What is a pg game?
Pg is a card game created in 2008 by Eric Heisserer, also known as “Eric of Puyallup.” It has grown to be one of the most popular board games on the internet. There are complaints that it’s not well designed or balanced, but there are suggestions to mod pg and make it better. One issue among players was how long XML files would take to download.
This led some people to use pg instead, which while being easier to download and distribute, those who play the board game find it less enjoyable than pg because they have less control over their turns if they aren’t familiar with its rules. The creator of pg, Eric Heisserer, recently made a post on Reddit explaining why he thinks that the XML files are necessary and what they do. The “why” was already well known to people who play the game but here’s a more in-depth look at the “how.”
XML is used for information storage. It can be used to store cards or other pieces locally or on the internet. For example, if someone wanted to make their version of pg they might have it use its custom format. This means that players have different files (or ports) depending on which server they are on.
Why is a pg game so interesting?
Some say role-playing games are meant to escape your life, not live in it”. While true in a sense, many people believe that there is more to this platform than just a way for people to explore those emotions and aspects of their personality. I don’t know about everyone else, but the atmosphere of pg games gives me an incomparable feeling – like I was talking with someone interested in what I have to say or that my opinions mattered. No one is trying to make fun of me or demean my thoughts, and I could say something completely stupid and everyone would nod along because they are also understanding what I am saying. So why are pg games so interesting?
You can be yourself on pg if you mold yourself to the other person’s perception of “yourself”. Just think about it. You can play a role that you’ve never played before if you are willing to submit yourself to this other person’s mind. The process of playing is similar to acting and acting is often thought of as an art since the performer must submit themselves to the ideas of their character, instead of their thoughts.
Entering pg is similar in the sense that the player gets a character and the world in which they play exists only within this character’s thoughts or persona; aside from your voice acting and reading, it doesn’t matter how you play your character. This means that this person’s perceptions can reflect what they think you would be like within their head – more than anything else in pg games. So, if you aren’t willing to submit yourself to the other person’s perceptions of you, why would you join a roleplaying game in the first place? You may as well just find a text-based chat or even a forum and talk. Some people use it for fun, but there are many more who want that feeling that they can be themselves.