The world of Derbalan lives by its own quirky logic. You can play as an elementalist, master of the three elements of nature: rock paper and scissors. Or maybe you prefer the universal theurge who preaches love and tolerance and is willing to hunt down any heretic who disagrees on those themes. In your travels you will use items such as the throwing poodle, Phalangian ultracheese, mispelled flasc, and all you can eat breadsticks to aid you in the fight against terrifying monsters such as the horrible stuffing golem, the friendly-yet-deadly huggy cactus, the crinkly paper dragon, and the dreadful chinchilla con queso. Other games have random monster encounters, but we assure you that you will find none more random than in Derbalan.
So what is a card-based roleplaying game? In most games you have a static list of abilities, spells, and opportunities available to you. In Derbalan Shuffle, you pick your class with unique cards that represent the abilities available to you. You play a card to activate that ability, use an item, or just flip a card over instead of rolling a die for random chance.
Advanced players can modify their class decks with adventurer cards, multiclass to draw cards from several of the classes. Additionally, different combinations of racial and class abilities yield different strategic options.
For game masters, the Derbalan Shuffle system makes running games easy yet entertaining. If you want to run a quick one-shot, come up with a quick plot and throw the characters into it, letting the random card draws shape the campaign and handle the mechanics side while you come up with new plot ideas on the fly. Or, if you prefer a long, well-thought-out campaign, you can pull specific monsters and treasures from the decks ahead of time, and you still have a random system as a back if the players manage to wriggle out of your finely-crafted plot. You can create your own hazards and rewards easily, and stick with our rules or add your own ideas to them.
The game is currently in development, but you can purchase a playtester copy and get an exclusive playtester reward card.