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December 9th, 2006, 00:07
@araczynski

Roleplaying is not about 'dragging your RL personality into the game'. In fact, it is the very opposite.

I'm writing this not just for you, but for all those who superficially play RPGs.
I repeat: They don't know what they are missing! Most of us make the mistake of playing every RPG with the same archetype in mind (Scott Greig mentions this in his interview). A young male player, for example, will usually play as a male human paladin, because that is what he unconciously thinks he is — a paladin.

But a veteran RPG player knows that the 'meat' is in roleplaying someone you could/would never be in real life. Trying to guess how such a person would react in various situations; eventually shaping up a personality quite different than your own. It is exactly this process, during which your avatar acquires an own independent existence, that leaves you a wiser - and better - person.
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