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More Options for Ironsworn: Starforged Oracles!

A coilbound version is available elsewhere since DTRPG can't do coilbound.  Contact me or check my Play Every Role website if you're interested in it, but the PDF is only available here on DriveThruRPG.

This supplement adds two additional tables for nearly every table in the Ironsworn: Starforged core rulebook effectively tripling your options.  Where normally you would roll your challenge (2d10) to find oracle results, you now roll your action die (1d6) as well.  The action die results tell you which table to look at as follows:

  • 1-2: Use the original Ironsworn: Starforged oracle table
  • 3-4: Use the first oracle table in the Starsmith supplement
  • 5-6: Use the second oracle table in the Starsmith supplement
The expanded oracles in Starsmith include the original oracles thanks to Shawn Tomkin's generous licensing.  Thanks, Shawn!  The categories of oracles are:
  • Campaign Starters
  • Core - Action, Theme, Descriptor, Focus
  • Characters
  • Creatures
  • Derelicts
  • Districts
  • Factions
  • Miscellaneous
  • Planets
  • Settlements
  • Space Encounters
  • Starships
  • Vaults
The only oracles not tripled are:
  • Derelict Zones - I created corresponding Mega-City Districts giving you options in the same vein as Derelicts but now in a mega-city.
  • Location Themes - I created new themes that doubled the options rather than extending the existing ones.
In additon to the expanded oracles, I've included three oracles ported from Ironsmith:
  • Random NPC Conversation: A table of random topics for NPCs to discuss including everything from family history to specific job skills to gossip about why the leadership should change.  While these topics could lead to significant plot ideas, they are mainly designed to help a GM or player flesh out an NPC.
  • Plot Knowledge an NPC or Datastream Can Give: These are two d100 tables that you can use to find out what specific plot information an NPC has.  The first table is the type of information they have (the location of, the identity of, the loss of authority of, etc.) and the second table is the topic of that information (an enemy spy, the current setting, a traitor, etc.)  Roll once on each table to build interesting plot connections on the fly!
  • Items of Narrative Significance: These tables provide 300 options for random items that can act as clues or story drivers.  Get a random item and think how it fits into the plot or roll on the Story Clue table and then roll a random item to see how that clue manifested.

Using the Expanded Oracles for Other RPGs

First of all, if you're not playing Shawn Tomkin's Ironsworn: Starforged game, what are you waiting for?!  It's a great game that has all the drivers you need to make excellent sci-fi stories with just the right amount of grit.  The digital version is available right now on DriveThruRPG, and the physical version is available through other retailers.

As great as Starforged is, you could also use these oracles for almost any other gritty, sci-fi system or setting.  Check out the above list of oracles included in this supplement.  You can use those in almost any game!  So have at it!

Not an Official Ironsworn Product

This is NOT an official Ironsworn: Starforged product.  This is a fan-made supplement that is only possible through the generous licensing granted by Ironsworn: Starforged author, Shawn Tomkin.  Thank you, Shawn!

This work is based on Ironsworn: Starforged (found at www.ironswornrpg.com), created by Shawn Tomkin, and licensed for our use under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

Other Products Compatible with Ironsworn and Starforged

If you like this product, you might be interested in my other products that are designed for use with both Ironsworn RPG systems:

  • Ironsmith Products (compatible with original Ironsworn)

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Peter K February 25, 2024 10:48 pm UTC
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What 1-2 with circling arrows means?
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Eric B February 26, 2024 4:35 am UTC
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It’s the same as in the core book which means roll once or twice as you see fit. Hope that helps!
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Peter K March 03, 2024 7:25 am UTC
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Thank you.
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Seth D January 25, 2024 8:12 am UTC
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I really like what you have done with this. However, I think I found an error. In the vital world atmosphere chart, the table is that of the Tainted world rather than the one from the original book. I thought it was a little strange when I saw the atmosphere of the best planet was locked out of being Ideal lol.
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Petar Z July 17, 2023 6:36 pm UTC
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Do you know when the POD with color will be available?
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Eric B July 24, 2023 1:04 pm UTC
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This was my first Starsmith release, and I hadn't decided to use color yet. When I looked back at my source files, I don't have color version of all the pictures in the book, so I'd have to get new art. I can add it to my list of things to do, but my production has really slowed down lately. I'll update you here if I end up getting a color version put together. Thank you for letting me know your preference for color though! That's helpful feedback going forward.
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Zulkhairee S May 15, 2023 3:19 pm UTC
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I'm just blown away by the depth of this book. I came in thinking that it was a max 15 page zine. Turns out it's a 310 page tome that's all I wanted and more from this game. Thank you so much Eric!
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Shane F May 15, 2023 3:45 pm UTC
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I know and then there's the other files too. I only discovered the Assets, Cultures, etc. a couple of days ago. It's a superb addition to the game without detracting from the original.
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Eric B May 15, 2023 4:07 pm UTC
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Glad you like it! Thank you both for the kinds words!
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Shane F May 15, 2023 3:17 pm UTC
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Hi Eric - bought this as a PDF and paid the recommended price. Bearing that in mind what do you think a fair price for the hard cover is? I'd rather not pay the full price but I don't want you to miss out on your reward either.
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Eric B May 15, 2023 4:06 pm UTC
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Thank you paying the suggested price for the PDF! Please get the book at cost (meaning don’t put anything over the production costs). No need to pay me twice. However, someone on the Discord pointed out one remaining typo that I can’t ignore, so I’ll be taking the book down later tonight for 6-8 weeks while I wait on new proof copies for approval. You might wait until after that is fixed. Hopefully by the end of June?
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Shane F May 15, 2023 4:12 pm UTC
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I ordered it quickly before you could remove it :) I can live with a typo.
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Eric B May 15, 2023 4:14 pm UTC
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Well played!
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Shane F May 25, 2023 9:19 am UTC
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Got it today and love it already. :)
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André V April 15, 2023 9:04 am UTC
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Is this going to have a printed version? can only see pdf
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Eric B April 15, 2023 1:58 pm UTC
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It's temporarily down to fix a typo. New proofs are ordered, so I'm just waiting on them to arrive in the mail. Hopefully, the POD will be back up in ~2 weeks based on DriveThru's normal shipping times. There's a spiral bound printed version available on Lulu if you'd rather have that than the hardcover.
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André V April 18, 2023 5:10 pm UTC
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I guess i'll just wait, that way i'll buy the whole thing haha
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Dan H April 12, 2023 8:04 pm UTC
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Any chance to embed all these oracles into Stargazer? Great work BTW.
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Eric B April 12, 2023 11:28 pm UTC
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I have a JSON file of the expanded oracles available on my Github in the Forged-in-Obsidian project (a starter vault for using Obsidian to play Starforged). With a little bit of find and replace, you could probably update that JSON to match Stargazer's format and then import it as custom oracles. However, I don't suggest doing so. The way Stargazer is currently coded prevents users from modifying the core oracles. That means all 300 oracles would be under the single tab "Custom Oracles", and you'd have no way to sort them. If the author of Stargazer ever opens up the ability to modify the existing oracles, I'll make a special JSON file for it, but at this time, the implementation of it would be so clunky that it's not worth the effort. Wish I had better news.
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Shane F May 29, 2023 4:42 pm UTC
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Hi Eric. Is there any chance of getting an Excel Spread sheet or xml file with the oracle entries so I could create an auto roller?
If I had a spreadsheet it would be easier than manually looking up the results in a book or PDF.
I convert a lot of stuff to Excel using =XLOOKUP(RANDBETWEEN(1,300), , , "-",1) but it takes a lot (and I mean a lot) of effort to cut and paste every table from PDF to Excel.
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Eric B May 29, 2023 6:50 pm UTC
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I just uploaded an Excel file, so check your library for the new file. However, it may not be in the format you want depending on how you write your Excel functions. There are also markdown tables in my Forged in Obsidian vault on Github which you can copy and paste those over to Excel if you want. Alternately, you can use the JSON file on Github to create your own tables how you want. Hope that helps!
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Shane F May 30, 2023 9:22 am UTC
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Perfect. You are a star, thank you.
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Shane F June 02, 2023 8:39 am UTC
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Hi Eric - I am nearing the end of adding an auto roller to the spreadsheet. It's taken hours and I thought others might like to use it. It's not as good as putting it into Stargazer but it does streamline the whole process. Is there a way to send it to you to see if you think it adds value? I have tried to track down an email, but looking at your website I guess you got heavily spammed in the past. It's nothing that has any value and I would not expect anything in return. It's just some 300+ formulae in Excel and no macros.
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Eric B June 06, 2023 6:57 pm UTC
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Just saw this, sorry! Yes, I'd be happy to share that with others. I should probably move all the Excel stuff to Git so it's with the JSON files and Obsidian's auto-roller as well. I think my email is in the front matter of each book, but just in case, it's ericbright2002 (note the all lower case) at yahoo.com. Yes, I know. It's an old man email. If you email me your Excel file, I'll get posted for others. Thanks!
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Shane F July 24, 2023 2:31 pm UTC
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Did you get my email? I wasn't sure if it got through? The original mail was 7th June.
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Eric B July 27, 2023 7:15 pm UTC
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No, sorry, I didn't get the email. With an attachment, it may have went to my spam folder which clears out automatically each week. Can you send it again, and I'll keep an eye on my spam folder better. Thanks!
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Shane F July 28, 2023 7:40 am UTC
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I sent it again :) Feel free to bin it if you don't like them.
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Nathaniel M March 31, 2023 10:27 pm UTC
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Hello, I ordered a physical copy, but unfortunately I had to go away and the package was returned to the printer as they couldn't deliver. Drive Thru haven't been able to locate it as there is no tracking number. Do you have any way I can contact your UK printer who it has likely been returned to?
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Eric B March 31, 2023 10:34 pm UTC
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I’m sorry to hear the delivery didn’t go well. Unfortunately, I can’t help with locating the actual printer. That will have to be a question for the DriveThru customer service. They should be able able to tell you where their books are printed in the UK or at least give you the name of the company. I know in the US they use Lightning Source so that might be a place to start?
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Nathaniel M April 03, 2023 10:17 pm UTC
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Thanks for your reply, I've spoken To DriveThru and they said they will arrange a replacement.
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Andrew N March 19, 2023 3:33 pm UTC
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Any chance of a spiral bound version? I find them much easier to use in game for Oracles.
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Eric B March 19, 2023 4:11 pm UTC
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Agreed, but DriveThru does not have a spiralbound version available. I have a proof copy on the way from Lulu of a spiralbound, but unfortunately, I just found a typo in one of the tables. That means I'll have to order another hardcopy proof which adds another 4 weeks to the process. I'll probably take this hardcover POD offline for a bit as well while the typo is getting fixed.
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Eric B March 31, 2023 10:35 pm UTC
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I’ve got a spiral bound ready on another site since DTRPG can’t do spiral bound. Shoot me an email for a link since I can’t post it here.
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Andrew N April 02, 2023 1:33 pm UTC
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Thanks Eric. I couldn’t find a way to directly email you here, but found my way via your play-every-role site. Ordered !
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Andrew N April 15, 2023 4:25 pm UTC
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Hi Eric, Just to flag, the copy of the spiral bound version i received only started at page 109 . Not sure if thats an error your end or that other printer, might be worth checking.
No need for a replacement copy, i can fill the gaps with my pdf copy, but thought you’d like to know.
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Eric B April 15, 2023 5:41 pm UTC
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Thanks for letting me know. I just double-checked the files, and everything is good on the files. You should submit a ticket using their Contact Support link at the bottom of the main page. If they don't get you sorted quickly, let me know, and I'll ship you a new copy on me.
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Eric B April 18, 2023 9:35 pm UTC
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Did you get a new copy sorted out for the spiral bound? If not, email me at ericbright2002 at yahoo dot com (sorry, trying to fight off the bots scraping emails), and I'll ship you a new one.
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Andrew N April 22, 2023 11:26 am UTC
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Thanks Eric
Their support team have promised me a new, correct copy. Waiting on delivery at the moment.
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Andrew N April 28, 2023 10:53 am UTC
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All resolved, new copy arrived, and I’m very pleased with the book.
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Frederic M January 10, 2023 12:21 am UTC
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POOOOOOOD PLEAAAZZZZZZ!! :)
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Eric B January 10, 2023 2:15 am UTC
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You and me, both! I ordered the proof in mid-December, and I'm still waiting for it to arrive. I got the notification that it's been printed, so as soon as it gets here in the mail, I should be able to make the POD available. Maybe by the end of this week? Depends on the USPS speed (and accuracy) at this point. Glad you're excited for it!
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Eric B January 10, 2023 11:43 pm UTC
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It's here! POD is live!
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Shane F January 11, 2023 10:01 am UTC
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Yay! Any news on the digital version for Stargazer?
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Eric B January 12, 2023 1:19 am UTC
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The JSON file of the expanded oracles is available on my Github in the Forged-in-Obsidian project which is a starter vault for using Obsidian to play Starforged. With a little bit of find and replace, you can upload that JSON to Stargazer. However, I don't suggest doing so. The way Stargazer is currently coded prevents users from modifying the core oracles. That means all 300 oracles would be under the single tab "Custom Oracles", and you'd have no way to sort them. If the author of Stargazer ever opens up the ability to modify the existing oracles, I'll make a special JSON file for it, but at this time, I think it would slow your game down more than help. Wish I had better news.

However, the person who maintains the Foundry version of Starforged contacted me and said they plan to put the expanded oracles in Foundry, so I can let you know when/if that happens. It sounds like he'll have them baked into the regular oracles.
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Shane F January 12, 2023 8:36 am UTC
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That is bad news but you have done what you can. Thank you. I will continue to use your PDF and roll using the dice roller in Stargazer.
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Guy C December 15, 2022 2:47 pm UTC
Who did the cover art?
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Eric B December 15, 2022 4:56 pm UTC
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Gernot Wagner from Pixabay. It was a freebie but I thought it was one that most closely matched Joshua Meehan’s style. Someday I hope to be able to afford buying a unique cover art. Maybe for the Starsmith compilation depending on how many mini-releases I get out over this next year. Thanks for asking!
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Ryan W December 10, 2022 6:21 pm UTC
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Insta-buy to show support! I have gotten an insane amount of value from Eric's previous Ironsworn works. Thank you!!
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Eric B December 15, 2022 4:53 pm UTC
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Thank you for your support!
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Alvin G December 07, 2022 4:40 am UTC
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I can’t wait for the POD!!!
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Alvin G December 07, 2022 4:40 am UTC
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I can’t wait for the POD!!!
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Shane F November 29, 2022 8:35 pm UTC
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Do you have any plans to sell these in a format that can be imported into Roll20 or Stargazer? My adventures are now entirely run on Stargazer and it would be great to see your work incorporated.
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Eric B November 30, 2022 12:33 am UTC
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Thank you for the review! I'll see if I can reply to it to say you meant Ironsmith instead of Ironsworn because yes, we want to make sure Shawn gets full credit for his awesome game!

Also, thank you for suggesting the expanded Ask the Oracle! I completely forgot about that. I'll get that incorporated into this weekend's update.

As for other formats, I'm working on converting everything to Markdown (for Obsidian users) and JSON (for just about everything else). With the JSON file, you'll be able to import it directly into Stargazer as custom oracles I think, but I may have to go back and add UUIDs to every oracle. However, the expanded oracles won't be nicely sorted into categories on Stargazer because they'll all be in the Custom category. Rsek and I talked briefly on the Discord about incorporating the expanded oracles into official Datasworn so that all apps that draw on it would have them, but we settled on the fact that since they're not official Starforged, they really don't...See more
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Malte E December 03, 2022 3:52 am UTC
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I would be interested in play testing the Obsidian.md files. Do you maybe have a git-repository where they can be found at?
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Eric B December 03, 2022 10:49 pm UTC
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I have a git-repository with my Starforged starter vault meant to work with the Inline Scripts plugin, but I don't have the expanded oracles incorporated into it yet. It currently only has all the JavaScript stuff necessary to go with the Inline Scripts. I'm just finishing up the JSON file of the expanded oracles today, so I should be able to import the oracles directly into Obsidian soon. It depends on if I need to fix any of the JavaScript after the import, so it may be available by next weekend (Dec 10, 2022)? I'll post on the Ironsworn Discord in the Obsidian channel and on the Ironsworn Reddit when the Markdown files are ready.
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Malte E December 04, 2022 11:03 am UTC
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Sounds awesome :)!

I would also be interested in the json file, if you'd be willing to make it accessible somewhere. Generating markdown files, for use with the Obsidian inline-scripts list roll functionality, from the json oracles should be easy enough (a few lines of Python should do the trick). I would of course be happy to share the generated markdown files if there is interest.
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Eric B December 05, 2022 3:55 am UTC
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Just finished getting everything cleaned up and posted. Both the Markdown files and the JSON file are available on git, but I'm not allowed to post a link to an outside website on DriveThru. Search for ericbright2002/Forged_in_Obsidian and that should get you there. Let me know if you need anything else! Now for the POD file...
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Malte E December 05, 2022 5:02 pm UTC
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Awesome thanks :)! Already imported the md files into my obsidian.md vault. Everything works out of the box, including the inline scripts you made. Great work :)!
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Shane F November 29, 2022 8:34 pm UTC
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A minor disappointment was not seeing the Expanded Ask the Oracle system to add Yes But and No But as possible outcomes as I thought it was genius.
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