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Far From the Tree brings us weird science, village gossip, hungry forests, tortured artists, and a vision of something watching you just out of the corner of your eye, all wrapped around intense and personal family drama. It asks, “What makes a man?” “What do we owe our family?” and “How do we choose between revenge and forgiveness?”

This is a game of No Dice, No Masters[1], inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. It tells the story of a Father, who created life through unusual means, a Son, who was rejected by their creator, and their tumultuous relationship.

[1] No Dice, No Masters is the system created by Avery Alder and Benjamin Rosenbaum for their games Dream Askew and Dream Apart, also called Belonging Outside Belonging.

CONTENT WARNING
This game is about a volatile parent-child relationship. Depending on player choices, it may range from messy but loving to outright adversarial. The game text contains references to substance use, parental neglect, patricide, and filicide.
Make sure everyone at the table has agreed to this content before playing, and discuss what safety tools work for you. Information on commonly used safety tools can be found here.

Cover image: "Rotten-Apple-in-Tree_Firs-day-of-Winter__IMG_2781" by Public Domain Photos is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Game features developmental edits by Federico Sohns and illustrations by V. Lib. Vidal.

If you enjoyed playing Far From the Tree, please take a look at the following games which had an influence on its design:

Galactic, by Riley Rethal: https://metagame.itch.io/galactic

Glow Cloud, by Litza: https://litzabronwyn.itch.io/glow-cloud

Dream Askew, by Avery Alder: https://buriedwithoutceremony.com/dream-askew

Dream Apart, by Benjamin Rosenbaum: https://buriedwithoutceremony.com/dream-apart

Sleepaway, by Jay Dragon: https://jdragsky.itch.io/sleepaway

Under Hollow Hills, by Lumpley Games: https://lumpley.games/under-hollow-hills/

Wanderhome, by Jay Dragon: https://possumcreekgames.itch.io/wanderhome

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Far from the Tree draft 3.pdf 990 kB

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