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HOT on the heels of #troikajam is yet another jam for Troika! and backgrounds.  Only instead of being a glorious mass of exploration with what a background can be, an exploration of information compactness. This is an idea that's been bouncing in my head as well as at least S Jared's, and others.


Maybe you've seen the astronomical number of backgrounds and other fan content for it, check this out.

Why would you want to put backgrounds on a card?

1. Troika! defaults to using d6′s for everything, so random character gen usually involves backgrounds in groups of six, but sometimes getting to some multiple of six is struggle. Enter using a deck of cards.

2. You can select which backgrounds, if they are on cards, you want to include in your game without needing to make an index and/or copying them all into a whole new document.

3. You can weight the commonality of backgrounds by putting more or less of certain ones in the deck.

4. You can eliminate backgrounds as they are chosen by pulling them from the deck once drawn. No more rerolling.

Preamble out of the way.

This for Troika! an analog roleplaying game. Any video game submissions will be deleted.

Play nice and share. So please limit yourself to one (1) singular background. Originally my idea was to compile all the cards into a deck and allow folx to order it at cost from Drivethru RPG. But that can be a discussion or something. But since I am not specifically driving towards that, go ahead submit as many cards as I you want. I do suggest you make them all the same submission instead a million different submissions.

Each background must (should) reasonably fit on the space of a single side of a tarot card with dimensions of 2.75" x 4.75" (69.8 mm x 120.7 mm), could include a 0.125" bleed. Or roughly 150 of words. For example, at Averia Serif Libre 9pt plus formatting, I can fit maybe 200 words, but with my text styles 150 is the average I've gotten to fit legibly. You can find a template I modified for this purpose here.  You can also check out Drivethru's specifications. Back image is totally optional, so don't let that be an intimidating factor. But if you want art or ideas, the Paris Museum and Wikimedia Commons both have tarot card images in the public domain and creative commons. Check your local laws with regard to what is in the public domain. Programs you can use include: Affinity apps. Photoshop, illustrator, indesign. scribus, gimp, a word processor, probably google docs. Or draw it and photograph it.

Bigotry is a big fat no. "Be" as the Great Ones say, "excellent to another." I have zero chill and qualms about whole ass booting folx.

Please don't forget to include on the card's itch page since there is no way to fit this on a card:

"[Product name] is an independent production by [publisher name] and is not affiliated with the Melsonian Arts Council."  And you can use the Troika! Compatible aka Fortle graphic available for free on the Numinous Edition page, if you want.


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Some backgrounds for the Troika Tarot Jam
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