I’ve been listening to a lot of roleplaying podcasts lately and one thing that I always notice when someone is playing D&D or Pathfinder or some other fantasy system, at least when they’re playing them seriously, is that I really lose interest very quickly. I’m fine when they’re playing for laughs, but when they want the listener to take what they’re doing seriously, I just can’t do it. Fantasy roleplaying, to me at least, is a complete waste of time and here’s why.
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This is something that I see come up quite often in writing circles and I have a problem with it each and every time I see it. Recently, I saw someone ask how you would fit leprechauns into a science fiction story. Well, you can’t. If we look at the characteristics of what defines a leprechaun, we have magical little men that have a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. None of that is science fiction, it’s fantasy. You might be able to fit it into a science fantasy story, but that’s not what the original question asked. So can you just redefine what you consider a leprechaun? Get rid of the magic, get rid of the pot of gold, or find some way to make it all technological, not magical. Does that solve the problem? Well no, because you’re no longer talking about leprechauns, are you?