There are many role-playing games or RPGs that are played in Second Life. A role-playing game (often roleplaying game) is a type of game in where participants assume roles of fictional characters and collaboratively create or follow stories. Participants determine the actions of their characters based on their characterization, and the actions succeed or fail according to a formal system of rules and guidelines. Within the rules, players can improvise freely; their choices shape the direction and outcome of the games.
Video games incorporating settings and game mechanics found in roleplaying games are referred to as computer role-playing games, or CRPGs. Due to the popularity of CRPGs, the terms "role-playing game" and "RPG" have both to some degree been co-opted by the video gaming industry; as a result, traditional non-digital pastimes of this sort are increasingly being referred to as "pen and paper" or "tabletop" role-playing games, though neither pen and paper nor a table are strictly necessary.
Obviously since Second Life is a computer based virtual or artificial world a computer is involved, though non-digital games can be played "in-world" using Second Life as a means for the players to meet in a common space.
Types of Roleplay
The free-form Second Life virtual world allows many types of role-playing games. Many are based on elaborate digitally simulated regions (or "sims", shorthand for simulators) exist within the virtual world, allowing participants to don costumes, speak in character, interact with themed props, and engage in mock combat using specially scripted weapons. Others play "pencil and paper" style games in impromptu or small spaces with simply their avatars (avs) sitting around a table, chatting and rolling simulated dice.
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