The Evolution of Fantasy Role-Playing Games

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McFarland, Nov 16, 2010 - Games - 238 pages
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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.
 

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User Review  - Stevil2001 - LibraryThing

I don't really get this book. The title claims that it's about "the evolution of fantasy role-playing games," but there's little history. The format of the book is scholarly, but there's little in the ... Read full review

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User Review  - rpeckham - LibraryThing

Really dreadful book. It announces itself as a serious, scholarly take on the history of gaming, but neither history or analysis ever really appear. The writing is simply atrocious--stiff and ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
5
1 The Lord of the Rings
23
2 Collectible Card Games and Miniature Wargames
47
3 Tabletop RolePlaying Games
59
4 PlayByPost and BrowserBased Games
92
5 Gamebooks and Interactive Fiction
100
6 MultiUser Dungeons
111
7 Computer RolePlaying Games
134
8 Massive Multiplayer Online RolePlaying Games
162
9 Live Action RolePlaying Games
181
Conclusion
200
Glossary
203
Sources
207
Index
217
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Game designer, author, and artist Michael J. Tresca has authored numerous supplements and adventures for publishers of fantasy role-playing games. An administrator at RetroMUD, he lives in Connecticut.

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