My name is Avery Alder. I wrote Monsterhearts, Ribbon Drive, Dream Askew, and The Quiet Year. I’m holding out hope that make-believe can change the world. You can buy my games here.
In addition to designing tabletop roleplaying games, I also facilitate workshops and develop therapeutic resources. Check out my Talks & Workshops page for more on that!
Monsterhearts 2 lets you and your friends create stories about sexy monsters, teenage angst, personal horror, and secret love triangles. When you play, you explore the terror and confusion of having a body that is changing without your permission.
The Quiet Year is a map game. You define the struggles of a post-apocalyptic community, and attempt to build something good within their quiet year. Every decision and every action is set against a backdrop of dwindling time and rising concern.
Dream Askew is a game about queer community amidst the apocalypse. It gives us ruined buildings, ruined lives, ruined faces, loaded handguns, psychic powers, heartbroken underdogs and turbulent skies, asking “What do you do next?”
Ribbon Drive is a game about road trips, music, and self-discovery. Our ultimate goal is to create a thought-provoking, meaningful experience. We let the music guide us. We let the road throw us curves.
Perfect Unrevised is a game about criminals within a Dark Victorian dystopia. It’s about what makes them tick, the crimes they commit, the goals they strive for, and the persecution they may well face.