Can't Wait For the Next Episode?

Build your own with this fun at-home kit!

So, I’m a teacher who just went through finals week, Edgar recently got full time at their job, and Alex has a full time job and just went through a major life change that I’ll let him reveal at his own pace. The point is that, while I believe that we all believe in — and are dedicate to — Broken Hands Media, we have other things going on and sometimes a week just sucker-punches you right in the teeth. November and December are like that sometimes.

The next episode is almost complete, but in the meantime, I whipped up something for you all. A light-weight RPG built using the Powered by the Apocalypse system — a creation of Vincent and Meguey Baker, who published the seminal game Apocalypse World back in 2010 — and built over the course of a couple of days.

While writing and acting are art forms that I enjoy most, and have been doing for almost as long, game design is a fascinating one that I’ve recently been researching: while other art forms take as their medium the written word or the movement of bodies through space, role-playing games take as their medium the social contract.

You and your friends talk through a story, and you each have ownership of it. You work together to make it unfold as a narrative, and you are all essential to making that story work. While you each have authorship, the ideal is for everyone to work together to make it something greater than the sum of its parts.

It’s still rough. It’s small enough that I’ll call it a beta, and we’re offering this to you under our new gaming tab, up at the top (also we have drop down menus now: amazing! futuristic!) We invite you to send us your thoughts on it, either in the comments or to our email, and let us know what you think. If enough people like it, maybe we’ll put a prettier version of it up some time.

If you want the direct link, you can just click here.