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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.

Ron and I were talking on Discord about D&D play culture, especially the contemporary play culture among younger people (people for whom 5e is their first experience really playing and for whom 3.5e would be considered old).

Posted by: Sam
07 Jul 2021
Games: D&D 5E

I've been in interview madness for a couple of weeks. The first was with The Thirteenth Floor podcast, which hasn't been posted yet. Then I was contacted by Pawel from the role-playing play, design, and discourse community in Poland, who have had the dubious luck to dig into my essays at the Forge and have opinions about them. You can see my conversation with him here in Seminar and we'll probably continue with some more.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
21 Jun 2021

If you were following the development of Champions Now a while ago, you may remember the memorable game played at the Gauntlet which I adapted into the examples in the game text (Values and family, not necessarily family values).

Posted by: Ron Edwards
16 Jun 2021

Simon has been busy! Since last autumn, he has organized Hantverksklubben (roughly, "handicrafts" or "hands-on" club) here in Sweden, through the forum and conducted at the Hem-Con Discord server. All of this is in Swedish, but I'll say more about that in a moment. As of the discussion presented in the video, they've played 19 sessions, no small feat considering what they're doing.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
16 Jun 2021

Parallel to Noah's presentation of his game in progress in Actual Play and also to his discussion with Tommi (see Characteristics vs. Skills), he and I talked about our experiences with the RuneQuest resolution methods, old and new.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
19 May 2021
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I've run into a few conversational speedbumps lately, nothing adversarial, which nevertheless put me in an adversarial frame of mind.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
13 May 2021

I wanted to post up some probabilities for Runequest: Roleplaying in Glorantha. After I asked on Discord, Tommi generously crunched the numbers for me. You can view the spreadsheet he built (and lots of other game-related stuff) at his blog.

Posted by: noah_t
11 May 2021

A group of us have been discussing underground environments over at the Adept Play Discord server, and some interesting insights and questions have been raised. We arrived at a critical mass of comments where it seemed prudent to move the discussion over to this site for the sake of deepening (pun intended) the discussion, widening the audience, and preserving the ideas for posterity.

Posted by: robowist
29 Apr 2021

There is a problem over there, and since we have arrived, we can say "there is a problem here." We may resolve it nicely, we may resolve it fairly, we may resolve it cooperatively, but resolve it we will, and if none of the above work, we will do whatever it takes anyway. The latter option is very definitely something we are good at, which is bad for anyone who opposes us. For we are right and you are wrong.

Posted by: Ron Edwards
21 Apr 2021

Recently I've been playing some more Dungeon World, this time as a player, kind of coaching an unexperienced GM through the game (it unfortunately requires this, due to the numerous unclarified rules). We're at our fifth session and we've started to really hit it off a couple of sessions ago. Me and the GM often have really nice post-game reflections and the topic of "game as a musical instrument" came up.

Posted by: FroggyC
23 Mar 2021
Games: Dungeon World