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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. 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. 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.


(First time posting here, at Ron's suggestion.)

Posted by: Theron
03 Jul 2018
Games: Champions

From the Champions Now! Question Outpost:

Joel DavisRon, if I understand the playtest document (plus everything you've said in your videos), the campaign is built around two premise statements:

Posted by: Joel Davis
30 Jun 2018
Games: Champions Now

It was the end of May (actually, 21st), and me and my friends Antonio Amato (of Mammut RPG) and Daniele Sanna (role-playing games connoisseur) agreed to play Dialect (Kathryn Hymes & Hakan Seyalıoğlu, 2018) on Google+ Hangouts.

Posted by: Daniele Di Rubbo
18 Jun 2018
Games: Dialect

This is shaping up to be a very Catholic game. Michael Solis, the Oblate, is both observant as a person and basically owned by St. Mary's College of Law as a auperhero, in association with the Oblate School of Theology. Finn Walsh, or Crawl, is not religious but his family is Irish Catholic as well as career U.S. military. And our third player's character, who shows up in session 2, is another Irish Catholic, created independently; more about him next time.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
15 Jun 2018
Games: Champions Now

Talk about backlogged. Both Champions Now and Cosmic Zap are booming through the first couple sessions of their respective first playtests, and then there were all those videos for the Kickstarter. I’ll be putting them up for public viewing after the campaign’s done, probably at the blog.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
08 Jun 2018
Games: Champions Now

A question on Strength and Blocks (or Martial Blocks)

What is the minimum a character’s Strength have to be to perform a Block or Martial Block? Specifically, how low can a character drop his or her Strength and still block an attack? This is a tactical issue in terms of Endurance use. For example, a Block using minimal Strength (and thus END) versus an attack using lots of Strength (and END).


A character who is “more powerful than a locomotive” throws a punch.

A character whose strength is “normal human” throws a punch (or a Martial Kick).

Posted by: alanb
04 Jun 2018

1. What are the costs and effects of Life Support?

2. The Ranged advantage seems to be missing. +1/2?



Posted by: allenshock
02 Jun 2018

Hello to backers and to interested parties! Here's a place for asking questions and sharing notions about Champions Now, in Kickstarter crazy stage at the time of this posting.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
01 Jun 2018
Games: Champions

Here's a good example of what Actual Play posting here can be: reflections afterwards. I recommend it. Here the game author is involved and thus rules questions abound, but whoever and about whatever is totally OK too.

For Circle people, the rules questions included how order-of-action relates to groups, and some math concerning the components in a venture, both of which did require some clarification of the text.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
17 May 2018

There was one thing left to discover: what happened with Karva, priestess of Oome, devotee of Qar, and Jynathon, who is simultaneously the greatest threat to her power and its best immediate shot at restoring it - perhaps re-making it.

After all, the first few minutes of our game brought these two characters face to face. Now they get a chance to talk, after some intervening events.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
13 May 2018
Games: RuneQuest