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."
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.
Is your player using a blunt weapon? Imagine pulling the Blunt card and simply selecting one of the actions description listed right there on the card. Read it aloud, filling in the specifics as you need. And suddenly, you're breathing life and excitement into your combat (just as you're taking it away from someone in the form of HP).
Then, if the damage dealt by the player is going to finish the enemy off, there are Death descriptions for that as well, conveniently marked off by a skull-icon. Read off the Death description and give your player a thrilling and vivid description of their combat triumph!
Since the Action Words are listed separately and bolded, you can easily grab them at a glance for whenever and wherever you need them.
For more dramatic scenes, multiple Action Words can easily be stacked together, quickly forming a powerful and exciting narrative.
An example of stacking 3 cards from the BLUNT series could sound something like this:
A "Savagely", "Brutal", "Bone Jarring" blow sends gratifying shock-waves vibrating up your arm!
Now, that's far more thrilling and vivid than, "You hit for 17 damage."
The Combat Description Deck will include 100+ unique cards, with each card containing 6 unique phrases. That's a total of 600+ unique phrases, all ready for you to use to spice up your combat narrative.
For further ease-of-use, the cards are divided into three suits, which correspond to the three common attack types of Blunt, Slashing, and Piercing. And then each card is further subdivided into three common fighting styles of Finesse, Power, and Ranged. So, when an attack happens, you simply grab the card from the stack for the attack type that occurred and read off the description for the fighting style that was used. It's as simple and easy-to-use as that.
What's more, each card can be used for nearly every type of situation and nearly every type of enemy, since we're purposefully leaving specific body parts out of our descriptions. We don't say, "a unforgiving strike to the leg.." because what if the enemy doesn't have a leg? Rather than giving you a description that wouldn't make sense, we give you the wider picture, and allow you to adapt that wider picture to whatever situation you currently have going on in your story.
Likewise, we won't use the word "blood" but "fluid". We won't specify any type of weapon, but simply the damage type. We won't talk about combat being on the ground,thus allowing for air, sea, and magical combat settings. This way, you can use these cards in any and all combat situations you might have occurring.
Don't worry about sounding lame with these cards. They're designed to make you and your players sound cool in combat. As we say internally, NO CHEESE or CORN with this meal! (i.e. nothing too Cheesy or Corny). Every phrase will use language that truly and realistically enhances your game play.
We are offering many Pledge Levels:
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Alternate Pledge Option: If you can't or don't want to use a credit card, you can pledge through our online shop www.CombatDescriptionCards.com. The products listed in the linked shop section mirror the rewards that are available with this Kickstarter campaign. The shop is provided for people who do not have credit cards and/or who wish to participate via PayPal.
A few things to keep in mind if using our online shop: Your account will be charged as soon as you place your order. All pledges made via our online shop will count towards meeting stretch goals. You must include any international shipping cost on the donation. If the Kickstarter fails, all credit card and Paypal backers will be refunded their money through their chosen method of payment, minus any Paypal or credit card fees.
Looking to customize your pledge rewards a little bit more? Want extra copies of some of the rewards? Here is a list of add-ons that are currently available. To add these on to your pledge, simply adjust your pledge amount to include the price listed below, and record in your note what add-ons you are including. Your choices will be confirmed in the survey at the end of the campaign, to ensure that you get exactly what you wanted.
Note: All add-ons and stretch goals require a base pledge to be at the $25 tier and above. Shipping/handling is included for backers in the US. Additional worldwide shipping as specified for each level
See update #3 & #9 for regarding changes to the Add-ons
Help bring this product to life and we promise to help you bring your combat to life with the Combat Description Deck!
We have much more to offer! If we can push beyond our basic goal, there are a number of additional Stretch Goals with which you can further expand your verbal combat repertoire!
LARGER CARD SIZE: Make the decks easier to read and handle by increasing the card stock to tarot card size.
VELVET CARRYING POUCH: A handy carrying pouch for transporting your deck of cards.
EXPRESSIONS BOOSTER PACK: Have you been stuck for what to say when trying to describe any emotion a character is feeling, particularly in a critical moment? This will help. The Expressions Booster Pack features a dozen more cards packed with emotional and physical clues! Each clue will help describe what a character is going through mentally and how the emotion might be expressing itself physically.
DESCRIPTIVE STORYTELLER SCREEN: Get yourself a Storyteller Screen with the combat descriptions printed right on the board! Make it even easier to find just the phrase you're looking for!
PLASTIC CARRYING CASE: Keep your deck protecting from the elements with this handy hinged plastic carrying case.
ENVIRONMENTS BOOSTER PACK: When the adventures encounter a new locale, and you want a vivid sound or smell of that place that will make that location stand out, the "Environments: Smells and Sounds" Pack has you covered.
PAIN BOOSTER PACK: Combat equals damage. And damage equals fear and suffering. But how to convey that? Instead of just saying, "You're hurting," for the billionth time, draw a Pain Card and one of its phrases to describe exactly what the walking wounded are feeling.
Core Deck Expansion! Every backer benefits from this stretch goal as the increased content will be added to the PDF and writer’s grids across the board.
Cards of Ill Intent: Sometimes a storyteller needs to describe the attacks of the bad folk, or even of player characters who aren't so good themselves. And that is where the Cards of Ill Intent joins in – a booster pack of cards that are much like the set of regular Combat Description Cards, but these cards have action words to describe all of the cold-hearted and murderous bastards out there.
Protective Card Coating & Premium Art Paper ($18,500): A protective coating will be placed over each and every card to help guard them against spills, rough handling, and those who regularly have gooey fingers (you know who you are). Your investment will be much better protected with this card coating! We will also increase the density of the paper used in the cards from 250 to 350 gsm. What does that mean? An improvement to the density will increase the appearance of the printing and make the card stock even more substantial and harder to damage. That's right, this reward is both protective and appealing!
The Labyrinth: These cards will offer unique details to expand the vividness of your descriptions of labyrinthian environments, expounding upon all experiences there, from the mysterious to the mundane. Each of the 12 cards of this booster set contains a sight, a sound, and a smell, and then depicts each of those with two elegant (and sometimes grotesque) examples in action.
However, don't get stuck into thinking that the Labyrinths Booster Pack can only be used with labyrinth environments. The Labyrinths set can easily be adapted for use with most underground structures, caves, and even certain kinds of prisons. Bring your labyrinth environments to life with the CDC Labyrinth description booster pack!
BOOSTER PACK: CHARACTER DISTINCTIONS: This booster pack contains a 12-card deck designed to inspire the storyteller into creating memorable and distinguishable characters. Each card details diverse features and characteristics of characters ranging from minor distinctions to major distinctions. With system neutrality (and even gender neutrality) in the forefront of our minds, we envision this pack to be one of the most popular in the set.
Our final stretch goal is a really expensive one, so unlike the rest of our stretch goals, this one will not be made available for free. Instead, A perpetual license is $10 and can be added as an Add-on.
The CDC Web App and API Now all of your cards - from the 120 cards of the core deck to the 5 booster packs sets - will be made available to you as a Web App. What's more, the Web App will be phone friendly, so you can freely look up cards on your smart phones and use all the app’s features! You will also be able to plug-in the api for personal use. See kickstarter project update #9 for more information.
The Native CDC App: With a native app, the entire program is installed right onto your drive. So, you will not need to access the internet in order to use this version of the CDC App! All of the CDC cards, from the core deck to the seven booster packs, will be readily accessible via computers or smart phones. You will now have both a native app and a web app version, giving you much more freedom in how you access your CDC App decks!
Conflict Games is the team of writers and artists who recently brought you the uber-imaginative Conflict PvP: Tactics and Teams Rulebook. We are now working on the Combat Description Deck as our next offering to help you enhance your RPG gameplay. And we hope you are able help us Kickstart this project into being.
Thank you for your time and $upport.
Risks and challenges
*The final design of the CDC deck and stretch goals may vary as many of the graphics above are digitally produced.
All projects carry some risk. Fortunately, the Combat Description Deck is a fairly straight forward product. Please also keep in mind, the Conflict PvP products are already created and ready to ship.
The foreseen risks involved include shipping logistics and the unexpected cancellation of contracted artists, writers, editors or product manufacturers. In the case of contract cancellation, the contractor will need to be replaced. Which in turn, could delay the project's completion but won’t prevent its completion. In regards to shipping, logistics could become burdensome. We are unable to control the fact that domestic and out-of-the-US shipping costs seem to be spiraling out of control. However with our target funding goal, we don't foresee this preventing the project from succeeding; although, it may impact delivery dates.
The one guarantee we can make, is that we will be transparent with issues and communicate them to our backers as quickly as we can.
We strongly believe our target funding goal is sufficient to complete our vision for the product. If you're as excited about this card deck as we are then help us exceed that goal - we have much more we wish to do for this card series. This is just the first step in an exciting journey! Join us!
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