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Sunday, January 6

Paper & Pixels Proposal Finished!

My proposal for the non-fiction book, Paper & Pixels: The Evolution of the Fellowing in Fantasy Gaming, is off to McFarland Publishing. Pixels & Paper follows the evolution of the fantasy role-playing game, from Tolkien's Fellowship of the Ring, to pen-and-paper role-playing games (Dungeons & Dragons), to text-based games (like Zork), to Multi-User Dimensions (MUDs like RetroMUD), to Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPGs like Dungeons & Dragons Online) to the 4th Edition of Dungeons & Dragons which includes a digital initiative that allows users to role-play over the Internet. I examine how the social dynamics of the four-person party (fighter, healer, blaster, thief) has evolved across the different mediums and how the impact of anonymity over the Internet changed the foundation of role-playing games that by their very nature require social, face-to-face interaction. This book is particularly relevant given that the latest version of Dungeons & Dragons contains many elements that some detractors feel were copied from MMORPGs -- in essence, the gaming industry has come full circle.

I should know if the publisher is interested in a month or so. Wish me luck!


posted by Michael Tresca at 8:04 PM

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