Animated Spell Reference Cards from The Deck of Many Review

This video is brought to you by
The Deck of Many and Welcome back to the Gallant Goblin. I’m Theo and today I wanted to share with you the
new animated spell cards from the Deck of Many. As you know, the Deck of Many is one of our
sponsors, but we actually purchased these cards ourselves through their Kickstarter
which ended in October of 2018. We previously reviewed their other decks which
you can see by clicking on the “i” in the corner of the screen. What makes these cards special is the
animated spell effect on the front. Using lenticular lenses, they’ve
animated each spell by creating an 8-frame looping animation. These cards are tarot sized, so
120 millimeters by 70 millimeters, and they are spill proof, so they
should hold up well over time. If you like, you can also sleeve them
using standard tarot card sleeves. And they’ll fit in standard plastic binder
sheets designed to hold tarot cards like you might find in a Rook and Raven campaign
diary, or your own personal character portfolio. The Deck of Many folks are releasing the cards
through the guidelines set in the Open Gaming License, which gives them access to only the
spells included in the Basic Rules. But they do have a unique solution for those
of you who have other spells you like to use. The decks we have here are divided by spell
level, though they have mentioned that they’re looking into bundling them by class as well. It just wasn’t feasible during the Kickstarter
because they didn’t know how much money they would raise and they didn’t
want to leave any classes out. Most decks contain 30 animated cards and
most contain at least a few cards they call “Spellcraft Cards.” This is that solution I was talking about
earlier. Each spellcraft card features a unique animation
on the front, and then the back is blank for you to write in your own spell information. And they’ll take dry erase markers, so you
can repurpose them as needed. Now if the idea of writing on your cards is anathema
to you, you can put them in some tarot sized card sleeves and write on those instead. This is a great way for you to include
homebrew spells, or spells outside the Open Gaming License, like those
in Xanathar’s Guide to Everything. You have a whole host of different
animations on the front of these cards. The front of each spell card gives you the
name of the spell, its level, its school of magic, the casting time, range,
components, and duration. On the back, you have that same information
up top, as well as the exact spell effects, some flavor text, and which classes
can generally cast that spell. The spell effects are unabridged and contain
everything you need to know to cast the spell. Since some spell descriptions are a bit long,
some of the spells are divided over two cards, though each card still has a
unique animation on the front. Let’s go through each deck quickly
to show you the contents. I don’t have time to show you
every card in every deck, but I’ll show you my favorite from each. First we have the cantrips. For this deck, we have Minor Illusion,
which has a nice effect of making a regular box look like a treasure chest,
or maybe the other way around. Next we have Level 1 Volume 1, which includes spells that start with
the letters A through the letter F. From this deck I really like Disguise Self, which shows a person shifting
through several different guises. This is Level 1, spells G through Z. And Speak with Animals has a cute hamster on the
front with a lot of things he wants to share with you. Next we have Level 2 and Volume 1, spells A through
H. From this one, I want to share with you Enhance Ability. As you know, I really like animals and this one features some subtle
animations that work really well. This is Level 2, I through Z. This has Prayer of Healing, one of those
spells that’s a bit hard to visualize. They represented it using these pillars of
divine energy and a few divine runes. This is Level 3, Volume 1, spells A
through M. And here this card is Dispel Magic, showing the breaking of an arcane lock. I quite appreciate the attention to detail
as the purple spell effect on the chain fades after the lock is broken, turning
the chain grey instead. This is Level 3, M through Z. And this spell is Tiny Hut, which is exactly what
you would expect, though I find it pretty cute. This is Level 4, all in one deck. And this spell is Greater Invisibility. I’m not sure how easy it is to see on camera,
but you have one very petty use of a higher level invisibility spell here,
but I think it’s pretty cute. Then Level 5. One spell you hopefully won’t have to use
very often is Raise Dead, which not only brings the warrior back to life, but
the roses around him too. And finally we have the animated
Deck of Many Things. These were all done by a single artist, Kami,
who you can find @karekareo on Twitter. Look for the link in the description below. This deck is gorgeous—if you ever plan
to introduce the Deck of Many Things into your adventure, this will make that special
moment even more mind blowing for your players. Here you can see the Jester
card—looks like this— and they’re all in the same art style. And here’s the card back. Reference cards in general are a
good way to streamline your game. It’s really handy to be able to refer to
them instead of looking spells up in the sourcebooks or pulling them up on D&D Beyond. These cards just add that extra flair on top
and hopefully make the game even more fun and magical for you and your players. Like we said in our last Deck of Many video, there
are several options out there for reference cards While other decks, like the ones from Gale
Force Nine, come at a cheaper price point, they are much more utilitarian and plain. The Deck of Many is focusing on creating cards
that are high quality and include a lot of pizzazz, but they naturally come
at a higher price point. I personally love being able to hand these
cards out to my players, especially if they’re new to D&D. It really makes learning new spells an even
more special moment to look forward to. These fit in the same category as the
premium sets from Beadle and Grimm’s. They certainly aren’t necessary to have a
fun adventure, but they are an extra bit of tactile and visual fun to enhance your imagination
and add some color to your game. Like most everything we review on this channel,
they are game enhancers that have the added benefit of streamlining play. Of course, like the platinum Beadle and Grimm’s
sets, these are a premium product, and the cheaper cards may suit your needs better,
but it’s certainly nice to have several options to choose from. And of course, you don’t have to have reference
cards at all, but I personally don’t want to play without them anymore. Two things I do hope for: I think it would
be nice to buy the decks by class. That way, if players want to invest in just
the cards that they need for their character, they could do so without buying unneeded spells. Currently, this is more of an investment for the DM
or maybe the adventuring party to do as a group. So next I would hope that the Deck of Many folks
are able to secure the rights to make cards for spells outside the Basic Rules. While these decks cover a lot of ground, and
the spellcrafting cards are a creative way to fill in any needed gaps, it would be nice
to have access to all the spells currently in fifth edition D&D, all in the same format. And that’s the Deck of Many Animated Spells. In the comments section below, let me know which
spell you’re most curious to see the animation for. There are some spells that just don’t naturally
lend themselves to visual representation, but they managed to find a way! We of course want to thank our sponsor, who
didn’t actually know we were making this video until like a day or two ago. The Deck of Many folks are releasing a new campaign setting book and adventure this fall called Humblewood. If you are a fan of reference cards, they’re offering
for preorder a deck of 40+ reference cards for their new adventure which will
include all the monsters, NPCs, items, weapons, and magic spells that
are featured in the adventure. And you can preorder a deck of animated
spell cards like the ones you saw here today, featuring the ten new spells that
they’ve created just for Humblewood. Check them out now and get your hands on the
PDF of the adventure at We appreciate all the support you’ve given us. Each time you like our videos and comment
below, it helps others find us and helps us create more content for you. Thanks for watching and we’ll see
you next time at the Gallant Goblin.

  1. I remember hearing about these a while ago. Much more interesting than a static image on a card but I agree that it would be nice if they had decks sorted by class.

  2. If they begin to make cards by class I would buy them. I just started a druid character and bought the text cards made by Wizkids. Though if I can have animated cards for the entire spell list I would buy them. Thanks for the review.

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