Jump to navigation. Illustrations by Amy Martin. Roleplaying in a video game or in pen-and-paper PNP roleplaying games RPGs means adopting another persona through a kind of method acting, allowing you to inhabit an avatar adventuring through the game world. You do not just play with these roles, you are the role in a certain sense.
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For many, Dungeons and Dragons was their first encounter with a game that involved creating a character for oneself and then embarking on an adventurous quest. But then came computers, and soon role-playing games RPGs became a staple mechanic for various titles. Keeping it simple—because RPGs can become mind-blowingly complicated—role-playing games are all about making that aforementioned character and then leveling up their attributes by completing tasks. Higher attributes subsequently unlock new abilities or areas to explore.