Roleplaying Philosophy Series:
- RPP-000: RPG Theory Bibliography
- RPP-099: Mad Brew’s Gaming Philosophy
- RPP-100: Defining Game
- RPP-101: Defining Roleplaying Games
- RPP-310: Roleplaying Promotes Wellbeing
- RPP-399: 10 Reasons to Play Games at the Table
- RPP-401: RPG Community
- RPP-450: Roleplaying is a Pastime
- RPP-499: Gamer Elitism
Entertainment is one of the highest grossing industries of today, is probably the United States’ biggest export, and comes in a plethora of forms. Why would someone choose to invest time, energy, and money into a roleplaying game (or a board game) when there are so many other, more popular modes of entertainment? Well here is my list of reasons why:
- 10. Art: How can you avoid not picking up a roleplaying game when it has that stunning illustration on the cover?
- 9. Dice: Can you really resist rolling all those interesting polyhedrons?
- 8. Cleanliness: Roleplaying games give you a reason to clear off that kitchen table you haven’t used recently.
- 7. Support: Participation in the roleplaying game hobby helps maintain a niche industry that could always benefit from more attention.
- 6. Intelligence: Oh yeah, most roleplaying games force you to think and apply logic, so you might just get smarter.
- 5. Stress Relief: Roleplaying games definitely allow for some healthy escapism, allowing you to relax and unwind.
- 4. Creativity: Roleplaying games usually take place in distant realms or alternate realities which teaches you to think outside the box.
- 3. Party: We are social creatures by nature and roleplaying games require social interaction and give us an excuse to visit with friends.
- 2. Replay Value: Every time you sit down and play a roleplaying game it will be different, even if you play the same adventure.
- 1. Price Point: A roleplaying game only requires a minimal initial investment of money, which can be cheaper than a movie & popcorn at the theatre.
Everyone says the economy is a bad thing (and it mostly is), but I think it is an excellent opportunity to “get back to basics” with family and friends. Roleplaying games can be brilliant resources that can help families reconnect at the table and save money. Of course, I cannot be responsible for any addiction one may acquire after playing a game (and therefore causing you to spend obscene amounts of money of supplements).