RPG Malaysia : RPG-friendly game shops

  • Wira Games & Hobbies, Petaling Jaya:

    Located in SS15 Subang Jaya, Wira boasts a wide selection of Warhammer products, and welcomes roleplayers. One of my favourite hangouts.

  • All Aboard Community Gaming Centre, Petaling Jaya:

    A game cafe with a large selection of board games and card games. Several roleplaying groups (including mine) frequently rent tables here, and the cafe has D&D rulebooks on the reading shelf, including classic AD&D books.

  • The Attic, Petaling Jaya:

    Located upstairs from All Aboard, The Attic is a clubhouse-like gaming space (not a store) for miniature wargaming, model hobbyists and other tabletop games. Reasonable table charges for members and non-members.

  • Cards & Hobbies, Petaling Jaya:

    Although primarily a trading card game store, Cards & Hobbies welcomes roleplaying groups.

  • Comics Mart Midvalley, Kuala Lumpur:

    Sells far more than just comics, including board games, card games, miniatures, collectibles and a selection of RPG books (D&D and other games). Comics Mart welcomes RPG groups and other tabletop gamers – there is a table fee.

  • GeniuZ Maze, Shah Alam:

    This tabletop game shop caters to card gamers but also retains support for miniature wargaming and roleplaying, a carryover from its predecessor, the now-defunct Dragon GameZ.

  • Hobby Quaters, Kuala Lumpur:

    This hobby shop in Sri Petaling sells Magic cards and provides a place for boardgaming and miniature wargaming. You can find D&D and other RPGs being played here on most Friday nights.

  • Internet Arena, Kota Kinabalu:

    Despite its name, this Sabahan store offers card games, board games and miniature wargaming.

  • RNG Games, Penang:

    Our northern gaming outpost. Board games, card games, miniature wargaming and roleplaying, with drinks and coffee.

  • Legacy Games, Penang:

    A place where drinks and games collide in Penang. Known to host RPGs like D&D.

  • Tabletop District, Sunway:

    This store in Bandar Sunway sells trading card games and offers boardgame rentals. It is quite friendly to miniature wargamers and roleplayers.

  • 25C Art & Hobbies, Petaling Jaya :

    25C Art & Hobbies has public tables as well as several private rooms for rent, making it a good location for hosting RPG sessions, parlour LARPs and boardgaming. 25C is operated by the Comic Fiesta organisers and serves as a centre for anime, comics and games (ACG) fans for their art and craft workshops and activities. It also stocks some tabletop games and miniatures, art supplies and ACG merchandise.

  • Alexandria Bookstore, Johor Bahru :

    This store in Nong Chik Heights caters to boardgamers, cardgamers, wargamers and roleplayers. Also offers Gunpla and book rentals.

  • Gen Board Boardgame Cafe, Johor Bahru :

    A boardgame cafe in Austin Heights, Johor Bahru with a focus on building community and game culture. They’ve been known to host regular RPG sessions (D&D, Werewolf).

  • Takaro Boardgame Cafe, Kajang :

    This shop is known for its signature snow ice and is open to hosting RPG groups. They charge table fees per person, per entry.

  • Time To Game, Kuala Lumpur :

    Time To Game lets gamers (including roleplayers) pay per entry and play all day. Video games are strictly not allowed.

  • Tabletop Boardgames, Kuala Lumpur :

    This boardgame cafe charges per entry per person, and players can leave anytime and come back to keep playing on the same day. Membership means you pay less and can enjoy special discounted Member’s Day gaming on the first Friday of a month. Open to hosting RPGs.

  • Fullwolves Boardgames Cafe, Johor Bahru :

    This cafe in Austin Heights, Johor Bahru features private rooms and is totally cool with role-players.

  • Meeples – European Boardgame Cafe, Subang Jaya :

    This well-stocked boardgame establishment in SS15 Subang Jaya benefits from a deep shelf of rental games and beer on the menu. Role-players are welcome.

  • MOE House at Asia City, Kota Kinabalu :

    This shop is friendly to roleplayers and has always provided a place for Warhammer players, Vanguard and Magic The Gathering.

  • Frontline Games in Paramount Garden, Petaling Jaya :

    Two private rooms for rent, available for any game system players bring in (ie. wargames, boardgames, RPG sessions, etc).

  • Just a Game Shop, Hartamas

    This Hartasmas shop carries popular tabletop staples – wargaming miniatures, boardgames and cardgames. They also welcome roleplayers – they don’t judge!

  • Amenic Film Space, Petaling Jaya

    A comfy film, pastime and event space with full HD projectors and 5.1 sound. I have good word that the space is ideal for roleplaying too.

  • Vivae Board Game Cafe, Damansara Utama

    This cafe for board game lovers has held several RPG events and plans to have in-house D&D activities. A venue to keep an eye on.

  • Kindle Hobby Shop, Johor Bahru

    A one-stop hobby shop where you can find card games, gunpla models and roleplaying.

25C Art & Hobbies: 25B, Level 2, Jalan SS4D/2, 47301, Petaling Jaya | PM via FB | e-mail 25c@comicfiesta.org

Alexandria Bookstore: 27-02, Nong Chik Heights, Jalan Kolam Air 1, 80100 Johor Bahru, Johor | 016 788 1236 | bigfurrymonster@hotmail.com

Comics Mart Midvalley: Lot No. T-048, Mezzanine 3rd Floor, Mid Valley Megamall, Lingkaran Syed Putra (11.48 mi) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 59200 | 03-2287 0626 | comicsmart_midvalley@yahoo.com | Tabletop RPG group is being managed by Team RPGMY

RPG Malaysia : Game Masters & Game Designers

  • Gray Ham :

    In addition to managing numerous online pages and groups for tabletop gaming, Gray has served as Local Coordinator for Malaysia’s Dungeons & Dragons Adventurers League. Gray has been instrumental in building interest in roleplaying by helping to organise public demo events at game stores, game cafes and various conventions and expos.

  • Ian Adly :

    A Malaysian game master based in Shah Alam offering his time and experience, for a reasonable price. to help create memorable RPG adventures. In addition to providing GM services, he can also paint miniatures and build terrain for clients.

  • Ben Chong (Swords and Flowers) :

    RPG creator Ben Chong’s itch.io page. His games focus on intimacy, self-exploration and turning tough conversations into fun experiences. Also, check out his Facebook page.

  • Samuel Mui (babblegumsam) :

    Samuel Mui’s itch.io page. Sam designs games based on either interpersonal relationships or pulp nonsense, and he’s quite funny.

  • Khairul Hisham :

    Khairul Hisham is a gamer geek living and working in Malaysia’s northernmost state, Perlis. In addition to his work as a freelance illustrator for the gaming industry, Hisham works hard as a university academic, using roleplaying games to teach. And he’s the most kickass Star Wars gamemaster I know.

  • Razzman Khaliff :

    Razzman Khaliff is a mainstay of Pathfinder Society Malaysia and one of the most enthusiastic promoters of roleplaying in my local scene. In addition to pushing RPGs in KDU University College and at various conventions, Razzman is also involved in the live-action roleplaying (LARP) scene.

  • Douglas Larke :

    My good friend Douglas Larke is the epitome of the storytelling game master. Whether he’s running Vampire: the Masquerade or Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition or Golden Sky Stories, his games focus on the fiction and the characters that live within it.

  • Sacha Dijkshoorn :

    Sacha Dijkshoorn, the creator and chief organiser of Maelstrom and MyLARP (Malaysian LARP Community), has put countless hours of effort and spent his own money to develop a good assortment of costumes, props and safe foam-padded weapons for Maelstrom. Sacha developed the English-language Maelstrom LARP from the Dutch-language Vortex LARP rules.

*More links in future. Stay tuned!

Game Master Ian Adly: Game Master For Hire | RM200 | 4 hours and up | Max 8 Players | Shah Alam | Ian will organise a role-playing game session for D&D or similar role-playing game system. He also offers Miniature Painting and Terrain Building services | 012-202 0889 | ian.alexander.2020@gmail.com

RPG Malaysia : Game Design

RPG Creations & Hacks

  • Metatoy System:

    Metatoy is a traditional tabletop roleplaying game created by Robertson Sondoh Jr. It uses old school rpg as the basis with a lot of influence from modern rpg such as Black Hack, Solar Blade & Cosmic Spells, Dungeon Questing.

  • Savage Flower Kingdom:

    The first known Malay-language RPG! Created by Robertson Sondoh Jr, Savage Flower Kingdom – where everything will try killing you for fun or dessert! Nevertheless, it is a strange, mystical and adventurous Kingdom with a lot of hidden treasures. The first known Malay-language RPG.

  • Monolock:

    A Jenga-based mecha RPG created by Ben Chong for the Emotional Mecha Jam, where desperate pilots try to survive against impossible odds…or at least die well.

  • Beyond Human:

    A relationship game for two by Ben Chong, in which a Pilot and their Bond are linked by emotion, destiny and weakness. Created as the 169th entry in the Emotional Mecha Jam.

  • By Their Grace, By Their Blood:

    By Their Grace, By Their Blood is a one-page improv singing micro RPG by Ben Chong where you sing to defeat Great Evil and stop the Apocalypse. Bestowed with great power, create ballads, belt out worship, and save the world!

  • Magic Swords:

    You play sentient magic swords escaping a prison in this microgame written by Ben Chong, based on Honey Heist by Grant Howitt. Check out our review here.

  • HELLO WORLD:

    HELLO WORLD is an introspective one-page RPG by Ben Chong where you play nuke-producing robots turning sentient. Produce weapons of mass destruction and ask each other existential questions. Grow feelings, talk about the outside world, and ponder about your purpose in radiation.

  • How The Goblins Stole Grunchmas:

    How The Goblins Stole Grunchmas is a two-page Christmas detective Noir micro RPG by Ben Chong where you must save the most sacred of goblin holidays from being destroyed. As Goblin Detectives, you will interrogate local townsfolk to find THE GRUNCH before they destroy Grunchmas – and even you – for good!

  • They Won’t Go When I Go:

    A GMless tabletop RPG about rituals, remembrance and graveyard visits by Ben Chong.

  • Sandwich County:

    A solo game about visiting a peaceful and friendly fantasy land, played by making sandwiches! By Ben Chong.

  • Micro-RPG Generator:

    A set of random tables for developing micro-RPGs by Samuel Mui (@BabblegumSam)

  • Death of a Hero:

    Gather around and mourn a fallen hero, in this conversational roleplaying game by Samuel Mui. Something to run after the final death of a party member in D&D, perhaps.

  • This House:

    A conversational roleplaying game by Samuel Mui inspired by the dybbuk of Jewish mythology. In which 3-5 players and a GM play out a visitation of several fragments of a lost soul at a wake. Created for the Emotional Mecha Jam, as it’s technically about piloting (possessing) a flesh mech of sorts.

  • EDGY-DEPRESSED-DUMBASS+BITCH-THOT-BASTARD:

    Samuel Mui explores transgressive and edgy themes with this rude and silly micro-RPG where you play terrible wizards saving the world in the vein of Cards Against Humanity.

  • Southern Skies:

    A GM-less conversational RPG by Samuel Mui about coming home to and eating dinner with a family you haven’t seen in a long time and coming to terms with your shared histories by either expressing your true feelings or keeping them to yourself.

  • ECH0:

    This is Role Over Play Dead’s very first micro-RPG! A GM-less storytelling and map-drawing game for 3 or more players. About how we remember war, how we forget, and all that remains when the echoes fade.

  • Pipedream:

    Role Over Play Dead presents a roleplaying game about halfling detectives who smoke magical weed who solve mysteries in the fantasy country of Irisfields. A hack of Graham Walmsley’s Cthulhu Dark.

  • Boukensha! v2:

    Abdul Rahman Ibrahim’s 200-word RPG about fantasy adventurers who go forth and adventure!

  • Abyssgazer RPG:

    Alif Hilman’s tactical combat-focused ode to the Bloodbourne computer game.

  • Stargazer 2e: Tactical Fantasy:

    Alif Hilman’s latest iteration of his tabletop fantasy RPG designed with a rich and interesting combat system in mind.

  • Help! I’m A Tetra Block!:

    Escape the dungeon upwards as a tetramino block, by Nana.

  • Lesser Gods:

    A collaborative and competitive game of gods, by Nana.

  • Blue Planet: Recontact:

    The newest edition of the Blue Planet RPG from Gallant Knight Games. Kai Poh wrote the introduction story, “Easter.”

  • Blue Planet RPG – Moderator’s Guide:

    Kai Poh provided several sidebars and adventure seeds for the Blue Planet 2nd Edition Moderator’s Guide, from Fantasy Flight Games.

  • Demon City (pending):

    Demon City, a supernatural horror RPG set in the decaying and corrupt urban settings of today, was successfully Kickstarted in 2018. It features a stretch goal that adds material about Southeast Asian magic by Malaysian contributor Zedeck Siew.

  • Zoopolitan Future Blues (pending):

    A work-in-progress microgame by Kai Poh about furry detectives in a dystopian mega-city.

Magic Swords by Ben Chong: Magic Swords is a two-page tabletop micro rpg. Play as enchanted weaponry and enact the perfect escape – if you don’t blow everything up first. It’s a silly and dramatic game for a different kind of sword and sworcery.

ECH0 by Kai Poh: Peace. Kids playing in mech wreckage. A ghost. One last journey across an ancient battleground to find a pilot’s final resting place.

Abyssgazer RPG by Alif Hilman: Abyssgazer RPG is a simple and lightweight system designed to be played in an early modern horror setting with werewolves and cultists and much more!

Systemless or System-Agnostic Malaysian Creations

A Thousand Thousand Islands: A Southeast Asian-themed fantasy visual world-building project.
 It looks into regional folklore and history – discovering a fantasy world truly rooted in the myths and lived experience of Indochina, Suvarnabhumi and the Nusantara.

RPG Malaysia : Blogs

  • Hishgraphics:

    My longtime friend Khairul Hisham is the northernmost gamer geek in Malaysia, a freelance artist, an academic translator, a kickass Star Wars gamemaster since 1989.

  • Questing GM:

    Hailing from a small gaming tribe hidden in the mountains and jungles of Borneo, the Questing GM is on a quest to search for the long lost secrets of gaming enlightenment. Blog is on indefinite hiatus, but see his Youtube for his latest vlogs.

  • Experimental Playground:

    The design blog for Jason Sondoh and Robertson Sondoh’s numerous made-in-Malaysia tabletop RPGs and print-and-play board games.

  • Hiew’s Boardgame Blog:

    A blog by one of the most prolific boardgamers in Kuala Lumpur. Reviews, opinions and more.

  • Diari Seorang Pencuri:

    The in-character, Malay-language Dungeons & Dragons diaries of Hani Amy Suraya, a writer based on Malaysia. Also see The Natural Ones in the YouTube channels section.

  • A Thousand Thousand Islands:

    The Patreon account of Mun Kao, an illustrator, visual artist and game designer, creator of POLITIKO. Mun Kao is researching Southeast Asian folklore and history to create his visions of a fantasy world rooted in our regional cultures and stories.

  • Razzman’s Gaming Blog:

    Razzman Khaliff, a mainstay of the Klang Valley gaming scene, recorded numerous Vampire, Legend of the Five Rings, Pathfinder and D&D sessions in his blog. Notable for its coverage of the finale of the 2015 Vampire LARP.

  • Vick’s Hangout:

    Self-professed gamer, writer, Evil GM and IT enthusiast. Also, in the finale of the 2015 Vampire LARP he earned the title of Camarilla Prince of Kuala Lumpur.

  • Zedeck Siew’s Writing Hours:

    Small ghost stories and RPG material from Zedeck Siew, inspired by Malaysian culture.

  • Swords and Flowers:

    An upcoming blog by tabletop RPG game creator, Ben Chong.

Hishgraphics : Khairul Hisham combines his interest in tabletop RPGs with teaching English, and has been using RPGs such as Mini Six, Edge of the Empire and BareBones Fantasy to teach his students in a public university here in Malaysia.

RPG Worldwide : Blogs

  • Unpossible Journeys:

    Formerly known as Learn to Play Tabletop Roleplaying Games. One of the best resources for learning about tabletop RPGs.

  • Age of Ravens:

    Lowell Francis’ blog lovingly chronicles the histories of roleplaying genres. Recently Lowell started publishing this series on The Gauntlet Blog.

  • Yaruki Zero Games:

    Ewen Cluney designs roleplaying games with anime influences and lightweight rules mechanics, and is one of my favourite RPG writers. Also known for translating the Maid and Golden Sky Stories RPGs.

  • The Angry GM:

    Opinionated, profane and sharp advice for running D&D and other games.

  • Brandes Stoddard:

    A wellspring of roleplaying theory and design ideas (mainly for D&D and LARP). Brandes is also a creator of 3rd-party 5e supplements and you can find lots of free content as well as links to his commercial work.

  • Shut Up & Sit Down:

    Tabletop board game reviews and the occasional RPG, with humour and personal taste.

Unpossible Journeys : This fantastic website by Erik Schmidt is a great resource for new roleplayers! It all began with Dungeons & Dragons in 7th grade for Erik and now because of his love for tabletop RPGs, he wants to help them be more accessible to as broad an audience as possible.

The Gauntlet : The Gauntlet is a gaming community and podcast network that focuses on indie RPGs, story games, and the OSR.

RPG Malaysia : FB groups and pages

  • Gamers of KL:

    A tabletop gaming group started by some of my friends. A lot of discussion about RPGs other than D&D.

  • Pathfinder / Starfinder Society Malaysia:

    The home for organised play of Pathfinder / Starfinder RPG adventure paths in Malaysia.

  • RolePlaying Gamers of Malaysia:

    An active community for discussing RPGs other than D&D.

  • Dungeons & Dragons in Malaysia:

    The main discussion group for all things D&D in Malaysia. Active and full of friendly gamers. While the old D&D Malaysian Adventurers League is no longer active due to the change in how organised play is supported, many of the same people are still active in this group.

  • Dungeon Master Academia :

    Dungeon Master Academia (DMA) is a community based group of primarily Malaysian gamers focused on helping fledgling Dungeon Masters (DM) in their efforts to build their own homebrew campaign world the old school way with minimal resources.

  • MyLARP – Malaysian LARP Community:

    The group for keeping in touch with our local live-action roleplayers. The primary place to discuss Maelstrom, a genuine boffer LARP held in the Selangor area.

  • Sabah’s Tabletop Community:

    For discussing tabletop gaming in the state of Sabah.

  • Sarawak Tabletop Gamers:

    A community of tabletop gamers in the state of Sarawak.

  • Role Playing Gamers Kuching:

    A little group for people in and from Kuching who are interested in tabletop Role Playing games like Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder, World of Darkness, Shadowrun, etc.

  • GeniuZ Maze Tabletop Community:

    For discussing tabletop roleplaying, card games, boardgames and miniature games at the Genius Maze store in Bukit Jelutong.

  • Kedah & Perlis Tabletop Gamers:

    An interest group for tabletop board games, roleplaying games, card games and miniature wargaming in Malaysia’s northern states.

RolePlaying Gamers of Malaysia : RPGMY aims to inform and connect group members with news of gaming venues, stores, and opportunities to meet-up and find more kaki to play RPGs with.

Malaysian LARP Community : MyLARP is an open group for Live-Action Role Play in Malaysia. MyLARP proudly hosts the Maelstrom adventures, a series of LARP events set in a high fantasy world where you can be the hero you always wanted to be.

Dungeon Master Academia : DMA is a community based group of gamers focused on helping fledgling Dungeon Masters (DM) in their efforts to build their own homebrew campaign world the old school way with minimal resources.

RPG Malaysia : YouTube channels

  • The Natural Ones:

    Actual Play videos of a Malay-language D&D group, on Hani Amy’s YouTube channel. The channel also features plenty of computer gaming videos.

  • GamerZakh:

    Malaysian YouTube creator specialising in computer strategy game videos.

  • Ashentric:

    My friend Ashentric is a veteran Shadowrunner and a mildly eccentric computer gaming geek.

  • OneRudeFlowers:

    Roleplaying geekery and more with gamemaster Ben Chong.

  • Babblegum:

    Sam Mui’s entrepreneurship/lifestyle channel.

  • MrEngineer:

    Serious scale model building and modifications, with lighting and more.

  • Syafiq Ibrahim:

    Gamer and animator Syafiq has various animation videos and actual play recordings on his channel, among other things.

  • Questing GM:

    This longtime GM from Sabah now shares his thoughts on RPGs on this channel.

  • Role Over Play Dead:

    Our very own YouTube channel covering actual plays and tabletop RPG reviews!

RPG South East Asia

RPG Worldwide : Podcasts

  • Asians Represent:

    Hosted by Daniel Kwan and Agatha Cheng. Asians Represent! is here to celebrate the brilliant Asian creators in the analogue gaming community while examining the challenges they face within the industry.

  • Backstory:

    Hosted by award-winning game designer Alex Roberts, Backstory is an ongoing series of interviews with game designers, organizers, scholars, and other members of the role-playing community. This show is all about the person behind the work.

  • Fate and the Fablemaidens:

    Fate and the Fablemaidens is an all-women, family-friendly actual-play Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition podcast created by four friends who love goofs and games with new episodes every other Monday.

  • Friends at the Table:

    Friends at the Table is an actual play podcast about critical worldbuilding, smart characterization, and fun interaction between good friends.

  • You Don’t Meet In An Inn:

    Hosted by Christine Blight and Austin Ramsay, You Don’t Meet In An Inn is a podcast about exploring obscure tabletop role playing games with a diverse cast of rotating players.

  • The Magpies:

    The Magpies is an actual play podcast using the Blades in the Dark roleplaying game, about the adventures of an all-woman heist crew in the dark city of Doskvol.

  • The Musafirs:

    The Musafits is a decolonized D&D 5e actual play podcast featuring gamemaster Mariam Ahmad’s own South Asian campaign setting, Sarzameen.

RPG Worldwide : YouTube

  • Critical Role:

    The extremely popular D&D Actual Play series, which has spawned its own fandom and an animated series.

  • Brandon Leon-Gambetta:

    A prolific indie RPG YouTuber (and designer of telenovela RPG Pasión de las Pasiones) who talks about Masks and other games on a regular basis.

  • Don’t Stop Thinking:

    C.J.’s vlogs about how to play Dungeons & Dragons and Call of Cthulhu are well-produced and entertaining. And he also interviewed Kai once!

  • Victory Condition Gaming:

    A channel about all kinds of games, where winning isn’t the only victory condition.

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