A downloadable story game

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a loud noise in a quiet place is a story game about temporary hearing loss.

It's a condition I'm sometimes subjected to, and it's isolating, frustrating, joyless, and often painful.

It can also give rise to moments of emotional connection, deep understanding, unexpected joy, and tender empathy. This is as true for the people around me as it is for myself.

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.

Second edition, copyright © 2022 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 

CategoryPhysical game
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(22 total ratings)
AuthorMarx of High Water
GenreRole Playing
TagsAbstract, Non violent
Average sessionA few hours
AccessibilityHigh-contrast, Blind friendly
MultiplayerLocal multiplayer


Buy Now$7.00 USD or more

In order to download this story game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $7 USD. You will get access to the following files:

a loud noise in a quiet place - PDF version 1 MB
a loud noise in a quiet place - EPUB version 107 kB
a loud noise in a quiet place - HTML version 32 kB
a loud noise in a quiet place - TXT version 26 kB
a loud noise in a quiet place - play aid - PDF version 1 MB
a loud noise in a quiet place - play aid - PNG version 1 MB

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Community Copies

One of my goals with this game is about financial accessibility and sustainability. Whilst I believe that a loud noise in a quiet place is fairly priced for the work that went into creating it, I'm keen for anybody who would like to play this game to have the option, regardless of income.

If you would like a copy of a loud noise in a quiet place but don't have the disposable income to pay for it, please take a community copy, no questions asked. If you feel able to pay later, come back and do so if you like, but you're under no obligation.

I will add a community copy for every tip paid, or rating or review added on this page, as a thank you to the community.

Softcover zine edition

You can get a softcover zine edition of a loud noise in a quiet place from a number of places, listed below. This is a Risograph-printed staplebound A5 booklet, in recycled paper and card stock, printed by a worker's cooperative in Leeds, UK. The first print run was funded by the Kickstarter campaign in 2021.

If you're a retailer and you'd like to get some copies, please contact me directly via Twitter or order from Indie Press Revolution.


Because of the  nature of the Risograph printing process, some of the covers were slightly misprinted - the text is double-printed or ghosting. Consequently I'm selling a limited number of them here, for less than what you can expect to pay elsewhere.

The price listed includes worldwide shipping, but if you want to help me out, you can tip me by $1 (UK), $2 (Europe), or $3 (Anywhere else). I am not responsible for taxes or fees incurred by importing into your country.

When you purchase here, you'll be asked for your delivery address; please fill this in. By purchasing this version, you consent to me contacting you by email should I need to get in touch with you about your order.


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