16 July 2011

Why “story games” aren’t my preference

It’s the difference between being a character in a story and being the author (or a co-author) of a story.

3 comments:

Havard: said...

I know what you are saying, but I think there is a wide range of game types in between here. I am very reluctant to be in the type of game where pre-scripted things happen to my character without my say. OTOH, I get completely bored with games where the PCs midlessly explore one dungeon after the other with no sense of purpose or motivation...

bevisiscariot said...

Totally agree with Havard - railroads I can do without but the absence of story makes for a dull game.

Robert Fisher said...

So, this really isn’t about railroads.

Let me put it another way: The more I feel like an author during sessions, the less I enjoy the game.

Feeling like an author during prep-time is fine, since I like backstories and the affect they have on play.

And I do find that purpose/motivation is a necessary ingredient to playing a character.