The cards are printed on a thick card stock. Much thicker than typical playing cards or gaming cards like FFG LCG's and without rounded edges. The laminate coating is thick as well and tends to make the cards stick together. Sleeving the cards eliminates the sticking problem. The information on the cards is accurate as far as I have reviewed it, but there is no designation for concentration. Also, due to the large amount of text with some spells, the text is cut short and a PHB page reference is given.Overall, the product is a good quick reference, but not perfect.
The laminate tends to stick, slowing use. The sharp rather than rounded corners are likely to become damaged and are aesthetically displeasing. Couple this then with cards referencing the PHB (the very thing they were supposed to alleviate) and you end up with something truly mediocre.
Excellent material and thickness with information laid out for quick reference. The are a great extension to character sheets. Yes, I do wish they had rounded edges but they are what they are, spell cards and they are do what they are meant to do, build your characters spell list for play at the table.
Spell cards are an old idea, and they're always useful. These ones are fairly standard examples, and do the job, but have three flaws. First, the corners are sharp, which means they bend and get damaged quickly. Second, the cards lack notation for concentration. Third, some of them refer you to the Player's Handbook, which rather defeats the whole point. On the positive side, none of these issues are crippling, and for the most part the cards do their jobs well.
Pros* Low price* Thick paper, heavy laminate* Does its job.Cons*No concentration marking*Some more complex spells refer you to the book*Non rounded corners crumple easily*Only spells that are on the spell list - misses Domain and Oath spells that grant spells from Arcane
Spellbook Cards come in packs based on class (except for the Arcane pack, which contains all wizard, sorcerer, and warlock spells). The cards are almost identical in size to Magic: the Gathering cards, so there are myriad options for sleeving. Also, since you are unlikely to shuffle Spellbook Cards, their square corners will likely only be an issue if you abuse them while unsleeved. Lastly, while some have noted there is no specific notification for spells with a Concentration duration, the reality is that every card with an 'up to' duration is a Concentration spell except for two cantrips -- Prestidigitation and Thaumaturgy. (This terminology exactly matches the Player's Handbook, so it's not GF9's fault, really.) Only significant downside is that many classes and some feats grant spells outside of a specific class to other classes, so you may end up buying an entire set of cards simply for access to one class-specific spell.
These cards are not collectible cards. They are not covered in unique and evocative artwork. They are a tool for spellcasting classes to manage their spells and as a handy reference at the game table. As has been stated elsewhere, they are not meant to replace the PHB. The cards are heavy, laminated (so you can write on them with erasable marker). There a few things I do not like, I do not like the hard pointed edges (should have been rounded to maximize durability) and the fact that some cards were not printed with the 'Concentration' tag on them. I did contact at GF9 rep who appologized and assured me that they are working on fixing this issue in the upcomming print run. Nevertheless, they are very sturdy, laminated and handy. I highly recommend them for spell casting classes but remember, these cards are brief references, you still need to have the PHB handy for full text reference.
I am upgrading the rating since the makers at Gf9 have taken my feedback and that of many others and made necessary improvements on the cards, which will now contain the 'C' tag and rounded corners as well as other edits.
Yesterday I stoped by my FLGS and picked up all the new decks. GF9 has re-released these cards, the edges are now rounded, the text in some cards has been corrected, and a couple of cards that were missing have been added. Best part is that the 'concentration' tag that was missing is now included in the spell description. Excellent quality, and you can still write on them with a dry erase marker.
These spell cards set out to do the job they were designed to do. They are not pretty but functional. I do not care for the hard corners and already a few have crumpled up with the few sessions I have used them. Not sure I like the material they are made out of but I can use dry erase markers on them if I needed to. I could have just as easily sleeved a thinner stock of card and marked them with wet erase markers. A few of the longer description spells have page numbers to look them up in the Players Handbook are understandable. All in all I like these cards and will eventually get them all.
The cards lack any indication of whether the spell requires concentration or can be cast as a ritual, so they're not very useful for representing a wizard's spellbook. For classes with a fixed list of spells known, they'd probably be fine.
The decks' shortcomings have been well documented, and so while I would prefer them to have more durable rounded corners and concentration information included, overall they look great and contain almost all the information you need. Longer spells still need to reference the PHB, but they make a very attractive and convenient way for the spellcasters to organize the spells they have prepared.
Spell cards are very useful. Put the spells you have prepared in a card holder and you have a handy spell book.Concentration isn't marked on these cards, but on the other hand you know it requires concentration when it says 'up to 1 min.', instead of '1 min.'My only gripe is that you don't get the cards for spells given by class choices, like the warlock's patron.But the price is right.
At first I was turned off by the sharp corners, but I decided to try a set and I'm glad I did. They're high quality, sturdy cards. They're not overly artistic, but they're not unattractive either. What they are is useful. With new players, the cards have greatly trimmed the amount of time flipping through the PHB, and in my book that makes them well worth it. As others have mentioned, they do stick together a bit due to the lamination, but only in the sense that there is friction preventing them from sliding, and this goes away with use.
These are unavoidably useful, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. As has been said just about everywhere, they have square corners and don't list the spells that require concentration. Still, I have every set and don't regret it. They're much better than the printed out version I was using before that. My players can prep their spells in less than a minute and don't have to flip through the manual (much).