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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.


The following text was taken from the forum "La Locanda del Gdr" and translated from Italian using Deepl:

Posted by: Karaburan
01 Oct 2021
Games: S/Lay w/Me
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So last night’s Burning Wheel game was a rough, instructive and ultimately rewarding one for me. To explain why (to myself as much as you), I’m going to have to go into some detail about what has happened so far. You can skip to the “Reflections” below if you just want the takeaways.

Posted by: noah
30 Sep 2021
Games: Burning Wheel

I was at a con and I had a chance to play the early version of the italian translation of Nechronica (a game designed by Ryo Kamiya, previously the designer of Golden Sky Stories, Maid RPG, and Zettai Reido) . We were not in the best place to play a game like this, but the session went well nontheless.

Posted by: GreatOldOneHimself
20 Sep 2021
Games: Necronicha

This is a joint post for the fourth and upcoming fifth sessions of both Väsen and Godsend Agenda. The first is being played very much rules-as-written with a published scenario, and the second is very much the GM's personal version of the game, somewhat different from Jerry's (the author; the game is in development).

Posted by: Ron Edwards
19 Sep 2021

Watching the Situation videos and reading all the comments made me think about a game I ran called The Cups and Coins Society. This was from late 2017 to about mid 2018. Sadly, we never finished the game due to life interruptions. I’m going to start with some context about the game and then get into the situation stuff.

Posted by: Jesse Burneko
16 Sep 2021
Games: Fate

Last night we played Pathfinder again after a long hiatus - it was an initially somber occurrence, given that some of the reasons for not playing pertained to a player at the table losing a loved one, but by the end of the evening things turned joyous and people were having a lot of fun.

Posted by: LorenzoC
16 Sep 2021

Another session of Hantverksklubben, our experimental GM-less freeform group, yesterday. This time the topic was decidedly more technical. Original play report in Swedish here, machine-translated and slightly touched-up version below.'

Posted by: Simon Pettersson
12 Sep 2021
Games: freeform

This post continues on from the ongoing game described in Shadows, good bards, and a lot of rules and Horses on Squares

Posted by: Sean_RDP
10 Sep 2021

For a week's lull in our Väsen game due to many people's schedules, I decided to bring in a solid and conceptually perhaps challenging game to generate some conversation and comparisons, both with our current game (which we resume tonight) and with the previously-played game, Dialect.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
31 Aug 2021
Games: shock: