Update: I have now modified the "sharing" functions a bit to lighten the load on the server. This means, if you want others to be able to download a PDF of all your public cards at once, you need to manually click the link to create your public PDF, and click that each time you want to update that file.

Dead of Winter pre-orders are oh-so-close! And by the time it gets here, you'll have the ability to customize the experience like never before.

One of the key mechanics of Dead of Winter, and the Crossroads Game series in general, is the crossroads card mechanic. Each turn, the player to the right of the active player draws a card from the crossroads deck. This card has a trigger on it. If that trigger happens before the end of the turn, play is interrupted and a choice must be made, by the active player or others, that could split the colony or crush the hopes and dreams of teammates/opponents. For example:


The base game comes with a whopping 80 crossroad cards, so you'll be sure to get a ton of plays in before you are familiar with most of the cards.

However, now, you can always keep the cards fresh, as today Plaid Hat Games is releasing online the Dead of Winter Crossroads Card Generator.

Using simple text boxes, you can write your own cards, see the images, and download PDFs.

Just keep the following in mind:

  • By submitting anything, you are granting Plaid Hat Games full ownership and full permission to use what you write in future physical or app releases.
  • You can select some of your cards to be "public," and one someone loads your username, they'll be able to download your "suite" of public cards in PDF form, thereby allowing each user to create their own "pack" of cards. You are limited to 50 cards saved at a time.
  • Keep in mind even if you do not save a card as public, it will still be viewable to administrators.
  • Anyone can create cards, but to save cards for later or to make public, you must be logged in.

Get the creative juices flowing and create some crossroad cards!


Classicsmiley commented:

Comment edited, because I can't seem to delete it...

Posted on 2014-08-03.

frostinflames commented:

"thumbs up" and "thumbs down" are swapped

check out my thumbs test card for an example

Posted on 2014-08-03.

joepinion commented:

Fixed all that.

Posted on 2014-08-04.

Ardrikk commented:

What size are the Crossroads Cards? Just wondering how we could incorporate user created cards into our own game? They'd have to be of a size and card stock that matched what comes with the base game in order to mix them in.

Posted on 2014-08-04.

jordierainrain commented:

You can always sleeve them. Depending on the size, you could sleeve them and just print on paper and sick a playing card in the sleeve.

Posted on 2014-08-04.

notsteve commented:

Stay in the house Carl!!!

Posted on 2014-08-04.

EndersShadow commented:

While this is beyond amazing, I have to agree with Ardrikk. It seems like it will be very hard to implement in our games. The self made cards would be of a different look and feel, and the point of the crossroad cards is that the person whose turn it is does not know which card is in play.

Posted on 2014-08-05.

WRMW commented:

A minor detail but it looks like thumbs down option still have the arrows pointing right, just like the thumbs up option. I really like the counter-balanced effect of opposite direction arrows that are on the other cards.

Posted on 2014-08-05.

JonGilmour commented:

@Endershadow and Ardirkk, use the pro-tip I posted on BGG today. If you are playing with the same group, remove the cards as they come up, and replace with fresh cards from the app. The backs will all be the same, and you will never get a repeat card. Feel free to leave favorites in there though!

Posted on 2014-08-06.

cmarie commented:

Will there be any similar resource/widget posted for fan-made character cards? (I guess you'd be on your own for the standee.)

Posted on 2014-08-07.

juiuce commented:

Quick question. I listened to the DoW podcast on here and am keen to know whether the 'if we use one of your custom cards you may get an expansion that they feature in' comment still stands??

Love the work you guys do,

Posted on 2014-09-14.

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