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Feral Fun and Games

Wilding Tales

+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!”

The Edge Dwellers

Ten years ago I graduated from a small, Baptist university in a small town in southern Arkansas.  I went there thinking I would become a pastor or missionary.  I started the track that turned into a six-year odyssey of learning and living.  I respect a lot of the professors I studied under at that school.  But more important than the academics, the people I met there changed my life.

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Myths to live by

In recent months, some of the users on the forum (myself included) have discussed the concept of mnemonics as it relates to primitive skills.  When trying to drink in and assimilate such a voluminous body of knowledge, you can find yourself easily choking on the information–or worse, having it pass right through your mind without ever sticking.

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