Sabacc Cards of SWAG

Back in 2002, the first iteration of the Star Wars Artsts’ Guild made an exclusive deck of unofficial Star Wars sabacc cards. It was unofficial in that it wasn’t a Lucasfilm-sanctioned project. However, the cards and how it was played used the play description as detailed in L. Neil Smith’s The Lando Calrissian Adventures novel trilogy and West End Games’ Crisis on Cloud City role-playing game supplement. A bunch of SWAG artists contributed artwork for the face cards, including myself.

Recently, Bob Rodgers the former Baron Administrator of SWAG reminded me that I have a copy of the SWAG sabacc deck. So I dug around for it and found it. Here are some photos I took of the deck.

How to play!

The fold-out rules, with cover art by the esteemed Reverend Strone.

Suit cards

The suit cards; clockwise from top left: Coins, Staves, Sabres and Flasks.

A single suit

Clockwise from bottom right: 1 of Sabres, Master of Sabres, Commander of Sabres and Mistress of Sabres.

Sabacc the halls with boughs of holly

The whole deck arrayed on a chair

The rear face of all the sabacc cards

Meanwhile on the dark side of the moon…

Remember - the Idiot, a 2 and a 3 is the best

Some of the face cards; clockwish from top left: The Queen of Air and Darkness, The Idiot, Balance and Endurace.

Endurance card artwork close-up

Here is a close up of the Endurance face card which I drew

Oh man, it’s been 10 years?

How time flies like an airspeeder.

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Khairul Hisham J. is a tabletop RPG artist, writer, proofreader, translator, teacher, grad student and learner-in-general.


  1. What a cool piece of kit. This must be better than that crappy sabacc game they had in the Knights of the Old Republic games…

  2. awesome! i remember playing around in these back when you first got them. we never did get a game of sabacc going..

  3. Hi Hisham,

    I’ve been looking at doing a Sabacc deck myself. Were these decks ever sold, or were they just for members to play with?

    If they were sold, what did you do about copyright, etc.?

    • I don’t believe these were sold, precisely because of the copyright. In fact that’s why we don’t charge anything for any Star Wars Artists’ Guild requests, and do it _pro bono_ for the community. You know, just to be on the safe side.

  4. i know this is old but what were the rules for sabbac that came with crisis on cloud city? since no pdf has them. i do not care for the cards as i can get them easily enough but the rules are more important then the cards them selves as with out thos you can’t play the game.

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