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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.


Hi, I finally had the discipline to get out of my paralyzing swamp to continue this game, thanks to Sean and Robotwist. Here is what I prepped, what I threw out, what happened, and some questions. I also have specific rules questions, and wondering thought about “how to deal with complex diagrams”, which could be rephrase into “are my diagrams too complex”?.

Posted by: Greg
19 Apr 2020

I'm doing an actual play of Champions Now called Big Damn Hero. It's about powers being a blessing and a curse and takes place around the Witness Security program in Spokane, WA. The title hero is a super-villain turned state's evidence and put in the WitSec program. 

Posted by: MadJay
18 Apr 2020
Games: Champions Now

With Easter convention (GothCon XLIV) cancelled I found myself celebrating Easter with my family for the first time. Let that sink in for a while. Me and my Maria have lived together since 1994... and never celebrated Easter together. We have two kids (12 and 16 years old) ... and never celebrated Easter together.

Posted by: Ulf Bengtsson
16 Apr 2020
Games: 13th Age

As I said in this previous post I realize that the way I handle the preparation of a Sorcerer game pushes me in a paralyzing swamp that impede me to GM the game. It's the third time I experience this for the game, as GM, with three paused games for the same reason.

Posted by: Greg
14 Apr 2020

Unnamed Characters Making FriendsManaged to get Circle of Hands to the table last night - I'm running it for my wife (age redacted ;) ) and two of our sons (18 and 16) and they’re having a blast. Happy times!
Got a couple of queries after prep and first Venture that I'm hoping Ron will sort out for me.
Posted by: Gethyn
13 Apr 2020

The second group to play in the Chaos Marches chose the fallen Wizard's Tower for their adventure and have been through two adventures so far. They fought bullywugs and found a dead elf. A rune on a piece of parchment in the hands of the dead elf lead to a basalt platform, perfectly round, with the same rune on it.

Posted by: Sean_RDP
12 Apr 2020

My friend Tazio and I are are playing S/Lay w/Me! I'd prefer not to discuss the current health crisis at this site except as it's relevant, but it's true that he is in northern Italy and I am in a hard-hit area of Sweden - there is just a little bit of shared worry between us and a sense of relief to get into this entirely escapist zone of play.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
08 Apr 2020
Games: S/Lay w/Me

Setting / Backdrop has come up in some recent discussions as well, regarding a game in design and situations. How much is too much or too little? I think that depends on your taste. A game like Symbaroum is heavy setting. Glorantha is heavy setting as well and it changes depending on the system you play it with. Shadowrun is tied to the Sixth World and Earthdawn is tied to the Fourth (I think). 

Posted by: Sean_RDP
03 Apr 2020

About a week or so ago, with so many folks having issues going into quarentine quietly and needing relief, I started organizing some online play. There are about 50 people in the group now and thankfully other folks are stepping up to run, lol. Most of them will be familiar with D&D 5E or somethign equivalent, so I threw together a map on Inkarnate of a region with some trees, a river or two, and some settlements. Also a few ruins.

Posted by: Sean_RDP
22 Mar 2020
Games: D&D 5E