The Evolution of Fantasy Role-Playing Games (Paperback)Michael J. Tresca (author)
Paperback 238 Pages / Published: 30/11/2010
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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.
Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
Number of pages: 238
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
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