Sunday, January 9, 2011
Living Forgotten Realms
Except . . .
Except that so much of why I like to play RPGs is not present in LFR game play. I like world building. The Forgotten Realms is built. I like a universe where the characters contribute to the development. No luck there. I like characters grow and change as a result of their experiences. Aside from leveling up and getting better stats, that isn’t happening.
LFR is basically a 30 minute sitcom. The formula is already hashed out. The PCs are all interchangeable. Lucy and Ricky figured out just about everything you can do in a sitcom over half a century ago. Evidently, the RPGA figured that out for canned RPG modules as well - and that is what LFR is.
I'm not saying it's a bad thing. Even wonder bread will keep you alive. The LFR experience just isn't filling as a full course meal - and after decades of role playing, I can get pretty snobby.
Living Forgotten Realms has been there for me in a time when I wanted to game, but didn't have the intestinal fortitude to chase down a pack of players to start another campaign up. So - I'll complain about LFR - but I am still thankful for it. Since I am almost always a DM, I had never thought that my son and I would sit down and play PCs side by side - and we are. That in itself is completely awesome.