Ah yes well ok. Let’s address this question firmly and with no pushing or shoving at the back whilst I talk shall we? Ok good. One thing I can do is point you towards a good site of discussion for what roleplaying is and it’s here at: http://forums.geekbox.net/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=1136. I do take part in that forum yes, and yes it is ‘the geekbox’. I’m known as ‘drbinofski’ on that site so you can easily hunt out my posts and marvel at my loquacious stupidity if you will, and yes of course there is a reason for that moniker, and no I’m not going to divulge it now. Please do give it a rest.
Roleplaying is in this context a kind of game, played with dice, bits of paper, people, gaming ‘figures’, imagination, excitement, maps, coffee usually, booze often, generally in a home setting and sharing a ‘tabletop’. Hence ‘tabletop’ rpgs – role playing games. You play a role, it’s a game, there’s a table involved. Nuff said, now surely we can all go home now? No, oh blast – well look go back to the link above click it, read about it, then come back if you must and ask me for more explanation, but really it’s all there.