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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:

What are you playing? What do you see when you read the posts here? Comment at any post you like, or use the big green Start a Topic button at the top right of this page. People often include video or audio recordings of play, but text-only is fine too. Please feel free to 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. Please 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.


In the Realm of the Nibelungs has begun! My consultation with Ron can be found at Adept Play here.

The game is set in 5th century Burgundy (as portrayed in the medieval German epic The Song of the Nibelungs) and uses a 'homunculus of (old) D&D' I crafted for this purpose.

Posted by: Johann
18 Aug 2022

This session started on May 11, 2022 (in-game). It opened up with me describing a panel where Ed Kalvar is contemplating getting back at Connie. He hasn't sought out her arrest. He wants revenge.

Posted by: david_dungeonmatter
09 Aug 2022

Session four started on May 10, 2022 (in-game). We began with Samuel Holt (aka The Huntsman) paying a homeless person to walk around Times Square with a sign asking The Grandmaster (aka Peter King) to contact him. "Grandmaster, call the guy who stole your hard hat."

Posted by: david_dungeonmatter
01 Aug 2022

That was the pitch, but alas, I was far too ambitious, and ended up chickening out!  Brief comments on the system, the play experience, and a few campaign design problems we encountered.

The Group: me (GM) with Fano, Tazio, and Luke.  Fano and I are friends in real life; this was my first time playing with Tazio and Luke, and I hope to do so again!

Posted by: James_Nostack
26 Jul 2022
Games: Lancer

The session started on Saturday, May 7, 2022 (in game).

Samuel Holt (aka The Huntsman) invited some old college buddies to a pizza place in Brooklyn. For this act, Samuel earned 5 Karma for "Get Together with Friends". Samuel now has 20 Karma.

Posted by: david_dungeonmatter
25 Jul 2022

Recently, I was invited by a friend to playtest a game he is working on. The game is about assassins that possess people close to their targets in order to gain access to them. The game is a work-in-progress, so I don’t want to get too deep into how it works. Instead I want to focus on a particular exchange I had with one of the other plays that I found really fascinating.

Posted by: Jesse Burneko
25 Jul 2022

The last three and a half months have been full of funny, heartbreaking and just plain fun roleplaying (D&D 4e, Marvel Super Heroes, S/lay w/Me, and Sorcerer).

Posted by: noah
23 Jul 2022

What CrAIyon thinks a spooky sliding glass door looks like at nightWhile reading the Annotated Sorcerer rulebook this evening, I came across the phrase “here and now” again: the default “setting” for Sorcerer. And I had a sudden flashback.

It is the summer of 1998, and I am GMing an ongoing GURPS game for some close friends and a rotating cast of friends-of-friends who want to give it a try.

Posted by: John St. Gaptooth
21 Jul 2022
Games: Sorcerer, GURPS
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I've recently started my first game of The Pool with a few friends in a tabletop Discord.

Posted by: Pontiff Computer God
17 Jul 2022
Games: The Pool

It has been a while since we had a proper TPK in the online Coup campaign. Maybe this is the first? We have had deaths, sure.

Posted by: Tommi
30 Jun 2022