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WINTERHORN is a live action game for 3-8 players about how governments degrade and destroy activist groups. By playing law enforcement and intelligence operatives working diligently to demoralize and derail, you’ll learn about the techniques used in the real world in pursuit of these goals. By playing WINTERHORN you’ll have a chance to reflect on weak points in your own activism, and think about ways to harden organizations you care about against government intrusion.

WINTERHORN: the code name of a small but passionate group of “peace and justice” activists. On the surface they project innocent, if misguided, zeal, but you know better. You’ve dealt with groups like this before, and there’s always a dangerous core. Gun-runners. Bomb-makers. People who deserve to be thrown in a dark hole somewhere.

As government agents, your goal is to nudge them into destroying themselves, using every trick in the book – black bag jobs, disinformation, spinning up rival front groups, and even escalating to vandalism and violence when necessary. Your mission, with the full force of the government behind you and time running out, is to get WINTERHORN’s members fighting like rats in a bucket. They need to fall apart before they can hurt anyone, and the state’s hands need to stay clean.

They won’t know what hit them.

WINTERHORN comes as a 72-card full-color card deck in a tuckbox. The complete instructions and printable handouts are available as a full preview here on Drivethru as well as on the Bully Pulpit Games website. The digital-only edition includes the rules and documents PDF as well as a print-and-play edition of the cards, which we recommend spray-mounting to card stock paper for cutting out.


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Tomas I July 13, 2020 12:16 am UTC
Looks very interesting, will definately print and give it a go =)
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James J February 10, 2018 3:33 pm UTC
Excellent game! simple, powerfull & Usefull.
Does somes translation in French or German already exist?
Thank you
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Steve S February 11, 2018 5:18 pm UTC
Our translation partners haven't done French or German editions yet, but we hope they'll be able to soon. We'll be sure to let them know that you're interested!
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James J February 12, 2018 3:43 pm UTC
nice, thank you a lot
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Julien P February 21, 2018 11:53 am UTC
We played it last saturday, and had a blast. However translating on the spot from english into french took a bit of time. After the game we were wondering if we would translate the game ourselves for further sessions. If your usual partners won't translate it anytime soon, you should know you have another team ready to do the job !

Thanks for the game !
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Black Dog Comics ( July 17, 2018 10:18 am UTC
Do you have news on the translation into German? I'm truly impressed with Julien for doing it himself and I'll probabyl try as well, but would really rather avoid it.
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Lorenzo F January 09, 2019 3:38 pm UTC
Please consider Italian language too!
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Carl A January 12, 2019 12:54 pm UTC
Also interested in german translation.
are the cards hidden, or can they be translated ingame for everyone to hear?
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Ronan R November 01, 2019 11:59 am UTC
Hello. Any news for a french translation ?
Thank you.
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Ed G December 12, 2017 3:01 pm UTC
Is there only a print & play version or can you order a physical copy?
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Steve S December 12, 2017 3:28 pm UTC
The POD option should be available again soon.
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Patrick H April 04, 2018 1:14 am UTC
Hey Steve,

Is a POD version still in the cards? I've been holding off on buying 'till it's out.

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Steve S April 04, 2018 1:30 am UTC
It's available now! You just need to change the Selection Option to Premium US Poker Cards. Let me know if you have any problems!
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Frederick F December 12, 2017 10:13 am UTC
What happened to the option for print cards for this product?
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Steve S December 12, 2017 3:27 pm UTC
Thanks for asking! We updated the card file to clarify some text, which made the POD option unavailable temporarily. We're working with Drivethru to fix the issue now.
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Frederick F December 13, 2017 12:42 pm UTC
Thanks for the clarification. I look forward to picking it up when the POD comes back!
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Robert N December 08, 2017 7:31 pm UTC
I just ordered the game on 12/6/17. Will the update you made today be reflected in the cards I ordered?
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Steve S December 08, 2017 9:38 pm UTC
The files are updated right away, so if your order hasn't shipped yet it should be fine. Please let us know if there are any issues when it does arrive and we'll make it right.
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Nawaf M December 06, 2017 2:59 pm UTC
So, out of pure curiosity, what has the government been doing to the activism you care about, to warrant wanting to teach people how to resist them?
And which country does this assume as the basis? I assume the USA?

Setting those basic questions aside I would also like to know if there is a system to represent random chance, be it dice, event cards or RPS? From the description I'd expect cards but I do wonder.
Does it require someone to arbitrate/GM or is it a cooperative experience?
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Steve S December 06, 2017 7:05 pm UTC
Thanks for the questions! WINTERHORN doesn't presume any particular government and deliberately abstracts the agencies you work for. The state security apparatus was pulled from the hierarchy of the former East German Stasi, and many of the practical examples come from the history of the United State's FBI. It is intended to be easy to map onto whatever environment you are in, unless you live in a utopia.

There's a little randomness in the game, in that you are making choices based on limited information, and they are sometimes surprising. Even as your knowledge becomes more perfect, sometimes things go sideways. It is a completely cooperative experience. You need a facilitator to prep the materials and space but that's it.
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Nawaf M December 06, 2017 8:34 pm UTC
As someone who is interested in history I find the basis you've used interesting. Thanks for taking the time to answer :)
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Stewart T December 05, 2017 7:02 pm UTC
The idea might have promise but, going from this summary, the presentation is already so biased that I doubt it has much appeal.
Also maybe don't take pointers on fighting The Man from a LARP game.
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Andrew M December 05, 2017 7:41 pm UTC
A good simulation is always a great way to practice and learn!
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Erik S December 06, 2017 4:45 am UTC
It sounds like you don't like the game's fundamental premise, because the presentation flows from the premise. As for whether it's effective in meeting its stated design goals, I'm guessing that's difficult to divine without actually reading the rules.
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Jacob W January 27, 2018 3:29 pm UTC
Biased against authoritarian regimes? I wish more games were.
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Stewart T March 24, 2018 11:47 pm UTC
Read the game's intro summary paragraph again. What I think about it is irrelevant; there is clear bias there. And that's fine but I doubt it will have much appeal owing to that.
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Carson H December 05, 2017 1:33 pm UTC
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Steve S December 05, 2017 2:15 pm UTC
Yes, really! We're happy to answer any other questions you might have.
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Sean F December 07, 2017 4:13 pm UTC
I fully admire and support this idea.
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