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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.


This is prompted by both Sam's "Late Night Post on New Players" and Ron's "Back then, sonny, let me tell you". Also everything at Adept Play since oh, November of last year, when I started seeing great stuff that made me think, but the rest of life seemed to keep me from engaging.

Posted by: Gordon C
22 Mar 2022

Here's a pitch (one pager) I'm drafting for an upcoming gaming retreat.  If players join me, we'll run 3 sessions over a weekend. I'd love some feedback before I finalize the pitch.

Caligula’s Game

Neos Helios, “the new sun”,  the One King and One God, Jupiter on Earth, Divine Kindly Prince, Gaius Caligula has cheated Life by Pacting with Death and reigns in Exile as Necrolord Supreme!

Posted by: Johana Bearden
22 Mar 2022

My duet buddy and I played a climactic, explosive 14th session of Runequest: Roleplaying in Glorantha over the weekend, and I just had to share. I’m going to keep this as brief as possible (ha, I know, I know), but to get you to the scene I want to talk about you’re going to need some context about where the characters are since we left them last:

Posted by: noah
21 Mar 2022

This game of The Pool began with the peace conference as presented at Galactic peace Pool, in which the player-characters were various aliens conceived by the players: the Avix, the Murkcap, and the Hive. That was four sessions. We decided to continue playing by focusing on each of those alien species to see what happened among them after the conference.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
19 Mar 2022
Games: The Pool

This is my most recent experiment in playing a system in pure referee-style, six three-hour sessions of Knave in the famous B/X module Keep of the Borderlands by Gary Gygax. Previously, I attempted forty hours of a 5e West Marches Campaign which was a mixed experience. My sense of “referee style” is to stick adamantly to the module’s direction for game elements and its implicit notions of what is and isn’t possible.

Posted by: badspeler
17 Mar 2022
Games: D&D Basic

We concluded our campaign in The Sword, The Crown and The Unspeakable Power. It lasted up to 14th session, which ended in magical storm, about sealing off the Wanton Death (deva Kali) and bringing two deaths to player characters.

For a referrence, I do recommend reading my first two submissions about this campaign:

Posted by: Mansfeld
13 Mar 2022

Two days ago I had the chance to start a Circle of Hands campaign with some people interested in expanding their knowledge about roleplaying games, whose background is mainly focused on the 3.5 and 5 editions of D&D.  In the first session we arrived at what I would call a turning point of the first venture, of which I attach the preparation.

Posted by: Karaburan
11 Mar 2022

Jon made the mistake of musing online about playing The Pool with a Sin City, To Live and Die in L.A., Haven: City of Violence way, and like two predators spotting the straggler, Sam and I struck. Jon's introductory sheet is attached, and so are our starting characters, created after reading it.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
09 Mar 2022
Games: The Pool

In last night's CORE session, three reality-sliders tumbled through four scenarios:
- Resurrect Frankenstein's Monster & teach him love
- Camel race to save the baby Jesus
- National dance competition vs Evil
- Car chase thru 1972 farmers market to deliver Pulsing Tesseract to The Spindle

Posted by: Tod
07 Mar 2022
Games: CORE

I will describe two different dungeoneering doctrines and then have a few comments after them. Doctrine, here, means a set of tactics one has available as tools. (The maps are player maps by diog.)

The slow crawl

Posted by: Tommi
05 Mar 2022