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This New Poetry Game Nurtures Your Inner Writer

by Carmella D'Acquisto

Happy National Poetry month! In celebration of the art of writing poetry, the folks behind Ars Poetica are releasing a new game that puts the pen in your hand. 

Scribe is a new multiplayer writing game that sparks creativity, gets you vulnerable and helps you and your friends create small works of art based on stimulating prompts. If you haven’t written poetry or dabbled in any creative writing, Scribe can help you have a stroke of inspiration that could turn anyone into a poet. 

“I’ve been trying to get in the practice of writing every day,” said Scribe user Sahil Bhatia. “The Scribe deck is the perfect facilitator of that effort!”

The original card game features 50 prompts and 50 challenges that can be mixed together to create 2,500 unique writing exercises. The rounds are quick– just two minutes to create your prose. You can play by yourself, with a few buddies or with large groups, making Scribe a great icebreaker for team bonding outings, family reunions, bachelorette parties, and other gatherings of loved ones or colleagues. 

In a time where AI generators threaten the careers of creatives across the world, Scribe is a good ol’ fashioned analog game that gets you away from the screen and taps into your creative reservoir. 

“I like that I messed up a bit in what I wrote,” said singer/songwriter Scott T Smith, who used a Scribe prompt to write a new song in five minutes. “My brain is on fire: I’m ready to create more.”

The Scribe creators started a Kickstarter to help bring this creative game to the masses. According to their post, co-creators Anthony McPherson and LAMARKS wanted to create something that helps others connect. “In a world of passive consumption, isolation, and technological distraction, both of us wanted to create something that facilitates live connection, education, and analog delight whether played alone, over a dinner party, with family, or in campus or corporate settings.”

If you’re interested in supporting Scribe, donating $20 or more to their Kickstarter will get you a copy of the game as well as a limited edition haiku written by one of the game’s creators. 

Top photo: courtesy of Scribe; bottom photo: Scribe co-creators Anthony McPherson and LAMARKS, courtesy of Scribe.

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