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You know what question #TTRPG game designers really, really hate?

"Can I play the bad guy?"
First, it's almost always asked in bad faith by edge-lords. Secondly, you already know the answer. You can do anything you want with a TTRPG. You want to be a garbage human with your fellow edge-lords, there's literally nothing to stop you.
In descriptions or even KS campaigns, designers are telling you the game's intended thematic struggle. If a group or faction is playable, if even a complicated side is meant to be played, you'll know. That's a feature, not a bug.
"But what if I want to be a reformed space-fascists who left the empire?" Guess what, you aren't playing the bad guy anymore if that's the case. You're playing a good guy with a pretty bog-standard backstory.
When you ask, in seriousness, if you can be the bad guy, you are ultimately asking "can I defend the powerful from the weak?" At which point, you really have to ask yourself what the hell is going on here?
This shit has gotten so annoying and pervasive, I've had to put actual disclaimers in products... here's one from a game about playing in an irregular militia in a conflict zone... and as you can see, I've lost my patience.
When people ask this question, they are NOT asking about playing anti-heroes, or characters coerced in violent institutions, or those forced into morally ambiguous choices. This question is never about productive discovery. It's about participating in authoritarian violence.
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