I know, as much as I hope, not everyone will be a role-player. Not everyone who plays will even necessarily enjoy it. I think it is a fabulous hobby that allows me to spend time with friends and blow off some steam from my busy week.
Here are some common protests that you may hear during the course of your life and my answers to them.
For the most part, I would agree. Much role-playing focuses more on the long term, rather than the short. However, there are games meant to be shorter and more succinct. And they aren’t missing any of the great things about role-playing. For example, I played my first Dread game this year and I was blown away by the simplicity of the mechanic (Jenga!) and the tension it created. I am not sure how long the game lasted from start to finish but it wasn’t long.
2. Bad spiritual stuff and dangerous stuff
People with these thoughts always have a story. That anecdote of that friend/relative/friend of a friend/neighbour’s cousin that went to the dark side. Not only did they go to the dark side, but they also played Dungeons & Dragons. You don’t need facts or causality to have a nasty opinion of role-playing, but you should consider that there just isn’t enough data to make any such conclusions. Really, advocating against role-playing is advocating against older kids or adults playing pretend (although in a more complex form.) ‘People Against Pretend’ (PAP), also has a terrible ring to it.
3. Only geeks and nerds play these games
The 80s called and want your stereotypes back.
4. I just don’t get it
You know, you never really go ‘get it’ until you have actually tried it. I attempted to answer a few questions in previous blogs here and here. Questions about winning and which characters are better. But it is an experience like no other. Every game, every group, and every GM is different.
5. It sounds like it is just the worst
It actually isn’t.
This article was written by Vanessa who is a sarcastic, 30-something wife and mother. She likes things and stuff, but not simultaneously. When she isn’t involved in things and stuff, she teaches middle school math and art. She loves new teenagers in action. They make her laugh and shake her head and her world is much better with laughter. She thinks everyone should be roleplaying. She sometimes bothers her friends to help with her blog articles which you can see here and here. She is also trying out this new twitter handle at @sarasma_nessa
I am become death, destroyer of worlds.