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Dec. 19th, 2005 | 03:16 pm

This LJ blog is for topics of interest to RPG theory, broadly defined. Come one, come all, pile in and talk about RPG theory.

Please, keep it clean: no flames, no assaults, no name-calling.

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Initial Notes and Rules

Dec. 19th, 2005 | 03:57 pm

A note of welcome and some rules.
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Who Am I?

Dec. 19th, 2005 | 04:12 pm

Every now and again, somebody decides to give me a hard time about my academic pretensions. I think maybe I should start with a brief autobiographical statement, just to get that out of the way. If you want to discuss my life and professional career, please take it to chrislehrich.

It would be nice if others could post some sort of statement on who they are in reply. Just so's everybody kind of knows each other.
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Whither RPG Theory?

Dec. 19th, 2005 | 04:13 pm

What directions should we be exploring in RPG theory?

(This is the first of a short set of topic-openers to get the ball rolling.)

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RPGs and the Arts

Dec. 19th, 2005 | 04:14 pm

Is this a fruitful direction for thought and analysis?

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Texts and Objects

Dec. 19th, 2005 | 04:15 pm

What’s the text in an RPG? Is it the rules, the game as it played out, the post-game transcript or summary? Given that all these make sense, how would analysis be affected by a given choice? When we say we are analyzing RPGs, what object are we talking about? (I don’t mean a definition, but what’s the object of study, primarily?)

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Tabletop and LARP

Dec. 19th, 2005 | 04:15 pm

I know little or nothing about LARPs, but the Nordic LARP community is pretty vibrant and exciting. How do things change analytically if we talk about one or the other form of gaming, or try to talk about all of it at once?

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RPGs and Ideology?

Dec. 19th, 2005 | 08:43 pm

I keep pushing around the big question: what would a solid basis for theorizing RPGs look like?
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