About Role-Playing Games
What Is a role-playing game (RPG)?
A seated, cooperative, interactive storytelling recreational activity, with structured rules, in a shared imaginary setting.
What are the 4 major RPG formats?
- Tabletop (TRPG)
- Live-action (LRPG)
- Electronic (eRPG)
- Hybrid (HRPG)
See more about: RPG Formats and the RPG Model.
Hawkes-Robinson definition of a tabletop role-playing game (TRPG) (4 parts):
• Part 1 - Setting: A seated, cooperative, interactive storytelling recreational activity, with structured rules, in a shared imaginary setting.
• Part 2 – Participants: Participants include a facilitator and referee known as the Game Master (GM), and one or more role-playing game players (RPGer), controlling one or more quantitatively and qualitatively well defined and evolving player character(s) (PC), generally distinctively separate from the player.
• Part 3 – Action declaration: Each participant verbally declares imaginary actions taken by the created PC or GM-controlled entities, which are not physically acted out by the player.
• Part 4 – Results determination: Simple results are determined by agreed fiat, while more challenging results are determined by a combination of narrative and mathematical calculations that include static & random variables, plus situational modifiers, enabling participants to vicariously
What are the 9 minimum required items for participation in TRPG?
- 1 GM
- 1+ players
- Randomizing agent (dice, cards, chit, etc.)
- Static & dynamically changing writing, storage, & retrieval methods (typically pencil & paper, tablet, adaptive writing tool, etc.).
- Rules system – published or homebrew, or not even in print, key is that previously agreed upon structured rules system. Not let’s pretend, not improv “yes and”.
- Adventure module: Adventure/conflict/story - prepared (published or homebrew) or improvised
- Somewhere to gather – generally seated, the key is not moving around, you are stationary, not acting out physically, the action.
- Cooperative social interaction - interactive communication interface of some kind (speaking, writing, signing, etc.), working together.
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