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!

Read more on John Wick Presents Blog. Chess is not an RPG, and his follow up Chess is not an RPG FollowUp