WHAT IS: The Quiet Year

WHAT IS: is our series of posts highlighting games and what makes them unique. You might have heard about these games but are not sure what exactly they are, that’s where WHAT IS comes in.


What the publisher says:

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.

quiet year map

Why it’s awesome:

In The Quiet Year you collaboratively draw a map that tells the story of your community. You don’t play a specific person, but more a faction of the community. You reflect it’s attitudes, it’s goals, it’s concerns with how the community moves as whole. Each week of the game brings new challenges that you somehow must try to work together to overcome. You find yourself quickly invested in the community you help build and nurture, however not everyone will agree on what course that community will take to deal with issues. Players must learn how get the community to work together or push their agenda more forcefully than other groups. The Quiet Year does an amazing job of showing how group dynamics work all while telling a compelling story of survival and hard choices. When the game is over you will have created a map together that represents all the struggle, triumphs and history of this community during ‘The Quiet Year”.

Get the game HERE