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The Climb


The Climb is a short, six-person, live-action game about an expedition to a virgin peak in the Himalayas. The game requires six players, a large quiet space, and should take 2-3 hours to play. There is no Game Master, but you’ll need one player to organize and facilitate.

Camp III, Gangkhar Puensum, Bhutan Himalaya

We have arrived at Camp III, precariously perched 6,900 meters up on a cliff-face high above the Tarphel Valley of Bhutan. In an age of well-trodden paths, no human being has ever been higher on this peak than we are right now. This is a secret first ascent without the knowledge of Bhutanese authorities, who have forbidden climbing for religious reasons since 1994. No one knows we are here. If we descend into Bhutan we will be arrested. If anything goes wrong, there is no one to rescue us.

Two will summit in the morning.

For the six of us on the slopes of the Gangkhar Puensum massif, summiting ensures a place in climbing history. We all want a shot, but only two of us can make it to the top. Who will it be? And what fate awaits the “lucky” ones above 7000 meters?

What's Included?

This game includes:

  • a 14 page PDF organized for double-sided printing, which will be used in play as a rules cheat sheet, six individual character sheets, and a Summit Team information sheet
  • a sheet of name tags (suitable for printing on labels) and
  • a 91 minute MP3 snowstorm soundtrack that is used as a countdown for events during the game.

The Soundtrack

The audio track was put together by Kit la Touche and is intended to be played throughout the game to set the mood and control the pace of play. It includes 90 minutes of alternating blizzard and light wind sounds with a Chinese weather report and a one minute stretch of silence in the middle, signaling the moment of decision. When the soundtrack ends, so does active play. 

The MP3 is freely available on the Bully Pulpit Games website. It was made using Creative-Commons licensed samples from Freesound. Thanks to users Pushtobreak, Leandros.Ntounis, Dynamicell, Royal, ReadeOnly, ERH, and kMoon.

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January 28th, 2014
Played during a ski trip, so easy to get into the spirit! Virtually all were newcomers to RPGs and we had a fun time. BUT we didn't develop enough conflict: there are only a few secrets/leverage/blackmail points. For instance, the Doct [...]
December 2nd, 2013
A very simple Freeform with a surprising amount of character. The game is carefully designed to explore the interactions between characters as they try to progress their own personal agendas. Designed to be played as a Live Action game, it doesn [...]
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This title was added to our catalog on December 03, 2013.