In 2017 I started playing role-playing games again after close to 20 years of hiatus. I've been looking for answers ever since.
Way back in the 90s I had played two dozen or so games of Dungeons & Dragons using TSR's then popular 2nd edition rule set. Most of the games seemed similar in style to me and could best be described as one shot games where one of my Dungeon Master friends would make up content on the spot as we played. I would always be in control of my own character and it's powers but not much else.