The Blog That May Make Me Unpopular

Hello to all of you that read my blog.  I am going to do something today, very soon in fact, that may make me unpopular.  I am going to make you think…

What I want you to do today is to think of your top three moments you have ever had playing in an RPG.  It does not matter what RPG (even LARPing), just have three.  Now I know that made you think a little, but that was not what I was talking about.  Now read the next line very carefully.

Ready for it?  Think!

Why were those your top 3 picks?  What makes them resonate with you?  This is the request that may make me unpopular.  This requires some personal introspection.  What is it about those three moments that make them stand out for you.  Don’t just say “because they were cool” because that is not the reason.  There is some reason that it resonates with you and I want to get at that reason.

Why am I doing this to you?  Well I want us to share our moments.  I am going to do this as well, except I am going to commit to tell you my five all-time favourite role playing moments and why they are my favourite moments.

This is a technique called critical reflection and it is an important technique for you to use so you can further understand yourself in why you like what you do.  I am practicing it all the time and it is something that you need to do as a game designer.

Tomorrow’s blog will have my five moments.  Please think about this, even if you do so after reading my five and hopefully some of you will have some “Aha!” moments you are willing to share!  Until I reveal my top 5 keep rolling!

1 Comment

  1. They were all from different games that had significant investment from all of the players into all of the characters. Well, the NPCs in only two of the instances, one of them the NPCs were often an active annoyance and ultimately lead to the death of the game. C’est la vie, n’est pas?

    Each moment was about the players and the characters knowing each other as people, not just avatars. Sharing the exact moments isn’t really relevant since it won’t make any sense if you weren’t there.

    It’s the kind of thing that takes investment, time and most of all, trust.


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