The Description System – Unleash the power of words

The Description system is the system powering the Neverwhere fan RPG and recent release ImagiNation.

Role-playing has long been credited with improving mathematical and social skills in tweens and teens but the ways in which it can improve English skills, descriptions, narrative and so on have been less championed. TDS is a system that encourages creative use of the English language.

Not that I want to put you off by making it sound all educational…

The Description System uses descriptive paragraphs to define powers, challenges, monsters, characters and everything else in the game world and minimises the mathematics involved to a single dice roll and some simple addition.

A powerful system and a good introduction to roleplaying, TDS would work well for off-the-cuff games and quick conversions of favourite settings as well as for more developed games.

This system is completely open. Do what thou wilt.

Download HERE

If you like and enjoy TDS and ImagiNation and want to encourage future free, fan-based or charitable projects, please consider supporting us by buying some of our other work or donating to our current fundraising campaign.

With the release of TDS as an entirely open system, my final obligation to the ImagiNation fundraiser is discharged, so hopefully that’ll show I’m a closer!

3 responses to “The Description System – Unleash the power of words

  1. Pingback: Roleplayers Chronicle » The Description System Core Rules from Postmortem Studios

  2. Is there a reason to use RPG Now (and the other sites like it) rather than a direct link to a PDF?

    I’ve skipped a bunch of free products hosted on the commercial sites because of the hassle-cost of resetting my password and every time I go to get a free product I have to reset the password and the new passwords I update to don’t seem to stick.

    I’m fine giving over my email so I can be sent newsletters, but the whole ‘shopping cart checkout for a “free” item’ is…lame, I guess. I’ll never look at GURPS because SJ Games requires a “checkout” for their free stuff.

    If you (and designers in general) are using those sites to host free stuff hoping to get sales of non-free items, I guess that’s reasonable.

    If the goal of a free product is ‘as many eyeballs as possible’, wouldn’t something like a publicly shared PDF on Google Docs or 4shared or something serve that purpose better?

    • They have good traffic and promotional tools for getting the word out and don’t put a strain on hosting as putting it up other places might.

      We do also hope to get some sales of our additional stuff but also it is into the hands of as many as possible. The hosting and the promo tools suit that aim though as I’ve said, people are welcome to freely copy, host etc the files wherever the hell they want on the free stuff :)

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