- Publisher: J P Tarcher (July 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399512934
- ISBN-13: 978-0399512933
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,000,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Role-Playing Mastery Paperback – 1 Jul 1987
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A guide to role-playing mastery by the co-creator of the game "Dungeons and Dragons". The book includes advice on how to create your ideal character, improve group dynamics, assess your opponents and accomplish your goals. Gary Gygax is also the author of two science-fiction novels. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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- A roleplaying community coming together
- Strong GMs with a focus on story and a mastery of the rules (versus arguing for it)
- PCs working together for a common goal
And a lot of other fun, fun, fun details. Gary goes into detail on what these actually means. And let me tell you, it is a very different vision than what we have these days.
If you have a chance, please pick it up. It's well worth the read. If anything else, it is a piece of RPG history, and should be read as such by any serious gamer.
Does he have reason to think that? Well, yes and no. He was one of the original creators of Dungeons and Dragons, which while not the sum of RPGs is certainly the core of the genre. On the other hand, RPGs are unique in that there is no set way to play a single one. What works in one group may not work in another and he only makes a passing reference to the challenges a 'Master Player' may face.
While this does make some mention of other RPGs, this work is not inclusive of more than a tiny fraction available. In addition, given that it is written by Gygax himself, the game makes many references to the D&D he helped create. The book is very general for the most part and that limits the utility provided.
In short, the book could have been longer and included more depth, or it could have been pared down and done just as well. It is somewhat dated, but the main points are still generally valid.
If you want the viewpoint on the how to make or break an excellent nights gaming then take the advice Gygax has lined out in his book, he really knows what he's talking about.