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at the flap of a beetle’s wing...

Catalyst - noun
The circumstance that thrusts the characters into the story.
The inciting incident.

designed for solo, duet,
and gmless games.

There is no GM to guide us. A lull befalls the table.  
The silence grows awkward. No one is sure what to do next...

Catalyst Cards take the classic GM responsibilities and passes them around the table to each player to ignite imaginations in GMless games. Once used, draw another, or trade it.

Act I - Introductions, is the first set of Catalyst Cards and contains eighteen printable 2.5"x2.5" cards, high-resolution individuals for VTT and online play, and a 12-page companion booklet.

companion booklet

Included is a 12-page booklet that details each card, what they mean, and how to use them at the table to create engaging stories, locations, NPCs and characters.

only the beginning

This is our first foray into player aids, and we're releasing Act I - Introductions to make sure we are doing it right: That we can provide not just digital print-and-play, but physical cards - that are up to the quality we expect.

With over three months of planning and work with our collaborators, Act I is just the beginning. If all goes well, we have plans to release boosters to add to the collection, each with a focus on specific themes or genres. Such as cards to help facilitate horror, survival, or slice of life games. Or to add flavor to combat, NPCs, towns, and more.

But for now, we hope you enjoy Act I - Introductions.


Catalyst Cards are written and designed by Pandion Games
The card artwork is by Andy Moran - @wizard.legs
In collaboration with Salt and Paper Press

Catalyst Cards are released under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 License.
This means you may download and share these cards in any medium or format, as long as you give proper credit.  You may not remix or modify them and re-release them, or use them for commercial purpose.

have a card idea for the next pack?

You can submit your idea here! (Google Forms link)

CategoryPhysical game
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(15 total ratings)
AuthorPandion Games
GenreCard Game
TagsGM-Less, player-aid, single, Solo RPG, Tabletop role-playing game


Get this player card pack and 13 more for $50.00 USD
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In order to download this player card pack you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $5 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Catalyst Cards - Act I.pdf 4 MB
Catalyst Cards - Individuals.zip 28 MB
Companion Booklet - Pages.pdf 5 MB
Companion Booklet - Print Friendly.pdf 3 MB
Companion Booklet - Spreads.pdf 5 MB

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I absolutely love these. Are there still going to be future packs?


Hey WillowWren! Thank you, I’m glad you like them! We do plan to release future packs and physical cards once we wrap up some other projects.


Narrative 101 in card format? I'm here for it. These cards are pretty AND pretty darn useful, how often does that happen?
The companion booklet adds another layer of context an inspiration and gives me good tarot-adjacent vibes.

Thank you! I’m glad you like them! We were definitely channeling the tarot booklets when writing the companion.