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The Evolution of Fantasy Role-Playing Games (Paperback)

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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 alo......more

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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.

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.

Author:
Tresca, Michael J.
Genre:
GAMES / Role Playing & Fantasy
Audience:
College/higher education
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
228
Language:
English
Publisher:
McFarland Publishing
Publish Date:
11/16/2010
Copyright Year:
2011
ISBN:
9780786458950
Height:
9.25 in
Wdth:
6.25 in
Thickness:
0.75 in
Unit weight:
0.74 lb
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