The Silver Road

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The Silver Road is a minimalist storytelling game for three to five players, including a Game Mediator. Written by Jon Hodgson and illustrated by Mike Franchina.

When playing The Silver Road, you and some friends can get together and tell stories.  

This is an unashamedly minimalist story telling roleplaying game. It has a simple core mechanic that is applied any time there’s uncertainty about what happens next.

For the most part in this game you’ll succeed in whatever you narrate your character is doing.

Even where you don’t succeed, if your character is good at doing the thing you’re attempting, you’ll succeed on your next turn. 

Any obstacles you face in the game will have a chance to provide a consequence for your characters, which adds to the story, and then they’re overcome, and the story moves on. 

The game is illustrated by Mike Franchina, an old friend of Handiwork and incredible artist.

For this game Mike has made use of Midjourney, an AI art creation tool. It is brilliant (in the hands of Mike) at creating the kind of startlingly weird and evocative imagery you’ll find in The Silver oad.

(We now regard this edition of The Silver Road as a legacy title, and we’ve moved away from our early 2022 use of Midjourney. Read more about that here.)

The Silver Road Important Game Facts

  • 24 pages long (plus cover)
  • 21cm x 21cm full colour book (portable, loveable)
  • Rules-lite, minimalist story telling game (if you like rules this might not be for you)
  • Setting agnostic (bring your own)
  • Written by Jon Hodgson
  • Art by Mike Franchina
  • Layout by Paul Bourne
  • PDF is available here
  • Print book available here on the Handiwork Store


Very happy to have bought @JonnyHodgsonArt‘s The Silver Road, a ttRPG with a breathtakingly simple but surprisingly satisfying core mechanic (& weird @mikefranchina_ art). Besides any game that opens with a Susan Cooper quote is speaking my language.

Dylan Horrocks