A downloadable game
You were made to be perfect.
Your creator is a brilliant artist - celebrated, lonely, tormented - who has never been satisfied with his own creations. Until now. His magnum opus, his crowning masterpiece, the pinnacle of his art - is you. And yesterday you came to life.
You must remain perfect for him - or else.
Galatea is a solo journaling RPG based on the Wretched & Alone SRD, but takes significant departures from other games of the genre. Choose how to build up your confidence and self-knowledge before you start undermining your own foundations. Explore the wider world with tarot cards or standard playing cards, with different rulesets for each. Try to retain the favor of your creator. And leave behind a legacy for the next creation to follow you - or disappear without a trace...
- A tumbling block tower (e.g. Jenga tower), to represent your self-knowledge
- A deck of tarot cards or standard playing cards (with jokers), to represent the unknown world
- Gameplay with tarot cards will focus slightly more on exploring your own psychology
- Gameplay with playing cards will focus slightly more on how far you think you can trust others
- Somewhere to record your story
- A few hours of your mortal life
Galatea is a game about bearing the weight of unrealistic expectations. It contains themes of narcissism, controlling behavior, co-dependence, helplessness, despair, self-mutilation and suicide. If you are sensitive to these themes, please look after your mental health and make sure you have someone trustworthy to talk to, and stop playing if you feel overwhelmed.
Galatea pulled out of me a wondrous creative force, the likes of which I haven’t felt in years... Galatea is an absolute masterpiece of self-exploration, and naming the dichotomy between self and the experiences we have outside of ourselves.
Galatea is a brilliant combination of heartfelt journaling and knuckle-popping tension. Navigating the card prompts, pulling from the tower, each mechanic fits together like another piece on a plummeting roller-coaster track. You will fall in love, and then recoil in horror. And then you'll be excited to do it all again and see what you missed last time.
The crushing expectations of others and how you personify the failure of those hopes is a powerful vehicle for self exploration in Galatea. You will disappoint them, you’re playing to find out how. Embrace your downfall, because learning how it comes is joyous.
Galatea uses Wretched & Alone better than the Wretched did.
If you enjoy Galatea, consider checking out these games as well:
- Paramour by Wren Goderie is another Wretched & Alone game, featuring a paranormal and parasocial romance with a dream lover, with themes of loneliness, helplessness, and intimacy.
- Masterpiece by Stephen Kohler is a solo journaling game, featuring a custom-built card engine, where you play as a frustrated creator trying to bring your greatest work to life.
In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $12 USD. You will get access to the following files:
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If you want to play Galatea but can't afford to purchase it, please take a community copy! All I ask is that you follow the instructions on page 4: Don't read the entire PDF before you play.
For each purchase at or above the asking price, I'll be adding another community copy to the pool.
- 15 March 2023 - v1.01Mar 16, 2023
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Your statement at 20:11 is indeed a sizzling hot take, haha! Thank you so much for covering Galatea and for your lavish praise!
Galatea is a Wretched and Alone game retelling the story of Pygmalion, the man who created a statue of the perfect woman, who came to life. You can choose the type of art and take the role of the masterpiece but you must remain perfect.
This game is different from most W&A games as it has you build the tower as well as removing pieces. You start out with only 9 tiers of blocks and slowly add blocks (and sometimes cards) to the tower.
There are a variety of different ways you can end the game. There’s the standard tower fall and 4 kings, but you also lose by getting 4 aces, or by giving enough secrets to the queen cards. Galatea doesn't have a “”win”” condition like some other W&A games and doesn't use tokens.
I told the story of a painting created in the image of the painter’s dead brother, meant to be a complete replication of him, but the painting has other desires and wishes. You can find it here!
Thank you so much for playing! I loved the subtlety of the delicate overtones you brought to your playthrough.
I posted my playthrough of Galatea on YouTube! I really like that this ruleset takes such a departure from other W&A games with multiple ways to find an ending. It's interesting and fresh while still capturing the essence of the system!
The prompts helped me pull details out of my world and learn about my character in the process. I thoroughly enjoyed my playthrough, and see myself going through Galatea again.
Thank you so much for your fantastic stream and your beautifully heartbreaking playthrough! It was such a mindblowing experience to watch!
I'm so excited to give this ago in the future. What's your preferred way folks play? I'll probably go for tarot cards since they're an option, but which way do you think best captures what you intend the game to do?
They lead to different game experiences - the tarot gameplay is a little more introspective and full of weighty questions, and the playing card experience is a little more about figuring how far you can trust people - so the preferred way is whichever one of those sounds more fun! Personally I would play the tarot card version.