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Over 700 System Neutral Ways to Describe Combat on 120 Cards.

We've all been there. You're running your favorite table-top RPG and it's combat time. You roll the dice, hit, then calculate damage. What does the GM say?

"You hit for 17 damage."

What will he say next time?

"You hit for 16 damage."

Booor-ing!

The rest of the game is so imaginative, so immersed in the world; let's not let combat be the one thing that breaks the flow. Instead, we propose enhancing your combat narrative with this easy-to-use descriptive card deck.

Using the Cards: Use these cards as inspiration to add depth, excitement and drama to your fight scenes!

1) Choose from the below categories, a suite of cards that best match the type of damage your character inflicts:

BLUNT: Damage caused by non-penetrating force.

SLASHING: Damage caused by a sharp edge.

PIERCING: Damage caused by a sharp point.

2) Choose one of the styles below, based on the style of combat being performed:

FINESSE: A character who fights with style and grace, like a Swashbuckler or Martial Artist.

POWER: A character who fight is based on strength and vigor, such as the Barbarian or Thug.

RANGE: A character who is using a thrown or distance weapon such as a javelin or bow.

The Action Word and Card Stacking: You can select one or multiple action words to describe your attack. For example, 1 card could provide a 'Stylish' attack while 2 could provide a 'Stylish' and 'Deceptive' attack. Draw as many cards as you like and use action words provided to enhance your description.

Finally, each action word contains two descriptions to serve as examples. There are one non-deadly description and one killing blow description (skull). Use them as written or modify them to best fit.

This storytelling tool:

  • Encourages writers to show the effects of strikes, not just say it was painful.
  • Adds depth and drama to any of your story's combat scenes.
  • Is great for Gamemasters who wish to better express their players' hits, damage or injury.
  • Players can have cards that describe their characters' combat style the best.
  • Can tip your essay, blog, novel or gaming table from good to great!
  • Is written for any genre.
  • By design, is system neutral and super flexible.
  • Is both a reference and a brainstorming tool.
  • Offers fresh ways to describe death blows.
  • Includes a collage of beautiful card art from Rafael Dorsz.

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