That’s not a challenge, or maybe it is. I just discovered John Wick’s Post about Chess is not an RPG, as have a lot of other people, and this came up on my radar because of the mention of Chess and RPGs. After reading it I now want to play a chess themed scenario where the Queen is named Susan Difflebottom. 🙂
Anyway, he brings up a lot of good ideas that everyone should start to think about when you are running and telling a story in your games. He does do a little bashing D&D 1st to 4th edition, a lot of bashing on D&D4th which I didn’t like. But maybe, you could really play a D&D game completely without Roleplaying in it. I don’t know how you would though, sounds like a challenge.
I really agree with the fact that we should focus more on “Telling the story rather than winning the game.” I have seen a lot of focus on miniature combat, maps, and 3d dioramas, and skill checks, and that is even happening in D&D 5th edition. Sometimes its nice to just tell a story and have it develop a world with your friends. But it’s also nicer to have a Bugbear roll a critical hit that kills that jerk playing the wizard. Roleplay that, HA!