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.