LTUE Notes: How Roleplaying (RPGs) Can Help Your Writing

Today’s selection of notes from LTUE comes from the panel “How Roleplaying Can Help Your Writing.” The panelists were:

  • Al Carlisle. Al is a professional psychologist who specializes in serial killers. I think someone misunderstood what type of roleplaying the panel was about when he got assigned to this panel!
  • Adam Meyers. Adam is an actor who is starting his own gaming company. Their first product will be a supplement for Pathfinder. He also gave a presentation on historical weaponry on the first day of LTUE (it was a good one).
  • Robert J. Defendi. Bob has written probably hundreds of gaming supplements as well as stories.
  • Dan Willis. Dan is a novelist and I got the impression he wasn’t really into gaming.

Summary of how roleplaying can help your writing:

IT CAN’T.

Seriously, that’s about what the panel boiled down to. This one was kind of a dud. It’s also the last panel I attended and the last in my series of notes. Sorry to disappoint! :)

3 comments so far

  1. riotimus | Sunday, 4 March 2012, 7:05 pm |

    It really can’t? I would think that just seeing a group of people, at least half of which are operating well outside their comfort zone, try to interact about something none of them are on the same page about would have to offer some kind of benefit. My experience with reading Forgotten Realms books mostly supports the panel’s conclusion, but RA Salvatore, at least, took turning game into fiction to a level of art. I obviously wasn’t there, but if the panel just said “it can’t,” then I think they must have been hungry or trying to catch their plane.

    R.

  2. Ben | Monday, 5 March 2012, 12:52 pm |

    I don’t think anyone there was considering what you can learn from the act of playing RPGs. They were all focused on how the story that happens inside the game might be converted to a novel. If only the moderator and the panelists had been thinking a bit more out of the box!

    I still haven’t read any Salvatore. The few Forgotten Realms books I read soured me to that whole scene. But I’ve heard so many good things about Salvatore. I’ve also heard criticisms, but I’d like to find out for myself. He’s a giant in the genre.

  3. riotimus | Monday, 5 March 2012, 7:32 pm |

    He is. I can’t speak for anything but his Icewind Dale/Drizzt stuff, but I found it to be well worth my time. I hope you like it, but it does have its shortcomings.

    R.

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