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Fundamentals of Role-Playing Game Design by Ernest Adams

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What Are Role-Playing Games?

Role-playing games allow players to interact with a game world in a wider variety of ways than most other genres do, and to play a richer role than many games allow. Many role-playing games also offer a sense of growing from an ordinary person into a superhero with amazing powers. Other genres usually provide players with these powers immediately, but in a role-playing game, the player earns them through successful play and gets to choose which particular abilities he wants to cultivate. This book first defines the role-playing genre and then describes the unique gameplay features, modes, and mechanics of this type of game. This book focuses on single-player role-playing games that use both avatar-based and party-based ...

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