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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 about it - like this!

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.

I'm also recording 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.

Very meaty questions, good examples of highly specific topics which open up important levels of understanding, or so I hope.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
02 Dec 2022
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"Authority." Ever since I first articulated the concept in 2004, people have broken on the word. 

Posted by: Ron Edwards
26 Nov 2022
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Hans began quite a conversation at Discord, which I think deserves to be imported here and continued. It goes like this!

Posted by: Ron Edwards
12 Nov 2022
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These things can take a lot out of me sometimes. Christoffer and James earn respect and probably sympathy for triggering highly motivated position pieces, and with any luck their actual questions receive replies too.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
05 Nov 2022
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Today, at the discord, I express my curiosity about why Moldvay Basic D&D catalyzed so much the attention today, instead of Mentzer’s BECMI or Holmes’s D&D. Ron recommended checking this with Sean who has the experience of the presence of Moldvay’s version.

Posted by: Greg
28 Oct 2022
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It's been a very full six months for reconnecting to the physical and social activities here in Norrköping. Getting to GothCon turned out to be too demanding, but otherwise, I participated in various ways at Närcon (spring), Lincon, a service/play event for Ukrainian kids, Närcon (summer), Augustifesten, and just now, Kulturnatten. Only some of it was focused on Adept Play particularly, but that has turned out surprisingly well.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
23 Oct 2022
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I was a little surprised to find that there is one window remaining this year for my five-week term for coursework. I'll offer two courses, beginning November 7. One will run Mondays November 7 through December 5, and the other Thursdays November 10 through December 8.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
16 Oct 2022
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Here's a good chance to see some or a lot of what I don't know.

Topics include some Sorcerer mechanics, academia, early TSR games, a notable slightly-later TSR game, a whole branch of RPG publishing in a single company, and a real conceptual conundrum.

The discussion from the Patreon is attached, so take a look if you'd like. The dialogue with John turned into a screen conversation, so if that turns out to be publicly shareable, I'll include it here later.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
02 Oct 2022
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Introduction
At one point my wife said, in reference to having powerful roleplaying experiences, “seeing is believing…and only seeing is believing.” She meant that you can talk all the RPG theory you want, but that ultimately if you haven’t experienced it at the table, you couldn’t really get it. Ron has mentioned (or despaired?) about this from time to time, and after a lot of thinking Jann and I decided to produce a product that could do exactly this.

Posted by: Zac
19 Sep 2022
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All of the questions this time featured "wheels inside wheels" leading to some thoughtwork. I don't know if I managed to convey every point successfully, but I'm sure you'll let me know.

So, more about fabulous people-beasts-entities in texts, then a lot about why and why not to rotate GMing, then much crazytalk about dice mechanics and games' themes and settings, and finally an absolute discourse on the dungeon crawl game to rule them all. 

Posted by: Ron Edwards
06 Sep 2022
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