My first trip through Precious Little Animal as a Twitter thread. https://twitter.com/jmeowmeow/status/1493351089315336195
Precious Little Animal
A downloadable game
Thank you to all our Kickstarter backers who made this game possible.
All proceeds from sales of Precious Little Animal are now going to Community Food Support Victoria, a decentralized mutual aid network on Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territories.
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"Precious Little Animal est un jeu à un joueur qui consiste à noter dans un journal les belles choses de la vie et à les partager avec un ami animal imaginaire.
Jouez pendant 15 à 30 minutes, à la fin de chaque journée, pendant sept jours.
Dans Precious Little Animal, vous prendrez quelques minutes à la fin de la journée pour réfléchir à ce qui s'est passé ce jour-là : ce que vous avez fait, ce dont vous vous souviendrez et ce que vous avez apprécié. En même temps, vous écrirez l'histoire d'un adorable petit animal. Vous prendrez des choses qui vous sont arrivées chaque jour et les ferez vivre à votre animal."
Precious Little Animal is a one-player game about noticing the good things in your life, and sharing them with an imaginary animal friend.
Play for 15-30 minutes, at the end of each day, for seven days.
In Precious Little Animal, you’ll take a few minutes at the end of the day to reflect on what happened that day: what you did, what you’ll remember, and what you enjoyed. At the same time, you’ll be writing a story about a cute little animal. You’ll take a few things that happened to you each day, and have them happen to your animal, too.
Make a little animal friend.
On the first day, you’ll write about (or draw!) a little animal. On each day you’re playing, you’ll write down three good things that happened that day. Then you’ll figure out how those things happened to your animal. Maybe your call with a friend was a visit from a friendly Raccoon. Maybe your hour of uninterrupted work time was their quiet hour in the vegetable garden. Maybe your moment of noticing just how blue and clear the sky can be happened just the same way to them.
Your journal of your own life will also be a record of theirs.
In my experience, this practice of writing three good things has become more difficult during times of intense suffering and uncertainty - but also more vital and more satisfying. I hope that through this simple week of journaling, players will share my experience of being more attuned to moments of contentment, and find simple joys glittering and urgent like shards of glass in the dirt.
Praise for the Game:
"I had a lovely video call with 3 friends, and she had an owl, a hedgehog and a snake over for tea. I had a quiet night, and the mouse stargazed and wished on a shooting star. Precious Little animal helped me see goodness in my own life that I otherwise may have skipped over or forgotten." - Jenn Martin, game designer, and Production Manager for Bully Pulpit Games
"Precious Little Animal has been my treasured nighttime companion for the last week. Each night I get a chance to not only reflect on what I'm grateful for, but also to see those things through the lens of my animal, both interrogating and expanding on the source of my joy." - Sean Nittner, game designer, Big Bad Con organizer, Actual Play host, and project director for Evil Hat Productions
"There is something unquestionably wholesome and cozy about searching for the good things in your life with the aid of an an adorable animal avatar. I recommend taking the time to introduce yourselves to them and seeing your good fortune through their eyes." - Colin Young, playtester
"Playing this game was a gentle, consistent reminder to be sincere with myself." - Sandbank Diner, playtester
"I felt really happy after playing." - baimo, playtester
This game comes with 4 PDF files: one you can print and assemble at home, one optimized for viewing on screens, one text-only PDF optimized for use with screen reader software (to assist players who are Blind or have low vision), and one French-language version.
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:
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I kickstarted this and received the zine. I enjoyed coloring all of the drawings and adding my own as I developed the life of my little animal. It's purposefully simple, and I found it very calming during a hectic time in my life.
Thank you, I am very excited to play this together with my kids. Is it best to print 2-sided pages or 1 sided for the zine-format to come out right? Thanks!
Hey, sorry for the delay in replying! You should print double-sided for it to turn out right. If your printing software asks, tell it to "flip on the short side"
This is such an excellent little journaling game. The text gives very good guidance to bring each day of your animal friend to life. I tried to do a version of this without the text as I didn't have the spare cash for weeks, and while that was helpful, the zine provides the necessary structure for better immersion and a far fuller experience without being overwhelming.
The full game is worth the purchase!