Creative agenda

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... and the pigs who love them

"We love pigs." Imagine that as the rallying cry of people finding one another to enjoy their interest together.

Only then they might find ...

- Some of them love to kill, butcher, and roast pigs, and then fall to a joyous meal accompanied by side dishes and intoxicating beverages. - Some of them love to purchase and trade entertaining representations of pigs, whether china-glazed statuettes or photography or whatever. - Some of them love to house, breed, and raise pigs, habituating them to humans and distributing them to like-minded people as pets

Sincerely proclaiming "We love pigs" is not sufficient to ensure that any random grouping formed from these people will be able to have fun loving pigs together. Nor will it be functional for anyone to lay claim for their favored way to be the one-and-only way.

But that's what happened to the role-playing hobby. Somehow, "we love role-playing" is supposed to overcome any differences concerning why we play. And that is stupid, because it means that people get addled by the identity-issue of being a gamer and therefore suffer frustration and no fun because they keep trying to play with people with utterly different priorities (who are in exactly the same position). In trying to resolve it, their discussions instantly get bogged down with competing claims regarding who is or isn't the "real role-player" in the room.

Three types

Step On Up, Story Now, The Right to Dream

What, you think there's more? There may well be. Long and brutal discussions at the Forge typically landed us back at these three, though.

Terms talk

We used to call this collective term "GNS," standing for Gamism, Narrativism, Simulationism (the old names for the types).

No, not all at once, and not a little of each mixed together, either

See Agenda Clash, Incoherence, and Zilchplay.