Sunday, December 27, 2009

What is Role-Playing?

Ever read a book or watch a movie and wondered what would have happened if it were real? If there wasn't an author's guiding hand moving events to their inevitable conclusion? If the characters stopped acting like they're supposed to in a given situation according to the audience the story is supposed to appeal to, and just did what they felt like doing at the time? If nobody knew what the ending was supposed to be?

Role-playing is what happens when you accept a fantastic world and then throw away the script and pre-conceived expectations of how a story is supposed to unfold, and start pretending that it's actually happening.

4 comments:

  1. The most fun 'stories' are the ones that unfold without anyone (GM or players)knowing where it's going to end up.

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  2. I agree. I usually go into an adventure as DM with a general idea of what's going to happen, some statted NPCs, and a map. And then I react to what my players do. It's much more fun than following a script.

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  3. Role-playing is what happens when you accept a fantastic world and then throw away the script and pre-conceived expectations of how a story is supposed to unfold, and start pretending that it's actually happening.

    Literature is what happens when you are reading a story that isn't fucking crap. Maybe you guys ought to walk a few blocks uptown from the pulp ghetto for a change.

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  4. That's a good line. But railroaded roleplaying is still roleplaying, as well as when a player plays his character in a very "story-driven" manner, even if the DM isn't railroading one bit. You know, not immersing into the character so much, but having his actions guided by "what would make a cool story?".

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