dungeonetics
A set of ideas and practices regarding the metaphysical relationship between the computer and D&D

Harrowings Made Easy

The Harrow Deck is loads of fun...right up until you actually go to interpret the cards. The main problem with doing a reading is that the listings of the cards and their meanings in the divination/rule book are not alphabetized. This mind-boggling decision is a huge source of frustration, and requires players and GM's to spend valuable game time flipping back and forth in the handbook looking through six indexes (one per attribute) instead of just one. That is not the only issue, however. Harrowings themselves are more than a little complicated. You have to watch for three kinds of matches: the true match, opposite match, and partial matches, in order to know which cards to interpret, and on top of that you also need to look for misaligned cards. While there are markers on the cards that can serve as quick visual cues, it is a lot of information to take in at a glance.

These two spreadsheets (one done as a Google Sheet, and the other as an Excel workbook) simplify the process of performing a Harrowing. They can be used one of two ways:

Spreads are provided for the traditional Harrowing (The Tapestry), the Harrowing spell (using rules from the Inner Sea World Guide), as well as the alternate spreads presented in Pathfinder Player Companion: The Harrow Handbook (The Bridge, The Cross, The Path and The Sword).

In both cases, the spreadsheet will:

These sheets use protected cells to prevent accidents, though there is no password in case you want to make changes.

Harrow Spreadsheets

Format Version Date Notes
Microsoft Excel 2.0 2017-09-27 Uses a macro. If you do not enable macros you will be unable to use the alternate spread "The Path", but the rest of the spreadsheet will still function.
Google Sheets 2.0 2017-10-01 You must make a copy of this sheet (File -> Make a copy...) to your own Google Drive for it to work. It uses scripting, and you will be prompted to authorize the scripts "recalc" and "dealpath".