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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.

 

Here's a helpful hint: never keep a supervillain waiting.

In case you skipped the last several posts:

Sam (played by me) and Connie (played by Noah) are supervillains recently released from Rikers Island (run by David). Each protagonist has struggled with reentry.

Posted by: James_Nostack
04 Dec 2022
6 comments

I did three solo-play sessions of Ironsworn. The audio is here, but be warned that no editing has been done; thinking silences are preserved as well as physical and mental coughing and hitching.

Posted by: Hans
15 Nov 2022
Games: Ironsworn
4 comments

The topic of playing in Big Settings has been on my mind. I decided to dig up some 10 year old notes from my favorite Burning Wheel game, which was set in Middle Earth.

Posted by: JC
10 Nov 2022
Games: Burning Wheel
11 comments

Worth Remembering

In 2013 I was getting divorced.  I’d hurt someone I loved very much, and it blew up a lot of ideas I had about myself.  One night in the middle of that emotional car wreck, I called my friend Tavis for advice.  He was the only divorced guy I knew well enough to talk to about this stuff, and also a Dungeon Master.  

Posted by: James_Nostack
10 Nov 2022
10 comments

About a year ago a friend of a friend began running a Champions 6th edition game unofficially called Stemming the Tide. The game is set in the months before WWII breaks out and began in San Francisco. Currently we are on a capture German Type 7 Uboat in the Baltic, having escaped Danzig with some refugees.

Posted by: Sean_RDP
09 Nov 2022
4 comments

Quick Note: As some folks have asked questions about uploading images, I put together a PDF and attached it of how I did this image for this post. If you have questions, you can always message me on Discord.

Posted by: Sean_RDP
07 Nov 2022
4 comments

So we played Worlds Without Number for about 13 months, twice monthly with some small breaks and one or two large ones; probably 15-20 sessions in all.

Posted by: Hans
07 Nov 2022
9 comments

I have played 15 sessions of Sorcerer since April, resolving one set of Kickers with my Runequest buddy David and his brother (another Noah), then a second set with the brothers plus Sam.

Inspired by the form of Mansfeld’s posts, I’m going to describe the Sorcerers in our game, their Kickers (for PC Sorcerers) and how they were resolved. 

Posted by: noah
03 Nov 2022
Games: Sorcerer
5 comments

or so people keep telling me. Last time it happened was after playing Campus Security. If nothing else the game helped me to further understand what I need to feel comfortable at the table. Here is what happened:

 

Posted by: Helma
29 Oct 2022
3 comments

painting by Jozzi

Posted by: Helma
22 Oct 2022
Games: Lacuna
3 comments

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