from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Psychology A therapeutic technique, designed to reduce conflict in social situations, in which participants act out particular behavioral roles in order to expand their awareness of differing points of view.
- n. An instance or situation in which one deliberately acts out or assumes a particular character or role.
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- n. Action in which a person takes on a role (as that of an actor) and pretends or acts out being that character.
- v. Present participle of role-play.
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When the music and drums stop playing, there is no healing, only ritualistic role-playing that simulates and pretends to remove sickness.
Here's another bookshelf laden with manga, books on history, horror and science fiction novels, and more role-playing game books.
Tabletop role-playing games have been my passion for the last 25 years or so, manga only for the last 15.
Over the next forty years, the private world of this private young man became one of the most public role-playing worlds every created: The Forgotten Realms.
The Final Fantasy series is the apotheosis of Japanese role-playing games, with androgynous spiky-haired teenagers going on to upgrade their skills enough to save the world.
Monster Hunter Tri isn't a simple hack-and-slash action role-playing game like Diablo or Torchlight.
This action-heavy role-playing game begins with your village chief asking you, a notorious monster hunter, to investigate unnatural earthquakes — and stop whomever or whatever is responsible.
Dungeon Raid blends this with the further dependency-inducing role-playing trope of the upgrade path.
Or, as hints accrue and a bit of role-playing turns abruptly serious, are they actually an old couple that has reunited?
Some of the games will be video games, but some of them will be role-playing or board games as well.