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role-playing game

n. (alternative spelling of roleplaying game English)

Role-playing game

A role-playing game (RPG and sometimes roleplaying game) is a game in which players assume the roles of characters in a fictional setting. Players take responsibility for acting out these roles within a narrative, either through literal acting or through a process of structured decision-making or character development. Actions taken within many games succeed or fail according to a formal system of rules and guidelines.

There are several forms of RPG. The original form, sometimes called the tabletop RPG, is conducted through discussion, whereas in live action role-playing games (LARP) players physically perform their characters actions. In both of these forms, an arranger called a game master (GM) usually decides on the rules and setting to be used, acting as referee, while each of the other players plays the role of a single character.

Several varieties of RPG also exist in electronic media, such as multi-player text-based MUDs and their graphics-based successors, massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs). Role-playing games also include single-player role-playing video games in which players control a character or team who undertake quests, and may include capabilities that advance using statistical mechanics. These games often share settings and rules with tabletop RPGs, but emphasize character advancement more than collaborative storytelling.

Despite this variety of forms, some game forms such as trading card games and wargames that are related to role-playing games may not be included. Role-playing activity may sometimes be present in such games, but it is not the primary focus. The term is also sometimes used to describe roleplay simulation games and exercises used in teaching, training, and academic research.

Usage examples of "role-playing game".

In order to run a realistic fantasy role-playing game, you had to keep track of how much food the imaginary characters were getting and how much trouble was involved in getting it.

We take turns being the dungeonmaster in a role-playing game, okay?

Either that, or his role-playing game had gotten way, way out of hand.

He's involved in a role-playing game that features victims being murdered, mostly in Southeast.

Although the Wadi's favorite game, chula, seems to owe a debt to the popular role-playing game Dungeons &amp.

An analogy that I sometimes use is to imagine the characters in a role-playing game getting complex enough to become aware that they were in an environment they hadn't created, and which they figure couldn't have created itself.

Like I was somewhere it mattered, instead of in a role-playing game.

They seemed eager to come to grips with their situation, as if this was the start of some new, extra-realistic role-playing game.

DRAGONS role-playing game, his world took the first of many giant leaps forward.

Betrayal at Krondor won awards, sat atop the Entertainment Weekly CD game bestseller list for six months, and is considered by many to be the best computer fantasy role-playing game ever created.

Prinivere, he knew, had simple tastes that defied the role-playing game image of dragons perched upon vast hordes of gold, jewels, gemstones, and magical treasures.

The sex-slave gambit is fine as a role-playing game, but not in reality.