As I was getting together
a Firefly Role Playing game I thought it would be fun if we started
out playing a game of Tall Card. After a brief search on web, I
found the rules posted at http://www.fireflywiki.org/Firefly/TallCard. Basically, it's Poker with six suits. I also found a lot
of queries from people wishing someone connected with the show would
make some cards we loyal fans could play the game. As I was one
of those wishing masses, I realized three things. One, that
probably wasn't going to happen before I ran my game. Two, if I
wanted a deck of cards, I'd have to make it myself. Three, if I
was going to go through all that trouble, why not share?
I had two goals in
designing this deck: To make a deck that looked like it came from the
Firefly Universe, and to not waste all the ink in my printer. I
also didn't want to spend a lot of time on this (it took me about a
week to create the deck... okay, I was up till 3:00 in the morning
most of that week, but I also have a day job, so it evens out).
My solution was to draw rough sketched line figures that looked like
they were drawn quickly (see the Legend below).
The Chinese is
real. I got the Chinese characters from this site: http://www.tigernt.com/cgi-bin/cedict.cgi
it's a Chinese/English online Dictionary. You enter and English
word, and get the Chinese Characters and pronunciation back. The
pictures are very tiny ().
That's the glyf for Firefly, by the way. The result is these
cards inadvertently serve the practical purpose of teaching Chinese...
okay, a tiny bit of Chinese, but it's a start. You can
learn a lot more interesting Chinese at http://fireflychinese.home.att.net/