This is the Very Short Guide to Data Entry for those of you who simply want to add a new item (e.g. a book) to an existing RPG in our database. If you are doing anything more complicated, please refer to the relevant parts of the detailed RPGG Guide to Data Entry. This short guide works great as long as you are mimicking something already in our system. The full Guide gives you all the details you ever wanted to know about how we've organized things - including all the corner cases and special data entry situations.
What Gets Listed at RPG Geek?
The obvious answer? The game must be a Role-Playing Game. However, we've discovered this isn't all that easy to define. Here are the guidelines that we are using to determine if something is a Role-Playing game:
- It must be a game with a defined set of rules.
- It allows the player to take on the role of a character.
- It allows the player free will to choose what that character does in the game.
- The actions chosen by the player directly influence the story which unfolds during the game.
This is vague enough to include most things we think of as RPGs. However, there are some fringe areas with respect to boardgames. Games like Shadow Hunters or Lord of the Rings Boardgame allow players to choose (or be given) a character and there is certainly a measure of free will as they play out those characters. But for LotR Boardgame, the story is fairly rigid and is not really influenced by the player characters. With Shadow Hunters there is only player/character interaction - no real story. Both fail #4 above and are not listed on RPGG (but are listed on BGG). Could it be argued that these are RPGs? Sure... but we want to have some dividing line and those aforementioned games just feel better on the boardgame side.
Aside from RPGs, we also list periodicals and (to a smaller extent) books about role-playing games. Some of this will obviously be judgment calls.
For or a more detailed list of border cases, please see RPGG Guide to Data Entry - General.