Prompted by a recent post by J. Walton where he mentions something called Dungeonhearts in passing, I thought I’d take a swing past drivethrurpg and see what all’s out there these days in the PbtA world.
There are 404 items tagged with “Apocalypse World Engine.” More than four hundred! Granted a loooot of those are one-off playbooks for AW or DW, and quite a few of them are weird things like drawings of “post-apocalypse survivors” for $2 or whatever. But even taking all that into account, there are probably easily more than 50-or-so titles.
The vast swath of iffy supplements is interesting to me. I suppose it’s really no different at all than the swaths of iffy OSR supplements or whatever. Does anyone actually make a buck selling a $4 playbook?
On the one hand, it’s a little intimidating. As I look at my own potential future design work, it feels like riding the PbtA train is useful for brand and audience reasons. On the other hand, how on earth do you stand out? So many titles. My god. So many titles. On the other other hand, heck, maybe I oughta just throw some half-assed design doodles up there and charge $5.
Folks kept yelling at me to “publish” something more complete for Tiny Dragons. Is this what they were talking about?