Tabletop Roleplaying Games: An Introduction


Tabletop roleplaying offers you complete control over who and what you are going to play.  You are responsible for their backstory (what they have done, leading up to now), their appearance, their physical and mental stats, and what class they are.  In most other gaming platforms, most of these options are presets that you select from instead of building them from scratch.  This is one of the allures of tabletop roleplaying; the character you play is 100% from your imagination.

Tabletop roleplaying is unlimited in what the world you are in is like and how your characters interact with that world.  There is no set dialogue, no set quests, no set events, and everything can change on the fly.  It is a very adaptable system.  The only limits are within the class you decide to play and what system you play.  You can play a charismatic bard off with a group of friends off on a fantasy adventure.  Or you can be part of a squad of marines trying to liberate an alien world from the ravages of space creatures.  Whatever interests you, there is a tabletop roleplaying system for it.

Perhaps the biggest draw of tabletop roleplaying is the fact that you play it with a group in person.  This separates it from other games that you can play together online like World of Warcraft or Call of Duty.  While those games are indeed fun, and you do have to interact with others while playing, that interaction does not come close to what tabletop roleplaying provides.

Tabletop roleplaying requires a group of people to set aside a good amount of time, regularly, in order to get a campaign going.  Depending on the size of your group, you may or may not be able to have a gaming session if one person cannot make it.  There’s no way to randomly pick an extra person up.  Therefore, everyone in the group is dedicated to everyone else in the group.  This is a fairly unique experience in the world of gaming.

I participate in a session of tabletop roleplaying every week.  In fact, it is what I look forward to most throughout the week.  I am able to sit down with a group of friends, forget about any stress I had from work, and just enjoy the fantasy world we are all a part of.

Do you play tabletop roleplaying games?  Are you possibly interested in starting?  Please feel free to leave a comment.


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