Lost and alone, you must survive and escape the woods. There are 5 different scenarios from inexperienced hikers lost in the woods to a rescue party trying to find a lost person. You will have to deal with animals, finding food and water, mother nature and sickness without dying to win.
Perhaps the classic example of the difficulty of judging in advance what game will be a marketing success. This off-beat subject matter was undertaken at the request of Stackpole Books who underwrote half of the development costs. The design contract was given once again to Dunnigan, but his submitted version was judged too complicated for the general market at which this product was aimed and Shaw promptly cut it down to size with a “redesign” effort of his own and the whole thing was rewritten by Don Greenwood as his first development job. A very mediocre game in this author’s judgment, it remains to this day one of the company’s best sellers—proving once again the importance of a beautiful box and striking title as well as product placement (the game was often sold in National Park gift shops).
Outdoor Survival is also famous for being a component in the Dungeons & Dragons (Original Edition) game as the map board was used to represent the wilderness and its various locations and terrain.
Book 1 - Men & Magic, pg 5 - Recommended Equipment
Book 3 - Underworld & Wilderness Adventure, pg 14 - 15 - The Wilderness
A new hyper-challenging, delicious, rule set, based on Scenario 4 ("Rescue"). Can be played "out-of-the-box". Created on a late night play through. Provides more dynamics, narrative, challenge, and good cheer.
One rule missed the document:
> Wilderness encounter rolls happen EVERY turn, making Hitoshi all the more tasty...
File 2 of 2. These are the cards you will need for the Advanced Rules variant. They are in Excel format, and I have organized them in separate worksheets so that they are categorized by type. You will need to set the page margins to zero on all sides for this to print properly. Card backs are included, and hopefully these will be self-explanatory.
The way I put these together was to print them out on full-size sheets of white sticker paper. Then I cut them out and applied them to white non-ruled index cards. Then I turned them over and applied the card back stickers to the other side. The index cards turned out to be a bit taller than the cards I made, so I just used a pair of scissors to trim off the top of the index card when I was done.
The predator cards were placed onto white...
File 1 of 2. This contains the rules for the advanced variant. Also contains images of the new hexes you will need. Resize and print so that they fit the size of the gameboard hexes, and glue to cardboard for a sturdy counter. The predator map is to be printed full size, for plotting movements of the predators off of the board.