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This classic study still provides one of the most acute descriptions available of an often misunderstood subculture: that of fantasy role playing games like Dungeons amp Dragons. Gary Alan Fine immerses himself in several different gaming systems, offering insightful details on the nature of the games and the patterns of interaction among players--as well as their reasons for playing."Fine's analysis of the intricacies of role-playing in context carries an authority and acuteness denied to mere observers. . . . His inside knowledge enables him to make fine distinctions in the strategies and functions of these games that are lost to most outside analysts."--Bill Ellis, Journal of American Folklore"As an ethnography of fantasy role-playing games and gamers, Fine's book respects his subjects and honors the complexity of their enterprise. And as an analysis of the overlap between that world and other more familiar worlds, Fine's book both honors and clarifies the still incredible skills we nevertheless take so much for granted."--Prue Rains, Sociology and Social Research

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This classic study still provides one of the most acute descriptions available of an often misunderstood subculture: that of fantasy role playing games like Dungeons & Dragons. Gary Alan Fine immerses himself in several different gaming systems, offering insightful details on the nature of the games and the patterns of interaction among players—as well as their reasons for playing.

About the Author

Gary Alan Fine is a professor of sociology at Northwestern University. His many books include Difficult Reputations: Collective Memories of the Evil, Inept, and Controversial and With the Boys: Little League Baseball and Preadolescent Culture, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

1. FRP

2. Players

3. Collective Fantasy

4. hlónkoi dáhlte dóm tlayésh másun, tlatsolyáni, né?

5. ame Structure

6. Frames and Games

7. Role-Playing and Self-Playing

8. The Reality of Fantasy

Methodological Appendix

Notes

References

Index

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crowyhead, April 3, 2007 (view all comments by crowyhead)
In the late 70s/early 80s, sociologist Gary Alan Fine became interested in the then-new phenomenon of Dungeons & Dragons and other fantasy roleplaying games. He spent over a year as a participant-observer in several different gaming groups, and the result is this fascinating study of an emerging subculture. What was most interesting to me was how very different many of Fine's experiences were to my own, despite the fact that I also play RPGs. Some of this may be related to time and setting. I would like to think that gamers' attitudes about women, in particular, have matured since Fine conducted his study. Also, especially at first, Fine gamed with a public gaming club rather than in private homes, and I have never had this experience, so it makes sense that this setting would make a difference. It's also interesting to read the sections on individual's gaming style in light of Ron Edwards work on Creative Agenda in RPGs.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780226249445
Manufactured:
University of Chicago Press
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Manufactured by:
University of Chicago Press
Manufactured:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Fine, Gary Alan
Location:
Chicago
Subject:
Leisure
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Role playing
Subject:
Role Playing & Fantasy - General
Subject:
Fantasy games
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Number:
Paperback ed.
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
38
Publication Date:
20020831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
298
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 1.5 in

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