Beyond Role and Play |
tools, toys and theory for harnessing the imagination
edited by Markus Montola, Jaako Stenros
forward by Frans Mäyrä
Beyond Role and Play - Tools, Toys and Theory for Harnessing the Imagination is a collection of articles by researchers and role-playing game enthusiasts from seven countries. This book offers practical tools, analytical viewpoints, inspirational game reviews and fresh methodological ideas for all who take role-playing seriously. The book covers both tabletop and live-action role-playing as an artform, a political tool, an educational method and as great entertainment.
The THEORY section consists of articles that are mostly of interest to researchers, PRACTICE includes tried and true tools for both game designers and players. GAMES holds descriptive reviews of completed projects and analyses of a number of Nordic larps, and finally OPENINGS provokes with radical new ideas that are of equal interest to both researchers and game masters.
"[E]xtra effort must be taken to underline the significance of larp
and role-playing - as art, as popular culture, as something that not
only a small core group of the initiated, but a much wider audience
can learn and profit from. This is an important book, indeed."