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What is tea?

Tea is a conversation between friends, between family, between lovers. It is a drink served for rapport--a symbol to show companionship. It is a bond. It is an excuse to converse and to connect. It is the start of a relationship.

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The Tea Shelf is a solo tabletop role playing game about conversations over tea.  Lay down the cards in front of you as your tea shelf and explore the growing relationship between yourself and your guest through the different flavors and prompts.


Game Contents: 

  • 11 Page PDF (Including Cover)
  • 14 Prompts
  • 24 Flavors of Tea
  • BW Word only PDF
  • txt file
  • E Book file


Basic Info

Players: 1 

Items Needed: Tarot Deck, Token, Writing Tools

Session Time: 1-2 Hours


This work is based on the Carta system from Cat McDonald and Peach Garden Games, and licensed for use under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

This work is also based on Alone Among the Stars by Takuma Okada

Special thank you to Philipa Mort for her TikTok video featured at the top of the page! 

This game was made for the Coffee and Tea Jam 2022

CategoryPhysical game
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(13 total ratings)
Tagscarta, journaling, Singleplayer, solo, Solo RPG, Tarot, tea, tea_and_coffee_jam


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TheTeaShelf.pdf 37 MB
The Tea Shelf Plain.pdf 47 kB
The Tea Shelf.txt 7 kB
The Tea Shelf.epub 6 kB


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I had so much fun playing this as a 2-player game with my friend! We told the story of a high school outcast and her co-worker, who became friends, lovers, and...exes, but still happily within each other's lives. It was such a wonderful experience!

Thank you so much for playing! I'm glad it worked for two people too!

Hi there! I've played this and had a lot of fun. I also got really inspired and am making a version of this that is basically the same rules but using tea recipes and drinks from a video game. Is it alright if I shared it with others?

Absolutely! I'd love to see it when you are finished! This game is a hybrid of Alone Among the Stars by Takuma Okada and Carta by Cat McDonald, so make sure you credit them too! 

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Just tried playing this game and I quite liked it, thanks!

Although my play time was just 15 minutes, probably because I didn't elaborate on the exact words being said and just described the general idea of how the convesation went and what were the main takeaways.


A video review for a tasty cuppa!


I love the design of this game and I'm looking forward to trying it out. Nice work!


This is a lovely game to play over the course of an afternoon with your own cup of tea.

I made a short video review: