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After all our struggles, all our trials, it was not enough. We could not save our homeland. When the new king conquered our cities, he sent us out—out into the desert, out in to the mountains.

But kings are mortals too. We bid our time, waiting. His successor will forget his father’s grievance, and we would return to our halls of worship and our sacred places.

We have returned a thousand times before, and we will return again.


System: Custom

Type: Stand-alone one-page storytelling game

Genre: Storytelling

Mechanics: Roll against Threshold.

Intended Players: 3-5

Supplies needed: Several d12

Setup time: 5-15 minutes

Session time: Varies

License: CC-BY 4.0

Included Bonuses: –

Last Updated: August 20, 2022

CategoryPhysical game
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(2 total ratings)
AuthorLoreshaper Games


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When We Were Exiles.pdf 52 kB


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Note: As a one-page game, I ran into length limitations and couldn't explain the target number manipulation mechanics, so I ask players to use d12s and then just ask for a 50/50 roll.

For each relevant background (up to 2) that a character could use, the die they contribute to the roll succeeds on a lower number, stepping down in increments of 2 and then 1 (so for the first relevant background the success is a 5+, and for the second it's a 4+).

Backgrounds that have been crossed off due to a loss don't contribute to reducing the requirement for that die to remove Risk.