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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:

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On Monday, my partner and I played our fourth session of Champions Now. This is our fourth or fifth series of twosies together, games that have included PBTA (not my favorite for one-on-one), narrative OSR Trophy Gold, and (our favorite) Spire: The City Must Fall.

Posted by: noah_t
24 Jun 2020
Games: Champions Now
11 comments

Well only one tale and a small snippet (or two) of actual play. It happened about a year ago.

LukeA was GM, I (Alex) was the Inquisitor and Chris was the Lackey.

Posted by: Alexander White
23 Jun 2020
10 comments

We've packed in three more sessions! So, 17 total. The linked video goes to #15 inside the playlist, and I'll add the next as I finish editing them.

What you're seeing in these is the considerable expansion of the setting to include the northern subcontinent. We finally bring up ethnic visual topics in the 17th session, so if you're wondering about that in the first session you see here, rest assured it does not get ignored.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
17 Jun 2020
22 comments

So this is about the best game I’ve played. It happened in 2009. It had two players, Me and LukeA, we played over the course of ten sessions and each session was between six to eight hours. In terms of discussion I think there are two notable things about it, solving choreography problems and the agenda in play.

Posted by: Alexander White
11 Jun 2020
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So I read Ron’s work talking about and analyzing the Pool, and the game itself seemed to me to be elegantly and brilliantly designed, with a kind of simplicity I find really appealing. But I never had a chance to try it, so I was thrilled when some kind people were willing to play online. We decided to use the Anti-Pool, and added a variant rule where other players could help out on a roll.

Posted by: Dreamofpeace
09 Jun 2020
Games: The Pool
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In the FB group I took a week off from running the D&D games and wanted to run non-D&D. The Coriolis game never went off but The Witcher game was full. Ended up two players missed for Internet reasons, but four players is plenty of action. I used the pre-gens from the free Witcher: Easy Mode and built my own scenario from that. I wanted to test out some more Now! style play and see what emerged. 

Posted by: Sean_RDP
06 Jun 2020
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I was posting some questions and observations about my Champions Now game on the Discord channel, but wanted to go into some more detail here.

We’ve just finished the second session, and there are a number of things that have jumped out at me as being impressive and interesting features of the system.

Some brief background on the game:

Posted by: Jon Hastings
05 Jun 2020
20 comments

Here some examples of how we've been applying special effects in our game of Champions Now, set in Seattle during Spring and Summer of 2020.

Posted by: AlanRB
04 Jun 2020
Games: Champions Now
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Posted by: Ron Edwards
03 Jun 2020
Games: Cosmic Zap
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I have been thinking a bit about situations and Situations of later as well as trying to determine the Stress point for players and perhaps for the game runners too. I had the opportunity to sit down with my 6yo and play through some make-believe of her devising and it brought to light some perspective on these questions. I would not say answered them, but definitely gave perspective. 

Posted by: Sean_RDP
25 May 2020
2 comments

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