Open Roleplaying Community (ORC) is a free-to-join site for people of all ages in Edinburgh (and the Lothians) to:

  • Find out about roleplaying games (RPGs)
  • Try an RPG
  • Meet other people who are interested in playing RPGs within Edinburgh and the Lothians
  • Get together regularly and play
  • Provide a means for RPG players or GMs to contact other Edinburgh RPGers
  • To give players and GMs a community and tools to help run their games

The Open Roleplaying Community is exactly that - a community! It's not a venue or club, it's a community of gamers in Edinburgh and the Lothians who play all kinds of games (focusing on RPGs). We are committed to making sure everyone feels welcome - whether you're just visiting Edinburgh for the day, or are looking for a long-term game! We have members of all ages.

There's no membership fee and it's free to register on the website. The Events calendar lists what is on at ORC Edinburgh and elsewhere (such as gaming conventions). There is a Personal Messaging (PM) system that you can use to contact other members of the site, and the ORC Wiki containing details and game information for a number of games, both past and previous. You need to be a registered member to login and edit it - sign up here.

Some of these areas require you to be registered on the site, but that's free. The most active area of the site is the Forum. You can only post to the forum if you're registered. Your email address is not published on the site, and the ID you choose when you register is the only way you can be contacted. Introduce yourself in the Introductions thread.

Members of ORC play a variety of roleplaying games (RPGs). Joining ORC gives you the opportunity to join an existing game or establish your own. If you want to run an RPG campaign, then ORC Edinburgh is a great place to find new players. We welcome anyone who wants to be a GM or player. Most games usually run on a fortnightly basis. Check the Events calendar for games that are on. Some games are already full, although the GMs may keep a waiting list - contact the GM first before signing up.

Owing to the popularity of Dungeons & Dragons (D&D), and thanks to Critical Role and similar podcasts, D&D games fill up very quickly. Please keep an eye on the Looking to run a game area of the forum, and your email if you're on the Looking For A Game lists). We're always looking for more GMs/DMs, and people looking to run single session (one-off or one-shot) games. There's a thread for existing games looking for players.

We've a contact list for players looking for a game (also for Midlothian, West Lothian and East Lothian). Register on the site and then send a Personal Message (PM) to Bill, the site admin, via the ORC Messaging system. Alternatively, come to one of the ORC games and have a chat with the folk there - new faces are always welcome! If you can't make it to Edinburgh, we may still be able to help you find a game or players.

To learn more about ORC, check out the FAQ where we currently have some information about ORC and our history, as well as how the site works. If you're having any problems with the site or just want to get in touch, click Contact ORC option and we'll get back to you.

We've now got a Discord server at - it may be of use for those of you wishing to run online games or as a counterpoint to Roll20 games.

Bill Heron, the Site Admin, also keeps a Gaming Guide to Edinburgh, so if RPGs aren't your only thing, you may find it of interest. He's curently the branch manager of the Edinburgh RolePlay Haven.