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Born of Cold is an asymmetrical and gm-less storytelling game for 2-4 players. Each of four available roles has different rules & mechanics to interact with one another and tell a compelling and hazardous tale:

  • The Cursed - our protagonist, one who against their better judgment must scale a treacherous winter landscape to confront the villain who manipulates their fate
  • The Snow Queen - our antagonist, one who manipulates the minds and hearts of the beings below to their own will
  • The Winter - our setting, one who creates obstacles for the journeying party on their path to a final confrontation and manipulates the weather
  • The Forest - our supporting cast, one who creates the wood-dwelling animals and people who may support the Cursed on their journey or create unforeseen consequences for their actions

each role uses different dice, moves, and mechanics to interact and affect one another to create a compelling and hazardous tale. A standard set of polyhedral dice (d4, d6, d8, d10, d12, d20) can be shared and split among the group. Each role is presented as an individual PDF as well as a common file with the core rules every player should know.  

While inspired by The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson and well as Disney's Frozen, this game leans into the darker elements of the original fairy tale while simultaneously presenting new narrative paths to take to reinterpret the tale in new contexts.

Uses re-imagined and repurposed mechanics from my gm-less and asymmetrical schlock horror game Hell Cabin, integrating new systems like special moves for keeping the story fresh and exciting.

Print Edition available at worldchamp.io/storecontains a greeting card with common rules and four individual postcards with the particular role moves to be passed around the table. Limited to 100 copies. Made possible by my supporters on patreon in February 2021.


Buy Now$5.00 USD or more

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

born of cold - wcgc.pdf 33 MB
boc - cursed.pdf 6 MB
boc - forest.pdf 7 MB
boc - queen.pdf 7 MB
boc - winter.pdf 8 MB

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