- The many faces of role-playing game studies / Sebastian Deterding; José P. Zagal -- Definitions of "role-playing games" / José P. Zagal, Sebastian Deterding -- Precursors / Jon Peterson -- Tabletop role-playing games / William J. White, Jonne Arjoranta, Michael Hitchens, Jon Peterson, Evan Torner, Jonathan Walton -- Live-action role-playing games / J. Tuomas Harviainen, Rafael Bienia, Simon Brind, Michael Hitchens, Yarislau I. Kot, Esther MacCallum-Stewart, David W. Simkins, Jaakko Stenros, Ian Sturrock -- Single-player computer role-playing games / Douglas Schules, Jon Peterson, Martin Picard -- Multi-player online role-playing games / Mark Chen, Riley Leary, Jon Peterson, David Simkins -- Online freeform role-playing games / Jessica Hammer -- The impact of role-playing games on culture / Esther MacCallum-Stewart, Jaakko Stenros, Staffan Björk -- Rpg theorizing by designers and players / Evan Torner -- Performance studies and role-playing games / Sarah Hoover, David Simkins, Sebastian Deterding, David Meldman, Amanda Brown -- Sociology and role-playing games / Patrick Williams, Sebastian Deterding, David Kirschner, Nicholas Mizer -- Psychology and role-playing games / Sarah Lynne Bowman, Andreas Lieberoth -- Literary studies and role-playing games / David Jara, Evan Torner -- Learning and role-playing games / Jessica Hammer, Alexandra To, Karen Schrier, Sarah Lynne Bowman, Geoff Kaufman -- Economics and role-playing games / Isaac Knowles, Edward Castronova -- Science and technology studies and role-playing games / Rafael Bienia -- Game design and role-playing games / Staffan Björk, José P. Zagal -- Communication research and role-playing games / William J. White -- Worldbuilding in role-playing games / Karen Schrier, Evan Torner, Jessica Hammer -- Role-playing games as subculture and fandom / Esther MacCallum-Stewart, Aaron Trammell -- Immersion and shared imagination in role-playing games / Sarah Lynne Bowman -- Players and their characters in role-playing games / Sarah Lynne Bowman, Karen Schrier -- Transgressive role-play / Jaakko Stenros, Sarah Lynne Bowman -- Sexuality and the erotic in role-play / Ashley ML Brown, Jaakko Stenros -- Representation and discrimination in role-playing games / Aaron Trammell -- Power and control in role-playing games / Jessica Hammer, Whitney Beltran, Jonathan Walton, Moyra Turkington.
- This handbook collects, for the first time, the state of research on role-playing games (RPGs) across disciplines, cultures, and media in a single, accessible volume. Collaboratively authored by more than 50 key scholars, it traces the history of RPGs, from wargaming precursors to tabletop RPGs like Dungeons & Dragons to the rise of live action role-play and contemporary computer RPG and massively multiplayer online RPG franchises, like Fallout and World of Warcraft. Individual chapters survey the perspectives, concepts, and findings on RPGs from key disciplines, like performance studies, sociology, psychology, education, economics, game design, literary studies, and more. Other chapters integrate insights from RPG studies around broadly significant topics, like transmedia worldbuilding, immersion, transgressive play, or player-character relations. Each chapter includes definitions of key terms and recommended readings to help fans, students, and scholars new to RPG studies find their way into this new interdisciplinary field.
- 9781138638907 hardcover, 1138638900 hardcover, 9780815369202 paperback, and 0815369204 paperback
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- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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