Posted by: dreamofdestiny | Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008

Role-playing Games Origin

For young people, and some adult nowadays, the term RPG is synonym to its use in modern video games. However, this form of game has been around long before video game exists. The basic system is as simple as its namesake, that players take upon fictional characters and play out a game in a certain plot. The plot, storyline, gameplay elements, and others, are often the work of someone called a Game Master, GM for short.

The GM takes on the role of mediator, storyteller, and coordinate interactions among the players. Sometimes, the GMs themselves can be a player in the story they create. Outcomes of various plot in a particular storyline are decided by the players themselves. As such, player interaction and creative thinking are often recquired when playing these types of games. The GM is recquired to be prepared and creative should the players pose an interesting action, which may deviate from the standard plot. Due to this interactive nature, RPG is one of those few types of games that promote social interaction among players, as compared to other type of games such as board and sports.

RPG is made famous by the game Dungeons & Dragons, in the 70s. The storylines and guidelines for GM are presented in books, and props are used to emphasize settings and environment. Players and storylines would follow traditional medieval setting of fantasy and magic. Players would assume fantasy roles that typically each one comes with its own unique abilities. Props are used to make the storyline feels real. For example, miniature figures may be used in a war scenario.

The popularity of RPG using this setting (pen and paper) based is very popular when I was in school, particularly where I come from. When RPG-based video games came to life, the role of GM are taken over by computer. Props are no longer needed as video display and computer algorithms made it possible to simulate and calculate all those complex systems.

It does make things more interesting, but nothing can compare to the experience one would have by playing the original RPG games.



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    What kind of RPG are your most favorite?
    What inspired you to talk about RPGs?

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