A downloadable message in a bottle

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If ye're reading this here letter...

...It means one thing only: the beast has finally got me. 
Our rivalry goes back decades, but today, I am somewhere deep within its ugly belly. 

Now, I can hold my own just dandy and by the time ye read this, I am most certainly alive and a-kickin’. However, that’s no excuse for ye to dilly-dally! 

Get in here and pull me back up, so I can gut this wretched monster proper… meaning, from the outside! 

Glory and gold await. But most importantly, I await! So hurry up, ye scurvy scallywag!

- Captain Niel "Fishbone" Reed

What this be?

Finding Fishbone is a print-and-play, roll-and-write, solo RPG.

It involves roaming, swashbuckling, and treasure-hunting—normal pirate stuff.

Descend into the belly of a mighty whale to discover treasures, companions, and hopefully the good captain... but watch out for ambushes, nasty surprises, and those yucky, yucky stomach acids!

This exercise in adventure and peril requires a sharp pencil, a sharp mind, and 2 six-sided lucky bones.
A clean bottle is optional but strongly recommended.

What do I get for my doubloons?

Paying for this game unlocks two items:

  • A nice 12-page zine for you to print and enjoy
  • A condensed letter version of the game that fits inside a bottle!

Made by Nikola R. Petrov and Dona "FlyingMobula" Vidas

Mockup templates by Graphberry
Part of ZineMonth23

Updated 1 day ago
Published 23 days ago
CategoryPhysical game
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(9 total ratings)
AuthorsNikola R. Petrov, FlyingMobula
Made withAdobe Photoshop
Tagsbeastcrawl, Dice, Hex Based, Hexcrawl, Pirates, Singleplayer, Solo RPG, zimo, zine, zinemonth
Average sessionA few minutes
AccessibilityColor-blind friendly


Buy Now$2.99 USD or more

In order to download this message in a bottle you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $2.99 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Finding Fishbone - Zine.pdf 10 MB
Finding Fishbone - SIngles.pdf 9 MB
Finding Fishbone - Letter.pdf 4 MB
Finding Fishbone - Printable.pdf 10 MB

Pirate's Code

Support this message in a bottle at or above a special price point to receive something exclusive.

Bottle Owner

Did ye get a physical bottle from us? Ah, a true patron of the arts ye are!

Click here to get a digital version of its contents. Print and play it as many times as ye can. We dare you!

If ye didn't buy a physical bottle from us see Community Copy below.

Community Copy

Coin is low but yer heart craves whale-delving adventure? Get yerself a free community copy then! We only ask that you honor the pirate's code: leave a rating, comment, or tell a matey about us, aye?


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Absolutely fantastic little zine, that knows precisely what it is - a very fun, quick adventure (in a bottle) - nothing more, nothing less.

Once you've rolled your first die, you're gonna be hooked. Will surely and deservedly be making the waves.


I werr presented wit' a simple choice: acquire this 'ere scroll o' ones and zeroes, or afflict me nether regions wit' a particularly nasty case o' the scurvy. 

I'd rather run meself through than be a limey again, so I parted wit' me pieces of eight. Turns out - the contents of this 'ere scroll? 'Twere not half bad!


Looks awesome! is there a way to get it in single pages so it can print as booklet??


There is a way! There always is a way... in fact, it's already uploaded :) Thanks for poking us!


Oh yay! Thank you so much!


Looks grrreat! (like a pirate, not a frosted cereal tiger)