The Quiet Year

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.

Awarded “Most Innovative Game of 2013
Reviewed by Gita Jackson on Kotaku, Leigh Alexander and the crew of Shut Up & Sit Down, and Adam Dixon on Kill Screen.

a game by Avery Alder
with endless support and vision from Jackson Tegu
and art by Ariel Norris

Buy / Pre-Order Now
PDF in two formats (with background and without), as well as a supplemental play aid. Comes packaged with its (free) sister game, The Deep Forest.

$8.00 Add to cart

Tiny 32-page pocketbook, a deck of full-colour custom cards in tuckbox, and the PDFs mentioned previously.

Pre-order now! Currently being reprinted, expected to ship in November.

$25.00 Add to cart

An unassuming burlap sack, containing: tiny 32-page pocketbook, custom cards, six small dice, and twenty skull-shaped Contempt Tokens. Comes with the PDFs mentioned previously.

Pre-order now! Currently being reprinted, expected to ship in late November.

$40.00 Add to cart

Free Downloads
Cartographer and illustrator Tony Dowler collaborated with me to create a little resource/supplement for The Quiet Year, especially useful in short convention games. It’s called Charted Areas.

While also located at the back of the PDF, you can look up all the card text using The Oracle.

The Deep Forest
The Deep Forest is a map game of post-colonial weird fantasy. It’s a re-imagining of The Quiet Year, one that centres upon monstrosity and decolonization. It’s available for free: The Deep Forest.