Wayfarer’s Deck: TTRPG encounters for every occasion!

Are you bored of the same random encounters, over and over again?

Are the characters in your Dungeons & Dragons game walking through the forest for the hundredth time, and meeting bandits has become a running gag at your table?

Is the action stalling in your novel and the protagonist just keeps walking in circles?

Well, time for a twist of fate: grab a deck and draw a card.


What is Wayfarer’s Deck?

50-card illustrated deck with encounters, wonders, mysteries, puzzles, and findings.

A fast and easy way to create engaging situations on the fly, with minimal DM prep.

Plot hooks, quest ideas, interesting NPCs, breathtaking views, and prompts for the characters to interact with your carefully built world!

The cards introduce a variety of encounters and don’t dictate the solutions. You’re never forced to fight whatever you’ve found, and the players have full agency to do whatever they wish. There are no stat blocks and no answers to the mysteries – you’re free to take the situation wherever the inspiration takes you.

The cards are setting-agnostic and compatible with any fantasy game, solo or in a party play, with or without a game master. Whether you need a quest idea for your Dungeons & Dragons game, a plot twist for your novel, or a random encounter during travel, these illustrated decks will do the heavy lifting for you.

A graphic showing three cards from Wayfarer's Deck: Courtly Whispers.

Encounters for any occasion!

Whether you’re guiding the characters through the frozen tundra, a tropical rainforest, or a haunted mansion, Wayfarer’s Decks got your back. Our collection constantly grows, with a new deck released every month! Do you need something we don’t have yet? Send us a message and we’ll see what we can do!

Meanwhile, let yourself be inspired!

Underwater Encounters

Go on an adventure beneath the waves and try these 10+ underwater encounters for your D&D and other TTRPG game!

Grasslands Encounters

Go on a hike of a lifetime and try these 10+ grassland encounters for your D&D and other TTRPG game! The adventures await!

Underground Encounters

Venture deep into mines, caves, tunnels, burrows, and dungeons – and try these 10+ underground encounters for your D&D and other TTRPG game!


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In the series so far:

Courtly Whispers

Wayfarer’s Deck: Courtly Whispers invites you to delve into intrigues, rumors, and scandals present on any court deserving the name. Get involved in complex schemes and power struggles, entertain the courtiers, and partake in libations and discussions. Whether you prefer to witness, facilitate, or stop political upheavals, this deck will keep you busy.

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Depths of the Earth

Wayfarer’s Deck: Depths of the Earth invites you to venture deep into mines, caves, tunnels, burrows, and dungeons. Discover fabulous treasure, encounter other travelers and suspicious cracks in the ceiling, get uncomfortably lost, find traps (hopefully not too late!), and explore the marvelous and dangerous underworld.

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The Sea of Grass

Wayfarer’s Deck: The Sea of Grass invites you for a trip through an endless grassland, whether it’s a steppe, a prairie, a savanna, or any other shrubland. Discover the plants and animals, marvel at the effectiveness of predators’ camouflage (if you manage to spot them in time), give a helping hand to the hard-working farmers and shepherds, and get just a tiny bit lost in the tall grass.

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Underwater Kingdoms

Wayfarer’s Deck: Underwater Kingdoms takes you for dangerous, mysterious, and surprising adventures beneath the waves. From curious octopuses to hunting merfolk, to strange sounds, and murky depths, the adventurers will have more than enough opportunities to prove their courage, preparedness, and willpower. The depths are as wondrous as they are unforgiving.

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The Dark Forest

The Dark Forest deck takes you on a trip through eerie, mysterious woods, where the laws of time and physics find themselves otherwise occupied. Fey creatures, mysterious lights, suspicious villagers, wolfseekers, white rabbits, paths leading you astray… The adventurers will get lost in the Dark Forest – perhaps for the last time.

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Surreal Carnival

The Surreal Carnival deck takes you on a trip through a mysterious carnival, full of exciting games, colorful personalities, puzzles, riddles, and more than one reason to look deep into the character’s soul. Discover what lies behind the mirrors, behold the monsters held in cages, and lift the weights you didn’t know you’re carrying.

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Gothic Horror

The Gothic Horror deck takes you on a trip through a haunted mansion. Expect secret passages, peeling wallpapers, suspicious shadows, and hair-raising, weird, and eerie encounters that will satisfy all your needs from Ravenloft to Bly Manor.

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Sailing the Clouds

The Sailing the Clouds deck takes you on the adventure aboard an airship, whether you’re into fantasy or steampunk – or anything in between. From fantastical monsters to seemingly mundane happenings, no trip will be the same.

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The Forest Trails

The Forest Trails deck takes you on the adventure through dense woodlands and peaceful clearing. Full of animal life, overgrown ruins, forgotten gods, wild and abundant plants, this deck will change the standard ‘you’re walking through a forest’ description into a trip worth remembering.

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Under the Canopy

Under the Canopy deck takes you on the adventure into a dense, overgrown jungle. From venomous snakes to orchid hunters, secret temples, living fossils, disgruntled monkeys, chatty birds of paradise, giant spiders, mushroom people, ghosts, mysteries, and puzzles – this deck holds 50 encounters that will keep you entertained as you walk through a tropical rainforest.

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The High Seas

The High Seas deck takes you on the adventure through mysterious oceans, stormy seas. Expect underdeck intrigues, treasure islands, sea monster encounters, pirates, flying fish, stowaways, and all other fascinating, eerie, intriguing, and potentially dangerous things that can happen when the mainland is way behind the horizon.

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The Scorched Expanse

The Scorched Expanse deck takes you on the adventure into the sun-soaked desert. Expect a ton of sand, strong winds, rocky landscapes, fiery encounters, memorable dates, caravans passing you by, cold nights, refreshing visits to an oasis, some hallucinations, cacti, stars, and the general feeling of dread. The desert is an unforgiving and remarkable place.

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On Top of the World

On Top of the World deck takes you on the adventure into the mountains and valleys, full of mysterious findings, secretive hermits, hidden caves, suspicious birds, unreliable weather patterns, and bears. Seriously, there are bears in those mountains. You’ve been forewarned.

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The Frozen Wilds

The Frozen Wilds deck takes you on the adventure into the eerie, icy tundra. Blazing aurorae, ghostly stags, secret caves, and mysterious building await discovery as you traverse the frost-covered wastelands.

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Wayfarer’s Deck Bundles!

ALL-in-1 DIGITAL bundle!

Want to make your life easier and save some money at the same time? Grab this ALL-in-1 bundle on DriveThruRPG, containing all 13 decks:

  1. The Frozen Wilds
  2. On Top of the World
  3. Scorched Expanse
  4. Under the Canopy
  5. The High Seas
  6. The Forest Trails
  7. Sailing the Clouds
  8. Gothic Horror
  9. Surreal Carnival
  10. The Dark Forest
  11. Underwater Kingdoms
  12. The Sea of Grass
  13. Depths of the Earth

650 illustrated cards with encounters, mysteries, puzzles, and writing prompts now 25% OFF!

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ALL-in-1 PRINT bundle!

Do you prefer physical cards? Grab this ALL-in-1 PRINT bundle on DriveThruRPG, containing all 13 decks:

  1. The Frozen Wilds
  2. On Top of the World
  3. Scorched Expanse
  4. Under the Canopy
  5. The High Seas
  6. The Forest Trails
  7. Sailing the Clouds
  8. Gothic Horror
  9. Surreal Carnival
  10. The Dark Forest
  11. Underwater Kingdoms
  12. The Sea of Grass
  13. Depths of the Earth

650 PRINTED, illustrated cards with encounters, mysteries, puzzles, and writing prompts, saving you 25%!

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Wayfarer’s Deck Review Zone

The amount of care and thought that goes into Double Proficiency’s work is truly incredible. This deck is more than an excellent utility for any RPG, it’s a piece of art.

The way that the team at Double Proficiency presents their content in the form of micro-biomes is nothing short of elegant, it allows for each piece of content to have a consistent and cohesive sense of direction and this is no different.

If you’re having a rough day, or a great day, or you just need some inspiration, pick up one of these supplements, this is a great one to start with.

OmniMyth on Itch.io

A great mix of events and random encounters for an age of sail setting. The events have various degrees of challenge and a short, but inspiring description. The format as a card deck (instead of a rollable table) lets you easily adapt the collection of events to your liking, depending on your setting or the required level of drama.

Since the events are kept short and independent of any rules mechanic, you might need to adapt it to your game before usage. For me, that’s an advantage – I’d usually do that in some form anyway.

Cornelius W. on DTRPG

I have been using this deck in a slightly different manner, where I’ve shuffled the deck and am just drawing a card every time I’m ready to start a new “chapter” with a new prompt from the cards to write a semi-cohesive story following four (now seven, thanks to one of the prompts) of my characters from an original story setting that I haven’t touched in literally years.

I haven’t written anything in perhaps 5+ years, maybe even approaching 10, but I have found myself writing 50 pages so far, averaging about 2-3 pages per prompt/card. I’ve gotten to explore barely fleshed out characters, expand on newly created ones, and actually see my characters in action. Something that online random prompt generators and my own attempts at just writing has never gotten me to do.

I am very happy with these prompts, how well they all fit together, and the agency to take prompts where and how we see fit. Tremendous work on the cards, and I’m so happy that they’ve helped get me out of my writing funk. Thank you so much!

Subtle Banshee on Itch.io

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