#RPGaDay 2018 – Day 29 “Alternate”

Week 5: Share Prompt: Share a friendship you have because of RPGs

I am going to choose an alternate prompt for this 29th day of #RPGaDay 2018. The official question is about RPG-related friendships. There are too many for me to mention that are a result of RPGs as this is, as noted at the start of the event, the prime means I have of forming friendships. Rather than single someone out to embarrass today (most of my friends are the kind to dodge spotlights) I am going to tackle an alternate question that I have had my eye on.

Alternate Prompt: Share a thought about playing characters

I have chosen this alternate as I note it will mesh nicely with tomorrow’s prompt about character. Character is a major focus for me in RPGs and so the bulk of what I share as a gamer tends to revolve around characters and characterization.

I have noticed that one of the things which divides us as players of RPGs is our understanding and implementation of certain words necessary to the hobby. One such area is that represented in terms like ‘playing one’s character,’ ‘being in character’, and so on. While we may find hundreds or thousands of players of a single game, we may not find that how groups as units or the members of groups as individuals approach a game is the same.

This is not a complaint.

This is a feature of gaming which, given time and growth in the hobby lends a different perspective to… perspective.

One of the things that I enjoy as a gamer is the point of decision a group can make, if they are aware of the decision at all, about how to utilize the concept of character in their gaming. Will they use the idea of playing a character as a means to put themselves into the action, bringing their wit, charm, and investment to the occupation they have chosen to portray? Will they use the idea as a method of broadening the exploration the game allows beyond its imagined world and into the persona of the person that they have chosen to portray? Will they use the idea to not only explore a world of imagination and perhaps an imagined persona, but to also endeavor to emulate the structures of fiction in spoken word or even in turn of thought? Will they discover some other way to connect to their game through character?

This is a moment, a choice, a meeting of the minds that I enjoy. Seeing the group sense the wants and needs of the other players and the game before them, and seeing how their intentions interact with the implements of the game to produce… the magic we all recognize as roleplaying.

For today, this is a thought on playing a character that I wanted to share.

TOMORROW

We continue Week 5 of #RPGaDay and in the land of “Share.” In this final week of the event, we will be asked to share the games of others that we appreciate, share stories of those who have influenced us, and so on. This final week is all about who we are. Tomorrow we look at things we can share from our play of our own characters.

YOUTUBE

As has been my habit since the second year of #RPGaDay, I am also keeping pace with the prompts on video. The content of the videos and the blog overlaps, but is not exactly the same, and where the greater emphasis on detail resides varies from day to day.

#RPGADAY 2018

This is the fifth week of the fifth iteration of the monthly roleplaying gaming celebration launched by Autocratik for all forms of social media. Share your responses however you prefer to share. If you want to get involved, grab and share the infographic with the prompts and jump right in!

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