The Game of Rassilon began life as a series of live shows billed as The Game of Rassilon: Funny People Playing the Doctor Who Roleplaying Game at two California-based Doctor Who conventions.

Live Show Format[edit | edit source]

Live shows released as Podcast Episodes[edit | edit source]

As of the live show on August 23rd 2019, released to the podcast feed as Roll For Initiative, Riley and Dan played their podcast characters while Michael played an original character unique to that setting.

Conventions[edit | edit source]

Ben Paddon still serves as Game Master and has for each show, with many players participating across the different shows before the launch of the podcast.

Typically, each player picks a Doctor and a Companion from the run of the TV series. At the top of the show, Paddon rolls dice to determine who will be playing as the Doctor.

As well as printing of character sheets for their Doctor, they also typically print sheets for the following Doctor should they be killed during the course of the adventure and be forced to regenerate. When the then-current Twelfth Doctor was one of the possible options for the 2017 Gallifrey One live show, Ben printed off a sheet for Dr. Who, the human character played by Peter Cushing in the two Dalek movies.

Live shows appear to be canon for the podcast - the alien Somnivores made their debut in the 2018 live show at Gallifrey One over a year before appearing in Lethargica. The exception to this is Valentine of the Daleks, which is explicitly stated to be non-canon during the show's opening introduction.

As the live shows predate the podcast, the core podcast group would not participate in a live show together until Gallifrey One: 30 Years in the TARDIS in 2019. Prior to this, however, Dan Peck and Michael Nixon had appeared in live shows.

Online[edit | edit source]

A free online streaming live show has been announced for March 27th, 2021. The show will be streamed on the Game of Rassilon YouTube channel.

List of live shows released as podcast episodes[edit | edit source]

Show Date Episode Release Title Players Characters Enemy Notes
2019-08-23 2019-11-06 Roll For Initiative Michael Nixon
Dan Peck
Riley Silverman
Slough Birdslinger
Travis Killian
Our Doctor
The Keepers First live show not held at a convention.
2020-02-14 2020-05-20 Valentine of the Daleks Christopher Jones
Drew Hamilton
Michael Nixon
Dan Peck
Riley Silverman
Second Doctor
A Third Doctor
Ian Chesterton
Craig Owens
Tegan Jovanka
Daleks First Gallifrey One live show released as a podcast episode.
2020-03-27 2020-05-26 The Search for Fnarg Michael Nixon
Dan Peck
Riley Silverman
Châu Kate Lê
Grarg
Travis Killian
Carrie Vu
Our Doctor
TransMat Pad Bootleggers Livestream show. The VOD is also available here.

List of other live shows[edit | edit source]

Each entry shows the participants and which character they played as. The player marked in bold was selected as the Doctor in that particular game.

Date Event Players Characters Enemy
10-2016 San Diego Who Con 2016 Ray Bender
Samma Jones
Mazz Mazzacano
Jack Harkness
Donna Noble
Tenth Doctor
Daleks
2017-02-17 Gallifrey One: 28 Years Later Christopher Jones
Dan Peck
Lauren Peck
Joseph Scrimshaw
K9
Twelfth Doctor
River Song
Peri
Weeping Angels
09-2017 SD Who Con 2017 Ray Bender
Mazz Mazzacano
Paul J. Salamoff
Jack Harkness
Amy Pond
Fourth Doctor
Weeping Angels

2018-02-16

The 29 Voyages of Gallifrey One Christopher Jones
Michael Nixon
Dan Peck
Joseph Scrimshaw
Nardole
Turlough
Jack Harkness
First Doctor
Somnivores
2018-10-21 SD Who Con 2018 Drew Krassowski
Lynne Martens
Mike McFly
Mandy Quesadilla
Twelfth Doctor
River Song
Rory Williams
Mandy's Dad, Eddie
Somnivores
2019-02-15 Gallifrey One: 30 Years in the TARDIS Melinda-Catherine Gross
Michael Nixon
Dan Peck
Riley Silverman*
"The Stranger" Doctor
Cushing Doctor
Tenth Doctor
King James I / Missy
Missy

* To celebrate Gallifrey One's 30th annual convention, this show was dubbed an "anniversary special" and so became a multi-Doctor story with the dice roll determining who would play as a non-Doctor character. For the purposes of the narrative, however, the dice-roll was faked to ensure Silverman would be selected as the Companion.

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