Understanding Roleplaying

So, I’m a roleplayer, and that doesn’t mean what it used to. I’ve written a bunch about it, all of it with an eye towards making the hobby a little more understandable to the curious generalist. The more recent stuff digs deeper into what makes the medium tick (and yes, it’s a medium), while remaining as accessible as I can make it. My goal is eventually to have here a body of texts that provide a fairly complete conceptual picture of roleplaying, both through developing my own concepts and introducing those of others.

First, a post my friend Joli kindly hosted at Story By The Throat, adapted from something I did for the Portland Zine Symposium in 2011, that serves as a good preamble:


And if you’re really interested, a couple of earlier ones:

I’ll try to keep this page up to date as I do more.