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 is a geek with a lifelong passion for roleplaying games. Kai 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. She’s quite proud of her project to create 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 🙂

Got questions about the Malaysian roleplaying scene, or inquiries about copywriting or editing? Contact us.

#TEAMROPD : Kai Poh, Elisha, Tobi Cat & Iman Cat.

Actual Play: Star Crossed RPG *CW:Cheeky*

Actual Play: Magic Swords RPG

Kai Poh
@tunkaipoh @roleoverplaydead


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.

Check out our very first micro-RPG, Ech0!

Peace.Kids playing in mech wreckage.A ghost.One last journey across an ancient battleground to find a pilot’s final resting place.

Ech0 is a GM-less storytelling and map-drawing game for 3 or more players (2 could play in theory). It lasts 1-3 hours per playthrough.

You can buy Ech0’s latest PDF files for PC, tablet or other device at for USD2 (credit card or PayPal).

Alternatively, email us at to get the printed booklet (same rules, different cover). Buying the booklet gets you the latest PDF files as well.

Price (Booklet + PDF files)
– RM12 in Malaysia
– Currently not available in other countries

We appreciate you helping us support ourselves a bit better. Your contribution and interest in our game means a lot to us ♥️.

Watch Ech0 being played on Gauntlet Hangouts featuring Rachelle Dube, creator of Dino Wranglers on Kickstarter. We also recorded a 1-on-1 Actual Play of Ech0!

Watch Ech0 being played on Gauntlet Hangouts featuring Rachelle Dube, creator of Dino Wranglers!

We recorded a 1-on-1 Actual Play of Ech0!

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

D&D and the Tabletop Gaming Industry in Malaysia

Kai was interviewed by YouTuber, CJ of Don’t Stop Thinking on Malaysia’s tabletop roleplaying habits and also the fledgling tabletop gaming industry in Malaysia.

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.

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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.

Role Over Play Dead’s Twitter is maintained by Kai Poh.

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So today we didn't play Blades in the Dark; instead we resolved the background plot of the Leviathan Hunters invading Tycherosi waters. We used a re-skinned version of Tyler Lominack's Fire Ships at Midnight, published in Codex: Flame by @GauntletRPG! And it turned out great! tunkaipoh photo
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