Shared Fantasy: Role Playing Games as Social Worlds

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University of Chicago Press, Aug 14, 2002 - Games - 283 pages
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This classic study still provides one of the most acute descriptions available of an often misunderstood subculture: that of fantasy role playing games like Dungeons & Dragons. Gary Alan Fine immerses himself in several different gaming systems, offering insightful details on the nature of the games and the patterns of interaction among players—as well as their reasons for playing.
 

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Contents

FRP
5
Players
39
Collective Fantasy
72
hlónkoi dáhlte dóm tlayésh másun tlatsolyáni né?
123
Game Structure
153
Frames and Games
181
RolePlaying and SelfPlaying
205
The Reality of Fantasy
229
Methodological Appendix
243
Notes
253
References
265
Index
277
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Gary Alan Fine is a professor of sociology at Northwestern University. His many books include Difficult Reputations: Collective Memories of the Evil, Inept, and Controversial and With the Boys: Little League Baseball and Preadolescent Culture, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

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