What is an RPG?

“Traditional games are restricted and restrictive. RPGs are expansive.” — Alan Kellogg

An RPG is a game where the players play an individual role, and the game master plays the role of everything else.

This role is most often two-fold:

The first role played, and usually the easier to understand, is the character's class and it's role as a member of an adventuring party.

The second role played, and the more difficult, is the role of the character as himself, as someone who has a mind different from the player who plays him.

A character can have more than the two roles stated above. Depending on how advanced the game style is of a given group, a character can have several more roles, including: father, knight of the empire, healer of short people, or even semi-famous artist.

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RPG Theory

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