In 2010, Vincent and Meg Baker published Apocalypse World and inspired a wave of independent game design. These games often identified themselves as “Powered by the Apocalypse” (PbtA).
From Dec 2012 through March of 2019, Google+ was a hotbed of table-top RPG discussion. The “Powered by the Apocalypse” community was active until the very end of the platform, and many games had their own communities.
But there are no status quos in this Apocalypse World, and Google looked through crosshairs and made their move: take away their stuff. By the time you read this, Google+ will be no more.
This archive, however, will persist. It’s a collection of all the “pbta” communities I could find in the last days before the shutdown. A vault, attempting to preserve the golden age of legend. If I didn’t include your community here, I’m sorry. It wasn’t intentional. I did my best. (See also: the Dungeon World and Blades in the Dark archives.)
There are other places to talk about PbtA games, of course. The conversation continues in the ungiven future. These are the places I know of:
- Discord: Apocalypse World
- Discord: PbtA
- Reddit /r/PbtA
- Magpie Game’s forums, the Nest (many PbtA games discussed)
- The Gauntlet Forums (not specifically PbtA, but plenty of discussion around it)
- Barf Forth Apocalyptica (the original forums, mostly dead, but the occasional post still happens)
May you all retire to safety.