A downloadable game

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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.

I don't know 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. 

Note: the demo versions are the same as the full version, they're merely missing the background art. If that's all you want, then enjoy! 😀 The paid version includes the plain text version as well as a full color one and a black-and-white version (that still has a nifty ship on it but uses less ink!), each of which comes in Legal or A5 page size and as an .svg or a .pdf. If you're willing and able, support via purchase is greatly appreciated and will encourage me to make even more games, but it's certainly not necessary 🙂

Updated 20 days ago
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
AuthorBeth and Angel Make Games
GenreCard Game
TagsPirates, poem, poetry, prompt, Sailing, writing


Buy Now$2.00 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $2 USD. You will get access to the following files:

On Poetic Tides - Black and White A5.pdf 565 kB
On Poetic Tides - Black and White A5.png 1 MB
On Poetic Tides - Black and White Letter.pdf 565 kB
On Poetic Tides - Black and White Letter.png 736 kB
On Poetic Tides - Full Color A5.pdf 1,002 kB
On Poetic Tides - Full Color A5.png 4 MB
On Poetic Tides - Full Color Letter.pdf 1,002 kB
On Poetic Tides - Full Color Letter.png
On Poetic Tides - Plain Text A5.pdf 19 kB
On Poetic Tides - Plain Text A5.png 1 MB
On Poetic Tides - Plain Text Letter.pdf 19 kB
On Poetic Tides - Plain Text Letter.png 539 kB

Community Copies

Support this game at or above a special price point to receive something exclusive.

Community Copy

No reason needed; if you want a free copy of the full game, please take one.

If you want to support the game in one or more of the following ways, you can add more copies by:

- One community copy for each $1 spent on purchases of this game (so if you pay $2 I'll add 2 copies, if you pay $5 I'll add 5!)
- One community copy for each tweet about the game where you tag me (@bethmakesgames) so I can make sure I see it
- One community copy each rating the game receives (be honest plz, even a 1-star review counts!)
- TWO community copies for each comment left on the game on this page (not including replies to posts)
TEN COMMUNITY COPIES for each poem generated from the game posted in the community (below). 

I'll add copies once a week if any of these things are done, but if they happen to run out earlier than that, plz message me here or on Twitter and I'll get on it!

Download demo

Plain text.zip 1 MB

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