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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:

This is not a play-at or streaming site - it's for discussion of what we'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: just for fun, sharing & comparison, critique, or whatever. 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.


I'm contemplating a game of Runequest: Roleplaying in Glorantha. The core book alone is vast, a whole geography of world and system, and I have never played in Glorantha before.

Posted by: noah_t
17 Oct 2020

This was at a small convention some years ago (between 3 and 6, I would say), in the middle of nowhere, Finland. The game master and the other players were all strangers to me. There was maybe three or four players. I went in to fill the table, anyways, as I did with Savage worlds in the same con, too.

Posted by: Tommi
14 Oct 2020

After writing the Fantasy Heartbreaker essays (2002 & 2003), I knew I'd be playing a lot of them. It was harder to convince people than I expected, so I eventually resorted simply to forcing them upon players. Lately, apparently it's become easier, so that interested parties throw in with me in playing Legendary Lives and Legends of Darkurthe.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
28 Sep 2020
Games: Undiscovered

I am going to run an adventure using the 1981 D&D Basic Set. There have been a number of conversations that hit on directly, or indirectly, this set of rules and as it was my first RPG experience, I want to take a look back. More than a look, I want to run the game as is, by the rules as much as humanly possible. One of the things I have realized over the these conversations is that my recollection of the rules has been innacurate.

Posted by: Sean_RDP
23 Sep 2020
Games: D&D Basic

Scott, Robbie, and I have concluded our play of Darkurthe: Legends with session 6. We might get back to these characters and situations, because I think we all agree that there is much to develop, and perhaps a reflection upon hubris to discover, but we'll reconvene and schedule for it at some future date.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
17 Sep 2020
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Tonight was session 0 of our first ever game of Paul Czege's My Life With Master.

Posted by: Dyson Logos
15 Sep 2020
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This is how I ran these games: (in English)

I am going to tell about two linked one-shots; the first was open table, essentially gaming on demand, at a con and I am describing the last of the sessions, while the second session was an online oneshot.

Posted by: Tommi
13 Sep 2020

It's a good thing I reviewed my drives, because I found this game session played in March. I think it was the last time I went to Spelens Hus physically before shifting to screen play.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
09 Sep 2020
Games: Cold Soldier

Here's our first gathering to prepare for Primetime Adventures, a game whose title will invoke more blithering, partisanship, and sprayed terminology than any other I can think of. Which is too bad because the actual game is quite wonderful.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
06 Sep 2020

I have to say, I feel a bit like Charles Marlow, relating a series of half-real half-imagined events to an unknown audience.

"'Try to be civil, Marlow,' growled a voice, and I knew there was at least one listener awake besides myself."

Posted by: badspeler
03 Sep 2020