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September 3rd, 2020, 23:14
Originally Posted by largh View Post
Kind of. @JFarrell71 is right that some of your arguments used logic that does not fly in that original post although he was unable to explain why. CRPGs do not amend only from tabletop RPGs, but also from the RPG books (remember those things from the 80s where you would read and choose your actions, then jump to a certain page). That kind of RPGs were in fact some of the first ones made to Amiga/Nintendo/PCs. In those, you were operating alone and therefore the argument that one would need a team does not fly.
You don't have to go so far as to compare them to Choose Your Own Adventure books or gamebooks like the Lone Wolf or Fighting Fantasy series (which were more of an RPG than the former, with stats and dice based combat). There are plenty of solo player RPGs that took their inspiration directly from tabletop.

Elder Scrolls: Arena from 1994, for example. The developers of that game would be shocked and amused to be informed that the game is not a "true" RPG, lacking a party as it does. They have spoken at length directly about the fact that their desire in making the game was to replicate tabletop RPGs in a digital form.
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