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The Functions of Role-Playing Games: How Participants Create Community, Solve Problems and Explore Identity

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By their very nature, role-playing games are intensely immersive activities, with players experiencing various risks, rewards and social interactions all within the relatively consequence-free space of the game. This volume takes a deeper look at the world of role-playing games, providing a theoretical framework for understanding the more acute psychological and sociologic ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by McFarland & Company (first published 2010)
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Taylor Ellwood
Mar 28, 2015 Taylor Ellwood rated it it was amazing
Shelves: academia, psychology
In this book, the author shares her research and experiences with role playing games and explores how such games can be used to explore different identities. I found this to be an intriguing exploration of role-playing games and how people use them to explore their identities as well as how they are used by society in general for problem solving. The author does an excellent job of showing the breadth of role-playing games, and the various uses they are put to. This is an excellent book to read ...more
Александр Гидревич
Bibliography in this book - great example and help for person who looking for academic approach to subject of role-playing.
Bob
Sep 09, 2014 Bob rated it liked it
OK, I'll admit. I skipped quite a lot in this book. This is an academic look at RPGs. Very well done, and I'm glad I read most of it, but some was just not of interest to a non-academic.

If you are researching RPGs -- in particular the psychology of them, this is a good book to read.
Nicole
Apr 19, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it
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This book is a little clunky but I give it 4 stars because it's got some really solid ideas. I think the author maybe tries to take on a little too much in it, but that's not surprising given the great deal of crossover between role-playing games and other types of re-enactment and theater. She draws her sources from a lot of different disciplines which is really the strength of this book.
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