Oblique Strategies was created in 1975 by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt. It’s a deck of cards, and each card contains a vague suggestion, aphorism, mood, or whatever. The idea is that you draw a card for inspiration or direction when you get stuck; it’s a tool for breaking creative blocks. Brian Eno makes a lot of his art and music using random processes like cellular automata and I think that kind of stuff is pretty far out, so I was curious to see what the cards were like.
The contents of the following deck were painstakingly extracted by hand from an ancient Visual Basic executable, using a hex editor. It consists of 132 cards from the third edition.
Click to draw a random card.