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Beak, Feather, & Bone

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Beak, Feather, & Bone is a collaborative worldbuilding tool as well as a competitive map-labeling RPG. Starting with an unlabeled city map, players are assigned community roles before taking turns claiming and describing locations. Players draw from a standard 52-card deck to determine a building's purpose and then describe its beak (reputation), feather (appearance), and bone (interior). As buildings are claimed, a narrative for the town and its inhabitants emerges, including major NPCs and shifting power-dynamics. 

Inspired by map-making games like Avery Alder's The Quiet Year and archetype-focused RPG systems like Meguey & Vincent Baker's Powered by the Apocalypse, Beak, Feather, & Bone is a zine-length game including rules of play, 11 community roles illustrated by Austin Breed, a map by Jonathan Yee, and optional lore & GM tips for running games in a city populated entirely by ravenfolk (or kenku, tengu, etc). 

While default play is lightly competitive, rules variants for solo, cooperative, and character-focused play are included as well. Similarly, while the illustrations and GM notes provided will help inspire a ravenfolk city, the beak/feather/bone labeling system can be used with any map, game genre, or populace.

This purchase includes a digital copy of the game booklet optimized for both screen and home-printing. 300 dpi map files are also provided in PDF, PNG, & JPG for print and online use.

To Play You'll Need

  • a stack of note cards
  • writing utensils
  • coloring utensils
  • an unlabeled map (provided)
  • a standard deck of playing cards
  • a 10-sided die (extremely optional)
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Philipp K January 11, 2021 8:12 am UTC
Wanted to buy this but couldn't. For some strange reason it sets my country to Belgium and then throws an error in the payment process. Have never experienced this before on DTRPG. Customer lost!
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Adriel W February 12, 2021 6:34 pm UTC
Hi Phillip! This is definitely not an issue with "Beak, Feather, & Bone". Could you please contact our Customer Support team using the contact us link in the footer? We definitely want to make sure you don't run into this again on this or any other title.
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Philipp K February 23, 2021 9:27 am UTC
This has been solved and WAS NOT the publishers fault. For some strange reason, there was a problem with my local internet provider. Thank you for your efforts!
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Giles P September 22, 2020 12:21 pm UTC
Great game. I am very glad to have backed this on Kickstarter. The physical copy is high quality and the game itself is wonderful!
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This title was added to our catalog on May 01, 2020.