The imaginary avatars
that are controlled by players
in any RPG
. The most difficult part of dice gaming
well was to resist the temptation to not
shred your character sheet
when the character died. The root of this use should be clear upon reading Webby
's writeup below; the 'character' is 'one of the persons of a drama or novel.' If we take 'novel
' to mean 'fiction' and acknowledge that a well-played RPG
should in fact be a drama (one unfolding to the players themselves) then the link is complete.
This use of the word has pervaded the RPG (and by extension, MMORPG, computer RPG, etc.) worlds, in the original form as well as extensions such as NPC and player character.