Sharing the gaming spotlight

The idea behind RPGs is pretty cool. We get together with friends and collaboratively create a story. Our favourite fiction is a great source of inspiration in this: we can create our own epics inspired by, in the style of, or even explicitly in the setting of our favourite authors, directors and artists. But by and large, fiction tends to have a single protagonist, and that doesn’t translate well from the page or the screen to the gaming table. Even when there is also a cadre of major supporting characters, it’s generally clear who the main character is. In fiction this is a good thing, as it provides a coherent feel to the story. The major story arc relates directly to a character’s goals. We get to see into this character’s head, and it becomes possible to enjoy an entire chapter/scene/whatever that is only happening to or only relevant to that one character.
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