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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.

 

Having played Forge: Out of Chaos for over a year, Jon, Sean, and I decided to put the game temporarily on the shelf and take up another fantasy heartbreaker. I’m now running Robert Bartels’ Fifth Cycle, and we had our first session this week.

Posted by: robowist
17 Dec 2021
Games: Fifth Cycle
8 comments

We're playing The Pool, with me, Hans, and Christoffer. The setting I've offered comes from my presentation materials at Kulturnatten a couple of months ago, using Dust Devils at the time. I was born in San Diego, and although our family soon moved to the Monterey Peninsula, I've sought to understand the history of that border and the SoCal/Baja region.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
12 Dec 2021
Games: The Pool
17 comments

Back to the Vault! In this case, as GM'd by Adriano, who is going all-out in terms of locations for our Stalkers' hunting. I'm not sure what to tell you here except that our characters are also hitting hard right out of the gate - Lilith o'Bedlam (Noah), the Grey Witch (Alessio), and Hazard (me) - which I've generally found to be the case for this game. I've attached my information here and will add the others' if they wish.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
08 Dec 2021
20 comments

Into another game of The Pool, this time with Jerry, Renee, and Helma. I've been prepared for this one for a long time, with a lot of accumulated images. You'll spot the particular sort of pop science fiction right away: tons of implausible aliens as stand-ins for human concerns or outlooks, a completely transparent political moment, and an attempt to be one step beyond what current TV/film tech can currently do, visually.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
01 Dec 2021
Games: The Pool
11 comments

At Odin's request, we're playing Vampire: the Requiem, 2nd edition, which I have agreed to learn enough to GM and for which he is the go-to for rules details during play. We've been at it for three sessions of varying length; the embedded video playlist is current through session 2 and I'm just exporting the set for session 3 as I type this. (edit: done!)

Posted by: Ron Edwards
29 Nov 2021
12 comments

When it comes to my priorities as a roleplaying practitioner, the enthusiastic, zestful exercise of narration authority may be my #1. 

Posted by: noah
20 Nov 2021
12 comments

This is the single most brutal post I have presented or perhaps ever will present at Adept Play. So I’ll start with all the good things.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
16 Nov 2021
Games: The Pool
26 comments

Due to some weird circumstances, I ran a 1-shot last night for a group I am an actual player in (as opposed to mostly GMing). It was for three of the players as the others could no make it (hence the 1-shot). The barrier was partially a social one: I do not know one of the players very well and one of the players had anxiety (for personal reasons) for learning a new system (more on this later).

Posted by: Sean_RDP
06 Nov 2021
3 comments

There's a guideline I used for a sorceror one-sheet that's been pretty helpful, and if I'm going down the list it suggests I get feedback; and I'd like to get feedback from the noosphere before bringing it back to my group, so uh, here's some stuff about this game, I guess.

Posted by: Ranuth
30 Oct 2021
7 comments

The exchange between me and Ron about stakes setting has been on my mind, and perhaps because of that I have been extra attentive to the presence or absence of setting explicit intentions and stakes in my current play. I've been playing a game of the Pool with two players (George, from my Legendary Lives game, and his brother Ted, who has never played an RPG before).

Posted by: Jon Hastings
14 Oct 2021
Games: The Pool
19 comments

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