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Somewhere near the heart of the Wood is a cairn.
Why have you set out to find it?

Follow the Bones is 12-page booklet of supplementary rules and tables for generating enigmatic, surprising quests. Use up to three 4-sided dice to unwind the sort of strange, symbol-laden tales you find in Gawain and the Green Knight, the Grail Cycle, and dark fairy tales.

The encounters in Follow the Bones are statless — to play, you'll need to pair it with a complete role-playing game. Though designed specifically for Cairn, the rules and tables could, in principle, be used with any medieval fantasy game that features a forest (e.g. Trophy, Knave, OSE, Dungeon World, etc).

Follow the Bones also serves well as a setting for solo play, particularly when paired with an oracle like Barrow Dweller.

CategoryPhysical game
Release date Mar 09, 2022
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(23 total ratings)
AuthorSymbolic City
Tagscairn, dungeon-world, Fantasy, nsr, OSR, Tabletop, trophy, Tabletop role-playing game
Asset licenseCreative Commons Attribution_ShareAlike v4.0 International
Average sessionA few hours


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FollowTheBones.pdf 4 MB
FollowTheBones.epub 2 MB

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a very simple and elegant travel oracle. Uses 2d4 and a waypoints/stages kind of system to propel your narrative forward. Very worthy of having in a travel toolkit, especially for solo players. Doesnt present too much information to overwhelm, but the results are evocative. Glad to have picked this up!