Or as I like to call it, ‘COSSG’

I think everyone has a hard time answering the questions, ‘what are roleplaying games?’ My new answer is, they’re collaborative, open-source story gambling.

  • Collaborative: Everyone gets to participate.
  • Open-Source: You’re making the story, you’re not a passive participant.
  • Story: You’ve got characters, a setting, and events they enact and respond to.
  • Gambling: There’s an element of risk and reward, and things may not go as you expect.
  • Maybe the definition isn’t perfect, and some games emphasize one more than the other, but that’s a pretty workable definition, I think. What do you think?

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