Palgrave Games in Context

Tabletop Role-Playing Games and the Experience of Imagined Worlds

Authors: Mizer, Nicholas J.

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  • Focuses on old-school gaming, connecting with the nostalgic resurgence of interest in Dungeons & Dragons
    Offers phenomenologically rich descriptions of actual play experiences
    Combines anthropological ethnographic methodologies with cultural and media studies-based analyses

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In 1974, the release of Dungeons & Dragons forever changed the way that we experience imagined worlds. No longer limited to simply reading books or watching movies, gamers came together to collaboratively and interactively build and explore new realms. Based on four years of interviews and game recordings from locations spanning the United States, this book offers a journey that explores how role-playing games use a combination of free-form imagination and tightly constrained rules to experience those realms. By developing our understanding of the fantastic worlds of role-playing games, this book also offers insight into how humans come together and collaboratively imagine the world around us.

About the authors

Nicholas J. Mizer is a lecturer in games and culture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA. His work has been published in numerous edited collections and in such journals as the Journal of Popular Culture and Evolution and Human Behavior. Mizer serves as co-chair of Game Studies for the Popular/American Culture Association, and is an editor at The Geek Anthropologist.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $64.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-29127-3
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Hardcover $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-29126-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Tabletop Role-Playing Games and the Experience of Imagined Worlds
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Games in Context
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-29127-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-29127-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-29126-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 174
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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