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Horror rpgs: what's the appeal?

Discussion in 'The Gazebo' started by Silva, Jan 6, 2021.

  1. Jacinda Arnhem Arcane

    Jacinda Arnhem
    Oct 5, 2005
    I've looked at the Call of Cthulhu RPG book and it seems very appealing. Mainly because the setting, tone and rule system are so different to DnD, which feels pretty tired to me. To a lot of people playing an RPG means playing DnD.

    That said, CoC seems to be a game where a lot of acting is required. I spent most of my life playing computer RPGs, which always teach their players that RPGs are about combat, not acting.

    I've seen games where players acted very heavily and I just can't take it seriously, it just seems so goofy. These RPG actors remind me of an episode of Married with Children where Steve (Marcy's original husband) talks about being a 'choir jock' in school. He acts as if being into performing arts puts you above the standard nerd (unless you're good looking, it doesn't).

    'Choir jock' Steve Rhoades
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  2. Silva Arcane

    Jul 17, 2005
    Brando, I don't think acting is really necessary. I'm on a campaign of Cthulhu Dark (a lighter CoC) and my crew don't really act, just describe what their characters are speaking or doing on a given scene. Well, except if you consider "I approach the barman and say: Hello, a beer please" acting. We don't do funny voices and such.
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