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Over 700 System Neutral Ways to Describe Combat Strikes.

Too often we see combat being run with just a hit/don't hit binary, plus damage. With these cards, you can infuse combat with story.

Three decks are included, organized by Weapon Types, Blunt, Slashing and Piercing.

Combat Description Cards

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 character's 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.

Basic Instructions :

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

BLUNT: Damaged caused by non-penetrating force.

SLASHING: Damaged caused by a sharp edge.

PIERCING: Damaged 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 weapons 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.      





Try these cards, we think you are going to love them!

Please Note: These are not damage cards or tie to any RPG System. They are system neutral ways to describe combat strikes. 

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Michelle S September 11, 2020 11:44 am UTC
After reading some of the cards I look forward to using them in a game. One negative note, I am disappointed the PDF did not include the Basic Instructions. A simple thing to help with the use of the cards as a reminder. I tried adding it to the PDF but it was locked. The creator should consider adding it to the PDF for future purchases.
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mark S September 11, 2020 12:51 pm UTC
Hi Michelle, thanks for kinds words and you have a great point about a simple "how to use card for the deck" After our next Monster Description Cards kickstarter, I will add this to the deck. Follow us (conflict games) on kickstarter for more information. cheers.
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mark S March 17, 2015 5:23 am UTC
Mark D: We are working on a app for ios, andriod and windows phone!
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Anne T May 02, 2018 8:30 am UTC
Any update on the app development? That would be ever so much handier for those games I run away from home, and/or on the fly!
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mark S May 02, 2018 9:00 am UTC
for Ios it can be found here:

for Andriod it can be found here:

The physical cards can be found here:
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Mark D March 16, 2015 9:29 pm UTC
A possible app in the future? :)
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mark S May 02, 2018 9:01 am UTC
for Ios it can be found here:

for Andriod it can be found here:

The physical cards can be found here:
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