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Witasy Express: A Solo Journaling Game
A downloadable game
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While you can play Witasy Express in as little as 1-2 hours, the longer you stay with Witasy Express the more the world will expand while you journey across the world. Discover new places and experience new content with every draw of your card.
Shoutout to another game released, Scopicity: https://sparuh.itch.io/scopicity
Do check it out for those interested in Solo Journaling Games.
Calling TTRPG Game Designers! Create a playable bookmark game jam: https://itch.io/jam/bookmark-microgame-jam
SO, WHAT IS WITASY EXPRESS?
Witasy Express is a tabletop roleplaying game about exploring and experiencing wondrous sights while boarding a cruise-like train. Uses a standard 52 card deck. For 1+ players.
You are a normal office worker who had enough of work and decided to go on a long vacation until things got better. You went home after working the late night shift at the factory and were about to sleep but you couldn't.
So instead of going straight to bed, you decide to check the news. As soon as you turn on your television set you hear two newscasters talking excitedly about something called the "Witasy Express".
They talked about how they would travel across continents without any stops or delays because of the amazing technology used by the Witasy corporation.
After hearing these words, you suddenly realize what you need to do.
You want to travel.
The core gameplay cycle revolves around a Character (you) traveling around the world with a budget. You’ll face encounters with other people, monsters, species, weird paranormal events, visit wondrous settlements, board a cruise-like train that takes you far from home, and
hopefully maybe eventually set yourself up to live out your dreams of traveling.
You will need:
- A deck of common playing cards (without Jokers)
- A notebook (physical or digital)
- A pen
- Optional: Printer to print the game. (But you will need a password to unlock the printing and you can get that if you email at firstname.lastname@example.org of dm me)
What formats does this come in?
- An A4 in PDF form, meant to be read electronically, both as pages and spreads.
- Coming Soon: A PDF version that is text-only for print-friendly version intended for printing on a home printer. Requires trimming down to size, and a stapler or something.
The final copy of Witasy Express will exist in two forms—a complete digital PDF copy of the game, and an approximately 150-page A4 softcover in full color.
Physical copies will also be made available at some point in the future (likely in drivethrurpg first before we look for a commercial solution) after the Itchfunding period.
We are no longer running any itchfunding but instead will be setting development goals for the features below:
- $200 - A more robust in-train exploration (for when you want to stay in the train longer - or just stay in the train while watching the scenery)
- Also includes a Train design, maybe a double decker train for exploration. So in-train exploration can be a short session by itself or skipped. (A Reward at the bottom of the page for whoever wants to the train to be named after them or name the train themself.)
- $500 - A calendar, seasons, and weather system
- $600 - Track and Station Creation System
- $800 - Conversation System
- $1000 - Exploration system beyond settlements/ Battle Encounter System
- $1200 - Simple Battle System
- $1400 - A character creation which will include some type of stats that will include a battle system
- $1600 - Collection and Inventory System
- $1800 - Trading System
- $2200 - Design a deck of playing cards
- $2500 - Flesh out the Witasy Lore
- $2600 - Pre-made character
- $2700 - Pre-made settlement
- $2800 - Pre-made quests
- $3000 - More Art!!
- $3200 - Expand the current tables to include more prompts
Difference between Demo and Full
The DEMO Version has a different ending mechanism as compared to the Full Game.
The Full Game will have a ‘Job Hunting Bulletin’ that will allow you to work while traveling.
You will be able to earn credits. With the Itchfund, I am planning to expand this by creating a trading mechanism that will allow you to trade and upgrade certain items. This is WIP.
The Full Game also includes more game complete and full-colored art.
In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $5 USD. You will get access to the following files:
Support this game at or above a special price point to receive something exclusive.
We are thrilled to announce that today is the official release date of Hoodie Spirit, to celebrate this milestone, we are excited to offer 1 community copy to all our other games.
Each copy of Witasy Express bought helps someone else grab a free copy if their budget doesn't enable them to pay the listed price. I also will also add a free copy for every 5 star rating here on itchio!
If you're unable to budget for a copy of Witasy Express priced as listed, please claim one of these free copies for the community.
- Update to version 0.2!Jul 04, 2023
- Upgrading Your Travel Experience - An Update on Witasy ExpressFeb 26, 2023
- No longer Itchfunding but still Working on making the game better without any in...Oct 16, 2022
- Feedback received and adjusted some stuff on the project page.Sep 26, 2022
- Just a shoutout to Scopicity, another solo rpg game + Short Update.Sep 19, 2022
- Pricing Model Issue + Started designing and planning for the next module: In-tra...Sep 18, 2022
- Accessibility Version uploaded for Demo Version OnlySep 13, 2022
- Uploaded Demo Version & Minor update to the Game Book v0.1Sep 12, 2022
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I'm confused on the Budget rules, I think the example doesn't match the description. The example given is
A of Hearts, A of Clubs, A of Diamonds, 3 of Spades, 3 of Hearts
but it also says the order was Diamond, Clubs, Hearts, Spades. It says the first step is 2 + 2 + 3 + 4, but going by the chart shouldn't it be 2 + 2 + 3 + 3? A +4 shouldn't be possible with the chart.
Also, it says the bonus is +3 because it's "Three of a Kind", but this is clearly a Full House, which is +6.
Also, should I be replacing the cards back into the deck as I draw them during character creation and gameplay? Like after I create my character, I should create my Settlements, but should I put my character cards back into the deck?
Thank you for bringing your confusion regarding the Budget rules to our attention. We apologize for any inconsistencies or inaccuracies in the example provided and the corresponding description. Allow us to address your concerns and provide clarification.
Regarding the example given, you are correct in pointing out the discrepancy between the order of the cards and the calculation of the total value. We apologize for the oversight, and we have since corrected this in the latest version of the rules. The example now aligns with the chart, resulting in a total value of 2 + 2 + 3 + 3, as you correctly pointed out.
Furthermore, we appreciate your observation regarding the classification of the card combination. Initially, we intended to designate it as “Three of a Kind” with a bonus of +3. However, upon reviewing your feedback, we realize that this combination should indeed be classified as a “Full House,” which warrants a bonus of +6. We apologize for the confusion caused by this inconsistency, and we have made the necessary adjustments in the latest version of the rules.
Regarding your question about replacing cards during character creation and gameplay, we recommend that you do not replace the cards back into the deck after drawing them. It is not necessary to return your character cards to the deck after creating your character or during gameplay. Instead, we encourage you to continue playing until the deck is fully exhausted. At that point, you can shuffle the deck and begin a new session of gameplay. Please note that a single deck is intended to be used for one session of gameplay. You can play multiple session, this way it is easy to keep track of time.
Once again, we apologize for any confusion caused by these inconsistencies in the rules. Your feedback is invaluable to us, as it helps us improve the game and provide a more enjoyable experience for all players. If you have any further questions or require additional assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
Thank you for your understanding and support.
thanks for the detailed reply, sorry if I came off as aggressive with too many questions. I'm new to solo journaling games, and I don't have a lot of the unsaid knowledge of how many of the things work that comes with the genre. I'm giving this game a try because I saw it recommended on reddit and I'm interested in this for it's world-oriented solo experience, as opposed to character motivation-driven solo experience like Ironsworn. I'll let you know if I have any more questions when I give it another go.
No worries, I’m glad you’re interested in our game and I appreciate your questions. Solo journaling games can be a bit challenging at first, but they can also be very rewarding and immersive. I hope you enjoy the world-oriented solo experience of our game, and feel free to reach out to us anytime if you need more guidance or feedback. Thank you for choosing our game and happy journaling! 😊
I just played Witasy Express and it's hands down one of the most enchanting and captivating tabletop roleplaying games I've ever experienced. Imagine being a burnt-out office worker who discovers a magical train that takes you on a journey of a lifetime, exploring wondrous sights and encountering all sorts of creatures and events along the way. That's exactly what you get with Witasy Express.
From the moment I opened the game, I was blown away by the stunning artwork and immersive storyline. The gameplay is simple yet engaging, and the use of a standard 52 card deck adds a nice twist to the traditional roleplaying game mechanics.
But what really sets Witasy Express apart is the sense of wonder and adventure it creates. You truly feel like you're embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime journey, meeting interesting characters, encountering dangerous monsters, and exploring breathtaking settlements.
And the best part? Witasy Express is perfect for both children and adults. The gameplay is easy enough for a child to understand, yet offers enough depth and complexity for more experienced players. So, whether you're a seasoned gamer or a newcomer to the world of tabletop roleplaying games, Witasy Express is the perfect adventure for you.
In summary, Witasy Express is a delightful and captivating tabletop roleplaying game that will transport you to a world of wonder and adventure on a magical train. With stunning artwork, engaging gameplay, and a sense of excitement and mystery that will keep you hooked from start to finish, Witasy Express is a must-play for anyone who loves a good adventure.
Witasy Express is a truly enchanting tabletop roleplaying game that has captured my imagination and made me fall in love with the concept of exploring wondrous sights on a magical, cruise-like train.
Imagine being a tired office worker who discovers the Witasy Express on the news, and feeling an irresistible urge to leave everything behind and travel the world on this fantastic train. That's precisely the adventure you'll experience in Witasy Express!
The creators of Witasy Express have put their heart and soul into making this game a wonderful and immersive experience, and it shows in every aspect of the game. The artwork is stunning, the storyline is engaging, and the gameplay is simple enough for a child to understand while still offering depth and complexity for more experienced players.
In summary, Witasy Express is a delightful and captivating tabletop roleplaying game that transports you to a world of wonder and adventure on a magical train. It's perfect for both children and adults, and I believe any 9-year-old would find it absolutely enchanting. So, hop on board the Witasy Express and embark on the journey of a lifetime!
Hey there! I just saw the post where you upgraded this game to a new version. I was just wondering when you are going to post the update to this page. Thanks for all you do!
Hey there, is there any news to share on this game? I'm very fond of it so I thought I'd just check in and see if we're likely to get any of the proposed additions from the former itchfunding list in the foreseeable future :)
Thanks alot for downloading and playing the game! I really appreciate it.
For some updates... so far I've only managed to get it translated into Chinese, Arabic, and Spanish. I'll be releasing those this weekend. For add-ons unfortunately the work has been rather delayed. I'm experimenting with several exploration systems in-train and outdoor to include and might've just found something that I think would work. I'm testing it, and I think a mid-next month before I could release the add-on :(
But I am working on it whenever I'm able. I also want to make sure to deliver entire addons I've planned no matter how long it'll take. :D
Thanks for the support!
This game look really cool and I am loving the idea. I was about the purchase the game, but before I do, I wanted to ask you a few questions. What state is the game in now (what percentage do you think the game is completed)? Is the PDF that's available for purchase currently a complete game. Or will it feel like it is missing something? How many pages is this book currently?
Again, thanks for taking the time to answer!
The game itself was made to completion and the current state is complete.
I'd like to playtest it, balance some things out, and fix some typos, but that will take a long time. So I'd say it is complete but with future updates if there's any feedback. :D
There's also the demo version. Maybe you can try that one first. The demo version is pretty close to the finished version except the finished version is slightly more polished and with more content and it comes with pretty graphics :D
The artwork on this is so amazing! I am hoping to be able to push some funding to you soon for this amazing art and craft. Keep up the amazing work.
It's really encouraging for me to hear it! Hope you enjoy the game and thanks again :D
Please be mindful of what jams you submit to, or you account may be limited from participating in jams.
You’ve submitted to a large number of jams, which is something we typically only see those who are spamming their game. Could you please take a moment to review all the jams you’ve submitted to, and remove your page if it’s not a good fit for the jam. Please reply to my comment to confirm once you’ve done this.
Sure. I will also be adding this submission straight to the project page. I did not remove any jams and reviewed each Jam and requirement fulfillment below:
- TTRPG Accessibility Drive 2022!: Hosted by tim zee · #ttrpgaccessibilitydrive
- The goal of the Jam is to create a repository of table-top games with clearly described accessible options so these products are easy to access for those who want to play them.
- requirement is met with accesible version available.
- Adventure Gamebook Jam: Hosted by Sophie Houlden · #GamebookJam
- The goal of this jam is to make an Adventure Gamebook, these are much like the interactive fiction you know, but will often have more traditional RPG elements such as asking players to write on a character sheet or roll dice.
- requirement met with this solo journaling game
I've complied with the rest.
Do you intend to make an earnest effort to release 19 more games during Sepjember?
I have the plan to. More like a few modules I'd like to try and release as a standalone game before compiling it into a bigger set of games.
There's like 17 more days, so I need more than 1 game per day to make it happen :D wish me luck!
Check again~ there’s like 27 more days (and 4 hours) Just, yanno, try to start everything inside September.
Wait you're right! I didn't see the 2 extra weekend. :D
What a godsend. And here I was wrecking my brain on all the games I wanted to make.
I'll go a little less crazy... Thanks for letting me know!
How are things on your side? I've made the review you've requested.
Hi Leafo, was wondering if you're there as you seem to be a moderator of sort. I've received a "Jams Submissions are limited..." recently after a period of inactivity in december. Was wondering what cause it as there's no reply from the moderator yet.