Online Role Playing | Role Playing Games

Role playing is a game where you take on the identity of a character, and act as that person, reacting to the world, and other characters, in as natural a way as possible. The purpose is to tell a story. This is a new, and only vaguely explored method of storytelling however, which adds a whole new dimension to the idea of first and third person literary styles. It is only in online form that these games are now starting to be seen as methods of narrative and literature, rather than just self indulgent games of fantasy.The most common, and least literary, form of online role playing is single person games, where the player interacts with a computer generated world. In these games there is a single voice telling the story, that of the programmers who wrote the script for the game. Even the most complex of these games tends to be linear in nature, with the player simply going through the motions in order to reveal the story as it unfolds.

Once you get beyond single person incarnations, you can find a wide variety of social role playing platforms, where players are set in a world where they interact with other characters, controlled not by programming, but by real people around the world.The oldest form of social online role playing is a type of game known as a MUD, short for multi user dungeons. These are largely text based games, where players interact through chat room style commands, combined with a variety of actions which can be accessed through textual commands. In some cases the MUD’s have certain graphical interfaces, and in more advanced systems you can have customizable character traits such as weapons, inventory, and accessories.In graphical games, the idea is very similar. You have a variety of characters, controlled by people, each with a pictured avatar of varying sophistication, which can be used to interact with others and the environment. These are simply the next generation of MUD’s, using more advanced graphics and programming.The final form of online role playing is far more textual and free form. It doesn’t rely on very much in the way of preconditions or programming. Instead, in this form the game is played across chat rooms, forums, profiles and blogs. Each one can constitute its own separate game, although more advanced sites are combining them into social networks, across which the role playing can be produced.

The great thing about these free form programs is that you do not have to rely on the imagination of the programmers. Instead you can create any scene, situation, or circumstance, simply using the power of written words. This is the form that is closest to a literary art, and the one which has the most potential for the future of storytelling as a whole.

Role-Playing for Sales Managers | Role Playing Games

According to a 2010 study almost 65% of young Sales Managers Role-played their upcoming negotiation as preparation for the real thing.Role-playing is a generic term, covering everything from improvised “devil’s advocate”-methods to Mock negotiations against a composite (average) counterpart. All of these approaches are great for learning general negotiation skills, but faced with a specific Sales-situation, only one role-play method will do – Negotiation War Gaming.A Negotiation War Game is a structured, Competitive Intelligence driven, role-play simulation of a forthcoming negotiation. The point of doing a Negotiation War Game is to improve your negotiation strategy, by predicting your counterpart’s moves, locating weak/strong-points and developing and testing alternative negotiation strategies.In other words it is the “go to”-method if you are serious about your negotiation preparation for an upcoming Sales negotiation.So, how do you do it? – It is actually not that hard.

A Negotiation War Game has 3 main steps:
3:Debriefing.Intelligence:To conduct a Negotiation War Game you need (at least) 2 people. Create a Home Team and an Away Team. The Home Team represents your company and the Away Team represents the counterpart.Once you have organized the teams you need to create some Briefing material. To do a Negotiation War Game you need to write a short case-description, detailing what the upcoming negotiation is about.Once you have written your case-description, you can move on an write a short role-description on each of the negotiators participating in the actual negotiation. But remember keep it short!This concludes you Briefing material, which you will hand out to the simulation participants before you begin the actual role-playing.Before you can start role-playing you need to organize your role-play simulations. Don’t just do one simulation and call it a day! A true Negotiation War Game consists of a series of short-medium simulations in rapid succession (separated by strategy-breaks).The short, fast simulations will keep the participants on their toes, while the strategy-breaks gives the participants a chance to collect lessons learned and develop their strategy further. (The more advanced Role-Players may want to use a feedback-system).To conduct a simulation you need (at least) 2 people. Create a Home Team and an Away Team. The Home Team represents your company and the Away Team represents the counterpart. Once you have done this you need to create some briefing material.Simulation:Once you have organized the simulations you are ready to go. You are now ready to hand out your briefing material and lay down the rules (if you have any). I would suggest that you always go for the most realistic set up – what goes at the real negotiation, goes at your simulation.

During the simulation it is a good idea to record your Negotiation War Game simulation on video. This will most often hold pure gold when you review it. I will get back to that later.Try to collect as much Intelligence/information from the role-play simulation as possible. The more information you collect during simulation, the more interesting the debriefing will be.Debriefing:At the debriefing you want to collect all the lessons learned by the participants. What strategies worked? Which didn’t? Etc. etc. During your debriefing your video recording of the role-play is gold. You can go back and see specific incidents in detail and hopefully sharpen your strategy even more.War Game Report:Once the debriefing is over, all Lessons Learned can be gathered in a final War Game-report – detailing a new, calibrated & tailor made negotiation strategy.