The different RPGs have different steps on how each game is played. These games may work according to rules, or on the choices each player makes as they advance through their particular game. These type games are usually played to try and determine an ultimate winner.
Tabletop RPGs are played either at a player’s house or venue. This could be a board game or physical game. Examples of these kinds of games are Murder mystery or Dungeons and dragons. These games only last a few hours at most and are played to entertain all guests. Each player will assume a character and a game master is appointed. The game is played according to the rules of the game or what the game master has put into place.
Live action RPGs are played at the venue and have a large number of people involved. A game master will be appointed and that player will make the rules of the game and dictate the outcome of the game. Each player will then decide on a character and dress up as that character. Props are also made for the characters and the environment to create as much realism as possible. The game is then played out according to the game master’s rules until a winner can be determined. Depending on the number of players, these games can go on for days at a time. Examples of these games are Lord of the Rings or World of Darkness.
Virtual RPGs are either played independently or played with a few or many players. Depending on the games design. Console RPGs are mostly played with between 1 and 4 players. The game is played with a CD and progress can be saved should the player not finish the game and can be played at a later stage. This game is not played in real time so the player/s can pick up where they left off.
Online RPGs are played with an internet connection and can either be played alone or have a multi-player system. The game can be downloaded and the player logs in, creates a profile and is played in real time. The game can continue regardless if the player is logged on or not, however, the player can continue playing from where they left off when they log on again. Many players in multi-player RPGs, form alliances and battle other alliances to complete tasks and quests. The may not necessarily be a winner as there is no end to the game but players may win a title which they will need to defend against other players.
All RPGs require their players to have an imagination and the desire to want to play and enjoy the game regardless of which game is chosen. Many people play more than one of these types of games regularly as each have different elements to offer. RPGs have been around dating back to the 1970s and from the development on the gaming industry over the last couple of years, it will be entertaining the masses for years to come.