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Creative thinker foremost. I enjoy obsessing about fun problems and how to solve them logically. Programming to me is a little like playing with wordy Lego pieces.


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comment Looking for solo (one person) RPGs - do they exist?
@SevenSidedDie Thx for the link. Ive been looking into AI for possible ideas of knowledge representation that could be borrowed for solo pnp games, but didn't find anything I felt I could adapt. I'm not arguing, but I want to clarify that I'm not claiming mechanics have minds, but that if the player can't catch on that the GM isn't affecting anything in the IS, their experience is the same as far as this hypothetical setup goes. There's more to what I'm postulating in order to make it tighter, but space is limited.
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comment Looking for solo (one person) RPGs - do they exist?
Imagine that the live GM was only able to answer yes or no questions in a GM plus one player setup. That is social, has an audience, etc. Next imagine the same setup but unkbeknownst to the player, the GM is secretly rolling dice with a constant 50/50 chance of getting a yes or no. The GM is still an audience, but can't affect anything going on in the player's imagined space. That is going to require that you define what the purpose of the audience is and how it's relevant to the act of taking on an imaginary roll.
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comment What is usually listed as evidence that RPGs are inherently a 2+ person activity?
Saying that people believe roleplaying games are X way because they define it as being X way is tautological. I'm not sure what Adam Dray has to do with OP, but it is clear from the question that OP is talking about people who only offer reasoning that repeats the disputed claim. You're assuming that OP already knew about Vince Baker and that Vince Baker's reasoning is tautological-- two things which could be false. A more useful approach would have been to ask if OP knew about the origin of that claim and checked it out, or to ask the people in question to elaborate beyond their answer.
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comment What is usually listed as evidence that RPGs are inherently a 2+ person activity?
That answer sounds exactly like the kind of tautological answer the OP said he wasn't looking for. Who holds the belief is irrelevant. What's relevant is the non-tautological reasoning behind it which OP wants to know about.
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comment What is usually listed as evidence that RPGs are inherently a 2+ person activity?
The Lumpley Principle is essentially a name coined for that notion. Your answer did not list any premises for the conclusion that role playing games must, by their very nature, be played in a group. The operative word here is "for" not "against". Your answer illustrated arguments against solo ppgs in situations where someone is clearly asking for something involving other people; that is tangential at best.
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comment What is usually listed as evidence that RPGs are inherently a 2+ person activity?
This answer is off topic. The question isn't "do solo role playing games exist?" The question is really, "what are the premises behind 'claim X'?", where X is the Lumpley Principle.
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comment What is usually listed as evidence that RPGs are inherently a 2+ person activity?
Best answer so far.
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comment What is usually listed as evidence that RPGs are inherently a 2+ person activity?
By the way, OP, I suggest you remove any references to solo or computer rpgs. Those are tangential and they are causing confusion in some readers.
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comment What is usually listed as evidence that RPGs are inherently a 2+ person activity?
The question isn't "do solo rpg exist", the question is obviously about the "Lumpley Principle" and what justifications exist for it. People have a tendency to parrot some version of it they likely heard second hand. The answers to this question might be in Vince Baker's original posts linked from this wiki: big-model.info/wiki/Lumpley_Principle In a fraction of the time the mob took to tear OP a new anus, I was able to find something potentially useful for a person asking for help. I deserve a gazillion points.
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comment Looking for solo (one person) RPGs - do they exist?
Who says an RPG requires an audience?
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comment Looking for solo (one person) RPGs - do they exist?
Downvoted because the owner of this site has a habit of ripping off other people's creative work, renaming it as "Mark's Whatever", and then slagging those that he ripped off. For example, see his comments on Rory Tory Cubes on the site's forum. I will not support this site.
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answered Single player games suitable for session preparation