Alright, I have two lifelong friends. I've known them forever, and don't plan on losing them anytime soon. One is well versed in roleplaying, and the other... well... asked me once what roleplaying is. The worst part, I didn't know how to answer his question. I had no idea how to explain to him what roleplaying is. There were two giant problems with trying to explain roleplaying: He isn't on a computer very often and he doesn't have anything to relate roleplaying to. So, how do I explain this entirely new and alien concept to my friend? I've tried to correlate it to writing a story. "Well, it's like writing pieces of a story. You have your character and everyone else has theirs, then you take turns posting and having the characters interact to move the story along. Going on and on in a wonderful fantasy of other worlds where anything could happen." "So... like that game Telephone?" "... No. Not even close." I then tried to compare it to a script. "Imagine that you have to write part of a script using only one, maybe two characters with other people who have one or two characters. You only get those characters along with anybody else you introduce. Then you write your part of the script, then someone else, etc. But it's more in-depth than that." "I don't get it..." He's old enough to understand, just he doesn't see the pleasure in the decadent ways of a roleplayer. It's like a man from a cold and snow-ridden environment trying to explain the joys of snowball fights to a desert dweller who hasn't even heard of snow. Does anyone have any idea how I should explain roleplaying to him?