The Evolution of Fantasy Role-Playing Games (Paperback)

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ITEM#: 12747765

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.
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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ISBN 9780786458950
Genre GAMES / Role Playing & Fantasy
Format Paperback
Pages 228
Publisher Date 2010-11-16 00:00:00.0
Publisher McFarland Publishing
Copyright Year 2011
Height 9.25 in
Wdth 6.25 in
Thickness 0.75 in
Unit weight 0.74 lb
Language English
Audience College/higher education
Authors Tresca, Michael J.
Country of Origin United States

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