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A roleplaying game of analog horror, based on the Brindlewood Bay mystery system!

Public Access is a tabletop roleplaying game about a group of people in 2004—the Deep Lake Latchkeys—who find themselves investigating strange mysteries in and around the town of Deep Lake, New Mexico. In the ‘80s and early ‘90s, Deep Lake was the home of a notorious public access television station called TV Odyssey, the history and fate of which—the station literally disappeared—is the source of much speculation in certain corners of the internet. As the Latchkeys conduct their investigations in Deep Lake, they will become increasingly aware of the central role TV Odyssey plays in everything that’s going on, and will have to face whatever terrible truth lies at the heart of the infamous station...

Your purchase includes the following PDFs:

Rulebook (Spreads)

Rulebook (Singles)

Character sheet

Latchkey Moves sheet

Reference sheet

TV Odyssey campaign sheet

Odyssey tapes

8 mysteries:

  • The House on Escondido Street: Ten years ago, the Rappaports vanished without a trace from their home on Escondido Street. The Latchkeys look into the mystery on behalf of a family friend, and discover the house is not only sentient, but utterly evil.
  • Slumber Party Summoning Circle: An ‘80s-themed adult slumber party turns sideways when a harmless round of The Crying Circle, a notorious board game/summoning ritual causes a participant to become possessed. 
  • The Deep Lake Lurker: A local sleepaway camp is re-opened despite its notorious history: a bunch of kids went missing from it in the early ‘90s. Legend has it the kids were victims of a creature known as the Deep Lake Lurker. Has the re-opening of the camp awakened the beast once more?
  • Xxaagreus: A rare arcade game cabinet turns up in Deep Lake. Legend has it that playing Xxaagreus causes you to become obsessed with death. The Latchkeys are drawn deep into the mystery of the cabinet when they discover the game’s secret levels. Press start. 
  • Starlight Kingdom: An abandoned theme park is the site of a strange space/time anomaly. Can the Latchkeys get to the bottom of what’s going on before someone gets hurt, and what will happen when they are forced to face the traumas of their own pasts?
  • Greetings, Travelers: The Satanic Panic and real occult magic collide when a secret, underground game of Serpents & Sepulchers is connected to the disappearance of a local teen.
  • The Whisper: A mystery inspired by The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street. The people of an isolated neighborhood turn against one another, the victims of a strange phenomenon that causes their darkest secrets to be laid bare. Can the Latchkeys intervene to stop further bloodshed?
  • Convergence: The Latchkeys are invited to a wellness resort in the desert, a much-needed retreat that is interrupted when they discover a death cult in disguise plans to open a portal to another world on the very same weekend. 

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Thomas E April 18, 2024 10:04 pm UTC
Any chance of getting a physical copy?
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Remi P March 19, 2024 5:32 am UTC
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DTRPG won't let me review this, so I'll just say: Public Access is *tremendous,* and has ruined other mystery RPGs for me. I can't wait to see more of it!
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thomas B March 11, 2024 12:36 am UTC
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Hi. I've got a rules question. During the day move, on a 7-9, the latchkey is given the option to back down if they they don't want to proceed. What happens if they choose to back down? Is the move then considered a "miss"?
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Tim B November 25, 2023 9:10 pm UTC
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Any chance of getting bookmarks in the pdf? It is incredibly annoying trying to run a game from an unbookmarked pdf. Preferably lots of bookmarks since the level of bookmarks in the Silt Verses is barely better than not having them at all. It makes a massive difference to how easy it is to reference things while running a game.
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Nicholas C September 24, 2023 12:02 am UTC
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I have a question regarding "Answering the Question". If the players roll a miss for this, are the clues "used up"? Do they need to find another set of clues to be able to try to answer the question again?
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Taylor S September 27, 2023 2:52 pm UTC
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No, clues are still good. The only thing stopping them from guessing again is dealing with your reaction. I'd personally rule they need another clue before guessing again.
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Nicholas C August 27, 2023 12:51 am UTC
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Just started playing this with my group last night. My players seemed to enjoy it and had fun with it.

One thing that did come up, because we were playing over Zoom, is there a possibility of getting form-fillable character sheets?
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ne3t _ February 02, 2024 2:53 pm UTC
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There's these google doc sheets someone posted in itch:
https://arktosaur.itch.io/public-access-character-keeper
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Jakub C July 14, 2023 4:17 pm UTC
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Hello.Quick question-is there any perk system for player characters in this game? Like in Brindlewood Bay?
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Carlos S July 08, 2023 2:57 am UTC
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Does the game include rules on how to make your own mystery?
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Raymond R November 17, 2023 5:15 pm UTC
No, but there is a YouTube video on the creator's channel ("Public Access Writing Contest Workshop") that might prove useful. The Discord is also very active with creators sharing ideas and creations.
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Karl M June 01, 2023 3:31 pm UTC
A truly amazing game.
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Lex H April 19, 2023 12:10 am UTC
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I would love to get a PoD version of this. I've heard great things from my friends who have played it, but I really prefer reading rulebooks as physical copies rather than PDFs since I have to work on my computer so much already
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Alex R April 24, 2023 7:23 pm UTC
There aren't any plans for a PoD version. A campaign for the physical edition will go to crowdfunding sometime in the future, though!
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Jeffrey C April 04, 2023 12:41 am UTC
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Would love to get a more print friendly version. I love the look and feel of the PDF, but my printer will hate me... Otherwise awesome.
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Jukka V August 20, 2023 8:38 pm UTC
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Me too. I'd love to be able to print this for our sessions in secluded weekend games. Also, being able to buy printed version (POD) would make playing this game easier.

Anyway, seems like awesome game. (Seems, because I haven't been able to play it yet)

Personally I prefer simpler visual style and layout, like in Brindlewood Bay, but that's just personal preference.
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Andy R March 25, 2023 1:16 pm UTC
Got it via the author's patreon and it is absolutely top notch. Even if I never run it - and I think this will be easier to convince my group to play than Brindlewood Bay - it's excellent to read. Spooky and unsettling in the best way. Recommended.
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luuk V March 15, 2023 11:22 am UTC
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what is the odyssey tapes pdf?
i would also like a short explanation of each adventure.
either way it looks awesome!
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Alex R March 21, 2023 8:18 pm UTC
The Odyssey Tapes handout contains all the cursed VHS tapes the characters can watch!
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John P March 15, 2023 6:05 am UTC
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Would love to see a full-size preview
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Benjamin N March 13, 2023 4:35 pm UTC
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Will there be a PoD version, soon?
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Jason C March 13, 2023 7:02 pm UTC
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We don't have any plans for a POD version right now.
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