Border Riding

Format Standard

Border Riding is a game about maps, boundaries, borders, and the way we use rituals to maintain and shape our community. 

At a glance:

  • GM-less map drawing game. 
  • 3 to 6 players (solo and duo modes also included.)
  • Played over rounds, with each player taking the lead. 
  • Invent a community, and watch it face challenges over the passing years. 
  • Create a series of maps that stack atop one another. Hold them up to a window at the end of play to see redrawn lines shine through onto the present.
  • Requires 2D6, pens, 10 to 20 sheets of paper, 1 to 2 hours to play.

Its touchstones include Avery Alder’s The Quiet Year, Everest Pipkin’s zine-game The Ground Itself and Iman Tajik’s project Bordered Miles.

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Deluxe Edition: + 'On Common Riding'. An essay on the history behind the tradition of Common Ridings in the Scottish Borders. Explores the tradition's roots, how it has changed over the centuries, and its modern form of social pageantry. Unlocked through the original crowdfunding campaign.

- Printed copy of Border Riding. A full 1000mm x 890mm layout of the rules, map and resources.
- Border Riding PDF. An export of the map layout at 144DPI, ideal for digital viewing.
- Map JPG. A cropped image of only the illustrated map and resources, for easily slotting into VTTs.
- Booklet Edition PDF. The rules from the fold out map, laid out as a traditional A5 booklet. Includes accessibility tags for screen readers and bookmarks. Exported at 300DPI, and paginated for at home printing.

A ZIP folder containing all relevant PDFs will be available for download at checkout, and emailed to you (if you provided an email).