As a big believer in psychological safety in games and simulation, I love the "X" Card.
No point causing traumatic experiences when a few easy actions can reduce the chance of them occurring!
A really great review of some of the tools and techniques can be found at Safety Tools for Tabletop RPGs from Thomas Weinbeger, of Dramadice:
I truly believe in tools such as the “X” card. Although it’s easy enough to grab a paper and make an “X”… I thought I’d make a nice one for people to print out to make it more “present” during the game, so people would not forget it.
Here is a cool video to watch as well:
The image of the Scare Dog is one from a cover image of the book the MIND SPIDER by Fritz Leiber. I’ve always loved that image as a kid…. and it just looks wild! It also seems canine, so totally fits the H&J doggo mindset. I reached out and was given permission by the artist, Walter Rane, to use it for charitable causes.
Therefore, you can find a full colour version of the H&J X-Card as a free download to help promote mental health here:
If you feel like throwing in a few shekels, 95% of whatever you give will go to DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS. You can imagine the amount of psychological distress DWB is treating currently along with having to deal with their own reactions to current world events.