En 1995, TSR Inc., sacó al mercado una introducción al juego Calabozos y Dragones Avanzado con todo lo básico que un jugador novato
angloparlante necesitaba saber sobre AD&D a mediados de los 90. La siguiente definición se puede encontrar en la página 2 al lado de la entrada What Is a Role-Playing Game? en el libro Introduction to the Player's Handbook que viene al interior de la caja:
"There are all kinds of games: cards games, board games, sports games, word games, and others. They all have several things in common. Game have rules that the players have to follow. Games end when a player or a team of players wins by the rules. usually this means the winner or winning side has the most money or the most points.
Role-playing games are different, They are like no other type of game you ever played. Role-playing games have rules, but not like other games. The rules can be changed or made up on the post.
The best way to understand role-playing games is to watch one being played. We've given you a CD that lets you do that. You cannot see the players, but you can hear them." (las negrillas son mías)