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Yes, the title is clickbait. It's merely a pun on the game we're talking about ... or does this topic turn out to address the loaded role-playing hobby term after all? You decide.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
29 Dec 2021
Games: The Pool
2 comments

We're playing The Pool, with me, Hans, and Christoffer. The setting I've offered comes from my presentation materials at Kulturnatten a couple of months ago, using Dust Devils at the time. I was born in San Diego, and although our family soon moved to the Monterey Peninsula, I've sought to understand the history of that border and the SoCal/Baja region.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
12 Dec 2021
Games: The Pool
15 comments

Into another game of The Pool, this time with Jerry, Renee, and Helma. I've been prepared for this one for a long time, with a lot of accumulated images. You'll spot the particular sort of pop science fiction right away: tons of implausible aliens as stand-ins for human concerns or outlooks, a completely transparent political moment, and an attempt to be one step beyond what current TV/film tech can currently do, visually.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
01 Dec 2021
Games: The Pool
11 comments

When it comes to my priorities as a roleplaying practitioner, the enthusiastic, zestful exercise of narration authority may be my #1. 

Posted by: noah
20 Nov 2021
12 comments

This is the single most brutal post I have presented or perhaps ever will present at Adept Play. So I’ll start with all the good things.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
16 Nov 2021
Games: The Pool
24 comments

The exchange between me and Ron about stakes setting has been on my mind, and perhaps because of that I have been extra attentive to the presence or absence of setting explicit intentions and stakes in my current play. I've been playing a game of the Pool with two players (George, from my Legendary Lives game, and his brother Ted, who has never played an RPG before).

Posted by: Jon Hastings
14 Oct 2021
Games: The Pool
19 comments

If you were following the development of Champions Now a while ago, you may remember the memorable game played at the Gauntlet which I adapted into the examples in the game text (Values and family, not necessarily family values).

Posted by: Ron Edwards
16 Jun 2021
34 comments

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
14 comments

I've mentioned that I'm not skilled in bringing role-playing to kids. I've done it a fair amount - for instance, all the way back in 1986, with Mentzer's D&D, when I was working at a neighborhood center. But I don't have any special techniques or insights about it as a specific task, and as a father, I don't think I've done a very good job of "bringing them up role-playing" as I've seen many do, or at least present themselves as doing on social media.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
05 Feb 2020
6 comments

First Lincon video! With none other than James V. West's The Pool, which is a signature game for this whole website. It's also a deliberate comparison with James' other, related game, The Questing Beast, as I played and posted about at IndieCON.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
12 Jun 2019
Games: The Pool
25 comments

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