The Game of Rassilon is one of those “actual-play” podcasts, except instead of playing D&D or Pathfinder we’re playing the Doctor Who Roleplaying Game by Cubicle 7. Telling stories with a brand-new Doctor exploring time and space with a crew of unlikely companions, with an emphasis on great stories and, we hope, big laughs.
The Doctor Who Roleplaying Game was created by Cubicle 7 – y’know, the team who do The One Ring RPG and Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay. It was first published in 2009 with David Tennant’s lovely face on the cover, and has been revised and reissued with each successive Doctor (hopefully there’ll be a Jodie Whittaker version sometime in the next year).
DWRPG uses the Vortex System, which places the emphasis not on combat but on problem-solving and collaborative storytelling. Players are actively encouraged to talk or think their way out of a situation, and the system is weighted in favor of these avenues. What’s more, players are given a number of Story Points – kind of like Inspiration in D&D, only much more powerful – that they can use to influence the story for their own benefit… or perhaps just to make it more interesting!
This means that the story isn’t just in the hands of the gamemaster. The players have a great deal of control over the outcome of an adventure. But they still have to use their wits, cunning, and intellect to get out of a scrape. Especially if they run out of Story Points…
Interested in playing yourself? You can purchase a physical copy of the Doctor Who Roleplaying Game from your local gaming store, or online from a number of book retailers. You can also purchase a PDF version of the book from DriveThruRPG.
We would like to thank Geeky Teas for allowing us to take up a whole bloody game room in their store for an entire afternoon once a month so we can record this thing away from our cats, roommates and low-flying aircraft. Geeky Teas is Burbank’s premiere location for tabletop gaming, geek-themed teas, and they also have a cat rescue called GeeKitties! You can learn more about the store, or make a donation to the cat rescue, at GeekyTeas.com.
The Game of Rassilon is a not-for-profit fan-based production. We claim no ownership of Doctor Who nor any affiliation with the BBC, BBC Studios, or any of its affiliates or licensees. As with other fan-productions such as fanfilms, fanfiction and fan-produced original audios, this podcast is made out of a love of Doctor Who, a desire to tell stories in that universe, and a want to play in that sandbox. No infringement of trademarks is intended, and we promise to rake the sand back nicely when we’re done.