My first post here, so I wanted to present myself.

Hi, my name is Dimitri K (he/him), but you can find me in the internet as Dimitri, Dr. Givaca (the adorable cow/giraffe hybrid in my pfp).

I'm a portuguese geology student, but my social presence is mostly about me as a roleplayer and game designer. I play almost any game I can try, but am a passionate defender of One-Roll Engine and GM-less/full games.

I also write my own games and post in my blog about whatever comes to mind.

@DGivaca Hi Dimitri! Long time RPG player here, but I've never played or even seen a GMless game. Can you point me in the direction of some that you'd recommend, and maybe sell me on the appeal? As a perpetual GM myself, I'm so curious!

@ada Hi Ada! I definitely can. I like GMless games because they're often easier to bring to the table with little to no prep, and also because some of them provide truly impressive one-shot experiences.

Recommendation-wise, there are broader GMless games like Ironsworn (for free, and also works solo or GM-ed), but my personal favorites are the ones that catter to a specific experience, or where you already know how it will end, and you're playing to find out how.

@ada examples would be some of my all-time favorite RPGs, like The Quiet Year (, where players play out a year of a community before catastrophe, or Dialect (, where players tell about the rise and fall of a community through the lens of their dialect which you develop at the table.

There are also Belonging Outside Belonging games, that often have a GM-ed and a GM-less mode, like Balikbayan (, I had a lot of fun with it.

@ada I hope this helps, but if you do have some favorite settings or game themes, do tell, I'm sure I can help you find a couple of GM-less games that fit with your preferences.
Either way, I'm always happy to help people lern more about this type of RPGs :)

@DGivaca Well, my own preferred game style are character heavy games, almost collaborative storytelling more than a game, but... I like games that have dice or other mechanics to introduce random outcomes, because they introduce the unexpected, and an element of randomness so that it's not simply collaborative storytelling.

To that end, I mostly end up GMing games for others, and the system doesn't really matter, I sort of push people towards that deep character storytelling

@ada in that case I'll definitely point to Ironsworn as a game to check out. It is dice-based (not the case of the others), has lots of fun oracles to introduce random outcomes, and you can even bring it first to your group as a traditional game GM-ed by you, and if everyone likes it you can give the cooperative/GM-less mode a chance.

@DGivaca Ok, I think you've sold me! Will pick up a copy! :)

@DGivaca Ah, so games built around a concept or mechanic that you can explore in a single session, without needing a GM to co-ordinate it all?

@ada those are basically my favorite ones, but there are also some which lend better to campaign-play (like Ironsworn or Balikbayan), and that have a rule-set closer to traditional games, but with some mechanics that help the players to split the GM duties between them and/or some random tables.
So players usually end up having all a major input over world-building, and what is explored in each session, which is something I'm really fond of.

@DGivaca Collaborative world building amongst the whole group as a campaign grows? Now THAT has my attention! :)

@DGivaca @ada I would add also some "old" gmless game: shock: social science fiction, the society of dreamers, archipelago. All with a specifici theme/aim. I would add more details but I lack time (and good English 😁 ). I hope someone can do the work for me.

@tartarosso I'll confess that I'm not so knowledgeable about older games, so I'm happy to see someone filling in with different suggestions.
I just made a quick search for both Archipelago and The Society of Dreamers and I'll confess, you got me tempted. 😋

@DGivaca And I was forgetting Polaris (the one from Ben Lehman, because there is a traditionalbrpg with the same name). @DGivaca I think most of the games you cited own something in a way or another to the the games cited from me.

@tartarosso yeah, Polaris I was aware of (it's on my to-play wishlist), but I had to leave out several games I like because even with 500 characters to write, it would never be enough.

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