MMO's (or any other computer/video game) are limited by the scope of what the programmers have designed to allow/disallow. If the programmers didn't think of it, it can't be done.
A pen-and-paper RPG is limited only by the imaginations of the players and GM. Want your character to be 18 feet tall with 3-foot long finger nails and fart a shower of grenades every time he eats pasta? Okay...you're a bit strange...but it can be done. Want to visit the obscure town across the mountains rumored to have a well that grants eternal life? Why not? Want to blackmail the local police chief with pictures of his "outings" to the motel across town? Go for it.
There always comes a point in a pre-programmed game when you come up with an idea which you feel should be totally plausible but which the game does not allow you to even attempt. Table top role playing does not have such boundaries and you are free to try to do anything you want (that doesn't necessarily mean you'll succeed ).
Last edited by Webhead; 03-10-2009 at 06:57 PM.
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