Saturday, January 03, 2009

January 2008 - Theory Developments of Note

Comment here with a link and sentence or two description of theory developments you see on blogs or forums. It doesn't have to be pure theory, but these developments ought to deal with how and why we play RPGs in some generality.

I'll be adding comments here too, but without your help, I'm sure I'll miss something.


Deborah Teramis Christian said...

I found your site listed at a squidoo list of rpg theory sites. I'm glad I came by to take a look. I really enjoy content like this and discussions in this vein. I'm an rpg designer, among other things, and write in this area off and on. When I'm out from under my present book deadline I will be writing some essays specifically on rpg theory. I'll let you know when they're available, and you're welcome to share them here if you find them of use.

Looking forward to reading more here, and by the way, I just plugged you on my site in a post about RPG theory. You can see that post here:


aka Deborah Teramis Christian
SF/Fantasy novelist & game designer

VBWyrde said...

Hi Mendel,

Well, we do a lot of talking about what makes for good story in RPGs and are working towards creating more literary quality worlds for ourselves and our friends. Nothing formal, but the discussions have been interesting. Not sure if this qualifies for what you're looking for but you're welcome to take a look:

Anonymous said...

Gleichman talking about GDS, GNS and history:

Mendel Schmiedekamp said...

Over at Cultures of Play are two discussions on Story, Art, and RPGs. The first is about structure and story, and the differences between front-loaded and emergent structure in particular. In the later the social and cultural aspects of art are examined in terms of how RPGs are treated, both by culture as a whole and by those who play.

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