GameMastery Item Cards: Hero's Hoard

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The first expansion in Paizo's GameMastery™ Item Cards line, Hero's Hoard contains 110 playing-card–sized cards to help GMs track important treasures. Each card features a beautiful full-color illustration of an item (weapon, armor, wondrous item, etc.) on one side, with a text description and room for notes on the opposite side. A GM can hand these out when their PCs get treasure and watch as players learn to love managing their booty. A code on each card helps GMs track which card corresponds to which treasure.

Useable by experienced GMs and novices alike, this product fits perfectly into any GameMaster’s arsenal.


    Hero's Hoard booster packs contain:
  • 1 armor (cards 01–15)
  • 2 weapons (16–39)
  • 2 potions (40–57)
  • 1 scroll (63–72)
  • 1 wand (79–88)
  • 2 wondrous items (89–110)
  • 1 ring (58–62) or 1 rod or staff (73–78)
  • 1 foil card, which may be any card from the set.

Display boxes contain 12 booster packs.

Complete sets include a complete set of the foils along with a complete set of the non-foil cards. In addition, there are duplicates of some of the non-foil cards.


Sample cards. Click to enlarge.


Illustrations by Vincent Dutrait.

Card List for Hero's Hoard:

01 Banded Mail
02 Breastplate
03 Chainmail
04 Half-plate
05 Hide Armor
06 Leather Suit
07 Platemail
08 Scalemail
09 Splint Mail
10 Studded Leather
11 Buckler
12 Steel Shield
13 Steel Shield
14 Tower Shield
15 Wooden Shield
16 Axe
17 Battle Axe
18 Arrows
19 Bolts
20 Crossbow
21 Dagger
22 Dagger
23 Flail
24 Halberd
25 Lance
26 Longbow
27 Longbow
28 Longsword
29 Longsword
30 Longsword
31 Mace
32 Shortbow
33 Shortbow
34 Shortsword
35 Shortsword
36 Sling
37 Spear
38 Spiked Chain
39 Warhammer
40 Potion
41 Potion
42 Potion
43 Potion
44 Potion
45 Potion
46 Potion
47 Potion
48 Potion
49 Potion
50 Potion
51 Potion
52 Potion
53 Potion
54 Potion
55 Potion
56 Potion
57 Potion
58 Ring
59 Ring
60 Ring
61 Ring
62 Ring
63 Scroll
64 Scroll
65 Scroll
66 Scroll
67 Scroll
68 Scroll
69 Scroll
70 Scroll
71 Scroll
72 Scroll
73 Rod
74 Rod
75 Staff
76 Staff
77 Staff
78 Staff
79 Wand
80 Wand
81 Wand
82 Wand
83 Wand
84 Wand
85 Wand
86 Wand
87 Wand
88 Wand
89 Amulet
90 Amulet
91 Bag
92 Belt
93 Book
94 Boots
95 Boots
96 Bottle
97 Bracers
98 Bracers
99 Circlet
100 Cloak
101 Cloak
102 Crown
103 Crystal Ball
104 Gauntlets
105 Gemstone
106 Gloves
107 Headband
108 Necklace
109 Periapt
110 Robe

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4/5


Had to buy 3 Display cases.

5/5

I had to buy 3 display cases but I was able to get at least 1 of every card. I am highly impressed and they make a great addition to my game supplies.


18 more...

5/5

I bought a display and ended up only 18 short of a full set.

I bought these to make treasure seem more real to my players and boy does it work they are dividing it up into stacks to determine how much each person is carrying and giving them more role-play queues.

I also love being able to lay a few cards on the table and tell the players "the wizard had these items on him.


Good Job

4/5

I just bought 2 display boxes of these and 2 display boxes of Relics of War. I bought these mainly for the consumables (Potions, Scrolls, and Wands). The artwork is great. Not quite so barbaric as in the decks specific to the APs. Great randomization, the only card I did not get 1 of was #11. 4 stars.


I like them a lot, but...

4/5

as many have expressed, the semi-random nature of the packs and the need for constant re-stocking makes it difficult to keep the items you need on hand. Trove Tokens is an alternative - you purchase it just once and you have unlimited items at your disposal.


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Just want to make sure I have this correct . . . for the $41 dollars I get the entire 110 card set, right?

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A Villainous Sidekick wrote:
Just want to make sure I have this correct . . . for the $41 dollars I get the entire 110 card set, right?

Sorry. You get 10 packs of 11 random cards - 1 armor, 2 weapons, 2 potions, 1 scroll, 1 wand, 1 ring or rod/staff, 2 wonderous items, and 1 foil that can be any of the above. You WILL NOT get a complete set of cards as there will be repeats of several. And actually, the "random" of Hero's Hoard was pretty uneven so theres a bunch of stuff you won't get and others you'll get triples of. All cool cards that you can find a way to use when role-playing, but not the best way to get a complete set.

If you're starting from scratch, get a boost to get a bunch of cards, then buy/trade to get the ones you're missing. There a guy named Derek who posts on these board who sells and trades a lot (he helped me complete both my HH and RW sets - thanks Derek!). Here's his website:

http://itemcards.blogspot.com

There are also a couple of trade threads here at Paizo. They're a little slow these days but I had good luck there in the past. Finally, there is at least one web-store selling individual cards for around a buck. Here is their website:

http://store.usacomicbooks.com/pazio.html

Last but not least, there are 5 or 6 cards that are almost impossible to find - studded leather, tower shield, spiked chain, warhammer, and one of the staves, IIRC. Good luck on those.

Hope this helps,
Mosaic


Wow, you'd think studded leather would have been one of the most commonly printed cards...

Dark Archive

Hey, what are you guys using the foil cards for?
I already have a few and when I give these out my players are going "Ahhh!" and are a little disappointed when I tell them that these are in no way special or different from the other cards.
And I agree with my players that these should be more special than the items on the normal cards.
I thought about representing artifacts with these foil cards, but I have about twenty of these and I'll wrack my campaign when I'm beginning to issue artifacts regulary...:)

So, anybody came up with a nice idea?

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Not all magic items glow to normal sight. Maybe the foil cards are the glowy ones.


Foils will be magic item versions of that item IMC, and even non-foils, if I don't happen to have a foil to represent.

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Varl wrote:
Foils will be magic item versions of that item IMC, and even non-foils, if I don't happen to have a foil to represent.

Well, I'd suspect that most potions are going to be magic, Varl. Only something like 1-in-11 potions card will be foils.

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Varl wrote:
Foils will be magic item versions of that item IMC, and even non-foils, if I don't happen to have a foil to represent.

I started with this idea, but 1) I couldn't get enough foils for common magic items like potions, 2) I couldn't figure out what to do with non-foil - and thus non-magical - potions, and 3) none of the new packs have foils, and I just couldn't bear to have all those fun cards be non-magical!

Now I'm thinking artifacts or maybe intelligent items. [I know, I know ... intelligent potions!?!]

Dark Archive

Yes, intelligent items may be an option too! Cool idea! Thanks!
Well, what had the Paizo people in mind when they designed the foiled cards in the first place?
Is it only created as a collector's goodie?


Use the foils for cursed items.


Chris Mortika wrote:


Well, I'd suspect that most potions are going to be magic, Varl. Only something like 1-in-11 potions card will be foils.

Good point, Chris. I like bubbagump's idea on using them as cursed items. Problem with that is after the first foil you hand a player, they'll automatically will know they've just found a cursed item.


Varl wrote:
Chris Mortika wrote:


Well, I'd suspect that most potions are going to be magic, Varl. Only something like 1-in-11 potions card will be foils.
Good point, Chris. I like bubbagump's idea on using them as cursed items. Problem with that is after the first foil you hand a player, they'll automatically will know they've just found a cursed item.

Nah, if you're careful they'll never notice. Unless you're handing out cursed items right and left.

Here's how I pull it off: I have a big box full of item cards that I bring to the game. I put the cards I think will likely be acquired in the front of the box. When the players find an item, I reach in the box and find the appropriate card and hand it to the player. If you don't make a big deal about deliberately searching for a foil card, they won't catch on that there's something special about it. By this method, they have no reason to think you're looking for a foil - it just happens to be at the front of the box.

Paizo Employee CEO

Absinth wrote:

Well, what had the Paizo people in mind when they designed the foiled cards in the first place?

Is it only created as a collector's goodie?

We didn't have any hard and fast ideas when we made the foil cards. We just thought that they would be cool. :)

That said, what I personally use them for is the more expensive and impressive magic items. Every player as they rise in levels has one or two cool items that the foils are perfect to represent. And it makes the player feel like they have something cool.

-Lisa

Dark Archive

I just had the idea to represent weapons of legacy with foiled cards.


bubbagump wrote:
Here's how I pull it off: I have a big box full of item cards that I bring to the game. I put the cards I think will likely be acquired in the front of the box. When the players find an item, I reach in the box and find the appropriate card and hand it to the player. If you don't make a big deal about deliberately searching for a foil card, they won't catch on that there's something special about it. By this method, they have no reason to think you're looking for a foil - it just happens to be at the front of the box.

Yeah, that could work, but probably not with my players. To give you an example of how savvy my players are, I tried my best to describe in eerily-obsessive detail the floating dwarven skeleton inside the Gelatinous Cube in Crown of the Kobold King, and it took them a grand total of 10 seconds to snap to the conclusion that it was a Gelatinous Cube with someoone inside it dead. I couldn't believe it.

There's very little they haven't seen or heard of (and they don't even own any books!), so while shuffling cards around might work, I think I'll need to be much more savvy myself.


Mosaic wrote:
A Villainous Sidekick wrote:
Just want to make sure I have this correct . . . for the $41 dollars I get the entire 110 card set, right?

Sorry. You get 10 packs of 11 random cards - 1 armor, 2 weapons, 2 potions, 1 scroll, 1 wand, 1 ring or rod/staff, 2 wonderous items, and 1 foil that can be any of the above. You WILL NOT get a complete set of cards as there will be repeats of several. And actually, the "random" of Hero's Hoard was pretty uneven so theres a bunch of stuff you won't get and others you'll get triples of. All cool cards that you can find a way to use when role-playing, but not the best way to get a complete set.

If you're starting from scratch, get a boost to get a bunch of cards, then buy/trade to get the ones you're missing. There a guy named Derek who posts on these board who sells and trades a lot (he helped me complete both my HH and RW sets - thanks Derek!). Here's his website:

http://itemcards.blogspot.com

There are also a couple of trade threads here at Paizo. They're a little slow these days but I had good luck there in the past. Finally, there is at least one web-store selling individual cards for around a buck. Here is their website:

http://store.usacomicbooks.com/pazio.html

Last but not least, there are 5 or 6 cards that are almost impossible to find - studded leather, tower shield, spiked chain, warhammer, and one of the staves, IIRC. Good luck on those.

Hope this helps,
Mosaic

Last but not least, there are 5 or 6 cards that are almost impossible to find - studded leather, tower shield, spiked chain, warhammer, and one of the staves, IIRC. Good luck on those.

Out of these I just got all of them except the Tower Shield

Silver Crusade

A way to represent magical items is

get some clear deck protector sleeves
get some clear pearl spray paint, like Tamiya pearl clear
spray the sleeve so it "shimmers"
then insert card into sleeve

ala magic item

Grand Lodge

Absinth wrote:

Hey, what are you guys using the foil cards for?

I already have a few and when I give these out my players are going "Ahhh!" and are a little disappointed when I tell them that these are in no way special or different from the other cards.
And I agree with my players that these should be more special than the items on the normal cards.
I thought about representing artifacts with these foil cards, but I have about twenty of these and I'll wrack my campaign when I'm beginning to issue artifacts regulary...:)

So, anybody came up with a nice idea?

Well I just got my first pack as a free gift with an order. Great, now I will have to buy more... Your marketing trick worked Paizo :) darn it anyway.

I was thinking the foil cards don't have to be artifacts but could be more interesting than just a +1 longsword. I was thinking these could be items of legend- though not necessarily artifacts. For example the foil longsword is the +1 Longsword used by Casmius, a legendary hero who outwitted a great sphinx that was terrorizing a village. Or you can add some more uncommon features to it without making it an artifact. I find ability enhancements are unusual for weapons, so perhaps a +1 longsword with +1 Dex. Certainly not artifact level, but better than a plain +1 longsword.

I think the key is to make these stand out with a story than in power.

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Krome wrote:
[Well I just got my first pack as a free gift with an order. Great, now I will have to buy more... Your marketing trick worked Paizo :) darn it anyway.

Me to, great trick, but my order was a box of item cards so a bonus pack was perfect for me.

Krome wrote:


I was thinking the foil cards don't have to be artifacts but could be more interesting than just a +1 longsword. I was thinking these could be items of legend- though not necessarily artifacts. For example the foil longsword is the +1 Longsword used by Casmius, a legendary hero who outwitted a great sphinx that was terrorizing a village. Or you can add some more uncommon features to it without making it an artifact. I find ability enhancements are unusual for weapons, so perhaps a +1 longsword with +1 Dex. Certainly not artifact level, but better than a plain +1 longsword.

I think the key is to make these stand out with a story than in power.

This is a fantastic idea Krome. It is way to easy to just pile on the powers, but this is an excellent idea. My foil is a scroll, not sure yet how to special that up, but it does look really cool.


Brutesquad07 wrote:
Krome wrote:
[Well I just got my first pack as a free gift with an order. Great, now I will have to buy more... Your marketing trick worked Paizo :) darn it anyway.
Me to, great trick, but my order was a box of item cards so a bonus pack was perfect for me.

I had been thinking about getting item cards then I got one of these boosters in an order and that cemented it. I got a second booster with my order of 4 decks of cards and a third booster with my most recent subscription shipment. I wouldn't be inclined to buy the boosters on their own, but they work great to get me to buy more decks and it's nice to tear one open and think "What did I get this time?"

So while I'm glad the booster method isn't being used anymore for the new sets, I do have to say it's still helping Paizo get my money. :-)

Scarab Sages

Seems like a decent idea, and I could find plenty of uses for them, but a bit pricy.


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I wonder if Paizo know that some of these early cards use the logo of the German band Einstürzende Neubauten (see Wikipedia entry). As an example look at #04 Half-Plate or #48 Potion or #58 Ring or #65 Scroll. The symbol is distinctive, so I don't think it's a coincidence. I guess the artist is a fan. :)

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Zaister wrote:
I wonder if Paizo know that some of these early cards use the logo of the German band Einstürzende Neubauten (see Wikipedia entry). As an example look at #04 Half-Plate or #48 Potion or #58 Ring or #65 Scroll. The symbol is distinctive, so I don't think it's a coincidence. I guess the artist is a fan. :)

Could be... but even that Wikipedia page you linked to says "It was not created by or for the band, but is a cave drawing of probably toltec origin."


Will I be able to purchase a display box at Gen Con? (Assuming I'm there @ Thursday morning...)

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Kyle Baird wrote:
Will I be able to purchase a display box at Gen Con? (Assuming I'm there @ Thursday morning...)

We'll bring some!


Vic Wertz wrote:
Kyle Baird wrote:
Will I be able to purchase a display box at Gen Con? (Assuming I'm there @ Thursday morning...)
We'll bring some!

Thanks! (Didn't want to take your entire stash of them first thing in the morning on the first day!)

For what it's worth, what I really want are more cards with the "human petroglyph" on them. It's a cult thing.. in game of course!

"That guy had another one of those rings with that stick figure on them.. They must be connected!"

Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

Kyle Baird wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
Kyle Baird wrote:
Will I be able to purchase a display box at Gen Con? (Assuming I'm there @ Thursday morning...)
We'll bring some!

Thanks! (Didn't want to take your entire stash of them first thing in the morning on the first day!)

For what it's worth, what I really want are more cards with the "human petroglyph" on them. It's a cult thing.. in game of course!

"That guy had another one of those rings with that stick figure on them.. They must be connected!"

That's an awesome idea. I might have to look and see how many of those I have already and work that into a future game.


I use the ones with the human stick figure on them to represent healing spells or protective items (in the case of the ring with the stick figure).

Those are the ones I want more of too.

Liberty's Edge

Hey all,

After getting 8 display boxes I am still a tad short on a complete set.

So was hoping to be able to trade or set up a way to trade with others that might be in the same boat.

Plus I have somthing like 88 of the foil cards that I am willing to trade away or sell.

If interested post here or email me. thenorthman <at> mac <dot> com

Sean

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thenorthman wrote:

Hey all,

After getting 8 display boxes I am still a tad short on a complete set.

So was hoping to be able to trade or set up a way to trade with others that might be in the same boat.

Plus I have somthing like 88 of the foil cards that I am willing to trade away or sell.

If interested post here or email me. thenorthman <at> mac <dot> com

Sean

Check out this thread - it's where most trades seem to happen. And, yes, there is still plenty of trading going on.


I placed an order instantly when I saw the sale on these packs and displays. When I calculated how many cards I got for such a low amount of money (12 boosters for $12) I nearly fainted.

I love these item cards. They are not meant to represent EVERY item a character carries but help to point out the more 'special' items in one's backpack. Often when going through your inventory (scribbled page) you look over the useful things because it gets too chaotic after a while. Holding cards these stick out every time.

Great product.

Grand Lodge

Man... I really like these cards, but $120 for two complete sets is a little steep, even if it does include a full set of foils.

If you do the math, consider that the Essentials set and the Dragon's Trove set are $20 a set (110 cards each). So that means the other 110 cards are $100. Or just short of $0.91 for each foil card.


The price is a bit too steep for me as well...especially considering the lion's share of the cost is probably due to the foil set and I've never cared for foil cards all that much.

Owner - House of Books and Games LLC

I'm indifferent to whether I have a full set, but having some of the cards be foil will be really cool, so just a display is probably good for me; I never have enough item cards.

I also have to look into getting some small stickers so I can reuse them once I've written on the back.

Sczarni

gbonehead wrote:

I'm indifferent to whether I have a full set, but having some of the cards be foil will be really cool, so just a display is probably good for me; I never have enough item cards.

I also have to look into getting some small stickers so I can reuse them once I've written on the back.

Mini Post-it notes. Write them out (or if you're industrious and careful, you can stick them to a sheet of 8.5x11 and run the sheet through an inkjet printer). Stick the notes to the pages of your pre-written modules -- or scenarios, in the case of Pathfinder Society. When your group finds them, hand them the cards. When they identify them, take them back and stick on the notes. This sped up treasure delivery by a couple minutes each encounter at Albuquerque Comic Expo, when I did it for the Beginner Box.

I've got a huge engagement I'll be attending in Indy this August. I'm going to put this into practice there, too.

Grand Lodge

Matthew Pemrich wrote:
gbonehead wrote:

I'm indifferent to whether I have a full set, but having some of the cards be foil will be really cool, so just a display is probably good for me; I never have enough item cards.

I also have to look into getting some small stickers so I can reuse them once I've written on the back.

Mini Post-it notes. Write them out (or if you're industrious and careful, you can stick them to a sheet of 8.5x11 and run the sheet through an inkjet printer). Stick the notes to the pages of your pre-written modules -- or scenarios, in the case of Pathfinder Society. When your group finds them, hand them the cards. When they identify them, take them back and stick on the notes. This sped up treasure delivery by a couple minutes each encounter at Albuquerque Comic Expo, when I did it for the Beginner Box.

I've got a huge engagement I'll be attending in Indy this August. I'm going to put this into practice there, too.

Not sure how you are doing this though. Can you show us pictures or describe it a bit better?

Thanks! :)

Owner - House of Books and Games LLC

Matthew Pemrich wrote:
gbonehead wrote:

I'm indifferent to whether I have a full set, but having some of the cards be foil will be really cool, so just a display is probably good for me; I never have enough item cards.

I also have to look into getting some small stickers so I can reuse them once I've written on the back.

Mini Post-it notes. Write them out (or if you're industrious and careful, you can stick them to a sheet of 8.5x11 and run the sheet through an inkjet printer). Stick the notes to the pages of your pre-written modules -- or scenarios, in the case of Pathfinder Society. When your group finds them, hand them the cards.

That is an awesome idea. And it also solves the '"what's a wan# #f lesser r#######ion ... oh, I get it, it must be a wand of lesser blur" (snicker)' problem I keep running into with the straight cards because they don't accept pen all that well.

Sczarni

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Deanoth wrote:
Matthew Pemrich wrote:
gbonehead wrote:

I'm indifferent to whether I have a full set, but having some of the cards be foil will be really cool, so just a display is probably good for me; I never have enough item cards.

I also have to look into getting some small stickers so I can reuse them once I've written on the back.

Mini Post-it notes. Write them out (or if you're industrious and careful, you can stick them to a sheet of 8.5x11 and run the sheet through an inkjet printer). Stick the notes to the pages of your pre-written modules -- or scenarios, in the case of Pathfinder Society. When your group finds them, hand them the cards. When they identify them, take them back and stick on the notes. This sped up treasure delivery by a couple minutes each encounter at Albuquerque Comic Expo, when I did it for the Beginner Box.

I've got a huge engagement I'll be attending in Indy this August. I'm going to put this into practice there, too.

Not sure how you are doing this though. Can you show us pictures or describe it a bit better?

Thanks! :)

Sure! First, I made a bunch of box shapes on a blank document. The boxes should be the size of the mini post-it notes. My Post-its are 2" wide x 1.5" tall, but I think you can also get 2" square mini post-its. Next, I printed this document out and then filled the empty boxes with single post-its.

Finally, I typed in all the text for the items into the same document with the boxes. I wrote small so I could fit it all (for the Beginner Box, I wanted to put as much text as possible). If you're running for anyone other than beginners, you probably don't have to put as much text. With the notes firmly in place and the text ready to print, I inserted the paper with the notes stuck on into the printer and printed the document out.

That's really all there is to it.


I just have a question about the Icons in the top right corner (on the front of the Item card).
I get the Sword and helmet icon (Weapons and armor).
The symbol for Rods, wands and staves I can also understand.
Most of my other cards have a grey symbol that looks like a pendant with a cross in a cirkel. Probably Magic Items?
But what does the Candle mean? Normal Equipment?

Thanks for the answer(s).

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

DMSpelD wrote:

I just have a question about the Icons in the top right corner (on the front of the Item card).

I get the Sword and helmet icon (Weapons and armor).
The symbol for Rods, wands and staves I can also understand.
Most of my other cards have a grey symbol that looks like a pendant with a cross in a cirkel. Probably Magic Items?
But what does the Candle mean? Normal Equipment?

Thanks for the answer(s).

Yep—basic equipment.

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