It’s an exciting time in the world of tabletop RPGs, with an upswing in popularity and the new edition of D&D garnering fresh interest.
I’ve had the fortune of playing with a number of people over the past few years for whom it was their first foray into the world of RPGs. I’ve gotten to see them grapple with something that is second nature to me: the role playing aspect of an RPG. For those new players (and us old timers as well!) I’d like to supplement the material in the new PHB (and, oddly, the DMG) with some succinct additions to help through those floundering first sessions, because it is really a big question:
What is Role Playing, and how does it make RPGs such a different game?