The Creation of Narrative in Tabletop Role-Playing Games

The Creation of Narrative in Tabletop Role-Playing Games

by Jennifer Grouling Cover

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Despite the rise of computer gaming, millions of adults still play face to face role playing games, which rely in part on social interaction to create stories. This work explores tabletop role playing game (TRPG) as a genre separate from computer role playing games. The relationship of TRPGs to other games is examined, as well as the interaction among the tabletop module, computer game, and novel versions of Dungeons & Dragons. Given particular attention are the narrative and linguistic structures of the gaming session, and the ways that players and gamemasters work together to construct narratives. The text also explores wider cultural influences that surround tabletop gamers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786444519
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 07/01/2010
Series: Sport & Leisure/Gaming
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 215
Sales rank: 655,935
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jennifer Grouling Cover is a Ph.D. candidate in rhetoric and writing at Virginia Tech. She teaches writing and lives in Muncie, Indiana.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations, Terms, and Transcription Symbols ix

Preface and Acknowledgments 1

Introduction: Defining the Tabletop Role-Playing Game 5

1 Early Models of Interactive Narrative 21

2 Role-Playing Game Genres 38

3 A Transmedia Tale - The Temple of Elemental Evil 54

4 The Reconciliation of Narrative and Game 72

5 Frames of Narrativity in the TRPG 88

6 Immersion in the TRPG 106

7 Levels of Authorship - How Gamers Interact with Texts and Create Their Own 124

8 The Culture of TRPG Fans 148

9 Conclusions, Definitions, Implications, and Limitations 165

Appendix: The Ore Adventure at Blaze Arrow 179

Chapter Notes 191

References 197

Index 201

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