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We semi-accidentally started a solo TTRPG book club on the fediverse, and “Princess with a Cursed Sword” was the first game all of us played. It was super super fun to talk about the game and read others’ playthroughs! We had some good conversations with folks about how its mechanics shape the tone of the stories we told. Our own playthrough ended up on the dark end of those we saw, but we had a good time with it.

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That's so cool, thanks for letting me know! I feel honoured.

oh btw i'm also on fedi, there's a link on my profile

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Hello Anna, I’m Anna too. I’m a psychotherapeut and will let you know that I will use this game with my own young patients. Also, trying to adapt it with a sicilian card deck instead of Tarot. Will defnitely will thankful forever if it works!. Thank you so much 

Hello Anthropy,

I wanted to say thank you for making this wonderful game. The concept on paper seems so simple but it got a lot of writing out of me and had me do some serious retrospection. It was also one of the few games that made me really enjoy coin tosses as a mechanics to further the writing process.

The questions also helped me really get into the head of the princess I was creating.  Legit, I was surprised how brief questions gave way to some cool concepts for a princess.

I decided to share my thoughts on the game and the themes via a video review.

Thank you again for the game, it was and is a blast to play!
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thanks for making and sharing this! i'm glad you enjoyed the game. btw, my first name is "anna."

Thank you, I had a blast playing it! And thank you Anna, I was not sure so thanks for letting me know :-D

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I was looking forward to play this game as I read some good reviews about it. Today was finally the day and I will definetly play again. 
The character creation was something I was looking forward to after  reading the game for the first time. The confusing thing for me was how long my entries became for some of the cards. I said to myself to keep it short, but the good thing in playing alone there is only one person to judge you. I liked the tone, especially the advice as if to write a fairy tale. This gave my text a twist which other games do not have.

I did not like the throwing of coins, mainly because somehow I never learned how to properly throw them. I did not want to interupt my run to change to dice, but next time I will find an alternative for it. 

The cherry on top was beeing able to read the design notes. Recently I became more interested in how games are designed and it was such a delight to read it after playing it. Thanks for sharing it.

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thanks! if you want a dice-based alternative to coins, you can roll six-sided dice and count odd numbers as tails and evens as heads!

You game just opened up to me all the possibilities of using tarot cards in RPGs! And what a wonderful world it is! Might have found a new passion. Ordered the awesome RPG-themed tarot cards. 😄

Which deck did you end up ordering?

What a timely question! The RPG deck, sadly, never got delivered, and I gave up on tarot for a while. About a month ago, though, the passion was revived, and I ordered The Light Seer's Tarot (plus took the intuitive tarot reading course by Astrid on Udemy), and I absolutely love it! The deck even has a web site, so you can check it out. The cards are quite thick and well-made, and the illustrations are beautiful. Even though it tends to display things a bit differently, the symbolism is still very much relatable to the classic Raider-Waite deck.

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That is wonderful. I usually only use one deck when I and doing readings for people, but now that I am obsessed with coming up with new ideas for PwaCS games, as well as the Carta-PwaCS hybrid game I am working on each new deck is basically DLC for a new adventure.  

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I'm loving this game!! Thank you for sharing it with the world! I've been playing it for the past few days. I know it'll be over soon but it's a really fun concept and I appear to be writing a lot.

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thank you!! comments like these are so nice to get

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Greetings.

I wrote a story based on my play of this game and posted it in a couple of places as a sort of story-within-a-story situation as part of a longer work.  Thank you for making this.  I had a good time with it.

https://www.tumblr.com/thearchivistsjournal/711720113142956032/day-271?source=sh...

Or

https://www.scribblehub.com/read/504530-the-archivists-journal/chapter/700432/

The draw order of tarot cards was:

  1. The Fool
  2. The High Priestess
  3. Death
  4. Two of Pentacles
  5. Ten of Wands
  6. Three of Wands
  7. Temperance
  8. Four of Cups
  9. Queen of Wands
  10. Seven of Wands
  11. King of Swords
  12. Four of Pentacles
  13. Three of Pentacles
  14. Two of Wands

Although that last "draw" of Two of Wands was more like accidentally knocking an extra card off the top of the deck and wound up being used for an alternate ending.

Really liked to read through the playthrough of someone else, thanks for sharing it. I also enjoy that you have written which and how many cards you have draw. I think I draw a couple less but felt it might have been more after ending the game. 

Hi, 

I would like to make you a proposal for a French translation for your games, including Princess with a Cursed Sword. 

I sent you a private message on Twitter on November 7th where there are all the details. Since you didn't read it, I'll contact you here to make sure I can reach you. 

You can reply on Twitter or on services@laloutreroliste.com

Thank you in advance, 

Sincerely, 

Christophe Dénouveaux - LA LOUTRE RÔLISTE

https://www.laloutreroliste.com/store/

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I really enjoyed my first playthrough of Princess With A Cursed Sword! I've posted the story I wrote with it up on my blog (https://www.fistfulofvalkyries.com/) to share with others. 

Thank you for making such a creative and interesting journaling game!

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Thanks for posting about the game! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Really loved this game! The prompts were open/vague enough that I could take the story of my princess anywhere I wanted, and when I couldn't I could look at the image on the tarot card for inspiration as well. I could skip past naming the princess, form a general idea of a personality or let it develop as I wrote, and simply lose myself in the creation process. My princess came to a deathless but tragic fate. Would definitely play again!

Thanks for this! Glad you enjoyed the game!

This was wonderful! I loved how the image of the princess was not only gorgeous decoratiom but also part of the game, so i got to decide why her dress loomed like that or why her feet were bare!

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This was my first time playing anything like this and I really enjoyed it. Thank you for making it and for donating it to the Texas trans rights bundle!

I wrote a bit about it (including a link near the bottom to the story I created by playing) here: gemini://gem.billsmugs.com/gemlog/2022-03-24-solo-journalling-rpgs.gmi

(If you don't have a Gemini client, you can read it in a web browser here)

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An interesting game to be sure.

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As an avid tarot fan, this was such a fun creative exercise! It helped me flex my improv muscles after being in a bit of a rut. 

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I wanted more games I could play with my tarot cards (I have too many).

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This game is intruiging and helped me see that's its really possible to make narrative games like these. Thank you for inspiring me through this

I'm glad you're enjoying it!

wow i luv your work !

Thank you!!

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What is the tarot deck featured in the picture? 

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Lisa Sterle's Modern Witch Tarot!