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What genres do you enjoy reading and/or watching, but not playing?

Conversely, what genres do you enjoy playing but not reading and/or watching?


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I'll generally give anything a whirl if it's properly done.
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I watch crime drama - Criminal Minds, NCIS, Hawaii Five-0 for example - but I doubt I'd ever want to play them. I read a lot of thrillers, because they're cheap, but again I'm not sure 'd want to play them.
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Well the thought of playing Porn as a tabletop RPG horrifies me!

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While I enjoy the occasional sci-fi novel, I don't see myself playing a sci-fi RPG.

I play fantasy RPGs, but I also enjoy reading fantasy literature.
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I'm not sure what this "reading" thing is. It's criminal how little I read outside of gaming stuff.

My favorite current show on TV - for many reasons good and bad - is The Curse of Oak Island. It might make a good board game? Otherwise, for an RPG, sessions would consist of "today I dig a hole here." I guess that would be Modern? That sounds vanilla enough that I might not want to play.

My other obvious answer is Action / Adventure (Sports). These days, I really only watch soccer, but I used to be a year-round sports fan. I know there are pure sports RPGs out there, but I don't see me playing one. Contenders might have been interesting in my "indie" phase, but I always felt like the boxing was just a backdrop for the drama.
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I don't mind watching post-apocalyptic shows and movies but I rarely like games with that theme.

I think it's because I like to build things as a character and it feels like rpgs in the genre typically feel kind of hopeless and so building is pointless.
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ajevans wrote:
Well the thought of playing Porn as a tabletop RPG horrifies me!

(Sorry!)


What, a bad plot and endless "performance" rolls doesn't excite you?!

*furiously scribble notes for next year's 24-hour contest*
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mawilson4 wrote:
ajevans wrote:
Well the thought of playing Porn as a tabletop RPG horrifies me!

(Sorry!)


What, a bad plot and endless "performance" rolls doesn't excite you?!

*furiously scribble notes for next year's 24-hour contest*


https://rpggeek.com/rpg/3439/zombie-porn
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Romance genres.
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Psychological thriller.

While I enjoy the building of suspense in a film or novel, IMO this content doesn’t translate well to the tabletop.

I suppose a laser-focused and well organised GM could manage to keep the pacing steady enough for a lone, keen, mentally agile player but I am no longer either the former or the latter person.
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Urban fantasy, sci fiction, reading other people tax returns.
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Cyberpunk.

I really like the genre as fiction but I have never had a satisfying time at table with it. I generally don't care for contemporary settings in RPG and cyberpunk is usually 20 minutes into the future.

For the reversi, I could be talked into playing a Star Wars RPG but the franchise has lost me otherwise.
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ajevans wrote:
Well the thought of playing Porn as a tabletop RPG horrifies me!

(Sorry!)


Sounds like an excellent LARP, though!
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The more it encourages people to be actors improvising, the less I want to play and the more I'd rather sit back and watch.

The more narrative authority is divided or changeable, the more I'd rather just watch.
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Hm. I'm a big fan of fantasy and science fiction games, but I don't actually have a huge appetite for that stuff when it comes to reading. Conversely, I read a fair amount of "literary" fiction and magic realism, but I'm pretty apprehensive about playing games in that space - perhaps because the rough edges in those stories are more noticeable to me.
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pdzoch wrote:
What genres do you enjoy reading and/or watching, but not playing?

Conversely, what genres do you enjoy playing but not reading and/or watching?

Read/watch but not play: I enjoy science fiction, murder-mysteries and police procedurals, superhero comics, spy fiction, and military history, but don't know that any of these would make for a good RPG experience for me and my group. (Call of Cthulhu has some mystery elements, but I'm not sure I could run a full-on Poirot-style murder mystery with it; player freedom of action doesn't sit well with that genre's conventions.)

Play but not read/watch: Not much here. I mostly play low or high fantasy RPGs, and enjoy both of those genres in fiction. I do have more tolerance for epic tone in fiction than in games, however.
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Modern crime thrillers, especially those that concentrate on resolving or emphasizing the legalistic aspects (like John Grisham's books). Not sure I'd like playing that sort of thing with trials and attorneys though. I'll stick to medieval-type fantasy for RPGs but not futuristic fantasies.
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brumcg wrote:
I'm not sure what this "reading" thing is. It's criminal how little I read outside of gaming stuff.

My favorite current show on TV - for many reasons good and bad - is The Curse of Oak Island. It might make a good board game? Otherwise, for an RPG, sessions would consist of "today I dig a hole here." I guess that would be Modern? That sounds vanilla enough that I might not want to play.



The Curse of Oak Island: The Game!

Designed in less than 10 minutes!

With enthusiasm and optimism!

Did I mention, EXCLAMATION POINTS!

It helps if you can speak in a series of incredulous questions! For example: A game? About Oak Island?

Character Creation!

Allocate 4 points among the following 5 attributes!

BELIEVE!
DETECT!
FUNDING!
LISTEN!
WORRY!

Chose a Goal:
Find the spendables!
Find a bobby dazzler!
Solve the mystery!
Spend quality time with a loved one!

Once per session, you can invoke your goal to add +2 to a roll! Obviously you can add it after your roll!

Any time you roll a 1 you can change your goal! Nothing like moving goal posts!

Actions:

What are you going to do for the season? You can only do 2 in a season! Gotta watch that budge! A final phase, the Warroom phase takes place at the end of the season!

Dig at the Money Hole!
Roll 1D6 add any bonus from FUNDING!
1-3: You find nothing! Rationalize this as a reason to dig at the swamp!
4-5: You find something! Contact a crackpot!
6: The hole floods or the cassion collapses! It's the curse! Take +1 forward!

Dig at the Swamp!
Roll 1D6 add any bonus from DIG!
1-3: You find nothing! Rationalize this as a reason to dig at the money hole!
4-5: You find something! Contact a crackpot!
6: You find timbers! It's from a sailing ship! Or maybe a drain! It's part of the mysterty! Take +1 forward.

Go Detecting!
Roll 1D6 add any bonus from LISTEN!
1-3: You find ferrious iron! You must be getting close.
4-5: You find a button! No, it's a coin! No, it's a button! Maybe its poo-er! Contact a crackpot!
6: You detect something! Then the tone mysteriously goes away! It's the curse! Take +1 forward!

Contact an expert crackpot!
Roll 1D6 add any bonus from BELIEVE!
1-3: It's from the Phoenicians! Or maybe the Romans!
4-5: They have a theory on where you should dig for more!
Choose 1:
Money hole!
The swamp!
Go detection!
6: It has a Templar Cross! You're getting closer! Take +1 forward.

In the Warroom!
Roll 1D6 add any bonus from WORRY!
1-3: Somebody wants to quit! Take -1 forward!
4-5: A crackpot shows up with an artifact!
6: Everybody has a heartfelt moment! See you next season! Take +1 forward for next season!



To answer the OP, it would probably be crime procedurals that aren't heavily vested in action. Shows like Midsomer Murders where it's all about solivng the crime(s), not blowing stuff up to take out the perps.
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The Curse of Oak Island: The Game!


I make that 358 words. Trim it down quite a bit and you've got an entry in the 200 Word RPG Challenge.
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I read vastly more than I watch (somebody has to balance Bruce out on this), so you can pretty much ignore "watch" in my answer.

I enjoy reading science fiction but not playing SF RPGs. I think this has to do with my weakness in the hard sciences: I like SF where that's all been worked out centuries earlier so the author doesn't go into detail. I've also had issues as a player, where the GM and other players expect me to know all the gadgets of the future and be able to use them. I don't memorize such things, and do very poorly in such games. (I do love the miniatures game Full Thrust, though, as well as several SF board games.)

I also enjoy reading mysteries, and I do like playing in the ones set in historical times (see examples at mb), but not one set in more modern times (relatively speaking), such as those of mb or mb, even though I love their books.

I enjoy playing in fantasy more than I read it. I *do* read fantasy, but am very picky about it, only enjoying less than 20% of what I've actually read (or tried to read).

[BTW, this question was actually born from a non-gaming aspect of my life: before I had to give it up due to arthritis, I played a lot of Irish folk and contra dance music on the concertina. But I rarely listened to it, preferring to listen to opera.]
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Roll 1D6 add any bonus from WORRY!
1-3: Somebody wants to quit! Take -1 forward!


Could it be? Someone wanting to quit? On Oak Island?

I think not. Perhaps someone does a fake swerve, but we find out they are still 100% in. The Grail, Ark (both of them), and the complete works of Shakespeare are obviously still down there.
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Nope, I have pretty much 100% overlap between what I enjoy reading and what I enjoy playing.

That said, I do read a lot more Urban Fantasy than I play... perhaps I should remedy that.
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