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That’s a good assumption. Shall check and update the file if so.

Wonderful stuff. I shall keep an eye out.

Yo, are any stores going to stock these? I really want to pick one up but am saving cash for GenCon at the moment, so buying end of August is more likely.

This is a cool adaptation for online play. Love it when the seed of an idea grows into something larger made for someone’s specific table.

Hello aksolut! You’re absolutely welcome to do so. We’d love it if you’d credit us, and we’d love it even more if you sent us a copy.

When it’s available let us know and we’ll post about it on our Twitter etc.

Wonderful to hear it worked as intended. That’s a good sign for a new group too, it shows you’ve got good chemistry together. Was everyone at the table an experienced player or did you have some new folks too?

Ooh, we didn’t even know the book was on Goodreads. Thanks for taking the time to post the review!

Awesome, thanks for taking the time. Website looks excellent btw, worth the setup effort. Shall be following along via Feedly.

Hey! Thank you so much for posting this playthrough. Would it be cool if we tweeted some links to it?

Will this be in stock for physical in the UK anywhere?

There’s copies on their way to Exalted Funeral as we speak! Might be a while as the shipping delays get worse as you bigger in packages.

Love to see it!

thanks benjiii!

Before we head to print we're hoping to catch any nasty typos / print gremlins lurking in the PDF.

If you find anything else, do let us know!

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Before we head to print we're hoping to catch any nasty typos / print gremlins lurking in the PDF.

So far we've spotted 'dOptional' on page 6.

If you find anything else, do let us know!

Just uploaded this.

That seems like a reasonable request. Give us a couple of days as we're on a Christmas break at the moment, but this should be doable.

This is a lovely set up on TTS. How was the block tower experience on that?

Ah excellent stuff. Have you seen the update we posted about fulfilment etc earlier? 

Hi Balint, thanks for getting in touch. We can't help with the error specifically, but let's not worry about that. Ping an email with your shipping address over to If you can use the same email you use on Itch so it's easy for us to match, that'd be superb and we'll have it ready as soon as we start to ship books.

Shall do. We'll be collecting any missed ones when we're starting to pack and ship, should be a few days yet. Just keep an eye on the email you used to purchase. 

Hi. I think this method of contact works just fine. Once we get to fulfilment we'll be checking that what people have paid matches up with where their address is (or even if they provided an address!) and contacting them to sort out any issues. If you're happy to wait until then just keep an eye on your inbox. Thanks for reaching out!

I didn't already? I meant to! I'll fix that tomorrow. 

Hey! This is awesome and it'll be cool if you can make it happen. 

I don't think worries about piracy will be significant, but you can always check in with people before you play their game anyway. 

I think a spoiler warning would be nice, but you're right that seeing an actual play won't render the game unplayable. 

As for more than one game in a session, I thi k it could be done, but one would be sufficient. I'd suggest you try and pick two games that have complimentary themes if you want to do more than one. 

I'm happy to send you a complimentary copy of either of my games (The Sealed Library / Fake Guru, Real Vice). You won't see the Sealed Library in the jam because it's one of two games thst came before the jam. 

No worries. Once you've got the time and your game is in progress, feel free to DM me on Twitter if you need help. I'm planning some updates to the SRD and it's useful to me to speak to others developing for it. 

Yeah, that's fine. The SRD will still exist after the jam so you'll always be able to make games with the system. If you don't get it in the jam before the deadline, let me know when you do release it and I'll add it to the collection of all Wretched & Alone games I know about. 

Yeah, I agree comparing it to dread has utility. I mean, the jenga tower simulates rising tension in both and that's pretty central to the mechanics so it's going to be something people pick up on.

Oof, this is a good question. I see the argument for it, yes. However, I think a lot of people who look at that tag would feel misled.


So in the Wretched and the Sealed Library the face cards don't have specific functions, just the kings. They're always had, and having all 4 ends the game. 

Starting with the ace of hearts revealed is optional as per those games' instructions, I should make that clearer in the SRD (I'll add it to the list for 2.0).

If you don't start with the ace of hearts revealed, you don't start the token countdown until you reveal it. 

The other aces do give bonuses, but I didn't specify those in the SRD to allow people to work with their theme for what makes sense. The three I've used though are makikg 5s and 6s successes, removing a king from okay, and being able to skip a block pull. I'd look at what others have done with that for ideas though. 

Does that make it clearer? 

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Morning folks,

We are overjoyed to say that this jam has picked up far more momentum and far more submissions than we ever hoped for that. That was true before the Itch bundle brought tons more eyeballs onto some W&A games, and we think it's likely we'll see more interest coming on the back of that. Which is great.

We did always hope we could make W&A into a proper thing, with a good stable of games and a healthy scene of making new content. We do have some post-jam plans of how we might keep it up, but it's still too soon to really talk about them, and world politics have put a lot of stuff into reassessment.

We do feel there is a principle from the *Dream here we'd like to discuss before the jam ends. That is valuing your work (principle 5).

We've recently increased prices for the four W&A games we've currently got available, and we'd like to encourage everyone else to do similar. Based on everything we can tell, you are more likely to reach a point of paying yourself 10c/word or more from Itch work if you price higher.

It is notable that Chris and I have had success from bundles that offer a good discount, but this only worked because we started at a higher price and gave a good deal for the bundle. We'd definitely encourage everyone involved to consider co-op bundles with other creators from the jam, especially if there is another game you think yours would sit well with.

Obviously your games are yours to sell as you please, but some of the games produced for this jam are unbelievably cheap for the quality and talent on display in them and we'd dearly love for you all to be compensated properly for the work you put in.

We'll hopefully have more to talk about with post-jam plans soon, but we're unlikely to do so while politics is rightly demanding more of people's attention.

Much love, and keep safe during these uncertain times.

Matt & Chris

I don't recall the precise number for probability of winning (and Twitter chat doesn't have search) but your simulation is kind of in line with our expectations. We didn't put anything on probability into the SRD, but perhaps we could.

It's also worth noting that there some W&A games that have toyed with making things easier and creating more winnable experiences as there are definitely experiences that make sense within W&A that have more positive outcomes.

We do already have some plans for a 2.0 SRD that addresses a few things about the current version, but those plans haven't been able to move forward quite as quickly as we would have liked.

I think that's a good idea, so long as it's super clear that's what it is.

At this point, I'm planning not to try and complete another jam entry and focus my jam-related efforts on helping people in the jam finish stuff up so please let me know if you want some input/a sounding board etc. 

That's quite the range of themes! I think I'm most into Changeling. Thst surprised me becuase I've generally been most up for the games that push the boundaries of the W&A themes and mechanics the most, but here it's the closest take on the SRD. 

What do you think you'll get done in time? 

I just cannot get over how astonishingly lovely this game looks.

Glad to see such a rapid response from some of the folks who've made games with the SRD. Chris and I are already working on a solution and I'll be pushing out an update to the SRD when we can. Although we're keen to do it soon, we also want to get it right.

Hi folks,

Just had a quick discussion with Chris about this and thought it might be useful to have some suggested tags for folks submitting their games to the jam.

I just launched my game with the following.



Happy to take suggestions on this one too. What did you tag your games with?

Thansk for the spot. I'll get on it.