Escapism. Storytelling. An excuse for fun evening with some friends, some snacks, and maybe some beer. Roleplaying has many forms, from the simple 'cowboys and indians' that we are all familiar with, through the classic D+D formula with paper, pencil and little metal figures, to improvisational theater. I have even heard, and to a small extent seen, if someone is really insular and shy, it can bring them out of their shell.