I'm delving into the world of solo ttrpgs and this was the second one I've ever played, first one with a journal. This was a great experience for a newbie like me. I was able to complete the entire story in only two sessions (I started pretty late in the evening, otherwise it could have easily been done in one sitting). I loved that you incorporated the d20, because I have all this dice and the other game I played only had a d6, iirc, and was kind of disappointed that I wasn't able to use any of the other dice. I took my time with the story and ended up creating an entire gorgeous forest in my mind, which I wouldn't have been able to do without the prompts and descriptions in your story. I was lucky and made it to the end unscathed by the Haunted. Thank you for your game!
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AWARD WINNING GAME: Sapling Soul won an award at the prestigious Sandy Pug Game Awards in 2020!
You are a Sapling Soul. You belong to the Forest but the Forest does not belong to you. The Forest is bigger than you in more ways than one, and you regard it with awe.
Most days you lead an average life, not so different to your peers. But some days you hear the Forest call and you answer. Always you answer.
Tonight the Forest calls to you again. There are always mysterious creatures in the Forest, but tonight something is amiss. There is a newcomer who may cause trouble. You are a Sapling Soul, you are called to help.
I plan on coming back to this game at a later date and expanding it.
IMAGES: Screenshots of the game text, including images of beautiful trees and forest landscapes. Each image evokes a sense of wonder and mystery.
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Oooh, welcome to the world of solo ttrpgs! There are so many awesome games, I'm sure you'll have a great time.
Thank you for the kind words! The inclusion of the d20 was entirely thanks to the game Sapling Soul is inspired by - We Forest Three. I'm so glad you were able to create your own full forest, so cool 🤩. And congrats on leaving unscathed, phew!
Thank you for your comment 😊
I was recently able to cover your game for my actual play blog. It was fun, but the dice robbed me of a complete story. Still, my journey into, and out of, the forest was a memorable one.
The branching paths determined by die rolls instead of CYOA or coin flip was nice, both for the intro into each challenge and the solution to each one. There's plenty of replay value... if your dice land properly on the curve to give you a good chance at each fork. I knew from my initial rolls that I was destined for a "bad" ending before I began. (Again, not your fault. I'm just going to curse my dice. Forever.)
Thanks for the opportunity to go out and touch grass without, you know, having to touch actual grass. I appreciated it. Truly.
If you want to have a read, here's a link to both parts.
Ah yes, sometimes the dice have a different story in mind... I'm glad you enjoyed it even so! Perhaps next time your dice will be kinder :P
Thank you for sharing your blog, I can't wait to read! And thank you for taking the time to comment here, I really appreciate it.
Have a great day/night/timezone!
I had a read through and wow, what a story! I really enjoyed how you explored the story and grew it from the seeds in the text. Even though you lost Trust, it was a great story to read. Thank you for sharing!
Do you have a twitter or some such? I'd love to share this wider.
I need to get a twitter handle. I have to commission a social media avatar before launching.
As soon as I have that, I'll ping you back with a handle you can share me at.
I knew that this was going to be an emotional experience going in, but it turned out to be an intense plunge into some unexpected depths. I recorded my playthrough here: https://twitter.com/yes_jon/status/1404201216830185472
'Most Belonging Outside "Belonging Outside Belonging"-Games Game'!!
Big fae energy. Beautiful, evocative writing, great balance of freeform imagining and straightforward mechanics. Beautiful to read and enjoy.