How Playing Paper Role Playing Games Inspires Creativity

In this technologically advanced world, digital RPG games have seemingly replaced paper role playing games. But we don’t want anyone to forget the value of joining one of these games that require imagination and close companionship with others around you. 

Before joining, take a look at how to play and why they are so great!

  • Paper role playing games are wholly narrative-driven and don’t typically require computers; however, people in different parts of the world can play together using specially designed online programs that allow them to speak and even see each other.
  • The game may use a map or other blueprint, dice, and a “game master” that leads the players on their quests. These games can last a few sessions or years.
  • Each player has a specific role in the party. They create this fictional persona before the game; some people will reuse characters for years until they replace the character or the character dies in the game.
  • Players must adhere to the rules of the world, including the technology, language, and other elements created by the game master.
  • Players must tell the game master what they are doing, such as where they are moving, if they are attacking or defending, what’s in their inventory, how much money they have, and so on; players role a multi-sided die to determine the success or failure of specific actions.

These paper role playing games come with many benefits and are great for people that want to socialize with like-minded people, explore their creativity, or get away from clicking their mouse and keyboard. 

Curious about some of the ways that paper role playing games are beneficial? Check out the info below!

  • Foster creativity through storytelling: Do you know that storytelling abilities and creativity are inextricably related to each other? Stories keep our brain active, helping to form important connections in the brain so we can reason, complete challenges, and think critically. Paper role-playing games are designed to encourage all of these. The original paper role playing game, Dungeon & Dragons, was released in 1974. The game influenced countless lives, including comedians such as Stephen Colbert, Robin Williams, Matt Groening, and many more.
  • Enhance creativity through problem solving skills: One of the important benefits of paper role playing games is that every part of the story has problems that the players must work together to solve. It could be a puzzle, a murder mystery, a missing person, or anything else. These games are designed in such a way that you have to put your shoulder to the wheel to find the solution.

It must be said that paper role playing games are very dynamic in nature, and you will never know what adventure is waiting for your next. You must improvise, use logic, wit, and charisma to deal with problems.

These games teach people how to see and solve problems from different perspectives and make them realize that at the end of every difficult puzzle is success and reward.


There is no shortage of official books, maps, characters, and much more that you can find online. There are also fan-made stories and challenges that you can find for free. It may also be a good idea to find someone who is knowledgeable about these games and can help to guide the other players as there is a learning curve.