HinterBlog

August 12, 2018

Nature of What Attracts People to RPGs

Filed under: Games — Tags: , , , — bilbo @ 11:23 pm

So, I am going to take a controversial position here (or maybe not depending on your view). I believe a certain axiom is true among every RPG player (ad beyond I am sure but looking at RPGers here).

Those attracted to RPGs are dissatisfied with the nature of their reality. More, they wish to craft their own reality in such a way that they control the bad guys, are always the smartest or fastest or strongest.

At the root, this takes two forms, first, with players who wish to have a “better” version of both the world but also themselves. They remake their inner demons to craft them to strengths. They emphasize what strengths they wish they have. Deeper, they create a space in their imagination that is safe for them to experiment with tropes and actions they they are too fearful of or cannot overcome taboo in real life.

Game masters are a different beast. They wish to engage in control of their world. Control they do not have. This is a world were the people (at least those under their command) do as they are told. PCs are problematic but they can add the random spice to the world that a GM misses. This allows for things to happen that they (GM or Player) cannot foresee. This is the base of the exchange, the payment given and received.

Imagine a game, even a board game, where you always can change the rules to your advantage and you play against no one, solitaire where you cheat. The fun rapidly fades. People who always cheat soon give up the game but those who occasionally or never cheat find themselves, entertained. In this way, the RPG without the dynamic of the GM and Player rapidly becomes boring. The enjoy this, the GM must be allowed to control his world but not to the point where the players do not get to exercise their exploration of strengths, weaknesses, taboos or even exercising demons.

A balance must be struck between the GM indulgence of ego vs the exercise of player ID.

Powered by WordPress