On Poetic Tides charges you, oh brave (but perhaps not-so-wise) seafarer, with creating a poem fully from scratch using 20 cards from a standard deck, a pen, and some paper (or something else to write with/on). The game is meant to be played solo, but you can simply take turns flipping cards and writing your own poems with the shared prompts, then share them with one another after. Or heck, pass your poems back and forth and co-write them! Just like poetic license lets you use words as you see fit, you can use this game however you see fit.
Note: there's a new zine version of this game out now :D I think this version is superior to the others in both layout and content (the game is the same, but I think I rephrased things a little better there). If you happen to have the ink to print it, I highly recommend it. I'll do a low-ink black-and-white version in the future eventually but I have no idea when lol it's been busy these days 🤷♀️
I don't know the technicalities about copyrights and stuff, but please feel free to hack this game (as in, use the format here but change the theme, art, and prompts to make your own version). If you do, please let me know (you don't have to, it'd just make me happy!), and please feel free to upload it anywhere and charge what you want for it. While not required, please include community copies and/or a demo (as I did) for those who can't afford it, and please link to this version from whatever page you create for it.
- A low-ink black-and-white version of the four-page zine
Angel made her own version of this game! Hers is about space exploration, being alone and searching out a habitable planet as Earth nears the end of its days.
We're running our first Beth and Angel Make Games crowdfunding campaign in February!
The campaign runs from January 31st through February, and you can:
- Challenge us to make zines of your choosing
- Buy bundles of our already-released zines
- And even unlock your choice of Designer's Notes for our zines!
We're hyped for the event, and we'd love to have you along with us!
Other Writing Prompt Games
You can check out all of our journaling and writing prompt games here, as well as some of our solo games below: