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Six words about role-playing games
by Lewis Pulsipher on 11/05/12 07:22:00 am   Expert Blogs   Featured Blogs

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According to tweetdeck, one of the trending:worldwide topics on twitter not so long ago was 6 word stories.  In the past few months I've asked people to say 6 words about game design, programming, wargames, stories in games, casual games, zombie games, and chance/randomness in games, innovation (and plagiarism) in games, and game sequels.

This time the challenge is this: say six words about role-playing games.


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Adam Bishop
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Bring back turn-based games, please

Bart Stewart
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World-exploration through numerically represented characters.

Alan Rimkeit
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Awesome nostalgic memories of Balder's Gate.

Jonathan Lawn
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Explore as someone else, somewhere interesting.

or

Grind is worse than real life.


(Depends on the game!)

Michael Joseph
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Only their surface has been scratched.

Frank Cifaldi
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This game has elves or whatever.

Eric Schwarz
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Universal statistical rulesets enabling emergent play.

Lewis Pulsipher
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How about:
Players either acting or vicariously participating
Wargame, novel, film, depends on referee/software
When gods really exist, behave differently!

Felix Adam
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Getting too old for this shit.

Michael DeFazio
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Dunno why I laughed out loud from this... guess it's because my idea of a role playing game is nostalgic memories of playing The Bard's Tale (original) when I was a young-in... which was more about stats and gear than some ridiculous contrived story where you get to be the "jedi" fighting against "evil", bold set pieces and cinematics and laughable "Love scenes" (they all seem creepy to me, sorry)

Now seems like when I hear RPG I think Mass Effect, Dragon Age, or Skyrim (where everone else says how great they are, I look at these games and wonder whether RPGs in general have gotten away from me... ) You see... when I was a kid...

Yama Habib
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Exploration, Immersion, Storytelling, Combat.
Read: RPG

Curtiss Murphy
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RPG? Like treadmills, but more fun.

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Matthew Mouras
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Go anywhere, do anything, within limitations.

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Lewis Pulsipher
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Typically, chaotic neutral thugs shakedown innocents
Shooters and Action descend from D&D
Chaotic neutral thugs throw weight around

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Ramon Carroll
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Pen and Paper. Still the best.

Bernard Badger
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Your definition, mine; most likely different.

David Konkol
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Dungeons and Dragons First Edition Rules.

Matthew Downey
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Frozen landscapes make you feel cold.

Lewis Pulsipher
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Crowdsourcing has ruined tabletop RPG market
WotC desperate to arrest declining market
Alignment restrains tendency to thuggish behavior
Role playing can occur in non-RPGs

august clark
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Filling the hole in my life

Luis Guimaraes
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Combat, Loot, Upgrade, Combat, Loot, Upgrade...

Ed Gentry
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Be who you want to be.

Roger Tober
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fight, level up, go for task

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Daniel Accardi
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Aren't all games role-playing games?

Harold Myles
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Need more Infinity-Engine-esque tactical gampelay goodness.

Stephen Fletcher
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Less twitch combat, more relaxing pace.

Seriously, RPGs were about being able to explore and slowly think/turn base combat. Now it's twitch combat/fast paced like Skyrim, FFXIII and Fallout New Vegas. Even with time attack (whatever it was called) on Chrono Trigger wasn't as break neck speed as FFXIII, and Skyrim as the defacto RPG of today is a far stretch from the slower paced Plan escape Torment (I know the Elder Scrolls were always more live combat).

Joshua Darlington
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Sanity roll fail! 30 years somniphobia.

Roberta Davies
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Build a world and live therein.

Chris Proctor
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Most RPGs are not about role-playing.

Miroslav Martinovic
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Still being confused with interactive novels.


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