Monday, 14 August 2017

Day 14. Which RPG do you prefer for open-ended campaign play?

Any RPG is capable of open-ended campaign play, a.k.a. "the campaign sandbox," but not all RPGs are suited to it.

My preferences have proved that Warhammer Fantasy Role Play, Pathfinder, D&D (save 4E), and even Twilight:2000 are well suited for sandbox play. But the story the players want to tell and the GM's ability to frame the challenges ultimately judges the game.

Getting your players to explore more is a GM skill that I still work on. Knowing that the Floodlight and Flashlight do exist helps in resolving problems where open-ended play may flounder.

The Floodlight is how the GM sees the world and the story, where the Flashlight is how the players view the same. Anything outside the beam of the Flashlight is unknown. Nurturing the sense of exploration necessary for open-ended play is the art of getting the story and world in front of the Flashlight for the players to see.

Posted by caffeinated at 8:12 PM in d10