The performance of actions or uttrances of ones character.
Players in games are often given characters to control and can through these perform actions in the game. Enactment occurs when players are actually performing the actions that their characters are doing.
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- 2 Using the pattern
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- 5 History
- 6 References
- 7 Acknowledgements
Enactment is one of the sought after player activities in Tabletop Roleplaying Games such as Dungeons & Dragons, Fiasco, and Paranoia. It occurs less frequently in Massively Multiplayer Online Games but some servers for games such as World of Warcraft are dedicated to roleplaying and MUDs such as DragonMud focus upon it.
While a player that pressed the jump button in a Super Mario game can make Mario jump, that player is activating and not performing a jump.
Using the pattern
Enactment requires the presence of Characters, either those controlled by players or by Game Masters, and players may be inspired to perform Enactment simply because these Characters exist or because they are engaging in Roleplaying. However, Enactment is not something required in most games, with the exception of. It is something typically strived for by players and game masters in Tabletop Roleplaying Games.
Enactment can be done by small means. In Tabletop Roleplaying Games, players can say what their Characters say and look, point, etc. at the other players to indicate that their Characters are doing these actions. Physical Enactment is the Enactment of actions that require larger movement or more demanding skills, and when combined with Roleplaying this gives rise to Live Action Roleplaying. This type of Enactment can be augmented in various ways since these games many times want to be able to convey information between players while they are enacting actions. Examples include using Meta-Postures, Prompting Techniques, and Substitute Actions (the latter which weakens the Enactment but makes it possible).
A weak form of Enactment is when players describe what their Characters do. This is often interwoven with the previous form of [[Enactment] in Tabletop Roleplaying Games but in games with Illocutionary Interfaces or Mediated Gameplay this may be the only way actions are presented, i.e. Chat Channels or Communication Channels are the media through which these actions are presented. Emotes can be an important tool in these situations and blurs the lines of what is Enactment since some of these activate animated sequences for Avatars.
There is a risk of breaking Diegetic Consistency whenever players have the chance of including non-diegetic concepts into Enactment.
[[Enactment is an Interface Pattern.
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