We need an RPG

Derrill 'Kisc' Guilbert kisc at insaneninjahero.com
Mon Jun 30 19:05:29 PDT 2003

I just know I'm going to regret this but...

RPG sometimes stands for Role-Playing Game, such as Dungeons and Dragons,
Vampire the Masquerade, etc. It is the kind of game, whether Pen and Paper
(PnP) or CRPG (Computer Role-Playing Game) where you take on the role of
someone else (for instance, in your post, where you take on the role of
someone who doesn't know what I'm talking about, whether you are serious or
not). The essential component of an RPG (as opposed to every other sort of
game where you take on the role of someone else) seems to be the
customizability of the experience... contrasted to an FPS (first person
shooter) where you generally are just a Space Marine without skills, etc,
and there is only one path throught the game, in an RPG, you can generally
choose whether to be good or evil, Wizard or Warrior (or Technolgist or
Gunslinger, depending on the sort of game), etc, which may change the play
experience dramatically. In addition, many RPG style games are heavily story
oriented. Again, contrasting with Doom/Quake... In Quake, you're a space
marine, and you have to kill all the bad guys, get to the big bad guy, and
that's the game. In an RPG, you are trying to discover something, or solve
something, and you have to pay attention to whatever you're told, as those
sorts of hints may be important (or vital) to completing the game (or
completing it in a certain fashion).Many games, such as the Jedi Knight
series, blur the classification process by having elements of RPGs, FPSs,
etc, in order to bring the best experience possible to the folks who play
the games.

As with many FPS style games, in some RPGs, you can use an RPG.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kenneth Gorelick [mailto:pulmon at comcast.net]
> Sent: Monday, June 30, 2003 7:30 PM
> To: Derrill 'Kisc' Guilbert
> Cc: Dragaera
> Subject: Re: We need an RPG
> color me naive, but what does a rocket-propelled grenade have to do
> with the topic of this list?
> On Monday, June 30, 2003, at 01:36 PM, Derrill 'Kisc' Guilbert wrote:
> > re-Reading all of the Taltos books (because I can't afford new books
> > right
> > now) has made me realize something.
> >
> > Mr. Brust, if you were to, say, get in touch with
> > http://www.bioware.com and
> > work with them to make a video game based on the Taltos universe, I
> > would
> > pre-order it RIGHT NOW.
> >
> > I... just wanted to say that.
> >
> > Kisc
> >