the furnace - narrative role-play in the trenches of World War I

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About the adventure

the furnace is a story roleplaying game about WWI soldiers fighting in the trenches. Players take the role of a World War One soldier and must build their story, including what awaits them at home, then make the final push at enemy lines. Each player takes turns selecting the type of scene they wish to occur next, and the PCs involved. The GM then reacts and narrates accordingly. Each game plays 100% differently. This is a narrative, dramatic, game with NO combat system.

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David Creighton


19 Reviews

38 years as a TTRPG player

4 years as a Game Master

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How to prepare

One could get a Master's Degree in early 20th century history, but that's probably a bit much. Beyond that? Have Discord installed, with a working microphone and speakers; that should be plenty.

What I provide

The one-page game. It can also be obtained on DriveThru RPG. Using Discord.

Gameplay details

Uses dice and playing cards (all virtual) to decide players' success or failure.

Content warnings


Safety tools used


How will character creation work

Character creation is an integral part of the game.

Players can expect

  • Combat/Tactics: Low
  • Roleplay: High
  • Puzzles: Low
  • Experience Level: None

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the furnace - narrative role-play in the trenches of World War I

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Price per player-session
You will be charged when a session starts


  • Duration: 1.5 to 2.5 hours
  • Number of players: 2 to 6 players
  • Experience required: None
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