I’m trying to define a set of ways of carrying out the activity of playing an RPG. My purpose in this is to run some polls on RPG forum sites, because I’m curious about the proportions of games being played in various ways: The modes I’ve found so far are.
- All players at the same place, mapless.
- Same place, physical map and minatures.
- Same place, virtual tabletop.
- All players in different places, mapless.
- Different places, physical map and minatures.
- Different places, virtual tabletop.
- Several players in the same place, a few at other places (“mixed”), mapless.
- Mixed, physical map and minatures.
- Mixed, virtual tabletop
Obviously, this is the permutation of three kinds of player location (all together, all separate, and a mixture) with three ways of keeping track of what’s going on (no map, physical map and minatures, virtual tabletop).
For myself, I run and mostly play mode 1, but Roger’s Irresponsible and Right is run in mode 7, and his Wives and Sweethearts was mode 4.
Am I missing any ways that you’ve seen used? Obviously, the importance of a map depends on the style of activity in the game, and a given game may shift between modes: nobody uses detailed mapping in conversation scenes.