What do Role-Playing Games Give you to Beleive in?
What values do you find to believe in through your role-playing? I find:
- Imagination: RPGs allow you to exercise your imagination in a way that's different from any other activity I've ever encountered. Getting the party past a 20' wide pit is more than just a game challenge. It engages your imagination and brings other people along on that imagining.
- Creativity: RPGs engage creativity by inviting people to make up cool stuff and describe it to other people.
- Friendship: Sitting in a basement (or a bar, or a living room, or wherever) with your friends, eating waffles, and pretending to be 200-year-old Elves is bound to build a certain kind of camaraderie.
- Culture: I don't really give much of a damn about gamer culture; I'm talking about taking the culture that surrounds you, making it your own, and expressing it in new forms. Did you ever base something in your D&D game that you got from a book, movie, myth, story, or picture? That's expressing the value of culture.
- Do-it-Yourself: Make your own fun. Share it with others.
Anything to add?