called Pen-and-Paper RPGs) are roleplaying
games in which a person takes on the role of a fictional character
, as supervised by a game leader, often called the GM or DM (game master and dungeon master, respectively). Most of the time, it is for the purpose
out fantasy adventures, such as slaying demons
or rescuing princesses.
RPGs focus on combat, and often contain volume after
volume of books
which explain and expand
upon rules, and add optional features as well.
RPGs tend to have a medieval-setting, but include classical fantasy monsters such as dragons, and paranormal
events such as spells and magic. Most tabletop
RPGs are based in Tolkein lore, including the presense of elves, dwarves and hobbits.
Typically, when playing
RPG, you'll design your character
of their race, class
and special abilities.
Racial choice (human, elf, gnome, etc.) usually
sets the tone for your characters behavior. Dwarves are obnoxious and beer-crazy, elves are haughty and frivilous, and so on. Racial choice also
often affects your statistics, such as how much damage you deal, how fast you can move, and so on.
is basically their profession, though it is, again, combat-oriented. You won't see a Farmer class
, but you'll often see archetypes such as Warrior, Mage and Theif.
Special abilities are those outside of race and class
choice. They are optional abilities which either
modify the way your character
behaves in combat, or adds
some stastical augmentation. In D&D
, these are Feats
and Skills. In Vampire: The Masquerade
, this is tantamount
While the popular cliché would depict players of tabletop RPGs as losers and social outcasts, due to the most recent crop
of fantasy-based major motion pictures, more
demographics enjoy this passtime. This is made easier by the internet, as people can play in relative anonymity and across