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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. 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 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.

 

I HAVE A CONFESSION!

... I'm Sometimes a Bit of a Troll

The Covid lockdown has allowed me to do a lot of navel-gazing and self-reflection as a human. Keeping this game related allowed me to look at my habits as a player versus my habits as a game master.

Posted by: Jerry D. Grayson
29 Jul 2021
2 comments

Players: Helma and Tommi

DM: Sean (me)

Posted by: Sean_RDP
22 Jul 2021
Games: D&D3.5, Pathfinder
5 comments

Our Forge: Out of Chaos game continues. We decided to wave a magic wand and advance the characters to what seems like a reasonable “next tier” of effectiveness, giving Robbie’s magic-using character Cyir Level 3 with his Magic skill and Sean’s roguish/scoutish Wrosk improvement throughout his repertoire of skills.

Posted by: Jon Hastings
21 Jul 2021
4 comments

The editing beast is slain at last, and I get 1500 XP for defeating a 7th level Solo Brute, meaning the editing task. The truth is that I need those XP to improve my play skills, because this four-hour online session displays my limits at least as well as anything about people enjoying a single convention session of play.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
21 Jul 2021
14 comments

Again we barely managed to get enough people to run a session of Hantverksklubben yesterday, but that's ok! Three people joining is pretty standard by now. As usual, the original play report is in Swedish and can be found at rollspel.nu here. This will be a slightly polished Google translation, so if you can read Swedish, the original is probably going to be better written.

Posted by: Simon Pettersson
18 Jul 2021
6 comments

I’m currently 72 sessions into a D&D5e campaign I started in March of 2019. It is day 189 for the adventurers. The players are just beginning to reach level 10ish. I have a roadmap for the game out to level 20. Who knows how far we’ll make it or how long this will go on?

Posted by: Jesse Burneko
17 Jul 2021
Games: D&D 5E
5 comments

This is going to be a small post, but it's just something I wanted to share. I think it can somehow connect with a lot of the ongoing discussions that are happening at the website. 

Posted by: LorenzoC
15 Jul 2021
Games: Pathfinder
9 comments

Sean, Jon and I have, for a few months now, been playing Heavy Gear — a science fiction role-playing game set on a futuristic planet where a cold war is turning hot, with a high emphasis on armed combat between the titular “heavy gears” — human-shaped fighting machines inspired by Japanese comics and cartoons (Appleseed and Armored Trooper VOTOMS are a couple of obvious inspirations).

Posted by: Rod_A
11 Jul 2021
Games: Heavy Gear
5 comments

Olen pelannut Puhvelilinna-sooloseikkailua Tunnels & trolls -pelin seitsemännellä laitoksella (30. vuosipäivän laitos, joskus muinoin hankittu). Seikkailu vaatii vähän soveltamista ja sen tasapaino lienee erikoinen tämän laitokset kanssa, mutta ei se mitään. Nyt on aika iso osa linnasta kartoitettu, vaikkakaan ei kaikkea. Otin tämän samalla sääntöjen oppimisen hengessä.

Posted by: Tommi
07 Jul 2021
5 comments

Ron told me that I should post something on Adept Play - even if it's in Polish!
And while I'm still skeptical as to whether that's a good idea, I'm happy to oblige.
So, all the videos are in Polish, while I'll try to provide some context in English, for those who're interested in the entire thing.

Some history and context

Posted by: svart_vind
05 Jul 2021
11 comments

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