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This is where we do what we do! We talk about playing table-top role-playing games.

This is not a play-at or streaming site - it's for discussion of what you're already doing. People often include video or audio recordings, but text-only is fine too. You can also 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. If you'd like, 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've mentioned that I'm not skilled in bringing role-playing to kids. I've done it a fair amount - for instance, all the way back in 1986, with Mentzer's D&D, when I was working at a neighborhood center. But I don't have any special techniques or insights about it as a specific task, and as a father, I don't think I've done a very good job of "bringing them up role-playing" as I've seen many do, or at least present themselves as doing on social media.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
05 Feb 2020

Session 2

Location: Western Tamaryon, toward the river at the edge of the map.

This portion of the region has been called Falkebrook. Rumors of a massacre make their way to the Circle Knights and the first character shuffle occurs. Only one familiar face in this one, Wulf the fisherman now with a wonderful charm score of... three.

Prep Notes

Posted by: CaramelCharcoal
04 Feb 2020

Session 1: Northern Rolke, a traveling Merchant's endeavors. Next component, an enchanted Amboriyon sword in the cliffside crypts, tended to by a priest losing his grip on reality. 

We begin with Wulf (Fisherman Wizard), Bern (L. Entertainer), Lutz (Priest), and another who regrettably had to leave the session early. They travel a bit north of the Circle's citadel following rumors of a merchant from Spurr stirring up things in a small farming community.

Posted by: CaramelCharcoal
03 Feb 2020

I've found myself diving back into Circle of Hands with a group of friends I had been playing D&D with.

My style of artistic preferences leads to a lot of my work looking dark and spooky (although I would argue it's serene in its own way in some cases).

Please enjoy and I'll be sure to post more portraits and illustrations of the Circle's ventures. Provided they don't all die tonight, haha!

I've got most of the illustrations up on my artstation:

Posted by: CaramelCharcoal
30 Jan 2020
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Session 4 of our RuneQuest game! I wrote up a summary handout for them this time – see attached. It was fun to write, and also to feel as if I’d nailed down “this is what we’re playing” in some ways.  

Posted by: Ron Edwards
15 Jan 2020
Games: RuneQuest

Ok, so I had the pleasure of introducing my 13 year old niece and her stepsister to rpgs this Christmas, and wanted to describe what I did, with an eye to better understanding things like intuitive continuity and also how to do things like this better in the future.

Posted by: Dreamofpeace
28 Dec 2019
Games: D&D, Cthulhu Dark

After the opening of Christmas presents, my daughter (home from college) and I sat down to play our first trial run of Cold Soldier. Not your typical holiday fare, but the mulled wine in my glass helped to keep me in the holiday spirit during play. 

Posted by: robowist
25 Dec 2019
Games: Cold Soldier

Would you believe more freakin’ original RuneQuest? And this time, not that teenfic evilmurk setting that I worked on so hard.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
19 Dec 2019
Games: RuneQuest

I'm gearing up to run my second game of Sorcerer and taking my first stab at the Sorcerer and Sword variant. On the GM prep side, things are a bit more involved. For Sorcerer, I created one statement about demons, one about the setting, defined Humanity, and collected a couple pictures for inspiration. At that point,I was good to go. Since I set my Sorcerer game in the present day, world creation was an easier affair.

Posted by: robowist
19 Dec 2019

James Bond RPG (1983) -- Hero Points and IIEE

(Continued from "James Bond 007: Hero Points in play" )

Posted by: AlanRB
16 Dec 2019