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  1. About The Project
  2. Getting Started
  3. Usage
  4. Contributing
  5. License
  6. Contact

About The Project


Ever wanted to play with your own Shit Happens playing cards? Now you can. Write down the most miserable situations you can think of and rank them. This project automatically outputs playing cards in pdf format.

This project is not related to the original card game. Open an issue in case of any objections.

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Getting Started


A virtual environment with python 3.11 or higher.



pip install shithappens

from within the target environment.

To allow for pdf merging, run pip install shithappens[merge]. To show a progressbar, run pip install shithappens[pbar]. To install all dependencies, run pip install shithappens[all].

Installing for developers

Retrieve the latest version of the code

Developers should fork this repository and run

git clone<your-username>/shit-happens.git

This will place the sources in a directory shit-happens below your current working directory, set up the origin remote to point to your own fork, and set up the upstream remote to point to the shit-happens main repository. Change into this directory before continuing:

cd shit-happens

Create a dedicated environment

You should set up a dedicated environment to decouple your shithappens development from other Python and shithappens installations on your system.

The simplest way to do this is to use either Python's virtual environment venv or conda. Here, instructions for conda are shown. If mamba is installed, replace conda with mamba in the commands below.

conda env create -f environment.yml

Activate the environment using

conda activate shithappens-dev

Remember to activate the environment whenever you start working on shithappens.

Installing shithappens in editable mode

Install shithappens in editable mode from the shithappens directory using the command

python -m pip install -e .

The 'editable/develop mode', builds everything and places links in your Python environment so that Python will be able to import shithappens from your development source directory. This allows you to import your modified version of shithappens without re-installing after every change.

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The tool is available as a command line interface (CLI). It requires an Excel file in the input directory (default current working directory). The excel files must have two columns with any header. The first column must contain the miserable situations. The second column must contain the corresponding misery indices. See the examples directory for an example.

usage: shithappens [-h] [-n NAME] [-m | --merge | --no-merge] [-s {front,back,both}] [-l {en,nl}] [-f {pdf,png}] [-r | --rank | --no-rank] [-w WORKERS] [-c CHUNKS] [input_dir]

  -h, --help            show this help message and exit

  input_dir             Input directory. Defaults to current working directory.

  -n NAME, --name NAME  Expansion name. If no name is specified, infers name from input_dir.
  -m, --merge, --no-merge
                        Merge output. Defaults to --no-merge
  -s {front,back,both}, --side {front,back,both}
                        Side(s) to generate. Defaults to both.
  -l {en,nl}, --lang {en,nl}
                        Language. 'en' and 'nl' supported. Defaults to 'en'.
  -f {pdf,png}, --format {pdf,png}
                        Output format. 'pdf' and 'png' supported. Defaults to 'pdf'.
  -r, --rank, --no-rank
                        Rank situations and output in new file. Does not guarantee a linear ranking, i.e. situations can have equal misery index. Ignores all other options. Defaults to --no-rank.

  -w WORKERS, --workers WORKERS
                        Number of workers. Defaults to 4.
  -c CHUNKS, --chunks CHUNKS
                        Number of chunks for the workers to process. Defaults to 30.

The input directory must be structured as follows:

│   └───expansion-logo.*
│   ├───back
│   └───front

If the output folder does not exist, it will be created. The format of the expansion logo must be on this list.

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Any contributions you make are greatly appreciated.

  1. Fork the Project
  2. Create your Feature Branch (git checkout -b feature/AmazingFeature)
  3. Commit your Changes (git commit -m 'Add some AmazingFeature')
  4. Push to the Branch (git push origin feature/AmazingFeature)
  5. Open a Pull Request

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Distributed under the GPL-3.0 license. See LICENSE for more information.

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