Role Playing versus Roll Playing
I have been thinking about this subject and how others handle Role Playing versus Roll Playing in their games.
The situation has come up in my game several times and I fumble way through it; what my players and I want is a consistent set of guide lines to follow.
I'll set up a situation:
A PC approaches a local lord, wanting to impress upon him the need to build a palisade around the village, in order to protect it from a Gargun attack.
Now on one hand, Player A, himself, is a pretty good talker, and relishes the times when his character gets to make speeches in the game; despite whatever the Rhetoric or Oratory MLs of his character maybe.
On the other hand, Player B, is not a good talker, and tends to dread having his character making speeches in the game; despite the fact that his character may have above average Rhetoric or Oratory skills.
Now the skilled that would be used in the game would Rhetoric or Oratory; so the dilemma is, do I Role Play or Roll Play.
If I Roll Play, Player A will get the most enjoyment (which is desirable) and I as the GM must try and based the lord's reaction on it – be that he maybe even a lowly peasant. However, Player B will stumble and stammer his way through the speech, being as brief as possible, even though he may be priest with high Rhetoric or Oratory MLs.
If I Role Play, I have to some how base the lord's reaction on what their characters says, Player A will have the advantage; but if I Roll Play, now matter what they say, it will still come down to dice roll against their character's Rhetoric or Oratory skill and Player B will be favour in this case.
Your thoughts on the matter are appreciated.