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Day 5. It has not been an auspicious few days. Although my body still holds strong, I fear my wits are duller than ever, and doubts have begun to shake my resolve. I should have brought more food, a waterskin, warmer clothing. After the terrible miscommunication with the shopkeeper yesterday, I doubt anyone in this little village will be inclined to help me. And it won't be long before the shadow of my fears catches up to me...

Her Odyssey is a solo journaling RPG about a wanderer trying to return home - or find a new home. Built on Caltrop Core, this game allows you to build a rich world, create a character backstory, explore an ongoing adventure, or all three at once - with nothing more than a deck of standard playing cards and a handful of d4s.

Meant to be played by a single player at a slow, contemplative pace, Her Odyssey can be completed in a few hours - or it can become a daily ritual, allowing you to take a metaphorical journey alongside your wanderer for up to two months per playthrough.

If you enjoy Her Odyssey, consider checking out these games as well:

  • Untitled Moth Game, also by me, is a fairytale-themed solo journaling RPG about a cursed moth-maiden exploring a humble Village and navigating the dangers of the foreboding Tyrant's Castle, trying to find and save her true love.

Updated 27 days ago
CategoryPhysical game
Release date Jan 07, 2022
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(31 total ratings)
AuthorS. Kaiya J.
Tagscaltrop-core, d4, journaling, Solo RPG, Tabletop, Tabletop role-playing game
Average sessionDays or more


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Her Odyssey - Full Color v1.01.pdf 16 MB
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Dunno if you still will respond to comments but, I was wondering if it's within the expected play to choose not roll a stat check, especially if the value is impossible, or an attempt should always be made at surpassing the Omen score?

Hi! You can choose to modify your own play however you like, but the intended rule is to always at least try to roll a stat check. After all, even if there is no chance of meeting the Omen score, the stats you have not used for that day will still increase.


Ah, thank you for reply. I thought that might have been the intention, but it wasn't clear.

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I loved this game! I had a lot of fun playing and want to return to Her Odyssey ASAP, and my full review can be found on my blog. However, as a quick summary: clean, simple, easy to learn mechanics, as well as amazing narrative freedom and potential for storytelling.

Oh wow, thank you so much! The point about a dyslexia-friendly version is well-made, and I'll be looking into reformatting the game with that in mind!


Definitely giving this a try. :) Been trying to get into Journaling RPG's for a while. 

Wonderful, I hope you enjoy it!


a wonderful game of contemplation and reflection. Her Odyssey takes you on a guided journey.

Thank you so much for playing and for your lovely review!


This was lovely. I found the whole experience very peaceful and cathartic.

I played over several days and it felt like a pleasant ritual at the end of a long day.

Thank you for making this game!

Thank you so much for your kind comments! I'm so glad you enjoyed playing!

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​I love this game. It has the lovely simplicity of the Caltrop system, but with some great narrative twitches. I will definitely create a story with it. I already made a video explaining how to play it. In Spanish, though. Here

This is amazing, thank you so much!

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I love this idea so much and you've executed it so elegantly!

I was thinking about doing a solo journaling game for Caltrop Core and I think you've inspired me to go through with it :)


I'm so glad to hear it! Caltrop Core is such a great, flexible system. And the world could always use more solo journaling RPGs.


I agree on both fronts :D