Lore Master's Deck
Lore Master's Deck uses 8 interlinking card types to generate customizable and interconnected prompts for factions, notable figures, world events, locations, artifacts, materials, creatures, and more.
The system is powered by your imagination, providing a simple, fluid framework for you to generate lore ideas by creating clusters of related cues. Each new piece of lore connects to the others you've already created, helping you build a web of intrigue that binds your world together and make your setting and story rich, complex, and immersive.
Lore Master's Deck is a standalone system that can enhance projects in various stages of development, from brand-new worlds to established settings. It can also be paired with The Story Engine Deck or The Story Engine Deck: Deck of Worlds to render your stories, settings, D&D campaigns, and tabletop roleplaying games in greater depth and detail.
Why This Deck Is Special
- It jumpstarts the creative process, allowing you to overcome anxiety and mental blocks so you can dive right into the creation of awesome ideas for stories and worlds.
- It sparks rapid idea generation, using a fast, intuitive system to help you create a web of ideas to explore in your writing or roleplay.
- It lets you map lore connections so you can see the relationships that shape your world and ensure that every element of lore contributes in a meaningful way.
- It challenges you to try new things, with occasional curveball cues and surprising suggestions to help you expand your creative range.
- It helps you draw a world timeline, using a special mode focused on Event cards to create a satisfying sequence of historical events.
- It facilitates "worldbreaking," where you throw a series of catastrophes and crises to stress-test your world and figure out how your story and characters might adapt.
How Does It Work?
You can watch a demo of the deck, or read a step-by-step guide on The Story Engine Blog.
Primary cues are short, one-word suggestions that establish a new lore element, such as a faction, notable figure, event, location, object, material, or species.
The secondary cues printed on the reverse side of each card provide complex suggestions to flesh out the primary cues. Secondary cues take the form of backgrounds, traits, agendas, catalysts, and effects, and many of these cues forge links that connect to other primary cues.
For example, the founder of a new faction may be an apostate from another faction. Their original faction may use a secret headquarters as their base of operations. Those headquarters may house the last population of a sacred species. That species may be the only source of a rare material used in crafting weapons. Those weapons may be crucial to the military strategies of the leader's new faction.
The more cards you add to your web of lore, the more the relationships between story elements develop and create a living ecosystem of creative connections.
The deck comes in the same multi-tray treasure-chest-style box as our previous decks, only BIGGER!
Lore Mastery Expansions
These card types operate in the same way Wildcards from the main Lore Master's Deck do, but instead introduce an icon that could be used as the banner of a Faction, the personal sigil of a Figure, the symbol of an historical Event, a visual feature of a Location, the engaving on of an Object, the pattern on a material, marking on a Creature, or any other visual element in your world.
Master of Names: Namesakes Expansion features 60 cards for giving unique and evocative nicknames to your factions, figures, events, locations, objects, materials, creatures, and deities.
These card types operate in the same way Wildcards from the main Lore Master's Deck do, but instead are paired with the primary cue to create a unique nickname.
Example: The Faction on the left is named the Chantry of the Sheathed Blade. Perhaps they are pacifists or mages who only resort to steel as a last resort? The creature on the right is named the Frost Raptor. Perhaps it is an arctic hawk or a dinosaur capable of surviving cold climates or ice ages.
We want to say a special thank you to the Nomnivore Games art team for allowing us to license box art for Lore Master's Deck and Lore Mastery Expansions. You can learn more about the award-winning EMBERWIND roleplaying game (and see more amazing art) at www.emberwindgame.com
Story & Lore Bridge Expansion includes 60 cards for integrating Lore Master's Deck with The Story Engine Deck of story prompts, and vice versa. Learn more about The Story Engine Deck on our website.
Worlds & Lore Bridge Expansion includes 60 cards for integrating Deck of Worlds worldbuilding prompts with Lore Master's Deck, and vice versa, offering a wider range of creative options and combinations. Learn more about Deck of Worlds on our website.
NOTE: All prices in US dollars. Digital rewards are scheduled to deliver in Jan-Mar, 2024. Physical rewards are scheduled to deliver in Oct-Dec, 2024.
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World Building & Breaking (ft. Jordan Shiveley)
How to create a GREAT tabletop RPG setting (ft. Connor Alexander & Eren Angiolini)
Bridging Lore, Story & World (ft. Bridge Expansions for Lore Master's Deck) w/ Eric Weiss
Worldbuilding Nicknames & Titles (ft. Namesakes Expansion Lore Master's Deck) w/ Jordan Shiveley
Creating Gods & Spirits (ft. Deities Expansion for Lore Master's Deck) with Brandon Crilly
Worldbuilding Icons & Symbols (ft. Emblems Expansion for Lore Master's Deck)
THE HEART OF SKYCROWN GLACIER 🏔️⚔️ D&D Live Actual Play 1-Shot created w/ LORE MASTER'S DECK
Create a D&D Setting with the Lore Master's Deck
Deep Dive Into Creature Cards w/ Lore Master's Deck
Lore Master's Deck 1,000 Pledge Train Live-Prompting Wine-Pairing Stream
Lore Master's Deck Launch Party
Risks and Challenges
The stretch goal expansions have all been written and many have been designed, although a few are not yet in final layout.
This is Peter's 8th crowdfunding campaign, and over the past decade of designing and delivering successful crowdfunding projects, we've learned many lessons about how to deliver a project despite any obstacle that might come up—and how to keep backers in the loop every step of the way.
Peter's first project in this series, The Story Engine Deck, overfunded 1430% and ran into unprecedented challenges like national manufacturing shutdowns in China, the COVID-19 pandemic, one nearly-shipwrecked cargo vessel, Europe snap-shutting the border mid-fulfilment, and the UK leaving the EU in the final weeks of delivery.
We communicated with backers throughout the process and we always make sure every backer gets what they pay for. We encourage you to check out the unprompted backer comments on previous campaigns as proof of the level of communication, transparency, and backer satisfaction.