A roleplaying game (RPG) is a structured method of playing "Let's Pretend", in which players create characters to serve as protagonists in a fictional world created by a game master. Although characters and plots are driven largely by the imagination of the participants, game rules are used to resolve the results of dramatic conflicts, providing the games with a necessary element of suspense. Roleplaying began with the creation of the fantasy game Dungeons & Dragons in Wisconsin in 1972, but now includes hundreds of commercial systems and homemade RPGs in many languages and genres. This section primarily covers what are often called tabletop roleplaying games (because they are typically played sitting around a table, with books and dice) but also includes its pen-and-paper descendants, live action roleplaying (where players dress up and physically act out their characters' actions) and gamebook roleplaying (system-based interactive fiction). Roleplaying Games.
Role-playing refers to the changing of one's behaviour to assume a role, either unconsciously to fill a social role, or consciously to act out an adopted role. (wikipedia)
- Wikipedia: Role-playing refers to the changing of one's behaviour to assume a role, either unconsciously to fill a social role, or consciously to act out an adopted role. While the Oxford English Dictionary offers a definition of role-playing as "the changing of one's behaviour to fulfill a social role", in the field of psychology, the term is used more loosely in four senses...
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- Pen & Paper www
News and reviews for current and upcoming roleplaying games. & Paper. Also features a RPG Database, release dates, message board, fonts, and gaming databases for Dungeons and Dragons, Star Wars d20, Exalted, and World of Darkness.
- RPG.net www
Popular roleplaying game industry focused independent site, RPG.net, includes directory, regular columns, news, interviews, reviews, links, and large archives of gaming reference, art, and humor material.
- Reviews RPG Wiz www
Reviews of roleplaying games. RPG Wiz.
- RPG The RPG Consortium www
RPG online community with discussion forums for different games and gaming styles. RPG Consortium. Includes archives of publications and reference materials. The RPG Consortium.
- Information The Ogmios Project www
Information and resources for game masters and players. The Ogmios Project.
- Offering KMANT - Killing Monsters And Nicking Treasure www
Offering roleplaying news and reviews, Killing Monsters And Nicking Treasure, product information, links and a list of RPG shops in the United Kingdom. KMANT - Killing Monsters And Nicking Treasure.
- Audio RPGMP3.com www
Audio resources for roleplaying sessions, RPGMP3.com, as well as audio reviews and downloads. RPGMP3.com.
- John Styles of Roleplaying www
John H. Roleplaying. Kim's rec.games.frp.advocacy FAQ, dealing with abstract (no one system) and RPG classification issues. Styles of Roleplaying.
- Dedicated RPG Resource www
Dedicated to supporting roleplaying campaigns by providing company and product lists with reviews, Resource, links, and general resources. RPG Resource.
- The ENnie Awards www
The Gen Con EN World RPG Awards ("ENnies") are an annual fan-based celebration of excellence in tabletop roleplaying. Awards. Nominees and prior winners are presented with voting opportunity and staff as well as a blog. ENnie Awards.
- News GameWyrd www
News and reviews with forums and chatrooms. GameWyrd.
- Resource RPG Host www
Resource site featuring news, Host, adventures, character sheets, rules, and links for various systems. RPG Host.
- Searchable Strolen's Citadel - The Idea Guild www
Searchable fantasy resource for game masters and players for original plots and items. Strolen's Citadel - The Idea Guild.
- Features Errant Dreams www
Features articles, Dreams, essays, reviews, and email newsletters. Errant Dreams.
- Every The Complete List of RPG Plots www
Every RPG plot ever in the history of the whole world (or at least 34 of them): an arbitrary exercise (and GM's aid) by S. Complete List of RPG Plots. John Ross. The Complete List of RPG Plots.
- A Alan De Smet - Role-Playing Games www
A selection of practical tips for game masters and players of any system, Smet - Role-Playing Games, information about some Gaming Conventions, and resources for Amber, Dungeons and Dragons, and Shadowrun. Alan De Smet - Role-Playing Games.
- Detailing GreeneThorne's Realm www
Detailing the various RPGs that the author plays. Realm. Also contains custom gaming software for download. GreeneThorne's Realm.
- Blog RPG Blog www
Blog with news, Blog, reviews, and analysis. RPG Blog.
- Daily Gaming Outpost www
Daily gaming news, Outpost, reviews and articles. Hobby gaming search engine and online forums. Special promotions and contests. Gaming Outpost.
- Over Neonflux www
Over 100 character sheets for systems in PDF and TIFF format, Neonflux, plus adventures for Dungeons and Dragons and Palladium. Neonflux.
- Former The Harrow www
Former roleplaying guide Dru Pagliassotti's archive of articles on roleplaying, Harrow, gamemastering, and adventure writing. The Harrow.
- Book Library of Xenograg the Sorcerer www
Book excerpts, Xenograg the Sorcerer, sounds, and links of interest to role-players. Also, read Xenograg's own words about himself and others. Library of Xenograg the Sorcerer.
- Background, Victorian Legends www
Background, Legends, Artwork, and Information about various characters used in Victorian Legends, a free-form roleplaying game set in the Victorian Era. Victorian Legends.
- Third The History of Computer Role-Playing Games Part 3: The Platinum and Modern Ages (1994-2004) www
Third and final part of this history feature. History of Computer Role-Playing Games Part 3: The Platinum and Modern Ages (1994-2004). [Gamasutra] The History of Computer Role-Playing Games Part 3: The Platinum and Modern Ages (1994-2004).
- Three-day FreeCon 2001 www
Three-day roleplaying convention in the Lansing, 2001, Michigan area. FreeCon 2001.
- Conference The Kraken www
Conference dedicated to Glorantha, Kraken, HeroQuest, Stormbringer RPG, and Call of Cthulhu. Contain registration, event and venue information, and guest list. Held in Berge, Germany. The Kraken.
- Publisher Precis Intermedia www
Publisher of downloadable and print roleplaying and tabletop games and accessories. Intermedia. Includes discussion board, publisher's blog and online catalog. Precis Intermedia.
- Steve Steve Jackson Games Home Page www
Steve Jackson Games publishes roleplaying and card games, Jackson Games Home Page, including GURPS, In Nomine, Dino Hunt, Knightmare Chess, Car Wars, Toon, and others. And Pyramid Magazine, which centres on the entire role-playing industry. Steve Jackson Games Home Page.
- Large Legolas' RPG www
Large index of Role Playing links. RPG. Also contains original content like the Stage Setting, the World of Llanowar, Legolas' RPG Fonts, and Legolas' RPG Maps. Legolas' RPG.
- Large RPG Gateway www
Large searchable directory of roleplaying game worlds, Gateway, resources, link sites. Top 100 ranking, button exchange, news. RPG Gateway.
- Alexa: Roleplaying Games
Alexa Directory Top Sites: Roleplaying Games
- DMOZ: Roleplaying Games
dmoz.org Directory: Roleplaying Games