RPG as Theater, Storytelling, and Game

A roleplaying game is part improvisational theater, part storytelling, and part game. It is played by a gamemaster who runs the game and a group of players who pretend to be characters. These characters are created by the players, given a history and personality, and then further defined by a set of statistics that represent the character’s skills and attributes as developed in the character creation process (see Creating a Shadowrunner, p. 80). The gamemaster presents the setting and situation; through their characters, the players interact with the storyline and other characters.

Think of it this way: everyone has read a book or seen a movie in which the lead character does something that the reader or viewer finds so utterly wrong that he or she wants to shout out a warning. But no matter what we say, the character will do what the plot demands; we’re just along for the ride. Even throwing popcorn won’t help.

In a roleplaying game, the players control their characters’ actions and respond to the events of the plot. If the player does not want his or her character to go through the door, the character will not. If the player thinks the character can talk him- or herself out of a tight situation rather than resorting to that trusty pistol, he or she can talk away. The script, or plot, of a roleplaying game is flexible, always changing based on the decisions the players make as characters.


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 Shadowrun Core Rulebook
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Labs, Catalyst Game (2013-09-25), Shadowrun Core Rulebook, Catalyst Game Labs, Retrieved on 2015-02-25
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    22 FEB 2015

     Role Playing Games

    Comparative notes from various RPGs, including multiple editions of D&D.
    Folksonomies: rpgs role-playing games
    Folksonomies: rpgs role-playing games