regular games deal with physical or mental skill, whereas role-playing
games are mostly an exercise in imaginative ability. In the basic version
of a game, the participant imagines the role of a fictitious character,
and then tries to create and weave the story around this fictitious
character. The characterization of the imaginative person is the most
important part of the game.
to the characterization, the action of that particular character is
determined. This action may be successful or a failure, depending upon
the rules and guidelines that have been previously set. The player has
freedom to improvise, of course, within the boundary of the rules and
guidelines. The choices made by these fictitious characters determine
the result of the game.
a role-playing game has no loser or winner. This is the basic difference
between other games and role-playing games. Sports, card games and other
games are mostly competitive games whereas role-playing games are mostly
social games. Role-playing games are played like serials; that means
it can be episodic, and played daily, weekly or monthly. There are certain
players who like to play role-playing games in one session only. Alternatively,
there are some players that play the same role-playing session for months
the role-playing games are storytelling, but with a difference in the
fact that it is interactive, which makes role-playing games more interesting
and entertaining games for all ages. Short stories or novels intrigue
you because they appeal to the imagination. Similarly, role-playing
games appeal to the imagination.
difference between short stories and role-playing games is that the
latter is interactive while the former is not. When you watch a movie
in the theater, you are always a passive observer of the events; you
have no control over the events that go on. In role-playing games you
can make choices that dictate action.
is nothing new about role-playing games, since most people in their
childhood have played “Cops & Robbers”, “House”, “Doctor”, or some
such similar games. The role-playing games are nothing but improved
(and more mature) versions of these childhood games. In role-playing
games, players often imagine a specific character and also the plot.
It requires a great desire for a creative experience to get the really
interesting games going.
the technology of video games is used to create computer role-playing
games. The computer role-playing games became instantly popular, so
much so that nowadays very few people play traditional role-playing
games. Most of the younger generation play computer role-playing games
instead. This has given the older cards and merchandise a sort of antique
feel, which has lead to them being highly collectible.
are many varieties to the basic role-playing games. In the most common
variety of role-playing games, the players sit around the table and
the leader will explain the scenery etc. Then, each one will create
a character and tell each other their characterization. Unlike drama
there will be no movement. The movement is described as in radio drama.
The first role-playing games available commercially were Dungeons &
Dragons installments. These started the huge fad that swept the youth
of the nation, and lead role-playing game paraphernalia to be highly