Role-playing games aren’t just about mechanics and strategy. Board games are often better at that, and there are some truly amazing board games whose mechanics have been polished to a mirror shine. What makes the difference with an RPG is the role-playing. That is, playing a role, a character, and making decisions for them. Which usually means dialog and talking in character to other PCs and NPCs!

An important part of being a Storyteller is fostering role-playing in your group. Every Storyteller that I know is happy when they get to spend an entire session just having their player characters…

Erica Lindquist

Writer, editor, and occasional ball of anxiety for Loose Leaf Stories and The RPGuide.

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