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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.


Ok, so I had the pleasure of introducing my 13 year old niece and her stepsister to rpgs this Christmas, and wanted to describe what I did, with an eye to better understanding things like intuitive continuity and also how to do things like this better in the future.

Posted by: Dreamofpeace
28 Dec 2019
Games: D&D, Cthulhu Dark

After the opening of Christmas presents, my daughter (home from college) and I sat down to play our first trial run of Cold Soldier. Not your typical holiday fare, but the mulled wine in my glass helped to keep me in the holiday spirit during play. 

Posted by: robowist
25 Dec 2019
Games: Cold Soldier

Would you believe more freakin’ original RuneQuest? And this time, not that teenfic evilmurk setting that I worked on so hard.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
19 Dec 2019
Games: RuneQuest

I'm gearing up to run my second game of Sorcerer and taking my first stab at the Sorcerer and Sword variant. On the GM prep side, things are a bit more involved. For Sorcerer, I created one statement about demons, one about the setting, defined Humanity, and collected a couple pictures for inspiration. At that point,I was good to go. Since I set my Sorcerer game in the present day, world creation was an easier affair.

Posted by: robowist
19 Dec 2019

James Bond RPG (1983) -- Hero Points and IIEE

(Continued from "James Bond 007: Hero Points in play" )

Posted by: AlanRB
16 Dec 2019

The Four R’s (Ross, Ron, Rod, and I) played through eighteen sessions of Legendary Lives, completing our run at the start of December. For background, this heroic fantasy rpg is one of the so-called Fantasy Heartbreakers that came out in the 1990s. There are still plenty corners of the game that I would love to explore, and that fact in itself is an indication of how good the game is.

Posted by: robowist
16 Dec 2019

Watching the discussion "Dice: the love, the hate, the fear, the need" ( ) led me to consider the role of Hero Points in several role-playing games I'm familiar with. By Hero Points I mean a fund of points that a player can spend to influence the outcome of a resolution system that calls for a dice roll. 

Posted by: AlanRB
06 Dec 2019

This past year, I dipped my toe into recording some actual play sessions. My initial efforts were primitive, relying on technology that has basically been retired. For example, for online play, I used Hangouts On-Air, which basically allowed me to have a Google Hangout conference call which would be recorded on Youtube.But Hangouts On-Air is now a thing of the past, and it was somewhat primitive in terms of editing capabilities.

Posted by: robowist
04 Dec 2019

A year has passed and me and my friends decided to pick up our game prep where we left it. The good news: now I’ve got the actual Champions Now manual, in pre-publication form. (In case you don’t follow the Kickstarter, backers have already received a PDF with the rules; it’s not “finished” because there’s still art/comics under development.)


Posted by: Santiago Verón
04 Dec 2019
Games: Champions Now

If a city or state were a character how would you express it?

Posted by: Jerry D. Grayson
01 Dec 2019