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Seminar: Hearts & Minds

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What is this table-top role-playing thing? How does it work, what does it do, what kind of designs do which things? I've got some ideas, and so do you. This is where we talk it over.

Some of my posts here present a concept, game title, or a historical hobby event for discussion in the comments, so join in with a will. You'll also find interviews and conversations. (Soon I'll amend the Hearts & Minds  blue button so you can post these things on your own.)

I'm also running what I guess I call "labs," which are organized and prepared at the Patreon. I run them on Mondays using Discord, and anyone pledging there can participate when they feel like it. I post the recordings here the following Monday with ongoing discussion in the comments.

The points raised or shared by Eloy LaSanta are not a minor concern for me. A couple of months ago, with a certain amount of uncertainty, I decided how I wanted Adept Play to participate in Black Lives Matter and related issues.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
07 Jul 2020
Games: Ninja Crusade
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I am pretty confident these days regarding the strength and utility of my/our ideas expressed at this site, so my Lab notions are shifting from organized curriculum and into "let's see where we can gte." In this case, we began with "tell me about your character" and moved on from there. For those who follow play accounts here, you'll spot my Shining Star and Helma's Skava.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
02 Jul 2020
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Here's to participation, as this was the biggest attendance yet for a Monday Lab, and I really liked it. Everyone had a chance to chip in, and if we didn't discover any One True Answer, well, some reasonable questions were unearthed.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
04 Jun 2020
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In November 2018, I presented some thoughts on the integrated history of American comics and the early superhero role-playing games. Briefly:

Posted by: Ron Edwards
28 May 2020
Games: Champions
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It’s been a while, but the new Discord functions are serving my needs to renew Monday Labs! To review the concept, these are discussion topics which patrons (any level) can participate in.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
20 May 2020
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It turned out to be a week for interviews. At long last, I may be conducting this "presence on social media" thing correctly, because people I don't know, working from venues I haven't encountered, have been getting in touch.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
17 May 2020
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Follow-up to this post, June 30, 2020

Posted by: Ron Edwards
14 May 2020
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Here's the follow-up to Conversation: Introducing role-playing, in which Ken Oswald presents an intensive and interactive summary of the hobby as activity. It's hefty, at just under three hours, but full of titles (not summarized here in tags yet) and open doors for further discussion.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
06 May 2020
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Sean Hillman and I discuss some confusing things about situations in play, specifically, what does preparation have to do with them. Seems easy, right? You prep it, then the group plays it - hey, the real (digital, video) games do it all the time, so we should just do that, right?

Posted by: Ron Edwards
27 Mar 2020
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As part of my recent swim-about in the internets of Glorantha and its associated games, my friend Nick Brooke and I had the chance to mix it up a little! It's regarding the long-standing interpretations of human ethnicities in Glorantha, including those which made it into published form

Posted by: Ron Edwards
22 Mar 2020
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