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The Evolution of Fantasy Role-Playing Games - Michael J. Tresca

The Evolution of Fantasy Role-Playing Games

Paperback Published: 21st November 2010
ISBN: 9780786458950
Number Of Pages: 238

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Tracing the evolution of fantasy gaming from its origins in tabletop war and collectible card games to contemporary web-based live action and massive multi-player games, this book examines the archetypes and concepts within the fantasy gaming genre alongside the roles and functions of the game players themselves. Other topics include: how The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings helped shape fantasy gaming through Tolkien's obsessive attention to detail and virtual world building; the community-based fellowship embraced by players of both play-by-post and persistent browser-based games, despite the fact that these games are fundamentally solo experiences; the origins of gamebooks and interactive fiction; and the evolution of online gaming in terms of technological capabilities, media richness, narrative structure, coding authority, and participant roles.

"Chronicles the vast history of RPGs from Dungeons and Dragons to World of Warcraft...a great book to learn how and why certain RPG game mechanics came about. Surprisingly, it is one of the few of its kind...incredibly informative...interesting to read...does an excellent job chronicling early forms of role-playing games and explaining the effects they had on the development of later games...a must-read"--Examiner; "it's a grand history of role-playing in its many forms...[Tresca's] love of games and imagination rings clearly throughout his perceptive analyses and clear, cogent descriptions of games, ideas, and behavior. He brings a thoughtful, theoretical background, based on his own wide experience in gaming and his graduate work examining the behavior of online gamers...highly recommend[ed]"--Games and Education; "an academic look at the development of fantasy role-playing across multiple gaming platforms...by focusing on the element of collaborative play, Tresca has identified and explained the element that makes role-playing games different from so many other endeavors, and what makes them such a valuable experience for so many of the participants."--Dreaming About Other Worlds; "history of the various game genres, annotated and with a huge bibliography...has fascinating points to make"--ICV2.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. 1
Introductionp. 5
The Lord of the Ringsp. 23
Collectible Card Games and Miniature Wargamesp. 47
Tabletop Role-Playing Gamesp. 59
Play-By-Post and Browser-Based Gamesp. 92
Gamebooks and Interactive Fictionp. 100
Multi-User Dungeonsp. 111
Computer Role-Playing Gamesp. 134
Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Gamesp. 162
Live Action Role-Playing Gamesp. 181
Conclusionp. 200
Glossaryp. 203
Sourcesp. 207
Indexp. 217
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ISBN: 9780786458950
ISBN-10: 078645895X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 238
Published: 21st November 2010
Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.32