Apocalypse World, and the Apocalypse Engine it is based upon, is a solid system that is probably better known for its various adaptations than for the original game itself. Dungeon World is based on the Apocalypse Engine and is probably far more popular and well known than Apocalypse World itself. This latest Bundle of Holding is looking to change that by showcasing Apocalypse World and several other, less well known games that also use the Apocalypse Engine.
At the initial buy-in tier, you can drop a cool $7.95 to get:
- Apocalypse World (lumpley games, retail price $10): The revolutionary game of post-disaster action and story. Did you see Fury Road? This is that.
- Monsterhearts (Buried Without Ceremony, retail $10): The messy lives of teenage monsters. (Previously presented in our April 2013 Bundle of Holding +2.)
- Monsterhearts: Blood of Misty Harbour (Buried Without Ceremony, retail $5): A complete three-episode mini-series for Monsterhearts.
- Bootleggers: Smuggling Run (One Seven Designs, retail $7): Crooks smuggling alcohol in 1930s Seattle. By John Harper, designer of Blades in the Dark and Lady Blackbird.
- Cartel (Magpie Games, retail $5): “Ashcan edition” of Mark Diaz Truman’s game of Mexican narcofiction in the Sinaloa crime ring.
Should you wish to level up and pay the threshold price (currently $17.67) you can also bag:
- World Wide Wrestling (NDP Designs, retail $10): Feuds, betrayals, and righteous victory in a grand and action-filled setting.
- Monster of the Week (Evil Hat, retail $12): The new version of the most accessible Apocalypse game, about hunting monsters a la Buffy, Supernatural, and X-Files.
- Legacy: Life Among the Ruins (UFO Press, retail $12.50): Centuries-spanning family sagas in the wake of apocalypse.
- Deniable (StoryWeaver Games, retail $10): Unwitting spies, tempted by easy money, get into fixes right out of A Fish Called Wanda.
The sheer range of settings and concepts that these books present only goes to show the robust flexibility of the Apocalypse Engine. Of these, the only games I was already aware of, apart from Apocalypse World itself, were Monsterhearts and Monster of the Week.
Monsterhearts is a really interesting game. Like, really interesting. It deals with the typical lives and pressures of teens, coupled with some good old fashioned monsters. You can almost smell the metaphor. Truly, it is quite pungent. With mechanisms to cover social and romantic interactions (“Strings” in game terms), it actually plays a lot like Twilight, True Blood, Ginger Snaps, Jennifer’s Body, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Misfits, The Vampire Diaries, An American Werewolf in London, Cursed, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. As I said… interesting.
If you’re interested, click here to pick up the bundle.