Within the rules, they may improvise freely; their choices shape the direction and outcome of the games.Role-playing can also be done online in the form of group story creation, involving anywhere from two to several hundred people, utilizing public forums, private message boards, mailing lists, chatrooms, and instant-messaging chat clients (e.g., MSN, Yahoo!Role-playing may also refer to role training where people rehearse situations in preparation for a future performance and to improve their abilities within a role.The most common examples are occupational training role-plays, educational role-play exercises, and certain military wargames.For fashion designer Ritu Beri, a scarf is not just another item found in a woman's wardrobe.To mark International Women's Day, Beri has used the accessory to create a "women solidarity scarf".
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There are different genres of which one can choose while role-playing, including, but not limited to, fantasy, modern, medieval, steam punk, and historical.
Books, movies, or games can be, and often are, used as a basis for role-plays (which in such cases may be deemed "collaborative fan-fiction"), with players either assuming the roles of established canon characters or using those the players themselves create ("Original Characters") to replace—or exist alongside—characters from the book, movie, or game, playing through well-trodden plots as alternative characters, or expanding upon the setting and story outside of its established canon.
Viola Spolin, who was one of the founders the famous comedy troupe Second City, insisted that her exercises were games, and that they involved role-playing as early as 1946.
She accurately judged role-playing in the theatre as rehearsal and actor training, or the playing of the role of actor versus theatre roles, but many now use her games for fun in their own right.