How RPGs Ruined Fantasy and Science Fiction
Friday , 6, October 2017
Yes, role-playing games are the culprit.
- They are the root cause of why contemporary authors are largely unable to tell a complete story. (Their rpg campaigns were not designed to ever culminate into an ending, either!)
- They are the root cause of why contemporary authors are unable to think beyond origin stories, flashbacks, backstories, and clumsy Freudianesque “motivations.” (Most aspiring writers approached rpgs as if badly implemented method acting techniques were the central to the medium.)
- They are a root cause of why contemporary authors lean so heavily on over-explained world-building that doles out detail after pointless detail seemingly for its own sake. (Because nailing down the ecology of their dungeon and making sure the monsters had a place to go to the bathroom was “obviously” the way to create a superior gaming experience.)
Fortunately, the good role-playing games contain elements that point to a way out of this cultural foundering. Check out Jon del Arroz’s latest podcast for the whole story!