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A game makes a child happy and keeps him or her pre-occupied. It is an activity that brings not just fun and entertainment but also several lessons in life. You might notice it when you were still a child, but you learned to follow rules, face challenges, and interact with your playmates’which are all vital things that a responsible human being should learn. It involved physical and/or mental simulation, which helps you develop practical skills and other aspects of your personality.
Thus, a game is not just about pure entertainment. As previously mentioned, it helps you develop your overall personality’how you will act on a particular situation, how you will decide on a particular instance, and how you will solve a problem. Depending on the type of game that you want to play, it can enhance either your physical or mental ability, or sometimes both.
Probably you are familiar with an RPG or a role-playing game. This is a type of game where you assume the roles of a character and produce stories. You will be the one to determine the actions of your character/s based on its own personality, and the success or failure of such actions will depend on the system of rules and regulations of the game. Thus, in an RPG, you have the freedom to improvise your characters and what its destiny would be as long as it is within the game’s rules and regulation. The choices that you will select for your character will shape the direction as well as the outcome of the game.
What makes RPG unique to other types of games (board or card games) is that it rarely has losers or winners. It is more of a collaborative and interactive type of gaming than competitive. Although there are competitions that may arise, a typical RPG unites you and other participants into a team (which is known as party) and play as a group in which you share the blessing of each success that you will achieve as you play the game.
Part of playing an RPG with fun and learning is to be aware of the mechanics of the game, or also known as a role-playing game system. The game system used in RPG is roughly similar to the game engine (the core software component) of a video game.
The RPG system can take several forms.
‘ A generic role-playing game system is independent of the setting and genre of the game. The rules and regulations will work the same way as for any setting that you would want to play. One of its advantages is that you only need to purchase and learn from one main rule book, which will help you save time and money. Since the settings share a huge set of features (like the way your character move and fight), you need not learn such basics when you are in a new setting using the same generic rules.
‘ There are game systems that depict a particular genre or style of play (such as Dungeons and Dragons).
‘ There are also systems that are not genre-specific yet come bundled with a particular campaign setting (such as the RuneQuest).
‘ The D6 system is one of the popular role-playing game systems, where it makes use of a 6-sided die to determine the attributes or raw abilities of a game character in a certain area. The D6 game system represents six main attributes; 3 of which represent physical characteristics (Physique, Coordination, and Reflexes) and the other 3 represents mental characteristics (Knowledge, Perception, and Presence).
All RPG systems require the participation of a GM or game master. They commonly create a certain setting for various game sessions, depict most of its inhabitants, and act as an intermediary or rule arbitrator for players. The rest of the game participants that are within the control of a GM are the player characters, which may collectively form a ‘party’.
The game master will field a story goal for the players to fulfill through the actions of their in-game characters. It involves interaction with NPCs (non-player characters), other occupants of the game world (which is commonly played by the GM), puzzle-solving, combats, and negotiations.
A role-playing game will provide the entertainment that you are looking for, in addition to the enhancement of your overall personality. You should learn the game system so that you can achieve your goals in a role-playing game.
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