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ACTUAL PLAY

This is where we do what we do! We talk about playing table-top role-playing games. This is not a play-at or streaming site - it's for discussion of what you're already doing.

  • Tell or show what happened in the game at the time and what you did to make that happen.
  • It is totally all right - encouraged! - to post because you had fun.
  • People often include video or audio recordings, but text-only is fine too. You can also attach documents, like maps or character sheets or brief sections of the rules you're using.

 

You can discuss decades of play or thirty seconds of play, or anything in between. Any table-top role-playing game is welcome: old, new, in print, out of print, published by you, published by whoever. You could have played it at any time, from back in the early 1970s to a second before you hit "post."

From there, I trust you to work out how you want to talk about your games. If you'd like, check out my best-practices manual for suggestions, but it's really flexible.

If you already do a podcast or other actual-play series, live or not, please consider yourself invited to discuss it here by embedding a link as a topic.

For games in design, i.e., playtesting - yes, go right ahead, that's welcome too. For consulting sessions with me, which is different, see the Consulting page.

I'm currently designing Champions Now, for Hero Games, in active alpha playtest. The dedicated page for that is here.

 

We have a playgroup that are long time Champs/Hero players. Myself, Storn, Eric, Rick and Joe. (Their personalities and play styles are important to these play-test notes.) I've been playing since '81 first edition, and Storn Cook (who you might know from art he has done for the game) and I have been playing together since '92-ish. The others have joined over the years, with Joe, only having known him for 15 years, being the newbie.

Posted by: RDU Neil
17 Sep 2018
Games: Champions Now
6 comments

Whew – and here we launch into game design, for me an uncharacteristically scary moment, because this isn’t just anything, this is Champions – and playing what is undeniably either my elevation or profanation thereof.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
15 Sep 2018
Games: Champions Now
5 comments

My Champions Now alpha play is concluded, and I’m moving into Beta. You’ll see a lot of things in the Defiants game which I decided needed to be revised heavily: Mind Scan, Desolid, assisting, and plenty of others which in the past I accepted as “well, that’s just Champions,” all hit the butcher shop for the first version of something I can genuinely call mine.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
15 Sep 2018
Games: Champions Now
7 comments

It took about four sessions to arrive at a title, but we did, and Rod provided this fine logo.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
09 Sep 2018
Games: Champions Now
10 comments

Back when Everway first came out I ran a game for about a year. What I remember was that it feel flat. I was using a mix a reading the text and assuming I knew how every RPG worked because I played D&D. 
 
Posted by: awinter
26 Aug 2018
Games: Everway
5 comments

Here's the final session of Cosmic Zap, playtest epic #1! I'd intended to append it to the previous post in the comments, but then again, it'd be good to see a complete retrospective on the whole thing here.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
25 Aug 2018
Games: Cosmic Zap
3 comments

Here's the last session but one of the epic Cosmic Zap playtest, which sorta actually worked, and shows why successful playtesting has nothing to do with wowing people with your genius. Far from it.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
20 Aug 2018
Games: Cosmic Zap
4 comments

It's our fifth session of Monsterhearts! With only two more to finish editing to get current. This game took a hit between playtesting and summer family obligations, so the last session we played was about two months ago. I'd like to get back to it soon, so if you want to help with that, comment here so the other players feel hot / cold / dark / volatile (circle one).

Posted by: Ron Edwards
20 Aug 2018
Games: Monsterhearts
1 comment

Mid-design playtesting is perhaps the most intensive intellectual stage, but it doesn’t feel that way. It feels like gutting out a highly fatiguing task whose benefit, upon completion, is looking mighty obscure. This is our sixth session for Cosmic Zap, and in a lot of ways, it might have been the last. You can see, I hope, how the content we gained from it yielded real gold, but it’s mainly evident in the final two sessions, not here.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
20 Aug 2018
Games: Cosmic Zap
0 comments

When Champions was first published, most people involved in role-playing accepted, or even expected, to put in extensive effort before play. Today, plug-and-play is widely recognized as a virtue, whether justified by playing in convention situations or by citing friends who reasonably do not commit to complex nonsense before doing the thing they want to do.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
06 Aug 2018
Games: Champions Now
6 comments

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