A downloadable game

You are little people who walked into a big war. The Doomslord’s forces were gathered in the Broken Land, and for some reason your small fellowship played a key role in their fall. Now, laden with stories to tell and burdens to bear, you set off on the journey home. But the Doomslord’s Hunters are still out there, and it’s a long way to walk…. Back again from the Broken Land.

Back Again from the Broken Land is a short Powered by the Apocalypse game of small adventurers sharing stories on a long walk home. It is meant to be played in one or two sessions. The game is inspired by the emotional, even bittersweet stretches of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

To play, you will need:

  • 4–6 players, one willing to be the GM, the rest to be companions
  • At least three six-sided dice, ideally enough so each companion has a set
  • Some writing implements and notecards
  • Some agreed-upon safety tools (we recommend the X-Card, Lines & Veils, and the Open Door Policy)

You can find Back Again from the Broken Land in Codex: Home, an issue of Codex magazine published by the Gauntlet gaming community. For October 2020 (and probably much of November) you can receive Codex: Home by backing the Gauntlet on Patreon at the $6 level or higher. Eventually, Codex: Home will be available to non-backers on  DriveThruRPG, probably for $9 like other recent issues.

Credits: Game designed by Alexi and Leah Sargeant, illustrated by Amanda Lee Franck.

Use this "character keeper" sheet to play the game online. Make a copy to your Drive in order to edit it.


We are Kickstarting an expanded zine version of Back Again from the Broken Land for ZineQuest3. Back the Kickstarter here to get your own copy of the zine!

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