Day 28 of #RPGaDay2019: Love

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Wednesday the 28th in the year 2019 and we have nearly reached the end of conversation. I have always been fond of the RPGaDay exploration, but this year has been the best yet. The freedom of the word prompt has elevated this examination of why we love RPGs to new heights, and for that I am thankful.

Today’s word prompt is LOVE.

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“I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.”

—JRR Tolkien, The Two Towers

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Love is a word with so many meanings, deeply rooted in heartfelt affection. It is hard to define an emotion, especially one as raw and powerful as love.

In the context of RPGs, there are many avenues one could explore. Love is hard to pull off in-game. Few are willing to explore those themes in roleplay, at least that has been my experience.

Seldom do players express interest in spouses, children, or family members, but I’ve always had the desire to explore these avenues, to take the immersion into character to that next level.

It’s a scary proposition, and requires a deep commitment from the roleplayer.

In those rare instances when players have taken that leap of faith with me, the outcome has been amazing. It allows the players to connect in a whole new way with their characters and it creates for the game master a richer sandbox from which to create.

These are themes worth exploring in your games, but tread lightly if you do. Love, in so many ways, defines us. We are made better for it, but it also makes us vulnerable. No sting is as great as that of love’s end.

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“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.”

― JRR Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

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— Bob Freeman

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