Lonely Timbers

A game about historical lumberjacks in the 19th century. It’s a game about men who leave their homes for months at a time to support their families with the only job they could get. They would cut timber in the chill of fall, the frozen winters, and treacherous spring. It’s a game about the people who did this dangerous work, the price they paid, and the bonds built in those remote cabins.

In this game, each player portrays one of the woodcutters during a year of toil and service. They work the long days to harvest timber from the forests to earn their pay to support their families. They also suffer stress, loneliness, and the other dark thoughts known as the cold. They spend their evenings caring for each other, offering comforts of home and bonds of companionship.

This is a game about masculinity in all its forms.

Excerpt: 

The life of the lumberjack is dependent on the seasons, and so is the game. Each session of play is divided into the four seasons, which is in turn divided into months. During each month, each lumberjack can make 2 die rolls (Toil and/or Service), and the GM will describe the situation you face. You are likely to gain additional Cold and Hunger during the course of play as you are beset with hardships.

Author: 
Jason Pitre
Game Type: 
Roleplaying Game
Collaborative Story
Crunch: 
2 - Focus/Imagination
Players: 
2+
GM?: 
Yes
Free?: 
Yes

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