Role Over Play Dead

Role Over Play Dead is an outpost in the vibrant and rapidly growing Malaysian roleplaying scene. Here, we review notable games and discuss the myriad ways we learn to play, how we play, and why. We want to promote a kinder, more inclusive roleplaying hobby.

We also celebrate the whole range of hobbies of the local geek community: Board games and card games, live-action roleplaying, cosplay, wargaming and model painting. It’s all gloriously intertwined!

Kai & Elisha

Kai is a geek with a lifelong passion for roleplaying games. Who reads a lot, and has written for computer games, tech magazines, corporate white papers, annual reports and the Blue Planet roleplaying game. He loves Call of Cthulhu and other investigative horror RPGs, and is still proud of that crazy Delta Green play-by-post campaign he ran in 2006-2007.

Kai’s partner in ROPD creative crime Elisha is a web designer, graphic designer and media/pop culture geek. She handles all of Role Over Play Dead’s technical footprint and online presence. She loves listening to HowStuffWorks podcasts and chilling out with her cats, Tobi and Iman, binge-watching Netflix shows. Her most relaxing pastime involves pinning images for the ROPD Pinterest boards.

Kai and Elisha met at a Malaysian Doctor Who event and their story began. Role Over Play Dead is their joint passion and they are in it for the long haul 🙂

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Why Rabbits?

Kai’s Chinese zodiac is the Wood Rabbit and his favourite novel of all time is Watership Down. The rabbits represent the whole concept of Role Over Play Dead as well. Naturally, Kai’s roleplaying game collection also includes games about rabbits like GURPS Bunnies & Burrows, Usagi Yojimbo and The Warren.

D&D and the Tabletop Gaming Industry in Malaysia

Interview on Backstory, a One Shot Network podcast hosted by Alex Roberts

Check out our very first micro-RPG, ECH0!

Kai Poh
@tunkaipoh @roleoverplaydead


Here, you can browse through all of my posts about roleplaying and related geekery.

This is where I keep an eye on the commercial tabletop gaming business. Here, I play and review the roleplaying games and other tabletop games that catch my eye. I make it a point to cover lesser-known publishers as well as the larger ones.

We’re a polyglot Southeast Asian nation tangled up in dozens of rich cultures and religions as well as a British colonial legacy. Bustling megamalls, colourful street markets, late-night suppers at alleyway food stalls, and an eclectic roleplaying scene that includes organised play, LARPs and surprising homebrews. This is our story.

Roll Initiative Publika RPG Role Over Play Dead

The chronicles of what I’ve played, and what happened along the way. In the future I’ll be adding recordings of Actual Play as well.

The world you live in is the richest game setting you can ask for. Whether you’re exploring future landscapes or medieval fantasy worlds, our world’s rich history and mythology provides plenty of inspirations to add flavour to your roleplaying.

To paraphrase Halt and Catch Fire, roleplaying isn’t the thing; it’s what gets us to the thing. Roleplaying games connect us. They bring us together to act up, dream, create and play. That’s why I like to talk about all the ways we roleplay, the hows and whys.

11 hours ago
BLOG RERUN: The last #StarWars #RPG #EdgeoftheEmpire I ran for Gamers of KL in late 2015. I hope the campaign continues at some point with all the stuff @fellowhoodlum73's PC sliced into the Imperial database. Also, time for @tunkaipoh's PC's Hutt wedding.
15 hours ago
@paintingswowart Thanks, it is technically Elisha's first game she's designed and laid out, but she did work on some other projects that didn't see publication...
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