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... Has This Been Goin' On? Alternative equally music-meming title: My Only Friend, the End. Or, wait, how about, Stop! In the Name of What?

This is about how long we play, in real time. It can refer to the length of a session, how many sessions relative to a given fictional situation, how long

Posted by: Ron Edwards
03 Sep 2018
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The comparison has been around for a long time; I first encountered it in an early edition of RuneQuest. It may even have entered that status of "everyone knows that," but I haven't run into much reflection on its content.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
25 Aug 2018
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Intent, Initiation, Execution, Effect - fictional things, probably the single most direct fictional content to be interfaced with real-people speaking and using rules, in the hobby. In a recent dialogue with Zac Porcu, he called it "the beating heart of role-playing."

Posted by: Ron Edwards
09 Jul 2018
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Earthsea was clearly on everyone's mind in early role-playing. Due to rambling, I didn't include some of the time we spent realizing how many systems and settings dipped into its terms and the organization of magic.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
28 May 2018
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There was one thing left to discover: what happened with Karva, priestess of Oome, devotee of Qar, and Jynathon, who is simultaneously the greatest threat to her power and its best immediate shot at restoring it - perhaps re-making it.

After all, the first few minutes of our game brought these two characters face to face. Now they get a chance to talk, after some intervening events.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
13 May 2018
Games: RuneQuest
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The one thing I regret is not making up twenty characters across seven game titles and launching into fervent play right away. This was so much fun.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
06 May 2018
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Here's our final session of RuneQuest ("RQ2," 1980) which presents and invents my sketchy setting-notions through play. It's also a personal experience for all of us in diving into the system and text of that time.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
01 May 2018
Games: RuneQuest
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Oh golly, let’s see a bunch of guys over-share about how much their characters have been having sex!! ... for those few of you remaining in the room, you’ll see us talk well beyond the boilerplate. Sex has been freed-up in role-playing over the last decade and a half. This seems to have freed us as well into dialing-back and modulating how it plays into everything else, to find some new things this medium-and-activity can do.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
29 Apr 2018
3 comments

"Everyone knows" what sandbox means. Except that it was a term 'ported into table-top role-playing from another medium and adopted as fashion rather than substance, so no, I don't. Talk is cheap, whiskey costs money, and let's see if this is a thing, and if so, how many things, and if so in a given case, whether it's something you really want to play in.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
08 Apr 2018
12 comments

Finding D&D, part 4! This one is scaring me. Remember how I warned that the one about fundamentalism and the OSR wouldn't be insulting? I fear this one can't say the same, and even if it doesn't go too far, I know it's going to gore a lot of oxen.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
05 Apr 2018
21 comments

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