|Guide to role-playing
One of those early 70's sci-films was called Westworld a film about a resort that, for one thousand dollars a day, you can live out your fantasies in one of three fully-immersive environments, Medievalworld, Romanworld and Westworld. The movie was written and directed by Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park, Andromeda Strain) and introduced his 'theme-park horror story'. The twist is that all the other participants in these 'worlds' with the exception of the guests, are robots. Of course "Nothing can go wrong".
So what does this have to do with Role-playing?
Westworld has all the elements and is a perfect analogy of a role-playing game. Spoilers ahead, so if you need to go watch the movie do so now.
|Players and PC rolled into one
Once the two friends loosen up to this 'new' fantasy world they do what any good role-players do; they start drinking, whorin' and shooting up the town.
Keep in mind here, the guests are having sex with robots.
|Hitting on the tavern robot ..er.. wench
|Your Game Master's brain
The guests (players) revel in their fantasies as there are no true consequences to their actions. Killing NPCs, sleeping around, breaking the laws, the guest loose themselves in these actions but their feet are still rooted in their real world. It's quite well captured this dual existence of the player and the PC.
|Random roles really begin to start messing up everyone's
preconceived ideas of the session.
At this point enough reality seeps into the fantasy world to make it interesting, thrilling and deadly. It is here that the lone survivor, Benjamin being relentlessly perused by the Gunslinger, runs 'off map' and into the other 'worlds'. It is here that he gets his $1000 a day role-playing value!
I saw this movie when I was a kid and Brenner's emotionless robotic Gunslinger scared the crap outta me. Watching this movie now, sure things seem dated but in a retro fun way, but watching this with the eye of a role-player was a revelation. The movie is a perfect parallel to the RPG experience and worth spending an hour and a half watching. If any movie needs a modern reboot, this is the one.
|Never trust a robot to do a man's job.