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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.

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. 

Upcoming fixes:

  • 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:

CategoryPhysical game
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(13 total ratings)
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 - Zine - Full-Color.pdf 14 MB
On Poetic Tides - Full Color Letter.pdf 3 MB
On Poetic Tides - Full Color A5.pdf 3 MB
On Poetic Tides - Black and White A5.pdf 3 MB
On Poetic Tides - Black and White Letter.pdf 3 MB

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On Poetic Tides is a very short, sweet little game that has you write poetry about your adventures on the high sea!

The game starts by having you write one stanza as an opener explaining who you are and what you are doing out on the high waters. For each substantial line you draw a card which will tell you what to write about, and if it has a positive outcome or negative.

 I wrote about a bunch of undead pirates searching for their souls and eventually ended with them imprisoned forever in a jail. You can read it HERE


Oh wow!!! This poem is really epic, you did a fantastic job with it! I really appreciate you doing this with the game :D I'm gonna share this everywhere, it's so awesome! I love the way you show which card went with which line, and you really created not only a story here but also a genuinely good poem with solid rhyme and meter! 

If there are any other games you're interested in doing a playthrough for, let me know at CataclysmicKnight@gmail.com and I'll send you a key for whatever you want 🙌 

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By now, the poetries I end up with are so cringy it almost looks like it was intended... Which is kinda fun on its own) I will probably write some short stories (instead of poetries) using the same framework as well.

ROFLMAO cringy sea poetry sounds incredible, honestly. 

But with that said, heck yes to writing short stories instead! I hope your short story sea adventures go well (or so terribly badly that it's entertaining) ⛵ 

- ✨Beth


I typically only write poetry (of varying quality) while deep in depressive spells, but this game was a fun exercise in getting back into practice for the sake of writing poetry for fun again! Even if the luck of the cards meant my poor sailor named Gold found nothing of the sort


I'm so glad you enjoyed it, and so sorry that Gold found absolutely no gold whatsoever 🥲 I'm incredibly bipolar and I can absolutely relate to writing while depressed. I really hope you do embrace and harness the power of poetry as a form of expression for fun again too (I'm actually quite out of practice myself, and it led to me creating this in the first place!)

- ✨Beth

DorkLordCanada streamed a playthrough of our game! Check it out here: