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Village Witch is a solo journaling game about a witch finding a home.

Built upon the Peregrine framework. You can download the SRD for free here!

Also included in the Everything bundleHandbound copies now available!

You’ve completed your training and are ready to become a village witch. You’ve been sent by the order to find a village to work in and have a year to find the place you want to make your life.

To play, you need one 6-sided die, a standard deck of cards or a deck of tarot cards, and a way to record your story. Answer questions and use the given prompts corresponding with the cards to craft your story. The game is build for solo play, but includes a suggestion for how to make the game 2-player.

If you enjoy this game, I would love to hear about it! You can drop a review or tag me on Twitter @eliotsilvarian.


License

If you'd like to create your own content to go alongside the game, e.g., characters, further adventures, extra card tables, etc., or remix the game entirely, you may do so for free or for profit under a Creative Commons license. Just give proper attribution with text along the lines of "A Village Witch adventure," or "A Village Witch supplement," and include the following in your documentation:

This work is based on the game Village Witch (found at https://eliotsilvarian.itch.io/village-witch) from Eliot Silvarian, and licensed for use under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

The files for the game include images you can use in your content if desired to show it's a supplement to Village Witch.


Supplements and Collaborations

If you'd like a character building supplement for your witch, my Build a Witch pack has prompts and adoptable characters.

As a supplement to Village Witch, check out the postcard game Village Witch Post! Write a letter from your character to a friend (real or fictional) telling them about your experience, using the prompts on the front to craft your letter. It can be a standalone mini game or a supplement to this one. If you use it in conjunction with your Village Witch experience, you can write letters for each season as you progress through your year, sharing your journey with your friend, or once you’ve settled into your more permanent village home.

Thanks to a request in the comments, I created a Dreamwidth community for people to share their stories and playthroughs of Village Witch! I'm so excited to get to read people's stories and it's amazing to see all your creations. Feel free to join and share!

You can also order a Village Witch tea blend created in collaboration with Friday Tea here! (affiliate link)

Updated 7 days ago
StatusReleased
CategoryPhysical game
Rating
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(61 total ratings)
AuthorEliot Silvarian
Tagscards, journaling, physical, Singleplayer, solo, Tarot, Tabletop role-playing game, Two Player, village, witch

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In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $9 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Village Witch.pdf 2 MB
Village Witch print.pdf 163 kB
Village Witch OpenDyslexic.pdf 107 kB
Village Witch text only.txt 17 kB
Village Witch OpenDyslexic card tables.pdf 63 kB
Village Witch card tables.pdf 95 kB
Village Witch card tables text only.txt 11 kB
Village Witch Creation black.png 40 kB
Village Witch Creation grey.png 43 kB
Village Witch Creation white.png 43 kB
Village Witch license.txt 702 bytes

Community Copies

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Community Copies

If you are unable to afford the cost of the game right now, or if you would like to create a similar game and want a copy for reference, please claim one of the available community copies!

Development log

Comments

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Hi there. After reading a recent article online about solo journalling games, I came across 'Village Witch'. It sounds a great place to start, being a newbie to this type of game. I'd love to give it a go, especially after reading some great reviews here and elsewhere. But I'm really sorry to say I can't afford the full price. Is there any way that I can pay a reduced amount for the game? Things are a bit tight after I lost my job last November. No problem if not; I'll save up and buy it when I can. Many thanks x

Sure! I just restocked the community copies again. If you go to the section on the page for community copies, it will let you claim a copy for free. Thank you for your interest, and I hope you enjoy it!

Good morning, Eliot. Greetings from a wet and wild Wales (UK). Just wanted to say a huge thank you for the game. It's very generous of you to share your content for free. I'm really looking forward to trying it out. I'll let you know how I get on. I will purchase a copy as and when I can; work like this deserves to be supported. Again, a huge thank you for your generosity. 

Sorry if this is out of line to ask, but is there a chance more community copies will be added soon? This game seems like something that could really help me out right now, but I'm not really in a place where I can afford it. If not, very sorry and thanks anyway! If for nothing else, at least for opening my eyes to new storytelling possibilities

Thank you for asking! I didn't realize it had run out, so I just added more! I hope you enjoy! I'll check all the others too and feel free to grab copies of any you're interested in.

Wow, thank you so much!

Hi! Is there any chance there will be more community copies soon? I've heard so many amazing things about Village Witch in the Spanish solo RPG community that I really want to give it a go, but I can't really afford it right now. I don't want to seem ungrateful or anything because I really appreciate your generosity. Anyways, thanks in advance <3

Thank you for asking! I didn't realize they had run out, so I just added more. I hope you enjoy it!

Omg. Thank you so so much!!!! <333

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I got this in the Trans Rights in Texas bundle. I really appreciated how the game is designed for a light cognitive load that left my tired brain free to go places with the prompts. I played with a hanafuda deck divided into 4 seasons. My witch spent the winter in the forest village of Fear No Wolf, where she healed a badger who later saved her during a blizzard. In spring she moved to the grasslands, to Jonton where the homes don't all exist at once and everyone is named John. To my great surprise, in the summer she found her forever home in a nameless mountain village, where she was welcomed with a designated spot in the community cheese cave. A wonderful experience.

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What a lovely game! I played this today as my first solo game ever and had a year as a forest witch full of discovery, beauty, wish-fulfillment fantasies, and surprising depth when some melancholy of my own wove itself into my writing. It was like a little holiday in my mind, which was really, well, lovely!
I played the version with a tarot deck and used the card images as additional inspiration for the prompts, when I didn't have an idea right away. I would definitely play this game again. I'm also now very curious what else there is to discover in the world of solo games for me. Thanks for getting me off to a good start in that area!

This makes me so happy to hear! Thank you for playing and for sharing your experience!

I really love this game as a journaling experience with a bit more structure that builds in the concept of a year passing (similar to Cozy Town). The prompts are highly flexible, and every season is as brief or as long as you want it to be. You can move where your steading is as well to environments with great variation (I'm glad I chose to be a desert witch for my first run). The game captures very well the feeling of, say, being a new witch on Discworld for an afternoon.

Is there any kind of community for this game? I'd love to set up a community on, say, Dreamwidth, where people can share their journals with each other and follow each others' stories.

that's such a cool idea! There wasn't one, but I just created one! https://villagewitch.dreamwidth.org/ I'd love to read more people's stories!

Awesome!

May I share my Edwina - Village Witch sessions on this community?

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yes, that would be lovely!

Yay!! I was able to get a hardcover copy! I will definitely join the new community and share stories. Friday Tea is sadly currently out of her lovely witchy tea 🍵 that is a wonderful companion to drink while journaling 📔 that came recommended by a friend. :)

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I purchased Village Witch as part of the Solo But Not Alone bundle, and am ecstatic with the results so far. I had a group of friends help me answer the character building questions & now I'm writing my game sessions and sharing them at https://nsfwords.wordpress.com/village-witch-edwina/ 

I'm using the game as part of my foray back into creative writing after 4+ years of being unable to write due to depression. 

I can't thank you enough for how inspiring I've found the game so far! 

thank you!! It means so much to hear that! I can't wait to read through it and love that you're doing this.

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Got it as part of the Solo But Not Alone bundle, and it was the first game I tried  – I'm so happy this is where I started. Village Witch is a really moving, well-honed, introspective and imaginative game. I enjoyed it deeply and moved through some profound emotions over the course of the changing seasons. 

This is a wonderful game that can be as brief or as long as you'd like – and I highly recommend it!

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Hey, I just want to say how cool it is that you have a "community copies" section.  I think that is so awesome and generous!

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Thank you! I love that itch has a feature that allows for that and that creators can support the community that way!