What Are Roleplaying Games?

Roleplaying Games (RPGs) have been around since the 1970s and unfortunately gets more attention from the negative images painted by media reporting than for the hobby's positive aspects. Much ink has been spilt (and many trees sacrificed for pulp) by so-called 'objective' reporters trying to smear the hobby with emotional allegations of demon/devil worship, teen suicide, teen violence, and a host of other social problems. So far, nobody has accused these games of being responsible for the depletion of the ozone layer or the extinction of the Siberian tiger but don't be surprised. In an attempt to de-mystify what the hobby is all about to parents, teachers and new enthusiasts, I have tried to explain what roleplaying games are all about in simple, layman terms. Read, talk to some regular gamers, then make up your own mind.

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Andrew L
Mar 2000


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