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This is where we do what we do! We celebrate our experiences with table-top role-playing games. Here are the ones I'm playing right now:

This is not a play-at or streaming site - it's for discussion of what we're already doing. 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.

I trust you to work out how you want to talk about your games: just for fun, sharing & comparison, critique, or whatever. Please 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 embed 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.


Into another game of The Pool, this time with Jerry, Renee, and Helma. I've been prepared for this one for a long time, with a lot of accumulated images. You'll spot the particular sort of pop science fiction right away: tons of implausible aliens as stand-ins for human concerns or outlooks, a completely transparent political moment, and an attempt to be one step beyond what current TV/film tech can currently do, visually.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
01 Dec 2021
Games: The Pool

At Odin's request, we're playing Vampire: the Requiem, 2nd edition, which I have agreed to learn enough to GM and for which he is the go-to for rules details during play. We've been at it for three sessions of varying length; the embedded video playlist is current through session 2 and I'm just exporting the set for session 3 as I type this. (edit: done!)

Posted by: Ron Edwards
29 Nov 2021

When it comes to my priorities as a roleplaying practitioner, the enthusiastic, zestful exercise of narration authority may be my #1. 

Posted by: noah
20 Nov 2021

This is the single most brutal post I have presented or perhaps ever will present at Adept Play. So I’ll start with all the good things.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
16 Nov 2021
Games: The Pool

Due to some weird circumstances, I ran a 1-shot last night for a group I am an actual player in (as opposed to mostly GMing). It was for three of the players as the others could no make it (hence the 1-shot). The barrier was partially a social one: I do not know one of the players very well and one of the players had anxiety (for personal reasons) for learning a new system (more on this later).

Posted by: Sean_RDP
06 Nov 2021

There's a guideline I used for a sorceror one-sheet that's been pretty helpful, and if I'm going down the list it suggests I get feedback; and I'd like to get feedback from the noosphere before bringing it back to my group, so uh, here's some stuff about this game, I guess.

Posted by: Ranuth
30 Oct 2021

The exchange between me and Ron about stakes setting has been on my mind, and perhaps because of that I have been extra attentive to the presence or absence of setting explicit intentions and stakes in my current play. I've been playing a game of the Pool with two players (George, from my Legendary Lives game, and his brother Ted, who has never played an RPG before).

Posted by: Jon Hastings
14 Oct 2021
Games: The Pool

For various reasons I've been away from Adept Play and I've missed the juicy discussions on situations. I'll have to try to read those at some point; they seem interesting! I've got the routine now to post my actual play posts of Hantverksklubben here, and since we had a session yesterday I'll keep that tradition and post the translation here. As usual, this is a slightly touched-up machine translation.

Posted by: Simon Pettersson
10 Oct 2021
Games: freeform

The following text was taken from the forum "La Locanda del Gdr" and translated from Italian using Deepl:

Posted by: Karaburan
01 Oct 2021
Games: S/Lay w/Me
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So last night’s Burning Wheel game was a rough, instructive and ultimately rewarding one for me. To explain why (to myself as much as you), I’m going to have to go into some detail about what has happened so far. You can skip to the “Reflections” below if you just want the takeaways.

Posted by: noah
30 Sep 2021
Games: Burning Wheel