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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.


I’m playing Monsterhearts, due to a series of coincidences that fell together just right, so here you can see three undead teens try to be normal at a privileged, sequestered, high-pressure school.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
27 Apr 2018
Games: Monsterhearts

I do not plan. But it doesn't hurt to visualize the odd individual mechanical outcome. In this case, I thought, well, since they muffed the Skill Challenge and unleashed the crystal creche thingamabob, then Our Land is not just currently compromised by an invasive mystical-crystal birth event, it's basically lost out to it.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
26 Apr 2018


Yesterday I played Circle of Hands as GM, but I have some questions about my venture.

My dices were: Black 6, White 3, Red 6.

So it was settled in Spurr with a double elemento of Rbaja.

I chose a Splotch and a Rbaja zone, thinking about a black wizard dead who left behind a big corruption, because he had a lot of marks of Rbaja. 

So my first question is: When I have a double element, how do I say witch part of it is the lower?

Posted by: JuJu
24 Apr 2018

Here's our first session of 39 Dark,with me and Moreno, for what looks to be a multiple-session event. I've been looking forward to that, as I think this and its prequel, Mars Colony, are both worthy of extended investment, characterization and character development, and reflection between sessions.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
23 Apr 2018
Games: 39 Dark

Let me tell you about a science fantasy setting! From the literature, inspired by Barsoom and spinning Moorcock-like ideas into a deeper form; from the real world, inspired by South Asian culture and ethnicity, written by an observant Muslim; from design perspective, emerging from long-term enthusiastic play. Swords, seamlessly merged tech-occult, huge ceremonial costumes + casual nudity, a sprawling empire, pure religious excess.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
18 Apr 2018

The two guys from the "Insert Quest Here" podcast recently played and recorded their game of Mars Colony. They're from Australia, and so all the political parties are based on the Australian divisions, but getting a taste of foreign politics always makes it more interesting for me. Perhaps for you too?

Posted by: Tim C Koppang
16 Apr 2018
Games: Mars Colony
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Into much kooky mayhem! This is where my ongoing skill challenges and prepped situation and announced character quests all collided, producing plenty of "this is how our story goes" with not a single intended or planned effect to be found in in my preparation.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
01 Apr 2018

This session of our Champions 3rd edition game concerns our two heroes, ARC and Agent One, in their roles as soldiers from a future war. The former is a deserter who's decided he likes modern (our) life, and the latter is on a mission but with malfunctioning "chip" and whatnot so he doesn't really know what the mission is. They operate as a super-duo aiding the troubled police department of St.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
01 Apr 2018
Games: Champions


I'm starting a Sorcerer game as a GM and a few questions comes and difficulties comes from the practice. As adviced by Ron, I'm posting my thoughts here.

Posted by: Greg
01 Apr 2018
Games: Sorcerer

The Kickers are concluded, and the story is done. To my knowledge, this is the only game of Sorcerer that I've been in which is now visible start to finish on record (OK, granted, one session is a verbal account). I'd certainly love to learn what an observer thinks of it.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
22 Mar 2018
Games: Sorcerer