Full disclosure: I know the person behind this Kickstarter personally, and I like to see my friends succeed whenever possible.
When I’m writing or running a game, sometimes (often) I run into situations where I need more information, and I need it fast. Often this means that I need an NPC or side character. If I’m writing, this inevitably means opening a web browser, looking up a list of names associated with a culture/language/region, and then opening Wikipedia and falling down a link hole, never to return.
That is sub-optimal.
That’s why I’m excited by The GameMaster’s Apprentice. It’s a deck of cards that can help keep you off of the internet when you should be writing. I suppose you could also use it for its original purpose of saving face with your players when you’re running a game and they go and do something you weren’t expecting.
In addition to knowing Nathan, the project’s creator, personally, I also know his work. As he mentions in the video above, he worked on the Serenity RPG, which is a system that I absolutely love using when I want to run or play a swashbuckling adventure game, whether I’m in the Firefly universe or not. At the time of this writing, the project is a bit over 50% funded, which is great, and if this looks like a useful tool to you, I’d encourage you to back it yourself.