I adore this game. I am a very slow solo-journal RPer, so it's taking me some time to make my way through the game, but that's okay! I am enjoying it immensely. I have a community copy of the game, but I would like to contribute to the funding! I'm still unfortunately unable to pay the recommended price, is there a way to donate a certain amount?
The Teapot: Fully Steeped
A downloadable game
THE TEAPOT is a solo journaling TeaTRPG using the Lost & Found system. In it, you will set out on the journey of an Awakened Teapot, a sentient teapot with the ability to distill the latent magical properties of various teas into powerful concoctions. However, you are just a simple Teapot and will be handled by a cast of Tea Infusers, magically gifted individuals who work together with you to bring out the best in tea service.
Over the years you pass between different Infusers and see the world of humanity change around you, helping the small as well as the mighty with their plights. Passing through the various Tea Eras, you will see budding Infusers make their way in a bright-eyed world during the Freshly Brewed era; flourish alongside your established and well-respected Infusers in the A Tea, Well Steeped era; and finally find yourself among the fallen, the rough, and the tired in the reflective Tea Leaves era.
What will your tea leaves look like at the end of the journey? What fond memories will be etched into your clay? What pain did you ease? Pour yourself a cup of tea and find out!
"May our tea never go cold and let us share in its warmth."
Current Edition: THE TEAPOT: SLIGHTLY STEEPED
Awful pun aside, the current downloadable version represents the text as done and lightly edited from the previous edition. It only has the updated cover art, none of the art within the booklet itself, and external formatting/editing has yet to be complete. That being said, it is playable currently! It's just important to note that the experience will only improve with time. Just like tea!
Itch Funding and ZiMo: What's New
THE TEAPOT: FULLY STEEPED is an updated version of the previously available THE TEAPOT. What new features can you look forward to in the FULLY STEEPED version?:
- Lovely, lovely art! The previous version was largely a text-only game. Working with an artist to bring a splash of life and joy to the booklet, bringing the game to its proper steeped flavour!
- Edits. The first version, while playable, had some rough edges. Those have been smoothed out and the overall gameplay flow is improved. I will also be hiring an editor after the funding session is complete to further improve the writing!
- Layout Artist: I like to think I can make okay looking games. But I'm no wiz at layout, I'll be the first to admit that. So, let's make this game as lovely as it can be then, with a proper layout artist!
Itch Funding and ZiMo: Funding Goals
There are three main (funding) goals for the FULLY STEEPED version of this game:
- Layout Artist
The goal is currently set to $200. Now, you might be thinking, "That's not enough for all three of those!" And you're right. I'm still ironing out details for the Editing and Layout Art. $200 allows me to give a generous tip to my artist and the space to iron out the other details before setting up our next goal (Editing) followed by the last goal (Layout Artist)!
Content Warning and Themes
Themes: Reflection, Change, Loss, Time, Isolation, Hope, Joy, and Tea.
As with many Lost & Found games, the experience of playing them can be quite sad, lonely, and isolating. You play as an object without any real direct agency, which can also bring up feelings of being used or unwanted. Please always listen to your feelings and emotional state you play, take any breaks you need, and cry or laugh should those feelings bubble up. Your Teapot will be waiting for you whenever you're ready to rejoin it on its adventures.
This game is thoroughly inspired by the great solo TTRPG system that is the Lost & Found, created by Jack Harrison and Matt Sanders. The original THE TEAPOT was made for the Lost & Found Jam, and FULLY STEEPED still owes a great debt to that game jam! Be sure to check out all the other amazing games created there Here.
THE TEAPOT, in whichever edition, always used music as a way to keep track of the passage of time. I've curated a small(ish) playlist of Lo Fi songs that are relaxing and "Tea House" vibes. Enjoy!
If you don't own Spotify, I would suggest finding one of the thousands of great Lo Fi playlists on YouTube! I'll link some personal favourites during the campaign below as alternatives.
In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $8 USD. You will get access to the following files:
Support this game at or above a special price point to receive something exclusive.
Community Copies – Tea is for All
Like what's going on but, for whatever reason, aren't able to contribute financially? Not a problem! Take a copy, pour yourself some tea, and enjoy! Already purchased the original The Teapot? Feel free to grab a copy too!
This tier will include (immediately) The Teapot: Slightly Steeped. Once The Teapot: Fully Steeped is completed, this reward will also feature the digital PDF of the game. I will replenish this tier when it gets low, quantity is just there because I like how 100 feels!
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It makes me so happy to hear you're enjoying it! Thank you for playing it. :) I think the Teapot is a great game to play slowly too, really let the story steep (sorry, had to!) :) You'll have to let me know what your Teapot gets up to!
Hmmm, I've tried something that might work? I've made another Reward Tier called Pay What You Can! If you've claimed a Community Copy it might not let you though, but in all honesty just hearing you're enjoying it has been wind in my sails! Let me know if that works. :)
Ahh unfortunately that didn't work! I tried it but it still said I had to pay the minimum of $8.08!
Another question, if that's okay? Are you on Discord? The Alone Together server? I would love to friend you there if possible. 😊
Ack! I'll try to have that as an option should I run another Itch Funding for sure.
Oh yea, for sure! I'm not on that server, feel free to add me though! Going to comment my username below, then delete that comment once you add me haha.
How many pages does this zine contain?
Hi there! :)
The Slightly Steeped version comes in at around 30 pages. But, these are like full Letter Pages! I'm working on reformatting it for the Fully Steeped edition to A5 pages... I'm expecting that one to be in the ballpark of 40-45 pages?
Let me know if you have any other questions! :)