Can I plead the 5th on this one? Truth is, I am not great at evaluating general writing, as a fiction writer. I can evaluate the fiction parts in RPG source books and almost none of it is very good, in my opinion. No offense. It’s usually too short to actually accomplish more than adding some setting flavor, so I can’t fault it for that at all. And for what it aims to do, it’s usually great. The ones I remember best are from the World of Darkness titles.
I think there are two RPGs that come to mind where I noticed the overall writing specifically: 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons and Monte Cook’s Numenera. Numenera is written in a great, easy to read style and doesn’t get as dry as some games can. 5th edition D&D made a really interesting, inclusiveness attempt that I think modernizes the rulebooks. Not only in the writing, but the artwork as well. It makes D&D feel like a game for something other than teenaged male nerds, which makes me immensely happy.
For the month of August, I will be participating in #RPGaDay. I haven’t posted much on this blog about my love for role-playing games, and for a while, I wasn’t really acknowledging that love myself. But RPGs were my entry point in the the geek lifestyle, and they are very important to me. I’ll be exploring my relationship with RPGs all month with these posts.