Create characters, build worlds, have adventures. Try…
You might be familiar with creating characters and building worlds on Minecraft and other video games, but how about playing games without a screen? Tabletop role-playing games (RPGs) let you do exactly that. In RPGs the players act out – or play the role of – their characters, navigating a fantasy world and taking on challenges as they go.
You can create an entire RPG from scratch, but to begin with, try a pre-made game. Look up Star Wars Age Of Rebellion Beginner Game, Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set or Pathfinder Beginner Box. These packs include character sheets, a rulebook and a set of dice.
Start with a group of four or five players. One of you will be the Game Master (or Dungeon Master if you’re playing Dungeons & Dragons). That person is the storyteller, narrator and referee. It’s their job to describe the “world” you are playing in and to introduce quests and trials. The rest of you play the parts on the character sheets, using your character’s skills and strengths to complete the tasks.
Sometimes the dice are used to determine what happens – does a character have to pick a lock, or jump over a wall? The dice decide. Will this character win the battle? Roll the dice to find out. RPGs get you thinking on your feet, solving problems and being creative. They’re also really fun and very social. So gather a group of like-minded friends, set yourselves up around a table and get ready to tell a story together.