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My Brain is a Stick of Butter is a solo tabletop roleplaying game about living a week with ADHD and how hard it can be to balance all of the tasks life expects you to complete. It takes about 20 minutes to play, at which point you can step out of the game world and back into your real life.

This is a very personal game about my experience in life, so I thank you very much for checking it out. If you end up playing it, I'd love to see your playsheet! If you feel up for it, you could send it to me on twitter, @adamebell

Go about your days trying to do your job, maintain your social relationships, get all your chores done, and find time to enjoy yourself. You might not get everything done that you want to this week, but that's the way it usually shakes out anyway.

To play, you'll need the .pdf, a deck of cards, a single six-sided die, a pencil, and a copy of the the playsheet (either print the one here or use the Online Playsheet in Google Slides).


Please don't hesitate to take a community copy below. I will make sure there are always enough copies that anybody can pick up the game for free.

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Buy Now$5.00 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $5 USD. You will get access to the following files:

My Brain is a Stick of Butter 1 MB
black and white playsheet 47 kB
colorful playsheet 48 kB

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Free Community Copies

Please take one! No questions asked, and I'll make sure to always keep them stocked

Physical Zine

I'll print you out a copy and mail it to you! If you decide you want this after buying the .pdf just reach out to me and we'll work something out

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My Brain Is A Stick Of Butter is a 16 page solo rpg about experiencing ADHD.

Gameplay uses a d6 and a deck of cards. You try to complete tasks in several categories over a series of days, with the catch that the task your brain serves up to you isn't always the one that your environment wants you to do at the moment, and it costs energy to shift your focus. On top of that, once you've focused on the task you want to work on, you're not guaranteed to make progress. You might get blocked, frustrated, revert your work, or forget what you were doing.

Layout-wise, the game is also extremely strong. The intro, outro, and example are all written in a fairly standard formaton standard left-justified pages, but the actual core of the game text is written onto small note-card-ish blocks and jumbled around on the page along with graphs and graphics. It's still easy to read, but everything is tilted at slight angles and there's a distinct feeling of things flowing together and feeling out of control.

Overall, I think I'd recommend this to everyone. I felt like I came out of the game with a radically different understanding of what experiencing ADHD feels like, and it's definitely not every game that redefines my perception like that. Buy a copy if you can, or check out a community copy otherwise.

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How is the title so woefully accurate.  I've struggled with ADHD for nearly 30 years now and that's so accurate it-SQUIRREL.

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This pretty much nails it, well done. 

Maybe a bit unrealistic to have complete agency over when to go to sleep, I might have to add some house rules for that :)

fair point! if you do end up adding something I'd love to hear what you come up with

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As someone who also has ADHD, Thank you....Life definitely is no walk in the park with it. 

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Using a die to represent the "restricts a person’s agency when it comes to choosing where to apply attention" is a great idea! I really liked your game and i do think its illustrative, thank you!

thanks for the kind words! i'm glad you enjoyed the game.