Make more of the back­ground

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In game cards the fo­cus is ob­vi­ously on the char­ac­ter, but back­grounds and other de­tails add a whole new di­men­sion. You can hint at a char­ac­ter’s per­son­al­ity through their en­vi­ron­ment or de­scribe their so­cial sta­tus or oc­cu­pa­tion with var­i­ous nearby ob­jects. A schol­arly char­ac­ter could be sur­rounded by old tomes and scrolls, a war­rior will look more me­nac­ing with a stormy sky as a back­drop, and a char­ac­ter could be recog­nised as a witch even with­out stereo­typ­i­cal cos­tumes, only by dec­o­rat­ing her place with al­chem­i­cal para­pher­na­lia and other mys­te­ri­ous-look­ing items.

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