I’m trying to codify something for my future RPG efforts and it boils down to this:
Are you playing INSERT RPG HERE or are you playing Shadowrun?*
You can tell if you’re playing Shadowrun by answering the following questions:
1: Do you take the job/quest because it’s the only thing on offer?
2: Do you spend the majority of time afterward devising the perfect plan?
3: Do you get frustrated when the plan fails?
4: Do you do it all over again next game?
My thinking is that if you answer Yes to all questions then you’re playing (or I’m running) a Shadowrun game. If you’re playing something other than Shadowrun, then its time to reevaluate what and why you’re playing .
*See Behind the Screen #19 for my love/hate relationship with Shadowrun and why I’m using it for this post.