The History and Development of Role Playing Board games
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26.09.2017

The History and Development of Role Playing Board games

All over the world millions of games entertain us all, but some are more popular for their uniqueness and thrilling nature. These board games are different in character, different rules of play but one common feature among them all is that they are easy to learn, and can be enjoyed by all age groups. One such type of board games is the role-playing board games. So far its origin and popularity is concerned; it is comparatively newer when compared with other traditional games, but surprisingly enough, within a short span of its birth it has gained an huge reputation throughout the world.

Role playing board game is a genre of board games where the players fix particular roles to play for certain fictional characters. These characters play the game on behalf of the original players and create collaborative stories thereby. The gamers here direct the action of the characters of the game on the basis of their characterization. Alike all the gamers, there are some specific methods and rules that attribute the basics of this game. It is a fact that only the movement of the characters can lead to the peak of the game and it is highly controlled by the gamer thereby. One interesting fact about this role playing game is that, there is no winner or loser and enjoyment is the basic objective of the game.

Development and popularity of such role playing games is quite interesting. In this connection, it is to be noted that the basis of this game is imagination as the players have to keep on perceiving the role on behalf of their characters. Twentieth century was the bedrock for the development of this game. There have been other games that have inspired role playing games. Certain games like mock trials, model legislatures, jury box and theatre games are some of those games from where the basic conception of this role playing board game was conceived. Again a number of play groups like historical reenactment, society for creative anachronism, the sealed knot and others which were mainly based on fictional presentation facts, were prime contributors to the evolution of the role playing games.

Fantasy war games of 1970s following the sword and sorcery fiction was one of the main trend-setter of the role play games as in this particular game, the concept of character was involved. Dungeons and Dragons are supposed to be the first official role play game that came to exist in 1974. The first version hit the popularity charts and about 50,000 copies of the first publication were expected to be sold by the publishers. Interesting too is the fact that role playing games also had to be the victim of certain controversies in the 1980s for preaching negative spiritual and psychological effects. Later the critics segregated into two quarters; one continued to condemn the strategy of the game and the other one recognizing the arithmetical attributes of the game that contributes in the development of assumption and apprehension; two vital mental processes.
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