There really aren’t that many games that fit the bill for It’s In the Cards Week, but here’s another Tarot-driven one that can also be played with standard (poker) playing cards. Trials of the Magi falls firmly in the 21st-century realms of player narrative and innovation, though there are firm mechanics in place. Intended to help bring players new to the concept of roleplaying into the hobby, the game focuses on allowing players to essentially “be themselves” while the explore the concepts of RP and shared fiction.
Inside each session of this narrative card game a group of Candidates attempt to overcome the surreal and magical challenges put before them by the Arcane Scout. Where each success bringing them one step closer to becoming fledgling Magi.
Who is this game for:
In contrast with most role-playing games, the characters that the players control in Trials of the Magi are direct representations of themselves known as Personas. These imagined characters look, act and talk just as the player would, making it easy for some one new to the hobby to step into their first game.
How the game is played:
Each Tarot suit represents a type of playstyle, and by picking a combination of 3 cards, you tailor your gameplaying interactions effectively create your own custom “character class”.
This hand of cards comprises the entirety of each player’s Persona, and gameplay revolves around each player’s ability to effectively manage how their cards cycle between the three positions of, in their hand, on the table, or discarded. This is crucial because if all of the players are forced to discard all of their cards, they fail the trial.