Roleplaying Games Build Great Core Skills in Young Adults

Roleplaying games build real skills in an enjoyable way

If you start teaching people using Roleplaying games like Dungeons & Dragons they will be able to learn real life skills without even realising.

Mathematics as a skill is in decline

Using dice to generate numbers has been proven to help people stimulate their ability to perform maths. When an immediate game reward is based on the success of the dice roll it becomes apparent that players try to understand how to improve their success chances.

Skills developed using roleplaying dice rolls are;

Adding various numbers together quickly
Being able to calculate probability of success of an action
Working with addition, subtraction, divide, multiply about 15 times an hour of roleplaying
Advanced maths of percentages, statistical deviations, and working out averages
Interacting with a diverse group of people

Nothing builds effective skills in dealing with other cultures and people than a roleplaying game. As a player you get to choose your race and culture and are required to interact with up to eigt other players that have made different choices than you.

Diverse cultures that are interacted with by roleplayers;

Non-humans like elves, dwarves, and creatures
Different age ranges (players & characters) from 10 to 1200+
The different backgrounds and education of the characters
The different backgrounds and education of the players themselves
Different approaches and respect for many religious viewpoints and behaviours
Interaction with the different legal consequences of neighbouring countries that can be visited without leaving the room
An enormous lexicon of languages, myths, writing, and social behaviours from tribal to world-spanning civilisation
Excellent problem solving skills

At the core of Roleplaying games is the ability to meet problems while in character and come up with solutions for the current problems. This problem solving behaviour can be applied as easily in real life as in roleplaying games.

The process to solve problems is the same and like any new skill, the more times you practice it the better you get. And roleplayers get plenty of practice without any risk to real property, assets or person.

On average a roleplaying game will serve up 10-15 minor problems to be solved and a major problem or two in every eight hour gaming session. This is more effective than any problem solving workshop I have gone to as an adult.

Problem solving skills include;

dealing with difficult negotiations
travelling to one location without having the funds
understanding the local economy to trade items better
being able to navigate in unknown worlds or locations
responding to unplanned events that range from low risk to highly dangerous (to the characters not the players)
As you can see these are all core skills to have regardless of the career path you decide later and is a fun and cost effective way to teach kids maths and english skills they will need later.

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Sexual Roleplaying – What it is and the Best Way to Do It

Roleplaying is simply when participants adopt and act out characters that are not themselves. Sexual roleplaying therefore is when couples act out characters with an erotic motivation as part of a sexual fantasy. It can range from being serious with costumes, accents, props, etc. to just being something that is imagined, like being stuck on a deserted island. Practically any role could be involved in sexual roleplaying as long as both people involved are interested. Pretending to be someone you are not can be fun and exciting when done correctly.

Roleplaying can also be good for a marriage as it may be an opportunity for a spouse to ask for something she has always wanted done to her or done for her, but never felt comfortable asking for. For example, in a roleplay where the wife is the dominant person (boss) she might feel more open about telling her husband (employee) that she wants to have her body rubbed in a certain way that she had never asked for before. The reduction of inhibitions can be great for a marriage as inhibitions are a killer of sexual enjoyment.

Some roleplaying scenarios are:

* Animal-related where one is treated as a non-human animal such as a dog or pony
* Hospital fantasies involving doctors, nurses and patients
* Stranger-related one or both spouse pretend to “meet” for the first time
* School related – Headmistress and Student or Teacher and Naughty Schoolgirl
* Photographer and Model
* Stripper and Client
* Business related – Boss and Employee, Boss and Secretary

If this is your first time thinking about roleplaying, start with something simple, like Photographer and Model and then move on to ones where the acting requirement is a little higher.

Roleplaying is a lot of fun and is easy, but there are a few important requirements:

1. It requires open communication
2. It requires a willingness to participate
3. It requires honesty
4. It requires not taking yourself too seriously
5. It requires establishing rules

Let’s examine these requirements in a little more depth.

1. Roleplaying requires open communication – Roleplaying can involve actions that when taken too far, might be uncomfortable for one or both partners. Let’s say a couple pretends to be strangers who meet in a bar. They pretend to have different pasts and even different names. As the night continues, the husband begins to feel uncomfortable being called a different name. As soon as he realizes this, he needs to be able to communicate with his wife that he wants to end the fantasy or just be called his real name and continue, or another option he feels comfortable with. Whichever he chooses, being able to discuss that with his wife, even in the middle of the roleplaying, is vitally important.

2. Roleplaying requires a willingness to participate – Perhaps a husband wants to be the boss and have his wife pretend to be his secretary with a German accent. His wife should not worry about whether that makes sense, if she knows what a secretary does all day, or if she has any idea what a German accent sounds like. She should give it her best try and of course, have fun!

3. Roleplaying requires honesty – The husband finds his new doctor very attractive so he gets his wife to pretend to be a doctor and tries to make the fantasy about his new doctor. This is NOT a situation in which roleplaying should be used, nor is it the purpose of roleplaying. The husband needs to be honest with himself about his motivations for the roleplaying. He may not need to tell his wife he is attracted to his doctor, but he definitely should not start a roleplaying session with the goal of thinking about anyone other than his wife. All sexual fantasy, including roleplaying, is just a tool that helps married couples increase their sexual pleasure with each other.

4. Roleplaying requires not taking yourself too seriously – In a roleplaying session, the husband might pretend to be an airline pilot while the wife pretends to be a stewardess. Since neither of them have real airline clothing, they make do with what they have. His outfit leaves him looking more like a butler than an airline pilot which could lead him to cutting short the session out of embarrassment. Instead if he is able to play around and ignore the idea that he looks silly, he will probably end up having a great time.

5. Roleplaying requires establishing rules – Similar to open communication, rules are important should something need to change or stop during a roleplaying session. This might be as simple as “no” means “no” or could be something that has been pre-arranged as in a certain stopping time for a specific situation. A couple should always stay where they are both comfortable even if a fantasy heads in an unplanned direction. Also, setting and timing need to be right (as with any sexual encounter). Perhaps a roleplaying scenario was planned for today and a wife comes home from a horrible day at work. A postponing may be in order. Again, the ultimate point of roleplaying is to have fun and enjoy each other.

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What Is Roleplaying?

In order to roleplay, first a person needs to understand what that means. Roleplaying has been around in one form or another for many years. It has grown and changed over that time, also. The growth of technology has contributed greatly to the ways people RP, as well as the opportunity to RP.

In the 80′s, pencil and paper roleplaying games were the most common form. Games like Dungeons and Dragons set the standard for RP. This form of RP took a great deal of inventiveness and imagination on the part of the players. There was not a detailed environment to look at or even a visible avatar. Everything was created through a person’s own thoughts and imagination, with some guidance of books and others playing.

With the start of home computers, AOL became another source of roleplaying. Early on, home computers were most often used for chat rooms. This broadened the number of people that a person could RP with and an ease of creating variety of scenarios. Personally, I feel that this also opened the door to bending the rules of RP. With pencil and paper games, there were established rules of how players could interact. With the use of chat rooms, most rules went out the digital window.

As computers became more common in households, computer games began to flood the market. MUDs or mutli-user dungeons, were around before the 80′s, but most homes did not have a personal computer. In the late 80′s, these games grew in popularity. This was basically a pencil and paper game, with a basic set of rules, only texted on a computer. This brought back some of the older presets of roleplaying with access to a larger spectrum of users.

Many people will consider a game called Everquest to be one of the first roleplaying computer games. While this is extremely untrue, it is one of the first recognizable games to younger people. Everquest allowed for a living, breathing environment to roleplay a story. A person could actually stand face to face with another person’s avatar, make motions, choose an environment that suited the story being played out. The options became seemingly unlimited. Many people chose to play the game like a console game. Questing, leveling, learning, exploring were all the general gameplay styles. However, there were a number of gamers who took advantage of this new environment to RP.

Over the years, some people have stayed the course and still use pencil and paper games today. Others have chosen MMORPGs as their roleplaying platform. Whichever you choose, remember that it is a game and should be fun to the people involved. RP should never feel like a job or chore. If a story line ever begins to feel this way, it might be a good time to change characters, redevelop a story, or walk away from RP for a bit.

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Roleplaying – The Word

How can you spell roleplaying like a roleplaying pro? When I started writing online, I had what I thought was a huge problem. How does one properly spell the word, roleplaying? I know I know… I’m a dork. But the word roleplaying can be spelled or abbreviated in more than a few different ways: roleplaying, role playing, role-playing, or abbreviated as RPG (role playing game). Honestly, each of these is acceptable. But for the sake of uniformity throughout writing online I wanted to spell it, tag it, and advertise it all the same way.

I did a lot of keyword research online and I found out some remarkable information. Most search engines prefer to separate the word to role playing. This normally refers to the actual action of role playing, whether it is game or non-game related. The single word, roleplaying, seems to be the favored way of spelling by the majority of tabletop publishers. However, I did find instances of each unique way of spelling the word being used by publishers.

The abbreviation, RPG, is the most popular way to spell it as far search engines go. This is because RPG is an abbreviation for several different things, such as role playing games or rocket-propelled grenade launchers. It also is usually linked more with video games than tabletop roleplaying games. If you did a search on the keyword RPG, you would most likely discover a lot of video games websites with a few tabletop roleplaying games and a bit of other site-types.

In the end, I chose to spell the word as, roleplaying. My influence to do this was mostly due to two factors. First, most key roleplaying games spell it as one, non-hyphenated word. Case in point, Wizards of the Coast and White Wolf Publishing consistently spell it roleplaying in their game books and websites. Secondly, if you do a search on the single, non-hyphenated word, roleplaying, you will discover mostly tabletop roleplaying games. That is my primary focus, so I chose to go that route. As soon as you start to branch into role playing, role-playing, or RPG, you are going into primarily video game areas. Although for years I’ve often referred to tabletop roleplaying games in my verbal dialogue as “RPGs”, I’ve discovered that when talking about tabletop roleplaying games online, “Roleplaying” is the way to go.

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How to Find Roleplayers in MMORPGs

Roleplaying games have been around since the early days of Dungeons & Dragons in the late 1970s. Computer games have taken on a fair share of roleplayers since then, with MMORPGs (massively multiplayer online roleplaying games) currently housing a vast number of roleplayers in their wondrous game worlds. Whether you’re a beginner or a veteran roleplayer, knowing where to find fellow roleplayers in a game is one of the first steps towards creating a quality roleplaying session.

Things You’ll Need:

Computer
Internet connection
Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game

Instructions

1. Visit the official game website and click into the Forum section. Scan the topic titles there for a specific roleplaying section, and chances are you’ll find others also looking for roleplayers and generally discussing RP items. Forums also have a search function with them. Focus your forum search to only those posts where RP is specifically mentioned.

2. Select an RP server to create your roleplaying character on, as these are generally the best ones to find fellow roleplayers on. MMORPGs have different servers categorized according to varying play styles, such as PvE (player vs environment), PvP (player vs player), and including RP (roleplayer). However, there are some MMORPGs, like The Lord of the Rings Online, that do not categorize their servers in this way. If this is the case for you, reading through roleplaying posts on the official forum should lead you to which server is the unofficial roleplay server.

3. Chat in game on the accepted roleplay channel. Every MMORPG has communication channels set up that allow players to chat with each other in game. Roleplayers very often have one or more unique channels that are used for chatting in or out of character, and that help roleplayers meet in game for roleplay sessions. The name of this channel can often be found in a post on the official forum. Or simply ask in any chat channel in game.

4. Take your character to an in-game event. Many players are drawn to their favorite MMORPG by the setting and lore of the game world. Many MMORPG creators know this, and help foster this affection through in-game world events, such as holiday celebrations, fairs and other public affairs. These are prime times and places where roleplayers often gather in game, and should not be missed when looking for other roleplayers. Keeping tabs on news of the game from the official website should let you know when and where in-game events happen.

5. Roleplay. Perhaps the quickest and best method for finding roleplayers in game is to just roleplay, anywhere and everywhere. Any roleplayers that see that your character is roleplaying may seek to join in with you, or even invite you to join them. Before you know it, you’ll have met other roleplayers by simple association and with very little effort.

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