With the recent release of Gamma World: Famine In Far-Go, I have produced a series Character Origin cards in the same style as the core rulebook origin cards I released previously. These cards are a tool to speed up character creation and aid play. Have your players roll their origins and then hand out the appropriate cards to them. These double-sided cards reprint almost all of the information found in the origin section of the rulebook, including the origin’s name, description, full trait information, critical hit ability, and power names. They contain all the information a player needs while creating their characters and serve as a handy reference during play. Since power descriptions are too lengthy and really deserve their own cards, I have only included their names.
I have also updated the original set of cards to fix typos, adjust the order in which the information is presented in some cases, and remove some extraneous wording from the front of most cards.
In addition, I have created a handful of extra cards to serve as quick references. They are as follows:
Critical Hit Benefit / Uber Feature Card: At 2nd level, players can place the Critical Hit Benefit side of this card under the origin card of the origin from which they chose their critical hit benefit to serve as a reminder. At 10th level, the Uber Feature side of the card can be used to remember which uber feature has been chosen by placing it under an expert power card, omega tech cards, or an alpha mutation.
Omega Tech / Salvaged Gear Card: The Omega Tech side of this card gives the run down on Omega Tech card rules, particularly the Omega Charge roll. The Salvaged Gear side details how salvaging works, and can be placed near or under salvaged Omega Tech cards to distinguish them from non-salvaged tech.
End of Encounter / Difficulty Class By Level Card: This is intended as a GM quick reference card. The End of Encounter side gives a run down of the common things that happen post encounter (e.g. Omega Charge check, changing Alpha Mutations, handing out rewards, etc.) The Difficulty Class By Level side reprints the chart of the same name from the rulebook as well as the list of skills found in Gamma World.
Core Rule Origins / Famine In Far-Go Origins Card: This is intended as a GM reference card. The Core Rule Origins side lists all the origins from the Gamma World Rulebook, the Famine in Far-Go Origins side lists all the origins from the first expansion.
Gamma World, by design, has a much simpler character creation process than the 4th Edition D&D rules from which it mutated. It simplifies the gameplay experience while at the same time greatly reducing the time between rolling up a character and actual playing him or her (or it!)
However, the concept that characters should be able to be rolled up and ready to play in 15 minutes suffers from a fatal flaw, and it’s a flaw not in rule design but rather a matter of resource limits: There’s only one rulebook. And since you can’t buy rulebooks separately, the beginning of your Gamma World session is likely to involve a fair amount of book passing.
To address this issue, and in keeping with the card theme of Gamma World, I have produced a series of Gamma World Character Origins Cards intended to be printed and handed out to players when they’ve rolled for their origins.
These double-sided cards reprint almost all of the information found in the origin section of the rulebook, including the origin’s name, description, full trait information, critical hit ability, and power names. They contain all the information a player needs while creating their characters and serve as a handy reference during play. Since power descriptions are too lengthy and really deserve their own cards, I have only included their names (For power cards, I recommend these fantastic cards by AH_Anarchy).
The cards are standard size (2.5in x 3.5in), come 9 per sheet, and are intended to be printed with the descriptive information on one side and the trait information on the other. You’ll probably want to print a few copies of each to have enough to pass out when players roll duplicate origins.
- Gamma World Core Rules Origin Cards [Zip]
- Famine In Far-Go Origin Cards [Zip]
- Legion of Gold Origin Cards [Zip]
- Additional Reference Cards [Zip]
(Credit: The card backgrounds were based on designs by Wizards forum user Nasty_Nick and based in part on the AH_Anarchy designs).