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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.

 

Second session for Legacy, this time ramping the soapy feels for Alan's character, Mike, up to that number you know, and to my great pleasure, outdoing King Cinema Himself in sheer power of the spectacle. "Iconic" doesn't begin to do it justice.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
27 Sep 2018
Games: Champions Now
31 comments

"Demon pets," I told them, and "Ancient cities." After this meeting, we're starting up with one sorcerer maximizing the first and the other maximizing the second, and with a fine mix of the components in this post's title.

This is Sorcerer, with me, Pedro, and Aybars. There is an almost physical impression of commitment among us.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
25 Sep 2018
4 comments

I love that cover. It was the first issue of The Uncanny X-Men I bought with my own money off the stands, and even Cyclops’ entirely unnecessary gesticulating is perfect. But ... uh ... why is Storm saying that? It is a very silly thing to say, and fortunately our heroes in the Defiants say precisely the opposite as you shall see here.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
24 Sep 2018
Games: Champions Now
17 comments

Here's session 1 for the series I'm calling Legacy, featuring Advance and PowerStar. As has been suggested before, you can now see the entire organization and prep process by following the tag, leading into play that you can see here.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
21 Sep 2018
Games: Champions Now
12 comments

After I posted our Session 0 beta description... Ron responded with... "It's possible to ruin things by front-loading and world-building, but this is more like what I described than not. It was more talky than I've been recommending, and granted, a little more content via consensus than I prefer, but that latter is a preference rather than a mandate."

I responded with, "

Content via consensus... bad?

I'm interested in your dislike of content via consensus..."

Ron said: "

Posted by: RDU Neil
20 Sep 2018
1 comment

A bit of GM thought rambling generated by our Session 1 of M-Hero/The Victors (Champs Now beta)...

So... first sessions are always awkward for me as a Gm, even when playing with long time partnerns in crime. I still feel stressed and like I'm groping in the dark to have something "stick" that will make the session work. (By "make" I don't mean GM sole decision, but more my ability to properly respond to what the players generate and and sew the discordant sounds into some kind of melody.)

Posted by: RDU Neil
20 Sep 2018
7 comments

Whew –

Posted by: Ron Edwards
20 Sep 2018
Games: Champions Now
6 comments

Talked through our Session 0 (world build character build) in previous post. Had our first game. Storn took great notes throughout. Long post summarizing game play and notes on rules questions, some analysis at the end.

 

Posted by: RDU Neil
19 Sep 2018
Games: Champions Now
14 comments

We have a playgroup that are long time Champs/Hero players. Myself, Storn, Eric, Rick and Joe. (Their personalities and play styles are important to these play-test notes.) I've been playing since '81 first edition, and Storn Cook (who you might know from art he has done for the game) and I have been playing together since '92-ish. The others have joined over the years, with Joe, only having known him for 15 years, being the newbie.

Posted by: RDU Neil
17 Sep 2018
Games: Champions Now
6 comments

Whew – and here we launch into game design, for me an uncharacteristically scary moment, because this isn’t just anything, this is Champions – and playing what is undeniably either my elevation or profanation thereof.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
15 Sep 2018
Games: Champions Now
21 comments

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