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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.

 

We've proceeded into a new chapter, or perhaps novella, in our Spelens Hus RuneQuest game. You'll see a couple of changes. First, that William isn't with us, as he's moved out of town, and in this case it jibes with in-play events that make most sense for Jovahn to vanish from the situation.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
12 Mar 2020
Games: RuneQuest
14 comments

Nate and I met for our second and final session for The Hour Between Dog and Wolf, each of us pretty motivated for the respective “side,” in the curious fashion associated with the better examples of this genre. We began by discussing three important things.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
23 Feb 2020
4 comments

Foreword 

Posted by: CaramelCharcoal
21 Feb 2020
10 comments

I want to talk a bit about a play test session for a game I am designing. The game is called Citadel of Time and it goes something like this:

Trapped in the Citadel, you pursue missions to retrieve graels for the Castellan's Great Project. Moving to different points in time, your success or failure hinges on overcoming your own issues and the obstacles of the time you find yourself in.

Posted by: Sean_RDP
18 Feb 2020
5 comments

Here’s a game I consider under-served. I would say “criminally” so except for the poor joke it entails, which is too bad, because yes, it’s criminal. Matt Gwinn’s The Hour Between Dog and Wolf is an excellent detective vs.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
11 Feb 2020
6 comments

We're two more sessions into the RuneQuest game since the last time, and as I'd feared, the material is demanding a further effort to live up to its tantalizing hints. I find myself creating things, especially cult writeups. One of them was completed for session 6, for the Cult of the Buried Dead, so it's attached.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
10 Feb 2020
Games: RuneQuest
23 comments

Pre-Post

Posted by: CaramelCharcoal
10 Feb 2020
2 comments

I've mentioned that I'm not skilled in bringing role-playing to kids. I've done it a fair amount - for instance, all the way back in 1986, with Mentzer's D&D, when I was working at a neighborhood center. But I don't have any special techniques or insights about it as a specific task, and as a father, I don't think I've done a very good job of "bringing them up role-playing" as I've seen many do, or at least present themselves as doing on social media.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
05 Feb 2020
6 comments

Session 2

Location: Western Tamaryon, toward the river at the edge of the map.

This portion of the region has been called Falkebrook. Rumors of a massacre make their way to the Circle Knights and the first character shuffle occurs. Only one familiar face in this one, Wulf the fisherman now with a wonderful charm score of... three.

Prep Notes

Posted by: CaramelCharcoal
04 Feb 2020
10 comments

Session 1: Northern Rolke, a traveling Merchant's endeavors. Next component, an enchanted Amboriyon sword in the cliffside crypts, tended to by a priest losing his grip on reality. 

We begin with Wulf (Fisherman Wizard), Bern (L. Entertainer), Lutz (Priest), and another who regrettably had to leave the session early. They travel a bit north of the Circle's citadel following rumors of a merchant from Spurr stirring up things in a small farming community.

Posted by: CaramelCharcoal
03 Feb 2020
2 comments

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