+Giulianna tipped me off to a free story game created by Joli St. Patrick, called Wilding Tales. St. Patrick describes the game as “a small, intimate story of post-collapse community. It’s an experiment in distilling story-gaming to its barest essence.”
Wilding Tales consists of a handful of print-and-play pamphlets that you use in conjunction with a deck of ordinary playing cards to tell a brief (an hour or so) story. As St. Patrick describes it:
It’s not post-apocalyptic in the usual, Mad Max-y sense, it just asks “what if the Establishment finally had to pull the plug next week, and all those counterculture types just became… culture?” Play is very human-scale and ephemeral; we’re here for a glimpse and a few funny or beautiful moments.
Download the game for free, and get the instructions for how to fold and cut the printouts.
The Quiet Year
Giulianna also pointed me to another post-apocalyptic game by Joe Mcdaldno called The Quiet Year. Where you could describe Wilding Tales as a collective story-telling game, you could describe The Quite Year as a collective map-building game.
Although Mcdaldno doesn’t publish The Quiet Year for free per se, a simple print-and-play PDF edition only costs $8. However, the author does offer this and other games of his in exchange for good deeds (find out more about buying Mcdaldno’s games with good deeds).
The Fifth World
And, finally, it looks like the long awaited game The Fifth World will soon pass from alpha testing to a public beta! +The Fifth World reports from a playtest yesterday: “the last big question before we start getting the public beta ready: are the individual needs enough to drive the game without any other structuring mechanic? I’m happy to report that yes, they are!”
Willem Larsen of The College of Mythic Cartography and TrackersNW talks about the aspects of rewilding that often fall through the cracks: invisible skills.
As Jason Godesky has pointed out before, “primitive skills are, in general, easy to learn, and difficult to master.” I think this holds true all the more for invisible skills like communication, teamwork, and peacemaking.
Listen to Willem discuss these elusive skills in this YouTube video from TrackersNW.
Folks at REWILD.info have discussed the value of sign language in terms of rewilding. One of the users (jhereg) pointed out this blog that discusses Native American sign language.
That post led me to discover some great YouTube videos of vintage 1930s footage of Plains Indians signing. You can view the full set of them on tommyfoley’s Videos page at YouTube, and check out this sample from the series (part 4 of 6) that shows the signs for several varieties of flora and fauna.
After posting my first full moon post for 2008, I realized that I should probably devote a post to the whole concept naming the full moons and take a look at the different methods you can use to do so.
Willem Larsen over at The College of Mythic Cartography leads a body and movement skills program up in Portland entitled SHIFT. Calling it “feral marshal-art”, Willem describes the kind of skills they practice at SHIFT:
I attended the JOMO knap-in yesterday and had an amazing time. The flintknapping skill of the people there (as well as their friendliness and willingness to help a newcomer) really impressed me.
When I got there I met Diana Benson, who runs the Missouri Trading Company. She set me up with some tools and materials to use: a billet, a pressure flaker, some leather, and a chunk of stone. Then she introduced me to Gary who took time from working on a beautiful point he had in his hands to help me figure out how to chip the stone.