Reading Music/Reading Text
Posted by Nathan P. on August 9, 2005
A metaphor: roleplaying text is like sheet music. Someone who has no training in it whatsoever cannot comprehend what the end product is supposed to be like just from looking at the pages. Over time, as you learn to read it correctly, you can start to figure out what the end product will look like, but until you actually try it out you’re not entirely sure. Being around other people that can read it and teach you will help, but if you just rely on their interpretation you’ll have a hard time figuring it out yourself. Finally, once you’ve learned to read it, you can take a piece you’ve never seen before and know how the end product is going to be before even beginning the process (playing the instrument or actually playing).
Now, RPGs are different in that each game can teach the reader how to read it correctly. And thats a goal that I think is worth striving for.