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“How DARE you and the rest of your barbarians set fire to my library? Play conqueror all you want, Mighty Caesar! Rape, murder, pillage thousands, even millions of human beings! But neither you nor any other barbarian has the right to destroy one human thought!” ― Sidney Buchman

The Sealed Library is a solo journaling RPG played with a deck of cards, a tumbling block tower and a notebook/scroll.

You are the sole surviving librarian of the greatest library in history. It sits in the centre of culture for an ancient land, now fallen to invaders. They pillage and raze. 

The library has been barricaded and you are under siege. What important texts can you move down into the vaults and seal away forever before the barricade breaks?

What will future generations discover inside the Sealed Library?

You are hungry, you are scared, you are desperate. The fate of the combined knowledge of generations is in your hands. You know the chances you will see the outside world again are slim, but this is bigger than you.

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The Sealed Library is a game about the preservation of knowledge and the lengths we will go to in order to preserve things that are bigger than us.

You play the only person capable of saving the collective knowledge and culture of your civilisation. You believe you can save it, some of it. The questions are what will you save and how much of it will you save? You even think you might be able to escape afterwards, but that remains to be seen.

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If you're new to solo RPGs and still have no idea what this game is really like we suggest you listen to the actual play on Game Play Radio. They went into it as a new idea and really embraced what the game is about. Be prepared for spoilers, there is content in the game that will no longer come as a surprise if you listen to this.


We'd love to see more actual plays or pictures of your journals. Post them in the comments if you have one.

Updated 1 day ago
CategoryPhysical game
AuthorSealed Library
GenreRole Playing
Tagsjenga, solo, ttrpg, wretched


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Community Copies

These are for anyone who feels they need one, no questions asked. If you're new to the idea of Community Copies the intention is that folks experiencing hard times or from marginalised groups can get access to games more easily. We're also open to folks who are curious about solo RPGs taking one to understand the genre. Games are for everyone.

Print Copy - 2nd Printing

The first printing is pretty much gone so we're taking names for people who want in on the second printing. We're looking at that being mid-late January 2021, once all of the first print has been shipped. If you want one, buy this reward to get the PDF now and we will email you once the new printing is available.

Finalising orders for this will likely be via a site other than Itch to make collecting addresses and shipping fees easier and more reliable.  At that point you'll be able to pay the additional $7 for a print copy, plus a shipping fee dependent on your location. Shipping fees will be slightly higher than the first printing.

Print Copy - 1st Printing

IMPORTANT: Add $5 for shipping if you are outside of the UK and Europe. If you forget it will delay shipping while we fix it.

Print copies will be available from mid-December. We're not guaranteeing Christmas shipping but will endeavouring to get them out ASAP.

$15 USD includes UK & EU shipping, if you need rest of the world shipping add $5 for this. Remember to complete your shipping address as we can't send the zine to you without it.

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Thank you for your creation. I just finished my first play through and it was a great experience. 

I wanted to chare this image, it was my playing area. I could not find my IRL block tower but still wanted to keep the barbarian threat in the game so I turned to Table Top Simulator. I made a private room for myself and got the tower, a die and a custom set of cards pulled up. ( I even put up the available tablet and streamed YouTube for library and rioter ambience) 

I can only imagine hand writing and rolling and pulling blocks will make this experience even better.( Can't wait for the paperback copy to be shipped, very excited.)

Thank you again. 

This is a lovely set up on TTS. How was the block tower experience on that?

The tower has a bounce to it that makes it difficult and you have to use the flick option to interact with it. I do not see a way to stack the blocks back on the top of the tower but over all it is an interesting experience. I would recommend trying it if you already have TTS. 

For flavor I found some parchment in the simulator. It gave the journal a very Skyrim feel. They can be reskinned as book volumes too. (Photos attached)

Incase you want the workshop assets. I have no affiliation but i wanted to credit where I got it from.

Jenga ~ Kippykip
Models supplied by: Teh_Bucket

Parchment with wax seal and text field  ~ Martoow's Workshop

Hello, I have ordered a print copy recently, but im having problems with providing the shipping adress. It says I have mismatched token error. What should I do?

Hi Balint, thanks for getting in touch. We can't help with the error specifically, but let's not worry about that. Ping an email with your shipping address over to matt@sealedlibrary.com. If you can use the same email you use on Itch so it's easy for us to match, that'd be superb and we'll have it ready as soon as we start to ship books.

Thanks for the reply. I purchased the book as a gift, and after I registered an account for the receiver, I managed to fill in the delivery information.

Ah excellent stuff. Have you seen the update we posted about fulfilment etc earlier? 

No, but i have read it now. I think its a wonderful idea to have rpg books in school! I would have loved literature or english classes if our teacher gave us some.

Hi I forgot to add $5 to my shipping (based in USA). Let me know what's the best way of re-sending this to you!

Shall do. We'll be collecting any missed ones when we're starting to pack and ship, should be a few days yet. Just keep an eye on the email you used to purchase. 


I don't see any other method of contact; so I guess we'll try posting here. Let's say I paid for a physical copy but misread it and didn't add the $5 for US shipping. What's the best way to pay the additional $5 to make sure I get a copy when they go out? Thanks!


Hi. I think this method of contact works just fine. Once we get to fulfilment we'll be checking that what people have paid matches up with where their address is (or even if they provided an address!) and contacting them to sort out any issues. If you're happy to wait until then just keep an eye on your inbox. Thanks for reaching out!


This was my first time actually doing a solo RPG, and was really impressed here. The game gives you a starting prompt for your diary, and you will draw from a deck of cards which will create further prompts for you. Some of these prompts will have negative/positive impacts leading you to either 'win' or 'lose' (it's not really a win or a loss in the normal sense!). It took around 3-4 hours, and I ended up writing around 2500 words from it. I'm looking forward to trying this one again!

I will say the Tower Block (or Jenga tower!) is actually a really cool mechanic. You CAN play without one, but having done so I think I really missed out on something cool. If you can get your hands on one easy or have the cash spare, or can simulate it, I totally recommend it. 

The prompts are super high quality and detailed, but obviously you can be as flexible with the prompts as you want! My invaders were some hell-ish creatures rather than humans.


Picked this up with the Bundle for Racial Equality a while back, and managed to stay up til 2am playing this, it is absolutely worth that time


The Sealed Library is a Wretched & Alone engine game about being the last surviving librarian in a great library, working to preserve what texts they can in a library under siege by forces that care little for what it contains.

It's 20 pages, with a little bit of art and a very readable layout, and the visual impression mixes serious, gothic-feeling black-and-white illustrations with very bright, discordant splashes of color. I like it a bunch.

Topic-wise, Sealed Library has a heck of a hook, and I think it might be my favorite of the Wretched engine games for that reason. You are primarily invested in preserving something other than yourself, and that makes it less scary, but also more compelling.

Like other Wretched engine games, you play with a jenga tower, deck of cards, die, and a journal. By the same token, victory is difficult and depends on luck, and the game experience is more about reacting to the prompts you are deal from the deck.

The prompts here are absolute standouts, though. There's a surprisingly warm humor to a lot of them, which caught me off guard, and everything is extremely well-written.

Overall, I would recommend this to anyone who has ever fantasized about saving the Great Library Of Alexandria. If you've played or read other Wretched & Alone games, this one isn't going to do anything mechanically novel, but it's absolutely still a cool experience and very much worth checking out.

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I really enjoyed the game! I wrote a review of it here on my blog: https://ialath.com/blog/review-the-sealed-library

Thank you!


This is a wonderful game. The wooden blocks mechanic fits the setting. The premise is perfect for a book nerd like me. It was so much fun to play.


this game changed what ttrpgs are to me. i got a chance to take my time over the journal i was crafting, to give my character (to give ME) a sense of history and bleak humour and biased preferences for some philosophers over others. i started strong, suffered greatly, and got close but far too far from victory. now im obsessed with this system and with playing this game again!!!! curse you and thank you for making such an incredible game - i may be unlikely to be remembered, but for me, at least, this game will live on <3


I played this game via candlelight and paper. It was so evocative. I found myself buying into the setting, hoping against all hope that I could see the vault sealed, keeping the tomes within safe. I railed against the invaders, and ended up devising an entire backstory within a few paragraphs of who they were and how this had come to pass due to our own hubris. I cannot recommend this game highly enough. I've spent the better part of a day thinking non-stop about this game despite completing it. I now intend to write a few scenarios of my own and to find more of the Wretched and Alone series of games. Fantastic work - keep it up!


Oh my god I LOVED this game. The library setting was perfect for me and I really appreciated the delight and wonder that was always present in this game alongside the despair and fear, because of all the interesting discoveries you could make and all the magnificent tomes you could save. It wasn't all bleak! I felt like I got to build some sense of what my country was like beyond the library, its history and culture. I had a lot of fun, and would definitely recommend this game!


This was my first solo RPG ever. Actually it was one of my first RPGs ever, having only played a bit of DnD. I wanted to know what solo RPGs had to offer and with The Sealed Library I found a great experience. The theme really shines, was a great adventure, even if it ended poorly for me. But I learned that it's the story that matters. And that story will definitely stick with me. Definitely recommended.