Apr 3, 2009
So many kings, but only one crown...What's a gamer to do?
All kidding aside, I have a few questions for you. Even if you decide not to comment, think about it.
A.) WHAT is role-playing, what is ROLL-playing.
B.) Which edition does each best, and why?
C.) Who decides which is which?
Last week, I asked how I could get my players to actually Role Play, that is spend the session in-character. Based on the feedback provided, fewer groups do this than I had thought. Those that did, tended towards closely knit groups that have known each other forever, or PbP games.
Is actual in-character RP the ideal or the norm? I would speculate that it is the ideal. It would follow that the term ROLL playing was coined by an elitist douchebag trying to fire someone up on a messageboard somewhere. I wonder if he played diceless too. Google ROLL playing, and it immediately asks if you really meant ROLE playing. While I feel that google is an evil blight on our beautiful intarnets, they have a point.
So is the stigma against ROLL playing due to tossing dice? I can only assume, as the rest of the google results show that this isn't a topic many folks get into. The exception being the flame wars on the messageboards, but I don't give a rat's tiny little pucker about them, so I need to bring in the experts...You guys!
So where does the line blur between the two?
Is it NOT okay to ROLL the dice when ROLE playing? If so, then why?
Should we all just be playing AMBER of WUXIA?
What says Role-playing more, proficiency slots or skills?
Can anyone pick out actual D&D RP rules in any edition that makes them superior to all others? Why are they superior?
Since being a ROLL player or a munchkin is so terrible, should I send my players so inclined packing? You know, for the good of the game?
While there is a little bit of snark in there, these are genuine questions. Personally, the only game that has actually encouraged me to ROLEplay was the various World of Darkness campaigns I have been party to. Why this is, and more importantly, why I am not still playing these is a question for which I have no answer, D&D just feels right : )
I am also curious about how much of this is simply "It's my team". Example: the Cubs are a terrible team. Folks who have been waiting for them to go all the way have been born, lived, and died waiting - and yet, there are still rabid fans made all the more hardcore...Is that what has happened to us, have we all made ourselves too hardcore to move beyond our comfort zones? Has geek cred become elitist douchebaggery in disguise?
I mention this as a slight aside, learn from my mistake!
I went to a (will remain unnamed) FLGS last Saturday to purchase the new Dungeon Delve. I hadn't been to this particular store before, so i wandered a bit and noticed a complete lack of 4E stuff. I asked the guy behind the counter, and got (I shit you not) a sneer, and said, "We don't carry that crap. If you are new to the game, and need training wheels, we have an in-house Pathfinder game 3 days a week." Then it dawned on me that the place was a 3.5/Pathfinder SHRINE! I won't sidetrack any farther that this: His reason for making the decision was his own, though he said he felt "betrayed" and all that noise we are all familiar with. He finished his rant with a beautiful, "I won't sell a product designed for idiots that should be playing video games anyway"...
I was floored. Yes, I got kicked out. No, I did not set a good example. Elitist Douchebaggery? Yes - X2 in this case. Welcome to rule number one, "people who throw stones make visible targets."
In any event, I am interested in YOUR opinions. I see this "assumption" a lot. Every one's team, err, I mean game is the bee's knees. The editions and games change, but all seem to have claim to the superior RP game. So which one is it and why?