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An add-on system for resource management & survival-horror in DeScriptors. 

Get the core rules for free at DeScriptorsRPG.com.

DeScriptors' transformational character arcs are already a resource management system of a sort, as you balance success and failure to discover who your character becomes. Now it's time to do so under penalty of death, delirium, dismemberment, or...some other D words, probably!

Survive adds resource tracks to your DeScriptors characters, which will ramp up the tension as you run low on food, supplies, money, or whatever's important to your setting of choice. A simple dice + time interval system ensures the heat is on! Meanwhile, the players can rely on a homebase (if they can safeguard it!) or go scrounging for more resources (at the cost of gaining new adjectives to ensure later success!)...but that's only a temporary solution!

BETA Variation

NOTE: These rules are in BETA and are offered as Pay What You Want. Enjoy it for free, if you'd like! That said, once we make $25 off this release, we will incorporate these rules into a setting (or several) with loads of examples and options, including a potential DeScriptors: Horror variant. This also ensures the system will be playtested, finalized, and published in a future DeScriptors book!


  • A high-stakes resource management rule variant add-on for DeScriptors RPG that fits on a business card.
  • Included are a PDF version as well as a high resolution image version.
  • We've also added a printer-friendly 8.5x11 version.
  • If enough folks like you support this release, it gets expanded and improved!
  • We value your feedback as we playtest these rules. Comment here or drop us a line at DeScriptorsRPG.com.


Created by Matthew Bannock

Developed by Tim Bannock for the #pleasurecardrpg jam on itch.io

Image by Andreea C from Pixabay


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DeScriptors-Survive.pdf 478 kB
DeScriptors-Survive-01.png 883 kB
DeScriptors-Survive-02.png 186 kB
DeScriptors-Survive_8-5x11.pdf 45 kB

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