Oh man, who else remembers Whimsy Cards? They’re re-releasing them as a Kickstarter. I’m probably not in, but I do have fond memories. They claim a 30 year history but I don’t think I saw them until the early ’90s. IIRC they were Lion Rampant’s first thing, pre-Ars Magica.
Given how cooperative narrative tools have evolved in the past 15ish years, I’m not sure I have much use for such technology today. They are, basically, random fictional inputs — not really any different than, say, the Emotional Matrix in Tenra Bansho Zero or the nudges you get in Archipelago. I do remember, though, the nearly irresistible draw of converting these fun little fictional prods into tactical assets. As in, “oh hey, this would be a good time to see a Horrible Failure.” Ugh, gamers, amirite?
I’m pretty sure, based on memory alone, that adding Whimsy/Storypath cards to, say, your 5E game won’t make that 5E game feel or act like a story-dash-game. No worries, should be cootie-free.
Anyway, check it out. It’s a nostalgia money grab but we’re going to have years of those, so strap in and enjoy/brace yourself.