Coming first to the meaning of the term role-playing, as the name itself suggests, these games aim to create a fictitious setting where the players, virtually through the avenues of either electronic media or personally, imitate and take up roles of certain characters. Initially, these games started as tabletop role-playing games where people literally sat around a table to engage in live-in action role-playing or LARP. These became very famous not only because they enhanced public speaking and theatrical skills but also were ways of having fun and bonding. Conventionally, RPGs are thought to be an innate way of story telling through enactment or decision making. The same principles carried forward to the graphical versions and gave way to the much sought after MMORPGs. These Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games are the latest picks in the internet gaming portal and are played extensively by people of varying ages. Some of the most popular games are the Dungeons and Dragons and many more.
Next up, is the basic purpose behind playing such games and the precise set of rules that govern most of these games. By playing a role-playing game, you and your friends set foot in an age-old tradition of storytelling, only with a greater level of excitement and interactivity. The most basic form of such games begins at an age where all of us feign and believe in stories of fairies and enact devilish characters on the Halloween. There is however, a lot more going on these tabletop or MMORPGs than just having fun. Most developers claim that these are excellent avenues for teaching at schools or even at management firms. There are different types of these games from written narratives, which are known as tabletop RPGs or the ones where you actually enact a part depending on the storyboard (LARPs). Then there is the single player or multiplayers versions.
One very important aspect of all these games is the role of a game master. The role of a game master is very similar to an administrator in real life instances where the person is bestowed with special powers and responsibilities to under see the overall functioning of the game setting.
With truckloads of plusses, these role-playing games seem to take over the entire world over.
The world of computer RPGs as they are popularly called is particularly very interesting and a lot of scope for development and expansion in the near future. Although the basic setting in these computer role-playing games are similar to the older ones that were enacted, there are some clear variations that make these highly enjoyable and a lot more educative. One of the most eminent differences between the tabletop or live-action roleplaying games (LARPs for short) is the role of the game master. Before we get any further into the role of the game master, it is apt to discuss the meaning of the term. Just like the way a referee governs the ongoing in a match, the game master is the person who is provided with certain special powers and in turn a lot of responsibilities to control the happenings in the fictional setting of the game. In live enactments, the game master is known as the General Manager or GM while in computer RPGs it is called by the aforementioned name itself.
Now let us talk about the insides of the game and the various techniques that are employed to create and play these role-playing videogames. As already mentioned, the basic theme and principles that work in computer RPGs is very much alike to the ones used in conventional tabletop ones. It is a very interest piece of information that the initial types of such games were as simple as the story telling or fancy dresses that we played as tiny tots. In these games, the players enact different roles in a particular setting and do activities and chores to collect points and favors. Classic roleplaying games like Dungeons and Dragons are examples of sheer coordinative and roleplaying skills. One important aspect of such games is the storyboard. It is very important to have a fun-filled and engaging plot and the right virtual characters to make the game user friendly and interactive, as it is a major difference between RPGs and tutorials. Against popular belief that made these games soft, there is a lot of combat involved. The latest games give constant chances to showcase war skills to ditch enemies and or escape from traps while they are on quests. Advancement in game levels with added advantages and an inventory of objects is another crucial point that make players continue on their quest.
Like all other trends in modern times, these games too have evolved quickly from their comparatively simple precursors with several regional variations to suit the lifestyle and culture of the native people. Playing these games in so much fun that no matter what time of the day it is, atleast a fraction of the world population is busy being Fred Flintstones!