im running a campaign for this right now ! my group is having a lot of fun :)
Babes in the Wood
A downloadable game
Update: Babes in the Wood is getting a 2nd edition Summer 2020! Babes is free for now until then when 1e will be no longer available. The updated edition will be a standalone game as opposed to an update to this file, so you'll need to purchase it again, but I plan on having a system for buyers of the previous version to get a discount and there will still be community copies available. Thanks!
Babes in the Wood is a tabletop RPG for 2-5 players where kids lost in an endless mysterious forest on Halloween night will solve problems, face fears, and test friendships.
Using this book and 2 six-sided dice, players will act as Big Kids, Little Kids, and Animals as they explore the Wood. They'll meet many interesting and weird folks, talking animals, dangerous beasts, dark turtles, and if they're especially unlucky... the Fiend. The mechanics of this game encourage creative problem solving and discourage violence. The Gamemaster section includes setting information and 6 playable scenarios to weave into your own story.
For fans of Over the Garden Wall, Alice in Wonderland, english nursery rhymes, and Halloween. Babes in the Wood is Powered by the Apocalypse.
2-5 Players. Quick to begin. Released October 1, 2017. Printed books are available in our store.
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The physical copy I got had great production values and excellent layout, with each page combining old-timey art and typography to set the cartoonish, turn-of-the-century vibe.
This games is PbtA, and the playbooks / moves are well designed to drive the difference between the characters as well as their roles. As a "little kid", you role is to cause mischief and make friends, as opposed to the more physical "big kid" or more knowledgable "animal."
The game does a good job of laying out how the GM should run each session, providing a good number of "GM moves" to drive the plot forward, as well as several interesting "Sample Tales" to give you an idea of how to structure sessions
"Babes" was a quick read and a thoroughly enjoyable one. The creator's love for the source material shines through, and I could easily see this as the perfect game for ushering fans of "Over the Garden Wall" into the world of #ttrpgs!