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Publisher: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers
Year: 2012
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ISBN-13: 978-0786458950
239 pages
Size: 5.74 x 9.00 inches
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Publisher: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers
Year: 2010
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Publisher: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers
Year: 2010
Soft Cover
ISBN-10: 078645895X
ISBN-13: 978-0786458950
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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.

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