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A role-playing game is, in its purest sense, a game based around collective storytelling, with one player (generally referred to as the gamemaster, but also in some systems as the Dungeon Master, Storyteller or Referee) setting up the environment of the game and other players using elements of chance and acting to create the action of the game within the gamemaster’s planned environment. Usually played by spectacularly smart, capable and handsome men with stunningly beautiful[1] girlfriends, these games are known as “face-to-face” or “pencil-and-paper” RPGs and are traditionally played with pencils, paper, dice, and sometimes gameboards and tokens. However, some RPGs went online in the late 1970s with the creation by UK software developers Richard Bartle and Roy Trubshaw of MUD (the original Multi-User Dungeon), which over a period of time evolved into modern Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Games (MMORPGs) such as World of Warcraft and Everquest, as well as being adapted into improvisational, “real world” settings as Live Action Role Playing (LARP). This allowed computer nerds (at least those who didn’t already play pencil-and-paper games on the side) to join the fantasy fun, as well as to meet many, many more people to eat chips and drink soda with than they would have in meatspace.

The term is also used, somewhat inaccurately, to refer to computer games where an adventurer or group of adventurers explores an open-ended setting to complete missions and obtain treasure. These games might be more properly called “dungeon crawl” or “adventure” games, as the storytelling aspect is largely left in the hands of the game designer, but the RPG tag has stuck due to the close association with pencil-and-paper RPG settings and mechanics.