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To Roll or Not Roll: When to Ask for Rolls in Roleplaying Games

In traditional roleplaying games—i.e., in those where we have one (1) Game Master (GM) and one or more players roleplaying their player characters (PCs)—the game’s dynamic tends to be as follows.

The GM describes the situation => The PCs ask questions => The PCs propose a course of action

At this point the GM has to make a crucial decision for the game: to ask for a roll or not in order to determine whether the proposed courses of action are successful… Or not.

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