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CONTENT WARNING: frank discussion of colonialism and systems of oppression.

when you try to start anew, what invisible baggage do you bring along? what does your place in the world lead you to believe is normal? how much do you expect that alien people on alien worlds would be anything like you?

this is a diceless, gm-less, turn-based casual discussion worldbuilding exercise, aimed at creating a space to examine the ways creating worlds from scratch cannot be done without bringing your own culture along.

please be sure to discuss safety tools before attempting to run the game. see the TTRPG Safety Toolkit by Kienna Shaw & Lauren Bryant-Monk for a thorough survey of commonly used safety tools and consent mechanics.

this game was created as a submission to Not A Game Jam 2019. it is a paired set with All We Know Are The Things We Have Learned, my submission for Folklore Jam.

please email any comments to fencedforestmedia@gmail.com.

cover photo is by Peter Heeling.
font used is Work Sans.

this game was created on the occupied land of the Duwamish. this creator supports returning all lands, ceded and unceded, to the care of Indigenous people.


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there is no such place as an empty field is a thoughtful, generative worldbuilder that supports its players while simultaneously demanding from them the active process of decolonization. Where its companion game, all we know are the things we have learned, asks its players where their ingrained beliefs and biases come from, no such place is more forward-facing—asking how we can move beyond them for a more just society. Both of these games succeed as standalone entities but the two speak in tandem, each complementing the themes of the other intrinsically. These games are gentle but firm, unrelenting in their insistence that we can build a better world—but in order to do so, we must first confront ourselves and each other.