Pathfinder Boost project: Easy spell cards

After testing the waters on Reddit, we’ve decided to create a set of free, downloadable easy-reference spell cards for the Pathfinder system by Paizo.

Remembering what spells you have is a drag, but it’s even trickier to keep track of what spells you’ve cast on a given day. Cards have helped our game a lot, but the ones we have are ugly things, put together in under an hour for our first game. They also only contain cantrips and lvl 1 spells. So now we’re making at least all the Pathfinder spells ranging from 0 to 2. If they prove popular we will make more.

The idea behind these cards is to make spell casting accessible for new players. Being a spellcaster should be fun, but learning all of it can be a daunting task if you’ve never played a rpg before. And most current printable cards contain ALL the information, making them hard to use for new players.

We will also make two versions; a coloured version, and an economically-nice-on-your-printers-ink version. Each card will have the bare minimum of information required to cast the spell, plus a reference to what page you can learn more on.

So here’s our first sketches, showing the three spells Cure Light Wounds, Flare, and Sleep. 
What we now need from you guys is to break them. Eg; let us know what spells you don’t think would work within this framework. Or just leave a comment with your support. That would encourage us greatly!

Update: First batch of cards ready here!

Still in early sketch mode. The final would have finalized icons, different text and texture for the coloured version.

Still in early sketch mode. The final would have finalized icons, different text and texture for the coloured version.

The bottom info might be replaced with icons. The less text to read, the better. These are meant for beginners after all, not for pro users.

The bottom info might be replaced with icons. The less text to read, the better. These are meant for beginners after all, not for pro users.

PF-Spell-Card-v1-Flare

We think the components on the right helps making the spell easier to comprehend.

 

  • http://twitter.com/locksmyth locksmyth

    Page numbers are not a good idea. Paizo’s compatibility licence actually disallows the use of page numbers to reference the core book because they can change between printings.

    • Dustdown

      That’s an amazing tidbit of information to know! Thank you! We believe we have a way around it already. ;-) But yes, our next version will not feature page references.

      • Sam

        Yeah. It is pretty sad that you can’t, I absolutely LOVE having the page number.

        • Dustdown

          We will find a way. :-) Keep an eye on our next version.

      • http://twitter.com/locksmyth locksmyth

        I look forward to seeing your solution.

  • Robyn Nixon

    Rather than page number you can still stick with book source name to lead users to further information

  • Zhirpoon

    Just one thing I noticed. On the card that has a material component you didn’t list the component needed, that would be awesome to add as well.

  • Jason Long

    Really great idea! Also, I kinda like them looking ‘sketchy’, they look fun that way. I also agree that listing the material component would be helpful. Really love the Area on sleep, super helpful with Minis!

  • Brendan Monahan

    wow, you need to put these on kickstarter

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  • http://www.facebook.com/Charles.Alexander.Wright Charles Wright

    Although these were made for beginners I like that they are fantastic even for long-time gamers as quick reference cards and could easily be used to make spell books for any caster class
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