▼ Tabletop Roleplaying
Everything you love about traditional tabletop roleplaying games is here. Deck Trek features open character design, classless leveling, over 180 perks, over 200 spells, over 90 different weapons, armors, and items, 7 playable races, and grid- or hex- based tactical combat.
▼ Card-based Engine
Deck Trek's biggest innovation is the use of Action cards, playable cards that modify your character's attacks, spells, movement, and other actions during play. These are used in lieu of dice rolls to determine an action's outcome. So you can use a Leaping Attack card to add more power to your swing, or a Burst of Speed to move further, or an Overcharge to amplify your spell. This adds a greater degree of tactical control to encounters by rewarding thoughtful character design and good play. Deck Trek features 100 different Action cards.
▼ Diceless Design
Deck Trek has completely eliminated the need for dice. Don't worry, though, your favorite things about dice are still there! Love the thrill of an insane critical hit? It's even more rewarding when you line up 5 Action cards behind your swing! It's not just a critical, it's a Leaping, Lunging, Whirling, Power Sneak Attack, something straight out of an action movie. But maybe you love a good critical failure? Defensive cards give combat a sense of meaningful interaction and suspense. Maybe your opponent just tried to pull an attack like that on you: but you were ready with a Dive for Cover and a good reflex skill, and jumped completely clear.
▼ Classless Leveling
Deck Trek features an open-ended character leveling system revolving around Perks. Rather than get stuck in a character class, you select any Perk for which you qualify each level, and develop your character dynamically. Maybe you start with an aggressive fighter-type, and choose Aggressive Stance for your first level, making your attacks easier. Then next level, you decide to branch toward leadership skills, and take Warlord, giving your team a damage bonus. But at third level, you decide to toughen up, and take Veteran's Grit, for a huge Endurance bonus. Or, you could have taken any of the other 140 perks for which you qualify.
▼ Skills and Skill Checks
In Deck Trek, skills are familiar, but with a few surprising changes. Choose from 25 different Skills across 5 Attributes, but don't worry about having to take 'worthless' perks to get a skill buff. Almost all perks come with a few extra skill points related to their purpose. The martial-arts inspired 'Fearless Stance' gives you bonuses to Reflexes, Tumbling, and Swimming. The 'Tactician' perk gives Domineering, Academics, and Appraisal. But best of all is how Skills and Action cards relate. Each Action card has it's own set of related skill bonuses at the bottom, so when you make a skill check, your choice of Action cards has a direct impact on your likelihood of success or failure. Want to talk your way out of trouble? If you've got Wit-oriented cards like Witty Retort or Desperate Measures, you'll have a silver tongue.
▼ Items and Equipment
Deck Trek features over 90 unique weapons, armors, and items, each with a functional difference based on the items' uses. Pick up a mace for heavy damage, a dagger for devastating surprise attacks, or a spear for tactical reach. A rapier may be lighter and less damaging than a longsword, but it attacks much faster, making it a true expert's weapon. Each and every weapon has it's own advantage. A variety of armors and shields provide for plenty of defense, and a plethora of tools, potions, and adventuring accessories round out the list for outstanding customization.
▼ Stamina and Health
Deck Trek uses a unique two part health and stamina system. In Deck Trek, your main resource is Stamina, which represents how much energy you have left to fight or cast spells. If you have plenty of Stamina, you can easily defend against enemy attacks, and make attacks of your own. Once you are low on Stamina, you may have to allow your enemy's attacks to hit you, relying on your armor or shield to protect you. If the attacks get through your armor, your character receives damage. A minor bleeding wound slowly saps your strength, while a more severe rupture costs you actions. Your wounds tangibly affect your performance in combat. Strategically managing your Stamina is an important aspect of Deck Trek's tactical combat system.
Blood, Steel, and Magic
Deck Trek is a new card-based role-playing system that allows for deep and interesting storytelling, open character creation, and tactical combat.