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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.


My friend Tazio and I are are playing S/Lay w/Me! I'd prefer not to discuss the current health crisis at this site except as it's relevant, but it's true that he is in northern Italy and I am in a hard-hit area of Sweden - there is just a little bit of shared worry between us and a sense of relief to get into this entirely escapist zone of play.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
08 Apr 2020
Games: S/Lay w/Me

Setting / Backdrop has come up in some recent discussions as well, regarding a game in design and situations. How much is too much or too little? I think that depends on your taste. A game like Symbaroum is heavy setting. Glorantha is heavy setting as well and it changes depending on the system you play it with. Shadowrun is tied to the Sixth World and Earthdawn is tied to the Fourth (I think). 

Posted by: Sean_RDP
03 Apr 2020

About a week or so ago, with so many folks having issues going into quarentine quietly and needing relief, I started organizing some online play. There are about 50 people in the group now and thankfully other folks are stepping up to run, lol. Most of them will be familiar with D&D 5E or somethign equivalent, so I threw together a map on Inkarnate of a region with some trees, a river or two, and some settlements. Also a few ruins.

Posted by: Sean_RDP
22 Mar 2020
Games: D&D 5E

Howdy folks, while we're making the jump to playing games online --I  wrote a piece on Medium to share my approach to give you a headstart! There are plenty of options to run your roleplaying sessions online. You’ll run across free options and some paid options. Some live-stream friendly and others are down right hostile.

Posted by: MadJay
22 Mar 2020

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

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


Posted by: CaramelCharcoal
21 Feb 2020

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

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

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