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The boarding school in this game is any boarding school, every boarding school. The walls are old stone or red brick, the dormitories are filled with young people going through the agonising process of becoming themselves, classrooms retrofitted with ceiling tiles and modern lighting.
There are spaces of this school that belong only to us students, sacred rites performed in them that mean nothing to others and everything to us. We smoke cigarettes in the basement, make out in the tack room, make meaningful eye contact across the cricket pitch. I will tell you two truths and a lie: no one can take these years from us, none of us will be the same when we leave, no class will teach us more than we learn from one another. Can you see now which one is the lie? We couldn’t.

Lost Years is a Belonging Outside Belonging game set in a boarding school menaced by a mysterious force that threatens to empty the students of everything that makes them themselves. Meant for 3-5 players, it can be played as a one-shot but is most suited for multi-session play. 

Play as one of seven playbooks:
The Sporty One
The New One
The Studious One
The Witchy One
The Flirty One
The (En)titled One
The Old Hand

While fleshing out the school as the setting elements:
The Attic
The Classrooms
The Basement
The Greenhouse
The Stables
The Moors
and [**************]

This is a draft version of the game. While completely playable and lightly edited there are many pieces of the finished product that are not yet realized, including full layout.
I've made a Google Sheets playsheet to assist with online play which you can find here.

You can get a taste of the vibes of the game by listening to the Spotify playlist.

StatusIn development
CategoryPhysical game
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(11 total ratings)
AuthorSummerwood Games
Tagsbelonging-outside-belonging, boarding-school, Horror, Psychological Horror
Average sessionDays or more


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Lost Years.pdf 164 kB
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This draft is already magnificent, I can't wait to play this