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. This title also includes 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.
The Evolution of Fantasy Role-Playing Games
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers