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A roleplaying game for a trio, exploring empathy, connection, and collaboration | Part III of the Western Cantos, a poetry RPG cycle

In this quick-play, GM-less  writing RPG for three players, write collaborative love poems to your characters' beloveds. Embody the love and longing of each player character with passed roles, shared words, and thought-provoking poetry prompts to create a trio of linked nine-line poems.

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Play Part I of the Western Cantos
Gentleman Bandit, a solo poetry RPG
And its grim supplement, DARK HIGHWAY

Play Part II of the Western Cantos
Moonblind, a divination & poetry RPG for 2
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Alternate play options, including game-hacking tips and prompts, are included in the Game Guide.

Your Tools

  • Writing implements of your choice, analog or digital
  • A well-shuffled deck of 52 playing cards, Jokers removed
  • 1 six-sided die
  • A dictionary (optional)

Mobile-ready Game Guide included. Layout by John Harper, creator of Lasers & Feelings, AGON, and Blades in the Dark. 

CategoryPhysical game
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(1 total ratings)
Authorallison arth
GenreRole Playing
TagsGM-Less, love, lyric, Narrative, poetry, Romance, three-player, Western, writing


Buy Now$7.00 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $7 USD. You will get access to the following files:

The Swallowtail by Allison Arth | Game Guide (PDF) 6 MB

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