Welcome to System DL, a new direction in role-playing! System DL is a completely diceless role-playing system which still plays like the old diced games everyone's used to. After all, if, as Einstein once said, God doesn't play dice with the Universe, then why should you?
System DL includes a high-speed character generation system which creates balanced, well-rounded characters with actual backgrounds, not just numbers on a page. Game play is blindingly fast, since there are no dice to chase around. Play online, in a comfortable chair, on a cross-country trip, in places you never considered before. Take the fun wherever you go with System DL!
Sounds neat; so where can I find it?
The complete System DL Manual and Player's Field Guide is available for sale from our friends at DriveThruRPG and itch.io. These rules are MUCH more detailed and useful than the freeware version, including:
- Better magic rules
- Contemporary equipment and weapons
- Alternate character generation and LUCK rules
- Just lots more of everything, really
Related Links: System DL Manual and Player's Field Guide at DriveThruRPG (updated February 2020)
System DL Manual and Player's Field Guide at itch.io (NEW! June 2020)
To whet your gaming appetites, a freeware version is available on this very site. These rules are slanted toward playing within a fairly generic low-tech fantasy milieu. Many of the concepts from the full version have been pared down or ignored, but the basics are intact. As always, we will keep this freeware edition available in thanks for all the valuable input and comments from internet users over the years.
You can also download System DL Freeware as an Adobe PDF file for ease of use and printing.
Related Links: System DL Freeware (HTML) (updated September 2020)
System DL Freeware (76kb PDF)
The smallest member of the family is Basic SDL, a one-page version of System DL which manages to remain a full-fledged RPG in its own right. Basic SDL is great for pickup games or to introduce new players to System DL.
Related Link: Basic SDL (45kb PDF)