A Loud Noise in a Quiet Place + PDF

A Loud Noise in a Quiet Place is a story game about temporary hearing loss.

From the Author, Marx Shepherd:

"This is a story game about temporary hearing loss. It’s a condition to which I’m occasionally subjected, and it can be isolating, frustrating, joyless, and often painful. It can also give rise to moments of tender personal connection, profound understanding, unexpected joy, and deep empathy. This is as true for the people around me as it is for myself.

The experience of suddenly experiencing the loss of a sense is intense; the shift in the balance of your senses can be very disorienting. Your relationships with others change overnight too; people can be sympathetic, or they can be indifferent, or they can be adversarial. That this experience is temporary is also pertinent: you don’t get to develop ways to cope with this condition in the long-term. However, you can begin to feel more appreciative of your everyday experience of the world, and understanding that it is subtle and precious.

Because my story is about a sudden and knowingly temporary change in my ability to perceive sound, this game isn’t a game about the experiences of d/Deaf or hard of hearing people. My own condition doesn’t resemble anything like permanent or total hearing loss, and I don’t expect this game to even fully portray my experience. It depicts the impacts, both positive and negative, of living with this condition, and the emotional labour involved in dealing with it. By examining the difficulties and gains of navigating hearing loss, the game becomes about empathy, and not simulation."

A Loud Noise in a Quiet Place is a game for one or two players to be played in a single session over 2–3 hours.

The Team:

Game by Marx Shepherd 
Editing by Jon Garrad, Nynphaiel and Nezumi Otome 
Sensitivity reading by Salt & Sage Books and Inoru 
Accessibility consulting by Shay Erlich and Rhi
Front cover illustration by Bri de Danann 
Graphic design by Facu Kaper 
Book design by Francita Soto

32 pages, A5 size, saddle stitched zine, risograph printed color cover and black and white interior. Includes folded A4 play aid. PDF included. 


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