I want to introduce a bunch of children (varying ages; let's say average age is 9) to The Quiet Year. I think they can really dig the map-making and world-building aspects of the game.
However, whenever I play this game it turns out pretty dark, some of it due to the players and some of it due to the cards. Is there any way to give the game a lighter tone? Has there been any attempts to make it more kid-friendly?