City of Winter

A roleplaying game featuring a fantastical family saga played across handmade maps

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The Umbra is coming, and the Riverlands are no longer safe. Our family must flee to the City of Winter to find another home

A roleplaying game about a family saga and immigrant experience.
Create members of a family and journey together through the strange world. Elegant rules, evocative prompts, and inspiring images help guide your unique story. Family members will age and die, traditions will be passed from one generation to the next, and you will encounter new traditions that change your family over time. City of Winter captures the refugee and immigrant experience in a fantastical and magical setting.

The game is played across two intricate and beautiful canvas maps: The River Scroll and The City Map. You’ll use the Tradition Cards and narrative prompts to tell the story of your family as they flee from the Riverlands to the City of Winter. One-shot or campaign play. No game master. Completely collaborative. A spiritual successor is the beloved Fall of Magic.



The maps and cards for City of Winter are made completely by hand in our workshop with 100% cotton canvas, artisan quality paper, and vivid water-based inks. We cut, screen print, sew, and hammer every nail. The stunning immersive components look like objects you’d find in the world of the game.


Editions & Details

Number of Players: 2-5.
Style: GMless, No Prep
Creators: Designed by Ross Cowman. Illustrated by Doug Keith.

Scroll Edition

The original edition of the game featuring two handmade maps.

  • River Scroll (1 x 5 ft)
  • City Map (2 x 2.5 ft)
  • 250 Handmade Tradition Cards
  • 5 metal tokens and 1 die
  • Wandering Borough Card
  • 10 Tradition Banners
  • Instructions Booklet

Atlas Edition

Replaces the textiles maps with a paper notebook

  • Atlas – spiral bound paper notebook.
  • Cloth storage bag – made by hand.
  • 250 Tradition Cards
  • Wandering Borough Card
  • 10 Tradition Banners
  • 5 metal tokens
  • Instructions booklet

Digital Edition

Includes both the online version and Print and Play versions of City of Winter. Created specially by Deernicorn to emulate the experience of the physical game in an easy to use format. Only one key per group is necessary to play online.



“Stunning” – Dicebreaker

“City of Winter makes beautiful hand-made maps the center of the TTRPG experience” – Polygon


Additional information

Weight 2.5 lbs
Dimensions 17.25 × 4.5 × 3 in

Scroll, Digital, Scroll + Digital, Atlas

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