Powered by the Apocalypse (sometimes shortened to PbtA) is a genre of roleplaying games derived from Apocalypse World by Vincent Baker.

Use of the term as a games labelEdit

As the popularity of Powered by the Apocalypse games spread, Vincent Baker and Meguey Baker (who is credited as co-author of the second edition of Apocalypse World) clarified their policy on which games can be considered Powered by the Apocalypse. The policy can be found in an open letter on the website

PbtA as an approach to systems designEdit

In terms of game design principles, Vincent Baker has specified that Powered by the Apocalypse is not a game system, but an approach to system design. This has been outlined in an article.

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