Why Roleplaying With Your Kids is a Great Idea

Roleplaying is one of those topics that most everyone has opinions about, even if it is just a general sense of “that is weird” when you hear someone talking about it. I’d like to share why I think roleplaying with your kids can be a great way to create quality time and show your kids that actions have consequences.

Just to make sure we’re all on the same page, when I say “roleplaying”, I do not mean any of the following:

Anything computer based
Dressing up like a vampire
Crawling through steam tunnels
Or any of the other negative stereotypes you have probably heard about
What I do mean is sitting around a table interacting with your kids. No computers, no televisions, nothing but you and your kids having fun pretending to be other people.

Here is the general idea: you create a scenario that you think your kids will enjoy. Talking to them to find out what they would enjoy is a great way to begin the process. A scenario is like a movie. There is a problem to be solved, some opposition to be overcome, and consequences for failure. If your kids are fans of action movies, give them a scenario that plays like an action movie. If they are fans of comedy, then give them a comedic scenario.

Your kids will create characters to play inside the scenario. These characters should make sense in the context of the scenario. A viking warrior in a modern action scenario does not make sense, unless the scenario has time travel elements. These characters are the way your kids explore the scenario. Your kids describe what they want their characters to do, and you describe what happens, using the rules of the game system as necessary. Do not be afraid to let their actions have consequences! In particular, if they screw up and the world gets destroyed (or whatever the penalty for failure is in the scenario), allow the world to get destroyed.

The payoff from roleplaying with your kids is enormous. Your kids get to explore real-world conflicts by proxy, and so can explore the consequences of their characters’ actions without real consequences to themselves. Your kids will take their characters’ fates seriously, though. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to subtly impart moral guidance. Your kids may ignore you when you give them personal advice, no matter how good the advice, but if they see their characters suffering because of ill chosen actions then they will make connections between those actions and the consequences that will carry over into their own lives. You don not need to be, and should not be, heavy handed about this, just allow it to develop naturally.

When you are first getting started with this, the variety of roleplaying systems available can be overwhelming. There are a few systems that are most suitable for kids, and some designed specifically for kids. Some of the best options are: The Princes’ Kingdom, Faery’s Tale, and The Zorceror of Zo.

You and your kids may feel funny at first, pretending to be someone else. Remember that the confidence built in this type of activity will carry over into the rest of their lives.

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Roleplaying Fantasies Entice Online Daters

From bored housewives to married men unsatisfied with their sex lives, role playing fantasies have driven many individuals to seek fulfillment by realizing their dreams with other role playing enthusiasts online. Finally given the chance to meet others who enjoy sensual role play or erotic role playing games, role players are starting to find their voice.

Latent role playing fantasies are leading many to pursue their sensual dreams via online dating. While traditional dating sites attract the majority of online daters, fantasy dating sites are appealing to those with fiery sex drives and kinky role playing dreams.

Role players enjoy acting out scenarios that usually play out like childish short stories, with the exception of steamy, erotic endings. For example: a man comes home from work, the man sees his French maid cleaning the couch, and you can probably take it from there. The general set up of most role playing scenarios involves an everyday event that becomes unexpectedly sexual.

One reason role playing has flourished online is due to the veil of secrecy that the internet provides. Internet anonymity helps role playing fantasy sites reel in a diverse and often unsuspecting group of members. “We have noticed a relatively greater than average number of new accounts coming from smaller towns and rural areas” says Brandon Wade, creator and CEO of a popular Roleplay dating site.

Sexual roleplaying is often characterized by erotic situations that involve a key power-differential. Examples of this can be illustrated by the popular “authority figure” fantasy. The specific role playing dream an individual has may stem from childhood memories, workplace crushes or imagined sexual predicaments.

Roleplayers often take on different personalities when acting out their fantasies. High powered attorneys or Capitol Hill heavy-weights often enjoy playing a submissive ‘bottom’ in erotic role-playing scenes. Some psychologists believe this behavior manifests from feelings of guilt or shame associated with their occupational duplicity.

There are many reputable individuals and couples unabashedly revealing their long kept sexual desires for the world to see. Many happy couples create joint role playing accounts, and correspondingly, many singles seek role play with couples.

Everyone brings a new flavor to the table, and everyone has their personal limits. Roleplaying aficionados boast elaborate profiles that detail their every fantasy, while role playing amateurs tend to follow the leader…at least in the beginning.

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