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the Limited Edition Playbooks - Vincent Baker has made all of these available to those who missed them when they were first released, the pdf costs $3
Apocalypse World - tri-fold pdfs of player-made Playbooks
the Agent, by Madu - the 3rd version, but if the pdf doesn't work for you HERE is a link to the 1st version
this playbook was originally posted to the AW forum HERE
the Beast Master, by Tim Franzke & Patrick H. Downs
the Behemoth (original), by J. Walton (alpha, possibly subject to change)
the Behemoth (trifold), by J. Walton (alpha, possibly subject to change)
the Boy and his Dog, by Dragonraven (seems incomplete)
the Boy & His Dog, by Willow Palecek
the Coot, by Dan Hull
the Damned, one of the Heralds of Hell playbooks, by Johnstone Metzger
Basically a vampire but they feed on sin, they get close to people find the worst ones then feed their hunger. If you want to be sneaky and have moral ambiguity, play a Damned. Warning: your hunger dominates everything you do, and it is also your greatest sin
the Dog (and in letter-size), by Patrick Henry Downs
the Feral Kid, by Mike Sands
the Grotesque, by Avery Mcdaldno - follow instructions at the link, IT'S WORTH IT!
Basically a mutant. Unpredictable and alien, the Grotesque is sometimes defined by their mutations but they also have something good to offer the community that accepts them. If you want to be a capital-W weird outsider, then play a Grotesque. Warning: being grotesque doesn't make you a threat, but it does make threats zero in on you
the Haunted, one of the Heralds of Hell playbooks, by Johnstone Metzger
the Horseman, one of the Heralds of Hell playbooks, by Johnstone Metzger
the Juggernaut, by Mike Sands
the Kid, author unknown, based on Mike Sands' the Feral Kid
the Last Child, one of the Heralds of Hell playbooks, by Johnstone Metzger
the Man in the Box, a not very serious playbook by Yragaël Malbos
the Orphan, by Jamie Fristrom & Matt Strickling
the Radio, by Monte Lin
the Rat-Pack, by Gerald C.
the Ruin Runner, by Jeff Russell
the Scholar, by dheeney
the Shieldbearer, by Markus Öhman
Basically a sheriff. They exude authority and people listen to them. If you want to push people around just by being canny and smart, play a Shieldbearer. Warning: by setting yourself up as the authority who can muscle into anybody's shit, and everybody will be coming to you looking for help with their shit
the Shieldbearer - Officer Dangle artwork, by Markus Öhman
the Sorceror, one of the Heralds of Hell playbooks, by Johnstone Metzger
the Spectacle, by Sean Musgrave
Basically a gladiator. They're decent fighters all on their own, but mostly for show and adulation. If you want people to love you and still be a badass, play a Spectacle. Warning: being in the limelight is not always the best place to be, and fans can also be fickle if they feel mistreated
the Synthetic, by Nathan Roberts (noofy)
the Tribal, original artwork, by Dragonraven
the Tribal, by Dragonraven
the Turncoat, by Nick Doyle
the Witch, by Christopher Weeks
the Wolf, by Patrick H. Downs
Warning: you will be considered a threat and a nuisance by everybody else
the Wrangler, by Tim Franzke
Basically an animal handler. They own a pack of animals and have a strange connection to them, which means security, happiness, and peace, as long as your pack is fed and alive. If you want to do awesome and weird things and still keep others at a distance, play a Wrangler. Warning: your pack is awesome, but you’ll be at a pretty significant disadvantage when they aren’t around, plus people will think you smell funny
Apocalypse World - Expansion Playbooks
Apocalypse World - Party Favors
Apocalypse World - downloads or forum posts where a new playbook is described but no tri-fold pdf exists (yet)
The Big List of Apocalypse World Hacks
"Official" Hacks & Their Playbooks
Dungeon World Resources!, a mega-posting of links!
Dungeon World Playbooks compiled, a summary of the playbooks available
the Action Scientist, a Monster of the Week playbook, by Michael Sands
the Big Game Hunter, a Monster of the Week playbook, by Reid San Filippo
the Constructed, a Monster of the Week playbook, by Reid San Filippo
the Divine, a Monster of the Week playbook, by Michael Sands
the Exile, a Monster of the Week playbook, by Michael Sands
the Hard Case, a Monster of the Week playbook, by Michael Sands
the Luchador, a Monster of the Week playbook, by Reid San Filippo
the Mad Scientist, a Monster of the Week playbook, by Reid San Filippo
the Snoop, a Monster of the Week playbook, by Michael Sands
the Summoned, a Monster of the Week playbook, by Steve Hickey
the Anansi, a Monsterhearts skin, by Renee Knipe
the Angel, a Monsterhearts skin, by Avery Mcdaldno
the Hollow, a Monsterhearts skin, by Avery Mcdaldno
the Incubus, a Monsterhearts skin, by Bryan Hitchcock
the Mummy, a Monsterhearts skin, by ???
the Oni, a Monsterhearts skin, (still a work in progress) by Christopher Stone-Bush & Christopher Fagala
the Rākṣasaḥ, a Monsterhearts skin, by James Mendez Hodes
the Rusalka, a Monsterhearts skin, by
the Selkie, a Monsterhearts skin, by Jackson Tegu, to get a copy email him: of.lightning AT gmail
the Serpentine, a Monsterhearts skin, by Avery Mcdaldno
the Succubus, a Monsterhearts skin, by Ernesto Pavan
Skins for the Skinless, Monsterhearts skins (includes the Beast, the Calaca, the Fury, the Proxy & the Unseen), by Topher Gerkey
Other Hacks & Conversions
Many of the player-created playbooks for Apocalypse World are hard to track down, and that's kind of annoying. I'm actually surprised at how many comments I've seen online from people saying "I don't have that one" or "I only have these."
It looks like about a year ago there was this trading community happening with a handful of people on a few forums, probably because there was no single place to upload files to, but as somebody who is relatively new to Apocalypse World it feels like there are players hoarding playbooks and not sharing them with the rest of us who are late to the party, and that attitude seems really childish.
When I do searches for playbooks the first page almost always links back to multiple forums where one person is spam-asking for the same playbooks over and over again, yet he refuses to share what he's acquired unless somebody else trades him something new. Today he offered to sell me all of the playbooks he's accumulated for $15. So, you know, if you wrote a playbook that you intended to share with other players there's one guy out there trying to profit from your work without sharing the profit with you. In contrast, the stuff that I spent the last few weeks working on I make publicly available on my blog for anybody to use.
I feel that this whole trading and keeping it hard to find attitude also runs counter to the spirit of encouragement D. Vincent Baker wrote into the game by asking people to hack the game and make it their own. I think there needs to be a unified place for those who've contributed to AW, even in a small way, to share their work and get recognition for it. The Barf Forth Apocalyptica forums are difficult to navigate at times, there isn't a list of links to others' work, and there isn't a single sticky-ed thread that lists all of the great work that's come out of the community.
I'm making this post in the hopes that other people with player-made custom playbooks will upload their work to the internet and share their work with the rest of us. Here are links or instructions for getting all of the playbooks I've managed to find online. (If I know who wrote it, I also credit them.)
UPDATED, November 2013
When I first started this page I thought there were only about a dozen playbooks that had been made by other players. I'm truly surprised at the abundance of work that has been done, the shared enthusiasm so many people hold for the Apocalypse World rules, and the generosity so many of the creators of these links have shared. There are also TONS of hacks!