Tabletop Roleplaying Games are a unique experience. They allow us to gather as comrades and collaborate on a collective narrative, weaving tall tales and legends that are uniquely our own. There are many ways in which playing TTRPGs help us, from developing and strengthening our social skills, adapting to rapidly changing environments or even just blowing off steam after a difficult work week. Despite all these and other benefits, the truth of the matter is that sometimes playing a TTRPG simply isn’t an option. We aren’t able to rally enough people to effectively run the game we want to run, or sometimes we’re just not in the right mental headspace to commit to all that a TTRPG demands. So what can we do to scratch that RPG itch?
If nothing else, we can engross ourselves into other types of Roleplaying Game. The key to getting the most out of a substitute RPG is to determine the aspect of TTRPG you enjoy the most and find a game focused on it more so than others.
Over the coming weeks, I am going to highlight a series of RPGs that I think highlights one of the aspects of TTRPG. These series will offer excellent narratives, teamwork and strong social ties, tactical combat, or some other fundamental piece that makes games such as Dungeons and Dragons and Cyberpunk 2020 so engaging.
Keep your eyes peeled for next week, where I tackle one of the biggest RPG franchises available: Final Fantasy from Square-Enix!
What are some of your favorite RPGs that don’t require gathering the party at the table?