tabletop role-playing game

form of role-playing game for leisure

A tabletop role-playing game (or pen-and-paper role-playing game) is a form of role-playing game (RPG) in which the participants describe their characters' actions through speech. Participants determine the actions of their characters based on their characterization, and the actions succeed or fail according to a set formal system of rules and guidelines. Within the rules, players have the freedom to improvise; their choices shape the direction and outcome of the game.Unlike other types of role-playing game, tabletop RPGs are often conducted like radio drama: only the spoken component of a role is acted. This acting is not always literal, and players do not always speak exclusively in-character. Instead, players act out their role by deciding and describing what actions their characters will take within the rules of the game. In most games, a specially designated player called the game master (GM)—also known as the Dungeon Master (DM) in Dungeons & Dragons, Referee for all Game Designers' Workshop games, or Storyteller for the Storytelling System—creates a setting in which each player plays the role of a single character. The GM describes the game world and its inhabitants; the other players describe the intended actions of their characters, and the GM describes the outcomes. Some outcomes are determined by the game system, and some are chosen by the GM.The terms pen-and-paper and tabletop are generally only used to distinguish this format of RPG from other formats, since neither pen and paper nor a table are strictly necessary.
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genre: tabletop role-playing game

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Series

Arkeos

tabletop role-playing game

2004

Cirkus

French tabletop role-playing game

2005

GURPS Infinite Worlds

tabletop role-playing game

author: Kenneth Hite, Steve Jackson, John M. Ford

2005

Dungeoneer's Survival Guide

book by Douglas Niles

author: Douglas Niles

1986

Vampire: The Dark Ages

tabletop role-playing game

1996

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