Today, we have another question from Reverb Gamers:
REVERB GAMERS 2012, #14: What kinds of adventures do you enjoy most? Dungeon crawls, mysteries, freeform roleplaying, or something else? What do you think that says about you?
I can honestly say that I can’t pick any one type of adventure, because there are different times that I enjoy different activities.
Dungeon crawls are the first kind of adventure that I ever played. I think that’s true of a majority of role-playing gamers, especially if one’s first game were Dungeons and Dragons. At that time, that’s all I ever played, ran or created. They are very simple, especially for a teenage boy whose players are other teenage boys.
Mysteries came next in my gaming life. They were pretty much from published modules. Personally, I didn’t care too much for them. They always seemed to be written with one and only one way to solve the mystery, and woe to those who fail to find it. Even now, I don’t really like mysteries, but that’s just a personal preference.
Roleplaying is one of my favorite facets of RPGs. After all, that’s what RP stands for, right? But, I find that it’s not really an end in and of itself, but something to do while pursuing other game-related goals. I don’t really separate it from the other styles of gaming.
When it comes down to it, I find that I can (and do) enjoy gaming if I find the objective to be worthy. Save the town, rescue the orphans, squash the Big Bad Evil Guy’s Big Bad Evil Plan are the kind of goals I want in my adventures. If that is the case, I will find a way to enjoy it, especially if the players (and GM, if I’m also a player) have the same motivation.
Bottom line: I want to play the hero. If I have that, then the rest will fall into place.