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Play as a gang of children, exploring a junkyard and piecing together parts from a dismantled mech and the story of how it got here.

The Junkyard is a GM-less roleplaying tabletop game for 2-5 players. You play as a gang of children, searching a junkyard for the pieces of a damaged mech rumored to have been dumped there. Together you'll play as your character, exploring the junkyard, piecing together a mech through a shared drawing, and determining the fates of the mech, its pilot, their mission, and each other. The Junkyard is primarily inspired by the Gundam series and 80’s/90’s movies about gangs of children getting into trouble (The Goonies/The Sandlot), and games like The Quiet Year and Fall of Magic

Created for #sadmechjam.

Edit 03/09/19: You can now see a stream of a group of rad people playing the game at https://www.twitch.tv/videos/392059985 (starts at ~1:25:30).
Edit 06/04/19: You can hear an actual play of the game thanks to The Mortal Path. Episode one here: https://themortalpath.com/2019/06/04/1-under-wilder-skies-the-junkyard/

CategoryPhysical game
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(2 total ratings)
AuthorMatthew Guzdial
TagsAnime, emotional-mecha-jam, Mechs, sadmechjam


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Click download now to get access to the following files:

The Junkyard-OldEdition.pdf 370 kB
The Junkyard.txt 11 kB
junkyard_refined.pdf 5 MB
junkyard_paged.pdf 6 MB


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Just played it with my friends and would love to play it again with my other group. I love it!

That’s so kind, I’m so happy to hear that!


The Junkyard is one of the most interesting games in the jam, and probably one of the more light-hearted. You play as a bunch of kids wandering a scrapyard, running from adults, and pilfering the remains of a mech to rebuild it in your hideout. All along you mirror the story of the kids with the fate of the mech and its previous pilot. There is something really intriguing about tying a tale of war machines to the imagination of children. Your session could range from a hilarious romp to a compelling story of loss and perseverance. What will you find in The Junkyard?