RPG as Sophisticated Make-Believe

A roleplaying game is, in may ways, a sophisticated version of the childhood game of make-believe. If you ever played cops-and-robbers (or cowboys and indians, or army), you remember the arguments about who shot whom, or how quickly you could reach cover before you got blasted by some bad guy, or how much damage a hand grenade did to a bunker, and so on.

One of the main differences between roleplaying games and childhood games is that hte rules answer all these questions, and more: The rules tell you how to race a car down a winding mountain road, how to bug an enemy agent's telephone, how to interrogate prisoners - in fact, the rules cover any exciting situations you can devise!


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 Top Secret/S.I.
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Winninger, Ray and Inc, TSR (1990-07-01), Top Secret/S.I., TSR, Retrieved on 2015-02-25
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  • Folksonomies: rpg


    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