Roleplaying adventure awaits beyond the portal…
Month: December 2015
You have a friend at school who tells you she can’t go out on Saturday because she’s “gaming”. You ask her if she means Monopoly or poker or something like that and she tells you that no, she’s “roleplaying — it’s sort of like Dungeons and Dragons”. You’ve heard stories about kids worshipping the devil or committing suicide because of games like that, so naturally you’re concerned.
Or maybe you’re a parent and your twelve-year-old son has just come home from a weekend at his friend’s house raving about a neat new game his friend’s older brother introduced him to in which there is no board, no cards and very few rules but lots of strange dice. All the action takes place in your imagination, he tells you, and he was playing a priest of the god Essun or something like that and he used spells to kill evil monsters. You’ve heard of something like this involved with psychopathic killers so you’re genuinely concerned about your child.
Or maybe you’ve been playing roleplaying games (RPGs) for a little while and your parents are asking a lot of questions that you’re not prepared to answer.
That is what this Uncle Figgy’s Guide is for: To allay your fears about your friend’s well-being or your child’s mental health, or to help you discuss the nature of RPGs with your family and friends.
A Note to Parents
A Note to Gamers
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Uncle Figgy’s Guide to Role Playing for non-roleplayers
Uncle Figgy’s Realm
A Note to Parents
A Note to Gamers
How RPGs Work
An Example Game
Roleplaying and Escapism
Roleplaying and Time & Money
Roleplaying and Personality
Roleplaying and The Occult
Roleplaying and Violence
Some Gaming Terms
For More Information
Uncle Figgy’s Guides
|What are Uncle Figgy’s Guides?
In April of 1998, I finished work on a book of the collected experience of 17 years of roleplaying and 12 years of gamemastering (as of 1998, that is. I’ve been gaming since 1982 so you do the math. Man,it’s enough to make a person feel old. NOT!). This book, Uncle Figgy’s Guide to Good GameMastering, went online shortly thereafter. The response was overwhelming — with the book receiving an average of about 600 readers per month.
Uncle Figgy’s Guides are not rules to live (or play) by. Neither are they a statement of “my way is right and your way is wrong”. Basically, Uncle Figgy’s Guides are a reflection of the way I like to play, and they are all those things I have learned (mostly by analyzing the mistakes of others) that have helped me achieve the level of play that I enjoy (a very light, cinematic style). Just like anything else in the gaming world, feel free to take what you like and leave the rest.
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