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The Quiet Year


For a long time, we were at war with The Jackals. But now, we’ve driven them off, and we have this – a year of relative peace. One quiet year, with which to build our community up and learn once again how to work together. Come Winter, the Frost Shepherds will arrive and we might not survive beyond that. But we don’t know about that yet. What we know is that right now, in this moment, there is an opportunity to build something.

The Quiet Year is a map game. You define the struggles of a post-apocalyptic community, and attempt to build something good within their quiet year. Every decision and every action is set against a backdrop of dwindling time and rising concern.

The game is played using a deck of cards – each of the 52 cards corresponds to a week during the quiet year. Each card triggers certain events – bringing bad news, good omens, project delays and sudden changes in luck. At the end of the quiet year, the Frost Shepherds will come, ending the game.

This game occupies a strange space halfway between a board game and a story game. There isn't any roleplaying, but the game does require creativity and artistry. It occupies a space similar to that of Microscope or How to Host a Dungeon.

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June 14th, 2021
This is a great GM-less party game for a group of friends interested in worldbuilding and community-level storytelling. The mechanics can be grasped in minutes, and flow beautifully during play. During your game, all players cooperate to build a [...]
January 9th, 2018
Great game! my group used it to define the village and its surroundings for our D&D campaign. Despite being novices to the more freeform story driven games everyone at the table loved playing The Quiet Year. They wanted to play on when the game fin [...]
September 24th, 2016
Played at PAX and loved it. Purchased because I would love to play it again. My only reason for not giving this a solid 5 stars is that the purchaseable product is formatted as a chart where you can lookup results using poker cards. I would have liked [...]
December 17th, 2014
I love this game. It's very simple and allows for an insane amount of creativity. It a fusation of board game and rpg, not quite one and not quite the other. I have run this at three conventions as well as for friends and significant others of gamin [...]
July 25th, 2013
I was hesitant to pay for a product that sounded fairly crunch-less, but am very glad that I did! The Quiet Year is a fascinating game of the "Scandinavian role play" style (more broadly descriptive, involving collaborative overall storytelli [...]
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This title was added to our catalog on January 15, 2013.