So, a friend of mine asked me a question about romance in a game I recently posted about and it got me thinking. What really defines a roleplaying game?
Is it the long hours of epic story that keeps you intrigued all the way through to the end? The million of creative quests that takes you through endless worlds? The ability to make your character look just as you want him/her to look and then some? The companions that would follow you to worlds end and back without question? Is it the thrilling romance/friendship, the mostly deep and detailed romance/friendship that you find along the way with one or more of your companions? Is it the world itself or something else?
For myself, I would have to say that it is the followers and the romance/friendship that makes the biggest part for me in a RPG, the story of course comes as a close second and also shared in second place comes the customization, the need to make my own character.
Now I am really curious to what you think, what defines a roleplaying game for you?