Role-playing games, or RPGs, are based within different worlds or settings. In an RPG, you must use your imagination, creativity, and elements of story-telling as you take on the role of your character and embark on quests, missions, and adventures with your group.
What you need:
- Game dice — A standard set of 7 polyhedrals, or there are also RPG-specific dice that are used for certain RPGs only, such as ex. Star Wars — Edge of the Empire
- Player’s Handbook — Contains info for character creation, an explanation of character abilities, rules and game mechanics
- Character Sheet — A pre-made one from your Dungeon/Game Master (DM or GM), or start with a blank one and create your own (using your Player’s Handbook!)
- Notebook or binder and pen — Take notes of details that manifest during game sessions and keep track of stats on your character sheet
- A miniature figure of your character — Optional, yet fun to use on maps that your DM/GM provides to show your location and/or battles
- Imagination — Let your imagination loose with creativity and improv, and allow your character (and yourself) to have some adventuring fun!
How to play:
Your DM/GM is your main storyteller and “narrator”, who sets the main story and its many scenarios. He or she provides structure and guides your adventure by way of background characters (non-player characters, or NPCs) and setting challenges (time to fight a monster!).
As player characters, you and your fellow adventurers follow the story as it is presented by your DM/GM. You use your character’s abilities (based on your character sheet), and “play” your character according to his or her personality, demeanor, and traits. In essence, you pretend to be someone else while playing a game, and you use your imagination and creativity to weave your way through the campaign.
RPGs can run like a TV show, where a single campaign can last a few hours, or numerous sessions (weeks or even months), depending on the adventure. The longer the campaign, the more your character evolves as you gain experience points and level up!
Examples of role-playing games:
Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, Starfinder, Star Wars: Edge of the Empire, Call of Cthulhu