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Playing at the World

Playing at the World

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$17.99
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Explore the conceptual origins of wargames and role-playing games in this unprecedented history of simulating the real and the impossible. From a vast survey of primary sources ranging from eighteenth-century strategists to modern hobbyists, Playing at the World distills the story of how gamers first decided fictional battles with boards and dice, and how they moved from simulating wars to simulating people. The invention of role-playing games serves as a touchstone for exploring the ways that the literary concept of character, the lure of fantastic adventure and the principles of gaming combined into the signature cultural innovation of the late twentieth century.

 
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December 9th, 2013
Man, this is a really great read for an industry that has remained over the years specifically because of us, the gamer. Playing at the World describes everything you want to know or would like to tell someone else. It helped me put in to words what is [...]
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November 1st, 2013
This is an excellent book about the history of tabletop role playing games. It is deeply researched, and well written. I especially appreciate the depth of information about the provenance of specific elements of the rules of RPGs. A must read for any [...]
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September 24th, 2013
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Dungeons & Dragons, Wargames and the hobby* (*But Were Afraid to Ask) A must-have for every old school gamer. [...]
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June 30th, 2013
Jon seems to be angry with Ken St Andre, for he bad-mouths him frequently in this volume. Otherwise, the research seems pretty objective - a nearly impossible task considering the meager documentation and vague memories of the principles involved. It [...]
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November 16th, 2012
The ultimate works on the origin of the gdr hobby, full of fact and info. [...]
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720
ISBN
9780615674612
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19.92 MB
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October 02, 2012
This title was added to our catalog on October 15, 2012.
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Unreason Press
Unreason Press
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