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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.


This is when something really complex develops and expands right within my grasp, while I'm learning just what it is we're making only at the last possible moment, and knowing I'm not quite good enough to do it justice at the moving margins.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
22 Mar 2018
Games: RuneQuest

On to third level! This time I’ve expanded the scope of play to where I’d originally conceived it should be, with a number of different characters and unstable situations which interconnect. The point is for the players to decide whom they want to help or kill, and for them to assess the potential dangers of doing so.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
18 Mar 2018

I ran across Synthicide and happened to meet Dustin at GenCon 2017. He intrigued me by commenting that it wasn’t “my kind” of game, whereas my quick skim had shown me it probably was, and I suggested we follow up on that thought after I’d had a chance to look at it more carefully. By the time we had a conversation about it over Skype, I’d been pleased to find that it was full of playable techniques and general positions I was familiar with.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
12 Mar 2018

Thinking about what-next per session is pretty hard for this sort of naturalistic play, especially when circumstances don’t lend themselves to substantial cuts. I’d have to think for a while to understand why that’s not a problem in playing Sorcerer, for example. (It doesn’t have explicit scene-type mechanics either.)

Posted by: Ron Edwards
11 Mar 2018
Games: RuneQuest

What's funny about "prep sunk cost anxiety" as a phrase is that I'm not sure it's well constructed in

Posted by: Santiago Verón
09 Mar 2018

A brief recap of the bad times I had at conventions, getting really close at completing a record of all the times I've roleplayed. I could call this "It sucked every time I didn't play Call of Cthulhu."

Posted by: Santiago Verón
02 Mar 2018

Our fourth session concluded the Major Quest and neatly fulfilled the requirements for leveling up. Regarding that latter, I'm using the generalizing rule that doesn't count experience points finely, but instead sets a level-up equal to a set number of "your level" sized encounters. The default quantity of encounters is ten, but it's also stated that half that is OK too, which is what I did.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
28 Feb 2018

Kickers aren't confined merely to their initiating events. They're what those events become, measured in human costs. Alain found his bid for tenure challenged by his mentor's bitterness. Maxine's band landed a sweet record contract. Michael's criminal enterprises brought danger to his family for the first time. Nothing anyone armed with demonic forces couldn't handle ... except that this time, for each one, it was to be the turning point he or she never saw coming.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
24 Feb 2018
Games: Sorcerer

Deeper in the vortex, confronting the diseased visions infecting memory and legacy - yes, it's 4th edition D&D, played with guts and glory. Eneku, Runt, and Ezhelya get to the center of it all.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
16 Feb 2018

Fiction Synopsis: Our heroes must break into a stronghold of apostate halfling paladins to take back blueprints for trap designs. Plans go awry when the same solar eclipse that allowed our heroes to sneak into the stronghold allows something more sinister to return as well.

Posted by: RamLama
14 Feb 2018