A bunch of role-playing game scholars wrote a handbook for role-playing game studies. It’s published by Routledge, but as an academic handbook, it’s fairly expensive.
For Free RPG Day, the editors suggested that the authors would share their authors copies of the chapters they wrote – according to the publishing agreement, authors can share their own versions of the texts, but only the their own chapters and only the versions that precede the professional layout. So if you are interested in what we wrote and don’t care about how pretty it looks, here’s most of the chapters as author’s copies.
Most of them are downloadable from the links, but unfortunately some of the authors used services that put some kind of walls in front of the downloads. If you have trouble downloading the chapters, I can only suggest that you ask them for a copy.
The links were originally shared by the editors on Facebook and Twitter, but this compilation was collected by Jukka Särkijärvi and he graciously gave me permission to reshare it.
Ursprungligen publicerat på Jonne Arjorantas blogg med licensen CC-BY-NC 4.0 och återpublicerat är i enlighet med den.
Sebastian Deterding and José P. Zagal
PART I: DEFINITIONS
José P. Zagal and Sebastian Deterding
PART II: FORMS
William J. White, Jonne Arjoranta, Michael Hitchens, Jon Peterson, Evan Torner, and Jonathan Walton
J. Tuomas Harviainen, Rafael Bienia, Simon Brind, Michael Hitchens, Yaraslau I. Kot, Esther MacCallum-Stewart, David W. Simkins, Jaakko Stenros, and Ian Sturrock
Douglas Schules, Jon Peterson, and Martin Picard
Mark Chen, Riley Leary, Jon Peterson, and David W. Simkins
9 The Impact of Role-playing Games on Culture
Esther MacCallum-Stewart, Jaakko Stenros, and Staffan Björk
PART III: DISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES
Sarah Hoover, David W. Simkins, Sebastian Deterding, David Meldman, and Amanda Brown
J. Patrick Williams, David Kirschner, Nicolas Mizer, and Sebastian Deterding
Sarah Lynne Bowman and Andreas Lieberoth
David Jara and Evan Torner
Jessica Hammer, Alexandra To, Karen Schrier, Sarah Lynne Bowman, and Geoff Kaufman
16 Economics and Role-Playing Games
Isaac Knowles and Edward Castronova
Staffan Björk and José P. Zagal
William J. White
PART IV: INTERDISCIPLINARY ISSUES
Karen Schrier, Evan Torner, and Jessica Hammer
21 Role-Playing Games as Subculture and Fandom
Esther MacCallum-Stewart and Aaron Trammell
Sarah Lynne Bowman
23 Players and Their Characters in Role-Playing Games
Sarah Lynne Bowman and Karen Schrier
Jaakko Stenros and Sarah Lynne Bowman
Ashley ML Brown and Jaakko Stenros
Jessica Hammer, Whitney Beltran, Jonathan Walton, and Moyra Turkington