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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.


Here is dungeon two, session one for Planetary Convulsionary Evolutionary D&D 4e.

Posted by: noah
22 Apr 2022

Previously on: post 1 / post 2 

Posted by: Hans
18 Apr 2022

Adriano is remarkably good at locations and sensory impressions of play. If someone had said to me, "Sengoku Japan! Samurai and guns! With robots!" I would have groaned and likely found something else to do. But this is not that. The day our characters spent working as corpse-handlers, socializing and philosophizing, is high on my list of favorite moments of the game so far.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
16 Apr 2022

Art by Crowy.

I continue grappling with Burning wheel, it seems. Recruitment text:

Posted by: Tommi
15 Apr 2022
Games: Burning Wheel

Last week I had a chance to try out The Sundered Land with some friends, and more specifically the mini-game A Doomed Pilgrim in the Ruins of the Future. I don't want to speak for everyone - on the contrary, I hope that anyone who wishes to do so will add their contribution - but I found the idea of a game that welcomed such a large number of participants satisfying and intriguing.

Posted by: Karaburan
13 Apr 2022

Back in 2019-2020, I've returned to TTRPGs by running "Burning Dwarven Fortress" campaign. It had been influenced by playing Dwarf Fortress video game back then. I've used Burning Wheel. Why? In Autumn 2019, I was looking for a game which suits DF's theme as best as possible and BW was my comfort and kinda OK choice. This game already explores Dwarven Greed, their magic affinities and skills (including construction and exploration). Which were other choices?

Posted by: Mansfeld
12 Apr 2022
Games: Burning Wheel

My local friend group got back together to play in person. We decided on Symbaroum, which I know some folks have bounced (hard) off of. Like any hard-headed gamer I of course had to make my own mind up. I am going to talk about my prep and such, but I do not want to bury the lead. Something wonderful happened in and around play.

Posted by: Sean_RDP
09 Apr 2022
Games: Symbaroum

Given a pause in the Spelens Hus game in Mörk Borg this week, I met with Helma and Henna to play a session of Lacuna.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
08 Apr 2022
Games: Lacuna

We finished our game of the Pool set in an alternate magical/fantasy Napoleonic era India/Afghanistan. We played 18 sessions.

Posted by: Jon Hastings
06 Apr 2022
Games: The Pool

Amber was mentioned on the Discord today.

I played a lot of Amber Diceless Roleplaying Game (1991) right after it was released. It was our favorite and most played game for two years, and even after that we would look back to those sessions as the high points of our gaming from this era (our group started playing in the late 1980s and continued through 1999; we didn’t play anything again until Champions Now in 2020).

Posted by: Jon Hastings
06 Apr 2022
Games: Amber