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Playing Card RPGs

- Thu, 30 Jan 2020 21:50:47 EST D5EXsxeO No.29446
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I was just released from prison, and I have some interesting news to report. It turns out that A.) a lot of the guys in there are big fans of tabletop RPGs, and B.) any sort of dice are typically considered contraband (I guess because they are associated with gambling?) and are very hard to come by.

So I started thinking about other possible randomization methods. Although dice are banned, for some reason playing cards are always allowed.

So my question is: are there any robust RPG systems out there that use playing cards? And, if not,0do you have any suggestions for how to create such a system?
Edwin Shittingdock - Fri, 31 Jan 2020 07:02:05 EST 6LUU3Ig1 No.29448 Reply
You could adapt any d20 system to a deck of cards. Remove the face cards, shuffle, and draw a card. Reds are the lower 10s and blacks are the higher 10s. So a red 3 is just a 3; a black 3 is a 13.
You could make criticals slightly more rare by ruling that only a King counts as a crit, and adding 1-4 kings to the deck.
If you're playing DnD, this works out great for the Diviner subclass of wizard, as they get to bank a few "rolls" and then substitute them out through the day as they would like. Just deal a few cards to your Diviner, and they can slap a card down like they're playing Uno.

Dice gambling is illegal in California, but casinos there still have craps tables. They use a deck of cards with only 1-6 in it.
Edwin Shittingdock - Fri, 31 Jan 2020 07:15:06 EST 6LUU3Ig1 No.29449 Reply
I forgot another randomization method I have heard about from friends in prison. Spinners. Like the kind from a kid's board game. Most prisons permit them. Get a piece of cardboard or paper, draw a circle, partition the circle and write your numbers. Take another piece of paper and a paperclip, or a rock and a pencil, whatever you have on hand, to make an indicator and a base to swivel on.
Doris Dillywill - Fri, 31 Jan 2020 07:30:22 EST TPVr2NeR No.29450 Reply
Use a bag or some other container with tokens for every outcome. Relatively easy to make with some paper or cardboard and a ruler (to make even sized tokens).

The Arkham Horror cardgame uses this system and it works pretty well. Especially because you can customize the difficulty by removing/adding certain tokens.
Martha Murdspear - Fri, 31 Jan 2020 15:40:42 EST FR5LjXLe No.29451 Reply
Ive heard that DnD is pretty popular in prison. I cant imagine some of the crazy campaigns some of those old timers have created when you got 15 years of fuck all to do

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