December. Kickstarter/IndieGoGo/ChipIn/etc. may be involved – I haven’t gotten much feedback one way or the other on what people would prefer.

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So you don’t have a Tarot deck. That’s okay: House of Cards works just fine without one, though you have to do a slight amount of preparatory work. The two places it impacts the game is during character generation and for resolving tasks.

Character generation requires you to determine which Archetype you’ve been invested by, but that doesn’t mean you have to draw a card. As always, just choosing one of the Major Arcana from a list (omitting the World) is an option, and there are plenty of pictures of many different decks online for you to peruse in picking your correspondences. To get a random draw, use an online virtual die roller to randomly pick a number from 1-21 (the number of playable Archetypes) and scan down the list that many places.

By contrast, you’ll have to deal with task resolution much more often than character creation, but the solution is pretty easy: instead of having the Minor Arcana on hand, substitute a deck of playing cards with two extra jokers. Label the jokers as the Pages for each suit, and you’re good to go.

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