My Roleplaying Life
A hobby that has changed my life- well, it's taken up some otherwise boring time.
One of my favourite hobbies is playing RPG's, or Role-Playing Games.
It's not easy to explain what they are, but you are all smart people. If you're here, chances are you've at least heard of the hobby. A brief summary, then:
- RPG's have been around since the early 1970's, starting with Dungeons and Dragons, by Gary Gygax
- Since then, they have matured and changed until the current market of today, with hundreds of different ones. (Just do a search on the Web, and see !)
- Many different people play these games, for many different reasons. Usually, it's a good laugh, but it can be an interesting tool for self-discovery.
- A Role-playing game can be described as a cross between Free-form theatre and 'Let's Pretend' with rules.
- Typically, a group of between three and six get together around a table with pens, paper, dice and food. One is the Referee, or ref, and has written the outline of the plot for the game. The rest are players, who act out the roles they have themselves chosen, within the confines of the background of the game (for instance, they could be FBI agents, or a band of mercenaries).
- The game proceeds along the rough guidelines laid down by the ref. The Players get to inject a lot of creative juices, so the game may not progress down the line the ref thought it might...
- There is no 'winner' or 'loser' in the game. The group of characters usually act together, and they win or lose as a group...but like in real life, little victories can be won...
I hope that acts a taster for my hobby.
My Favourite Games
I enjoy many different RPG's, but at the moment, I do have my preferences. They are;
I have written some fiction and some background material for Changeling
The entire epic tale will be set across three books, and I have finished the first book.The first book of The Belfast Child can be found on Jim Gaynor's Changeling Page
For more information on Changeling, please click here
There are many places on the Internet which cater for RPG's. I will include these links below, to my favourite sites. You might find more information there , if you so wish.
My best mate, Boon runs a World of Darkness campaign.
You can see some stuff on it by pressing here if you like.
Other RPG links....
RPG and CCG Internet Hot List for some misc stuff.
Try here for stuff on GURPS.
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