This is an abbreviation for Fantasy RolePlaying Game
and is used to denote a "paper and pencil" RPG
(such as Advanced Dungeons and Dragons
) as opposed to a CRPG
Role-Playing Game) such as Baldur's Gate
or Final Fantasy
. This abbreviation seems to have fallen out of favor at some point, however it is still useful (the further abbreviation "FRP
" is used to denote FRPG-related usenet
groups in the rec.games hierarchy).
Over on the CRPG node /dev/joe asserts that because the rules in an FRPG can be modified at any time it is easier to design an FRPG than a CRPG. I have to agree as I cannot think of an FRPG analogue to the CRPG problem of mixing IC and OOC up in the code of computer-based RPG.