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Sep 15, 2008

A general definition of “role playing game,” along with a quick example of play.


Matt Borselli
eight and a half years ago

Hey Dan and Chad,

First, I think it\'s great that you guys are doing this program to inform the uninformed about RPGs. And I really enjoy your regular podcast. This chapter, however, I just don\'t think it\'s the best.

Now, now, before anyone gets their dander up, I\'ve listened to it twice, just to make sure. You guys start good but before long, you end up talking in jargon. You mix too much in to be effective to a non-gamer.

While I was listening, I was thinking how my mother-in-law would take it and she\'d be very confused. The banter is good and she\'d probably like that, but the jargon would have gotten her nowhere.

It seems that the better explanation, before giving an example of a game (hiking and the cabin), would be to start by examining the words \"role\" \"playing\" and \"game,\" each individually and getting to that point with them all together.

First, the \"game\" part. Everyone knows what a game is - monopoly, chess, checkers, etc. Even use the dictionary (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/game) then riff off that. It\'s a fun pastime that is social in nature. There are rules, which we won\'t go into here, but there are also differences from a traditional game (as you\'ve mentioned - there are no winners or losers, it\'s a cooperative and social game).

\"Role\" is next. \"a part or character played by an actor or actress.\" (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/role). So (mostly) everyone who plays this game is kind of like an actor or actress, they play a part, as in a play. In monopoly, someone is the scottie dog, someone is the shoe.

\"Playing\" would stump even me, with the meriad of definitions (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/play).

I\'ve run out of steam and time (as well as any eloquence I may have had earlier today) so I\'m sorry if my point is not clearer. Anyways, I know you guys work pretty hard on this stuff and I appreciate it and look forward to the other 5 parts.

/Matt

Matt Borselli
eight and a half years ago

Hey, Dan and Chad,

Adding the def\'n helps this podcast section. I look forward to listening to the rest.

/M

Matt Borselli
eight and a half years ago

Hey Dan and Chad,

First, I think it\'s great that you guys are doing this program to inform the uninformed about RPGs. And I really enjoy your regular podcast. This chapter, however, I just don\'t think it\'s the best.

Now, now, before anyone gets their dander up, I\'ve listened to it twice, just to make sure. You guys start good but before long, you end up talking in jargon. You mix too much in to be effective to a non-gamer.

While I was listening, I was thinking how my mother-in-law would take it and she\'d be very confused. The banter is good and she\'d probably like that, but the jargon would have gotten her nowhere.

It seems that the better explanation, before giving an example of a game (hiking and the cabin), would be to start by examining the words \"role\" \"playing\" and \"game,\" each individually and getting to that point with them all together.

First, the \"game\" part. Everyone knows what a game is - monopoly, chess, checkers, etc. Even use the dictionary (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/game) then riff off that. It\'s a fun pastime that is social in nature. There are rules, which we won\'t go into here, but there are also differences from a traditional game (as you\'ve mentioned - there are no winners or losers, it\'s a cooperative and social game).

\"Role\" is next. \"a part or character played by an actor or actress.\" (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/role). So (mostly) everyone who plays this game is kind of like an actor or actress, they play a part, as in a play. In monopoly, someone is the scottie dog, someone is the shoe.

\"Playing\" would stump even me, with the meriad of definitions (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/play).

I\'ve run out of steam and time (as well as any eloquence I may have had earlier today) so I\'m sorry if my point is not clearer. Anyways, I know you guys work pretty hard on this stuff and I appreciate it and look forward to the other 5 parts.

/Matt