A downloadable supplement

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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 a set of procedures for playing solo adventures using the role-playing game Cairn. At its heart is a system for generating and exploring weird quests in the style of medieval chivalric romances.

Blaze a path through a strange and treacherous forest.

Survive encounters with the uncanny sylvan folk and the restless undead.

Answer riddles to uncover a fate as yet unwritten.

This updated version includes:

  • revised and expanded text
  • new procedures, built on Riddle and Tilt, for developing scenes and finding the Cairn
  • stat blocks for the creatures named in the text;
  • advice for keeping notes while you play.

CategoryPhysical game
Release date Mar 09, 2022
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(28 total ratings)
AuthorSymbolic City
Tagsbox-and-bones, cairn, Fantasy, nsr, OSR, riddle-and-tilt, Solo RPG, Tabletop, Tabletop role-playing game
Asset licenseCreative Commons Attribution_ShareAlike v4.0 International
Average sessionA few hours


Buy Now$5.00 USD or more

In order to download this supplement you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $5 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Follow the Bones - print v02.pdf 5.5 MB
Follow the Bones - printable spreads - v02.pdf 13 MB
FollowTheBones v2.epub 2 MB
FollowTheBones.pdf (Previous version) 4.1 MB
FollowTheBones.epub (Previous version) 2.5 MB


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Great to see a revised edition. I'm looking forward to giving it a go. And I've just read about Riddle and Tilt — really interesting. Seems pretty elegant on paper!


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!