GameMastery Plot Twist Cards: Flashbacks

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Bring the past into the present with Plot Twist Cards: Flashbacks. This vividly illustrated deck opens up a new experience of shared storytelling, providing players with ways to suggest events during any adventure. Each card presents a different theme that the GM and players work together to weave into the game’s narrative, as well as related rules effects. Plot Twist Cards: Flashbacks works alone or as an expansion to the original Plot Twist Cards deck. With Plot Twist Cards: Flashbacks, everyone can help tell the story and enjoy being surprised by the occasional blast from the past.

GameMastery Plot Twist Cards: Flashbacks provide a minor story-altering idea along with a few options players can either use as presented or take inspiration from to craft suggestions affecting in-game events. Every Plot Twist Card can be interpreted in countless ways, allowing players to customize and reveal secrets of their characters’ past in ways that encourage character building and help shape the game. The Game Master doesn’t need to be the only one telling stories, and now Plot Twist Cards: Flashbacks give players the tools to give their characters depth and detail like never before!

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-383-5

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A Great Addition

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We purchased the original Plot Twist Cards for use in our game and loved them, so it made sense to expand our collection to include this set.
Like other reviewers I find some of the descriptions/uses a stretch from the basic description on the card, but they can still be inspirational. The cards in this second set are more of a stretch than the first set and some of them made us say "huh?".
In our game they are used as player reward for keeping a campaign journal. Provide an interesting and detailed recap of the previous session: earn a plot twist card. You can then cash in the card to help the story along. It puts a little more power in the player's hands, which can be fun and take some pressure off the GM. Cards have been used to reveal a secret child of a powerful empress, have an NPC get kicked out their rented home (and forced to come to us for aid) and avoid disintegration (though sadly the legendary shield was lost in the PC's place).
We have mixed both sets of cards together and since the picture on the back of the cards is almost the same (one has darker lines in the image), it is difficult,thought not impossible, to tell the difference between the sets.
If you liked the first set of Plot Twist Cards, this one bulks up your deck nicely and provides some additional options, but if you are deciding which deck to get, go for the original.


Cards with a Twist

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Each of the 51, standard-sized cards is illustrated in colour. In the style of most CCGs, the top half of each card is a piece of artwork, with text on the lower half. Along with a title, the centre of every card has one or two lines of writing. This central text provides a direct mechanical effect for the card.

However, it is the bullet points below this rules text which offer the most potential for adding a twist to your game. Here are four possible ways to have the theme of the card impact the plot at your table. As to be expected from Paizo, these suggestions have a loose fantasy feel, but are generic enough to be applied to almost any setting. This is not always true of the art, where a few modern images appear.

From a storytelling perspective, it is these plot suggestions that hold the most potential. When a Player uses one of these cards, they have the opportunity to add a twist of their own to the current plot. This serves to empower the Players in your game, and thereby increase their engagement.

Furthermore, this plot twist will be equally surprising to the GM. This is a perfect way to keep the game interesting for the GM, when you can never be certain where the Players are going to take your game.

Plot Twist Rules
Four cards with rules and OGL text are included in the pack. According to these rules, the Plot Twist cards should be handed out during character creation, and whenever a Hero gains a level. A Player may play a Plot Twist card at any time, choosing either the mechanical benefit, or the alteration to the story based around one of the prompts on the cards.

There is also advice to the GM here about how to implement the cards. Essentially, the GM is left in charge of their game, and may interpret any alterations to the plot according to the broader needs of their game.

Happy Storytelling
Phil

For a longer review, see my blog Tales of a GM:
Tales of a GM, Plot Twist Cards: Flashbacks Review


Just Twisted

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This set of plot twists is similar to the others. I like the ideas of the cards and the design on the back of the card is cool. I am a bit left for words on the follow-up text on each card. Some are a real stretch to make them work with the main plot twist. They could have used only two examples on each card and expanded on them a bit. With limited space comes limited description. Over all, for a new DM they would be a good tool.


Amazing Idea, Decent Set

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I loved the original Plot Twist set. This one is a nice supplement. It adds considerable breadth, if not depth. I was hoping for a different feel for this set, with a strong focus on memory and manipulating the past, (maybe introducing a new mechanic, etc.). There are a few cards that do this, but most of the set is similar in flavor to the previous one. A good set. I recommend it.


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Announced for November!

The artwork is provisional, and will change prior to publication.

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Vic Wertz wrote:

Announced for November!

The artwork is provisional, and will change prior to publication.

My bank balance was provisional and will decrease upon publication.

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That's interesting.


I love the small impact these cards have on the game. I use the original plot twist cards and they have made for some cool moments in my game. Definitely looking forward to this one.


Why does the description say there are 51 cards? Aren't there normally 54 cards in a GameMastery deck?

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Wolf Munroe wrote:
Why does the description say there are 51 cards? Aren't there normally 54 cards in a GameMastery deck?

There's normally a couple of instructions/rules cards and the OGL. I assume they would make it up to 54 cards.

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Wintergreen wrote:
Wolf Munroe wrote:
Why does the description say there are 51 cards? Aren't there normally 54 cards in a GameMastery deck?
There's normally a couple of instructions/rules cards and the OGL. I assume they would make it up to 54 cards.

Yep.

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Oooh shiny.

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One thing that make these Decks even sweeter, although that might be difficult, is to follow a similar model that was placed in the Condition cards which to add a little something to the Deck to intrigue a wider audience. In the case of the Conditon cards there were 2 additional spells placed to add a little flavor and in the case with the other decks I have an idea. This may work better for the character decks than maybe the chase or plot decks, but what about including 1 or 2 additonal traits in the deck to add as a bonus to people buying these decks as well as providing the possibility of reaching others who might not have thought about the decks before. Just a thought, let me know what you think. game on friends......

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I do have a question. Do the backs of these cards have the same art as the first set of plot twist cards?

The reason I ask is cause I like to shuffle them all together and hand 1 out to each PC at each level. So I would like these to be able to shuffle in with the old ones.

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Awesome awesome awesome!!!! I love the first deck of plot twist cards and hope these match up to the greatness. One thing I would really like to see with future card decks is something similar to the latest Gamma World game with cards that you can play with a combat benefit and then something you can gamble on for greater or potentially lesser effect. That made the one game of Gamma World I played a whole lotta fun.

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Sgmendez wrote:

I do have a question. Do the backs of these cards have the same art as the first set of plot twist cards?

The reason I ask is cause I like to shuffle them all together and hand 1 out to each PC at each level. So I would like these to be able to shuffle in with the old ones.

They do have the same cardback.


Sold! Loving the Plot Twist Cards :) Any other new card sets coming in the near future? Maybe a game deck beyond the Harrow Cards? :)

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Updated product image and added some preview images!

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I guess these will be in stores in January?

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baron arem heshvaun wrote:
I guess these will be in stores in January?

Late January to early February would be my guess. :)

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I'm back in New York this week, I hope this is available at my FLGS (The Complete Strategist) - otherwise it's going to be added to the next AP shipment.


Got my cards a few days ago. Great stuff, but one complaint from me - the backs of the card 100% match the original Plot Twist cards. Would have been nice if they were a little different, so I could keep them separate from the original deck ore easily, without have to look at the tiny text on the bottom front of the cards.

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People had actually wanted them the same so you could shuffle them together...

But each person have there own preference that is for sure.

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Ozyr wrote:
Got my cards a few days ago. Great stuff, but one complaint from me - the backs of the card 100% match the original Plot Twist cards. Would have been nice if they were a little different, so I could keep them separate from the original deck ore easily, without have to look at the tiny text on the bottom front of the cards.

Have to disagree here. I appreciate the identical backing to facilitate the two being shuffled together.

While I understand your preference, the decision to do so wasn't an arbitrary one.

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Steel_Wind wrote:
Ozyr wrote:
Got my cards a few days ago. Great stuff, but one complaint from me - the backs of the card 100% match the original Plot Twist cards. Would have been nice if they were a little different, so I could keep them separate from the original deck ore easily, without have to look at the tiny text on the bottom front of the cards.

Have to disagree here. I appreciate the identical backing to facilitate the two being shuffled together.

While I understand your preference, the decision to do so wasn't an arbitrary one.

Also, easier to mark one set of cards to make them stand out than it is to make two sets of disimilar cards look the same.


I'd recommend card sleeves with different backs ... protects the cards and distinguishes the difference :)


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Yeah, I'm gonna chime in and say that was my worry upon opening them, and I was relieved to see they have the exact same back.

In fact, I'd prefer they were *more* the same; when you stack them together you can still see a difference between them. Not that it matters overly much, it's just something I noticed :)

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The Plot Twist cards have blue labels for the Card Names, while the Flashback cards have purple labels. :)


I guess I'm a little slow... how exactly do these plot twist cards get used?

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Uninvited Ghost wrote:
I guess I'm a little slow... how exactly do these plot twist cards get used?

Plot Twist cards are used to alter the course of the game in some fashion, and there is a choice between a mechanical effect or a story effect, giving the players a chance to change the story beyond lucky (or unlucky) dice rolls. As written, players get one of these at campaign start and at every level, and they can give the card to the GM to suggest a possible way for the events to play out. They can be used on anybody's turn and can often turn a bad situation into a good one (as I hinted at with the sinspawn in the store blog).

If you're not comfortable being in the GM's seat and having curve balls thrown your way, this might not be the product for you, but if you are, or want to loosen up as a GM, then check them out!

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Uninvited Ghost wrote:
I guess I'm a little slow... how exactly do these plot twist cards get used?

You can read one of the rules cards on the product page for the original Plot Twist cards.


I've used the original Plot Twist for more than just pen-and-paper RPGs.

They're great for generating story ideas, and there are some creative uses as well for board games like HeroQuest and Castle Ravenloft, for example. The pictures alone helped fill in some details while creating a setting for a game world.

I shuffled them up with a Harrow Deck and the cards from WotC's "Deck of Many Things" while generating story ideas and inventing game worlds... the different card backs didn't really bother me, but it's nice that these seem to match the original Plot Twist cards.

I'll definitely end up buying the Flashback deck soon :)

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I've updated the product description to reflect the finished product.


Wolf Munroe wrote:
Why does the description say there are 51 cards? Aren't there normally 54 cards in a GameMastery deck?

I just now came to the product page to find out how many cards are in this deck because I counted my deck and -only- had 51 cards. I thought I might have lost one or pulled one out for some reason. The description no longer says how many cards are in the deck so past-me has just answered current-me's question over 7 years later. Though it may have seemed silly at the time, I'm glad I asked. :-)

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