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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.


Wolverine and Rogue are my two favorite Marvel characters. I have a whole host of Marvel Superhero or, somewhat less, Champions with Marvel detailing, adventures relating to these two characters.

Posted by: Sean_RDP
14 May 2022

So I wanted to try a dungeon crawl with the Pool, for a couple of reasons. One is that in general, I want to see how simple a rules system you can get to “do the job”, in a satisfying way; another is I just wanted to play around with the Pool and see what I could get it to do. 

Posted by: Dreamofpeace
11 May 2022
Games: The Pool


Me (playing) & Tavis (GM’ing) & our gaming group from twelve years ago.  We’ve reconnected via video chat, and it’s really nice to see all these people after so long.  One of the group was 16 when we met and kind of living a messy life; now he's a licensed electrician and owns a house.


Posted by: James_Nostack
11 May 2022

The yellow box TSR Marvel Super Heroes Basic Set is my first love in role-playing games. TSR weaponized the game to appeal to young children via the three-color Universal Table on the back covers of the books. There is also a game for adults embedded in that box set. I have never played it to its full potential. Our Halfway Heroes game is an attempt to realize the potential of the yellow box set.

Posted by: david_dungeonmatter
08 May 2022

Back to living-together play at Spelens Hus! We're playing Zero. Briefly, it's about a few "biomechs" (cyber-augmented humans) who lose their telepathic contact with the hive-mind which has nurtured and controlled them for their entire lives thus far.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
05 May 2022
Games: Zero

We're six sessions into the game first described in Bad doings in Bulwark, set in the fictional city of that name, continuing with the misadventures of (1) gangster widow and former cult member Gratitude and (2) and shaky, increasingly shady white-collar schnook Willy. Their troubles lie in the rising political star of one Amos Zag.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
30 Apr 2022
Games: The Pool

We move on to the third and last species-specific story (or sequence or whatever you want to call it) for the Galactic Peace game, now concerning the Hive/Hivers. Jerry is of course revisiting his character from the initial story set during the peace conference, Hiver, and Helma is playing her new character Hiver, and Renee is playing hers, Hiver.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
22 Apr 2022
Games: The Pool

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