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One cannot see them.

One cannot hear them.

One cannot run from them.

Together, you must survive them.

Survival of the Able is a tabletop RPG about people with disabilities overcoming a zombie apocalypse. In this game, you'll play as a person with a disability living in a Medieval Western European almshouse when the Black Death comes to your village. Those who die of the plague are rising again as zombies, and they're hungry for flesh.

Do you have what it takes to survive?

About this Game

Survival of the Able was written by Jacob Wood, a blind game designer, with the intention of creating an RPG that doesn't treat disabilities like a drawback to be bought off during character creation. Each player takes on the role of a disabled character as they are faced with the challenge of their lives: to overcome a zombie apocalypse in a world that treats people with disabilities as a burden.

This game is for disabled and non-disabled players alike. It is designed to help build solidarity for people with disabilities and provide a safe, fun space to explore what it means to have a disability and to overcome the attached social stigmas. 

About the Ashcan

An ashcan is a preview of sorts. This art-free, pre-editted book is being sold to help raise money to complete the final version. 

The game is 100% complete and playable. We'd love to get your feedback on it to help improve the final. Please leave your reviews and comments so we can get a better understanding of what you like and dislike about the game.

Special Note: Anyone who purchases this version of the game will receive a $5 credit toward purchase of the final product when it is released.

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Colin F September 29, 2021 2:59 pm UTC
Thanks for making this available!
I'm having some trouble with the Ashcan_v2 PDF, specifically in Preview on a Mac (the default PDF reader). Acrobat reads it fine, but in Preview it's like there are two pages on top of each other at all times.
The PODInterior version works 100% fine.
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Jacob W September 29, 2021 11:33 pm UTC
Thanks for checking this out and leaving your feedback.

This is, unfortunately, a known issue with some PDF readers. Not all PDF software is capable of displaying layers properly, and those that don't tend to show all layers as visible rather than hiding the ones that shouldn't be shown together.

This is the primary reason we offer both versions of the PDF. In the final product, we intend to offer as many choices as possible so the book is available in your choice of formats and compatible with your choice of software.
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Colin F September 30, 2021 9:17 pm UTC
Thanks for the reply. I kinda suspected it was Preview's fault - that program is a real mess when it comes to accessibility. Thanks for including the extra version!
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Jacob W September 30, 2021 11:54 pm UTC
You are welcome. Please let me know if you have any other issues.
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John W September 11, 2020 2:48 pm UTC
What are the changes in the updated version?
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Jacob W September 13, 2020 12:27 am UTC
The new version attempts to fix some issues people were having with the multiple layers. It also adds a flattened (no layer) PDF for people whose PDF viewer simply can't handle multiple layers.
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Jeff M July 22, 2020 5:43 pm UTC
I ll definitely look forward for the final product.
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Jacob W July 23, 2020 1:47 am UTC
Thanks, I appreciate that feedback.
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Guy R July 18, 2020 11:28 am UTC
Would owners of this version receive some kind of discount on the full one, whenever it does come out? I want to try it but assuming I end up liking it I'm not sure if I'd like to pay twice for the full game, so I might just wait for that one to come out...
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Jacob W July 18, 2020 5:30 pm UTC
Thanks for the question, it highlighted the fact that I forgot to mention that on the product page.
Yes, anyone who purchases this product gains a $5 discount on the final. Regretfully we cannot give $8 for the print version because the entirety of that $3 difference goes toward the print cost of the book.
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