The Deck of Player Safety is a FAST and ANONYMOUS pre-game player safety tool designed for convention and organized play tabletop roleplaying games where you don't have time for a Session Zero.
With the explosive growth of tabletop gaming, the Deck of Player Safety (DOPS) was created to ensure all participants, whether they are good friends or complete strangers, have a quick and anonymous method to signal hot-button topics they want to exclude from their gaming experience. Most importantly, they can do so without being in the spotlight. Incorporating the DOPS at your table demonstrates you respect your fellow gamers and want to avoid compromising anyone's comfort. It can also head off problems before they arise, allowing for a smoother session for the Game Master.
What is it?: The DOPS is a Tabletop Roll Playing Game (TTRPG) player safety tool in the form of a casino-quality poker card deck of “hot-button” cards, along with several “Anything Goes” cards.
Where to use it?: DOPS was designed with in-person, convention and organized play in mind, particularly when the participants may be strangers. Additionally, groups that game together regularly can use the DOPS during a Session Zero, or even before each gaming session. Life happens and you never know when potential hot-buttons might change.
Who should use it?: Anyone running a TTRPG game should implement this player safety tool.
When to use it?: The DOPS should be used at the start of any gaming session. This can head off difficult topics and their consequences BEFORE they happen.
How long does it take?: 2-5 minutes. For a group of 4-5 players, the entire process takes between 2-5 minutes; two minutes for groups familiar with the process who don't require Player Instructions, and about 5 minutes for groups using the Deck of Player Safety for the first time.