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Second Person
Author: Pat Harrigan

ISBN: 9780262514187
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 16 March 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 20.3 x 1.9
Description:
Shortlisted for the 2008 Diana Jones Award. and Finalist, 2007 Front Line Awards, given by Game Developer Magazine. Games and other playable forms, from interactive fictions to improvisational theater, involve role playing and story--something played and something told. In "Second Person," game designers, authors, artists, and scholars examine the different ways in which these two elements work together in tabletop role-playing games (RPGs), computer games, board games, card games, electronic literature, political simulations, locative media, massively multiplayer games, and other forms that invite and structure play. "Second Person"--so called because in these games and playable media it is "you" who plays the roles, "you" for whom the story is being told--first considers tabletop games ranging from "Dungeons Greg Costikyan's "Bestial Acts" imports the techniques of Bertolt Brecht's theater of alienation into a dark role-playing structure; and in James Wallis's "The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen," the gameplay revolves around spinning elaborate tales in the style of the famous raconteur. Contributors: ...

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