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You are an alternate version of yourself.

You have ADHD.

How will the circumstances that
surround your affect your life?

 
What is Soft Focuses?

Soft Focuses is a solo journaling game that encourages people to experience their life as though they had ADHD. Players make an alternate version of themselves that has ADHD, create a list of stats, and then recreate moments from their day as this ‘other them’ would have experienced. It's not so much walking a mile in someone else's shoes as it is putting new insoles in your own shoes.

  • See the events of your life through the lens of someone who is neurodivergent.
  • Write a journal of how your day would be if you were this other version of you.
  • Use a bookmark as your character sheet so that it is always in your journal.

Game Basics

Making a character: 

Your character consists of 10 different stats split into 2 categories: social functions and executive functions. The higher these stats, the more you are affected by them. 

You will also choose other aspects of the character, such as what kind of medication (if any) they take or any comorbidities that are present.

Playing the game:

You start by writing a list of the major events you experience throughout the day. You will go down this list, rolling on the appropriate table and writing down the way these events occur for this alternate version of yourself.

You can modify your rolls based on medication, available energy (based on a roll made at the start of the day), and other factors. Additionally, if you roll a 6, you will hyperfocus, which could be a blessing or a curse.


New and Expanded!

For the new edition, there will be a number of new modifiers and modes of play to help more closely mimic the struggles of those with ADHD. These include modifiers for comorbidities such as Autism, PTSD, and Anxiety, bringing the total page count to around 48. There are also new ways to experience the system, such as how to approach the game if you have or suspect you have ADHD. Here are some highlights:

  • Experience how Anxiety, Depression, and even a menstrual cycle can affect someone with ADHD.
  • Add additional mechanics to TTRPG characters to make them better represent someone with ADHD.
  • New rules to make it less mentally taxing to play if you have ADHD.



I initially wrote Soft Focuses as a way to help others understand what it is like to deal with ADHD on a daily basis. I had seen too many people minimize it and reduce it to something one should just "deal with" and I wanted to try and inspire some empathy in others. The final straw came when a former employer asked a coworker (who also had ADHD) and myself: "ADHD? Isn't that just a thing kids deal with? Why are you talking about it?" That night, I wrote the first draft of the game and worked to make sure it was representative of not just my struggles but others with ADHD. There were a number of things that I felt I needed to do more research on in order to properly incorporate, which brings us to the Second Edition.

Quotes about Soft Focuses

"A uniquely sensitive and eye-opening experience, Soft Focuses demonstrates the power of roleplaying to generate empathy."
- Dicebreaker

“It really looks like this will be a promising game to allow others a glimpse into what it is like being neurodivergent in a world that is pretty heavily focused on neuronormativity.”
- Hessan's County

“To say that a game like this hits close to home would be very accurate. The degree of empathy on display, however, and the continued efforts to improve the game, have me convinced – I believe every game I’m covering deserves the funds it needs, but this is one of the ones I made sure to pledge for.”
- Seamus Conneely


StatusReleased
CategoryPhysical game
Rating
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(3 total ratings)
AuthorC. R. Legge
Tagsadhd, journaling, Mental Health, Solo RPG, Tabletop role-playing game

Purchase

Buy Now$7.00 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $7 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Soft Focuses: Second Edition 13 MB
Soft Focuses Bookmark 418 kB

Community Copies

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Community Copies

No reason needed; if you want a copy of the full game, please take one.

If you want to support the game in one or more of the following ways, you can add more copies by:

- One community copy will be added for each full purchase of the game.

- One community copy for each $1 spent over the purchase price of the game (so if you pay $2 extra I'll add 2 copies, if you pay $5 extra I'll add 5!)

- One community copy added for each tweet about the game where you use #SoftFocuses.

- One community copy for each rating the game receives (even 1-star reviews)

- TWO community copies for each comment left on the game on this page (not including replies to posts)

I'll add the new community copies once a week. If you are from a marginalized community or neurodivergent and there are no community copies left, reach-out and I will add more or send you some directly.

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Soft Focuses: Second Edition - Text Only 212 kB

Comments

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Is there any print friendly/low ink version?

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Hi, sorry for the late reply. The text only version of the game is print friendly and contains the full text of the game. I hope that helps!

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Awesome, thanks!

Where is the text only version?

Oooh, do you mean the bookmark?

Oh, my bad, I forgot it's listed as the demo. 😁

haha no problem, I'll check it

Thanks!

This is a very interesting idea, It's really cool!!!

Thank you so much!