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Wonderland-themed Pinching Tarts and Creature Sheets now Available on DriveThruRPG!

Posted on April 1, 2024 by Monica Valentinelli

Pinching Tarts Cover Art | White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland | PocketQuest Monica Valentinelli

Pinching Tarts is a caucus game of tart-stealing nonsense inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865). You and your friends play Wonderland creatures who infiltrate the Red Queen’s castle to steal Her Majesty’s tarts while protecting what you hold most dear-your heart.

I designed this PocketQuest game to be played without a GM. Suitable for adults and/or children, the game relies on six-sided dice in two colors; five of each or ten total. Whether you play a duck, a dodo, or a dormouse it matters not, for each creature has their own talents, specialty, and heart. Gathered together, you form “les pi├Ęces de r├ęsistance,” a ragtag band of thieves who have targeted none other than the head-chopping Red Queen.

Your mission? Pinch tarts. Drink tea. Escape… With your tarts!

Here’s an exclusive sneak preview of a page you’ll find in Pinching Tarts!

Page 15 from Pinching Tarts

Presented as a found artifact, the game’s story-within-a-story is that I “found” this vintage game in a secondhand shop, but several pages were torn, scribbled on, or missing. What you’ll receive is the version of the game I finished and re-assembled. It’s full of sticky notes, parchment, scrap paper, etc. to give it an artisanal feel.

Pinching Tarts just debuted on for #PocketQuest2024. You’ll find rules for characters and character creation, Teatime, and so much more! Priced at $4.99, you can download Pinching Tarts today.

Creature Sheets | A cheshire cat lounging in the grass on a vintage book cover

Also releasing today is a game aid called Creature Sheets! Creature Sheets is a Pay-What-You-Want digital download for your Wonderland creatures. The title includes instructions, examples, inspiration, and creature sheets for your rules and tracks for your hearts, tarts, and foes!

Download both today on To learn more, you can read the Pinching Tarts design essay I shared in my newsletter.

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