Roleplaying games of any variety have a few hallmarks: fantasy settings, epic villains, dungeon crawls, and at some point in the game you will have to fight rats, giant spiders, and skeletons. It’s almost a guarantee. As much as these classic RPG enemies make us laugh, they can be more than gaming clichés. They can be a tool for rooting a player in familiar ideas in order to then show them something different.
The historical evolution of RPGs is a fascinating look at how tabletop RPGs made way for console and computer role playing games.