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Role-playing is an activity where the "player" assumes (plays) the role of another personality/ character and/ or in some theoretical situation. It's similar to acting (on stage or in film), but unlike predetermined course of action and behaviour, role-playing develops a character being played and outcomes of situations played through in potentially any direction and is up to the player, not a director or script writer.

It can be viewed as some kind of world simulation (existing or fanatsy), where the players are supposed to stay "in character", i.e. make decisions rationalized from the point of view (limited knowledge) of the character assumed, not oneself in real-life.

There are many games dealing with this theme either as board/ classical face-2-face social games, or as computer games (both single- and multi-player, see MMORPG).


This category has the following 15 subcategories, out of 15 total.