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Tabletop Game Genre Edit

A role-playing game is a game in which the participants assume the roles of fictional characters. Participants determine the actions of their characters based on their characterization, and the actions succeed or fail according to a formal system of rules and guidelines, which are often determined by the fantasy game world in which the game is set. Within the rules, players can improvise freely; their choices shape the direction and outcome of the games.

Video Game Genre Edit

A role-playing game (RPG) is a game in which the participants assume the roles of fictional characters and play out the lives or stories of those characters. In most traditional role-playing video games, there is a great deal of freedom in designing said character's nature, and it is encouraged to imagine a personality and history for that character. Common elements of role-playing games include character statistics, an avatar whose appearance you can select, describe, or change, and choices in the paths those characters take through the course of the game.

Internet Role-Playing Games Edit

Internet role-playing games have been around almost as long as the internet itself, beginning with text based games (such as MUDs) on multiplayer servers. There are also text-based role-playing games carried out on forums, in chat rooms, and anywhere that creative minds may gather and communicate. The most common type of internet role-playing game today is the MMORPG, which is a role-playing game played with a large number of other players in a shared, graphical world. Examples of this increasingly popular variant include Blizzard's World of Warcraft, Dark Age of Camelot by EA Mythic, and Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning.

Similar Terms: Edit

Role Playing - The act of taking on the role of a fictionalized character in an attempt to tell a story or enhance game play.
MMORPG - Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game

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