Survival of the Able Update

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the seriesSurvival of the Able Updates

Last month I launched a contest for Survival of the Able, and upcoming game I’ve been working on. Unfortunately the contest didn’t have any entries, but the character sheet was downloaded nearly two dozen times and I did receive a few pieces of feedback at least.

In the coming months I’ll talk more about the game and its design decisions. For now, here’s a brief overview.

Background and Goals

My primary goal for Survival of the Able is to give players an experience of what it’s like to have a disability. Most RPGs treat disabilities and drawbacks, hindrances, faults, etc. and assign them numerical penalties to ability checks–and that’s exactly what I wanted to avoid with this game. Being blind shouldn’t just be a -4 penalty to ranged attacks. Being deaf shouldn’t just be a 20% chance to miscast spells with verbal components. It’s so much more than that. And as … Continue reading

Contest: Survival of the Able Character Sheet Interpretation

Survival of the Able Character SheetThe Announcement

Even if you’re a regular follower of my blog and social media posts, chances are good you haven’t heard of Survival of the Able until now. It’s a game I’ve been working on quietly for a while and have only mentioned in private to a few people or publicly with few details. Consider this an official announcement that I’m working on a brand new game with a familiar but original system.

I’m going to be taking this game for playtesting to the upcoming Gamestorm convention in March. That means I’ve been hard at work getting the game into a playable alpha state and, recently, creating a character sheet for use at the table.

Because I haven’t told you anything about the game yet, I thought it’d … Continue reading

DTRPG’s New Year, New Game Sale

If you missed out on our recent Deal of the Day sale, you’re not entirely out of Luck Points. DriveThruRPG recently launched their week long New Year, New Game sale and the core book, along with a thousand core books from other publishers, is currently 25% off.

Psi-punk is on sale for $14.99. As an added bonus, you can now get the Psi-punk: All In bundle, which includes every Psi-punk sourcebook except the latest World’s Edge Arena for approximately 25% off each book. That’s nearly everything Psi-punk for only slightly more than the core PDF itself, so now’s a great chance to get on board!

Head on over to DriveThruRPG to take advantage of the sale.

Psi-punk is DTRPG’s Deal of the Day

Psi-punk Front CoverIt’s New Year’s Eve, and what better way to celebrate than to get a copy of Psi-punk for 50% off? For one day only, Psi-punk is DriveThruRPG’s Deal of the Day, meaning you’ll get exclusive savings  on our top-selling book.

Psi-punk will also be included in the upcoming New Year, New Game sale at DTRPG for 40% off. That’s not quite as big as today’s discount, so hurry on over to grab your copy for this single day event!

Get Psi-punk at DriveThruRPG.

While you’re at it, consider stocking up on other Psi-punk sourcebooks. We’re also taking 20% off the following titles:

Accessible Guide to RPG Layout Now Available

This entry is part 17 of 17 in the seriesTutorials

Accessible Guide to RPG Layout CoverYou may be familiar with our Tutorial Tuesday series which provides a lot of great information about how to create accessible RPG layouts. I’ve been hard at work collecting, categorizing, and updating these tutorials and putting them into a single eBook. Now available at DriveThruRPG, the Accessible Guide to RPG Layout is a great resource for any small press game designer.

The original tutorials will always be available free of charge here on the website, but purchasing the eBook gets you some additional benefits. The articles have been rearranged and grouped into a logical structure, making it easier to work through the process if you’re following along. The content has also been updated with current links and tangential sidebar information that helps support some of … Continue reading

Psi-punk: World’s Edge Arena is Live

A woman battles a cybernetically enhanced wolf on the World's Edge Arena cover.World’s Edge Arena, Chile’s prime-time televised bloodsport, is here for an all-new season of entertainment guaranteed to thrill the whole family! Eight teams of contestants will enter the Arena this season, but only one will leave victorious (assuming our cybernetically enhanced komodo dragons don’t disappoint them all in the qualifying rounds first). Either way, there’s sure to be a lot of screaming coming from competitors and spectators alike, so tune in every night at 9 to watch the action unfold!

Now available from Accessible GamesPsi-punk: World’s Edge Arena  takes players to the city of Punta Arenas, Chile, where they compete for extraordinary wealth. The book includes rules for arena combat, plenty of monsters and human opponents to fight, … Continue reading

International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Sale

accessiblegamesThursday, December 3rd, is the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities. To celebrate, and to bring awareness to gamers with disabilities, we’re selling all of our PDFs for 50% off from DriveThruRPG.

The theme for this year is Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities.

“The right to participate in public life is essential to create stable democracies, active citizenship and reduce inequalities in society.”

It’s every individual’s responsibility to be inclusive of people from all walks of life. As gamers, we’ve been exposed to a lot of discussion about the rights of women and people of color–and to be sure, discussion of those rights is absolutely imperative–but we don’t often talk about the rights of people with disabilities. Too few games are … Continue reading

Psi-punk Archetypes: Promoter Now Available

Promoter CoverPsi-punk Archetypes: Promoter, the third mini sourcebook in the Archetypes line of character-centric supplements, is now available in PDF.

This book is all about Promoters, characters who make it their job to make others look good. Though they tend to avoid danger themselves, Promoters bolster their teammates, defame their enemies, negotiate for better paying gigs, and wow the crowds with flashy performances.

In addition to skill suggestions, you’ll find new Gifts, Faults, and Gear useful for Promoter characters. These characters are masters of crowd manipulation, making them perfectly suited to the upcoming World’s Edge Arena setting for Psi-punk.

Head on over to DriveThruRPG to get your copy today.


Game Design Occupations Explained: Art Director

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the seriesGame Design Occupations Explained


It has been a while since we’ve updated the Game Design Occupations Explained series, but we’re back with another informative article. This week we have a guest post from John Arcadian. John is a freelance Art Director who has worked on multiple books through various companies including Cubicle 7, Engine Publishing, Silvervine Games, and Encoded Designs. John is happy to share some of the ins and outs of art direction and shed a little light on why everyone wants to do it themselves once they get a taste for it.


Your manuscript is in your hands, your words are polished and edited, but if you want to get premium shelf space or sales on Drive Thru RPG, you know your book needs to look good. That’s what makes people pick it up and consider the purchase that lets you keep doing making books and gaming products. What makes the product … Continue reading

Player Sign-ups for Virtuacon 15 are Live

Vrituacon 15 Logo

It’s October, and that means RPGGeek’s annual Virtuacon, an all-online gaming convention, is just around the corner. Player sign-ups went live on October 1st, so now’s your chance to choose which games you’ll be playing during the con.

This year my participation is unfortunately limited due to conflicts with my day job’s schedule (I work Fridays and saturdays). I’ll be busy on Sunday though, so be sure to check out the following events:

There are six total player slots available at my Psi-punk table, so be sure to reserve your slot today. No experience is necessary and pre-gen characters are provided. to sign up, click the link above and leave a comment on the Google+ events page to let me know you’d like … Continue reading