Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy

Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy

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This volume will convince readers that the swift ascent of the tabletop role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons to worldwide popularity in the 1970s and 1980s is a€œthe most exciting event in popular culture since the invention of the motion picture.a€ Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy presents twenty-one chapters by different writers, all DaD aficionados but with starkly different insights and points of view. It will be appreciated by thoughtful fans of the game, including both those in their thirties, forties, and fifties who have rediscovered the pastime they loved as teenagers and the new teenage and college-student DaD players who have grown up with gaming via computer and console games and are now turning to DaD as a richer, fuller gaming experience. The book is divided into three parts. The first, a€œHeroic Tier: The Ethical Dungeon-Crawler, a€ explores what DaD has to teach us about ethics and about how results from the philosophical study of morality can enrich and transform the game itself. Authors argue that ita€™s okay to play evil characters, criticize the traditional and new systems of moral alignment, and (from the perspective of those who love the game) tackle head-on the recurring worries about whether the game has problems with gender and racial stereotypes. Readers of Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy will become better players, better thinkers, better dungeon-masters, and better people. Part II, a€œParagon Tier: Planes of Existence, a€ arouses a new sense of wonder about both the real world and the collaborative world game players create. Authors look at such metaphysical questions as what separates magic from science, how we express the inexpressible through collaborative storytelling, and what the objects that populate Dungeons and Dragons worlds can teach us about the equally fantastic objects that surround us in the real world. The third part, a€œEpic Tier: Leveling Up, a€ is at the crossroads of philosophy and the exciting new field of Game Studies. The writers investigate what makes a game a game, whether DaD players are artists producing works of art, whether DaD (as one of its inventors claimed) could operate entirely without rules, how we can overcome the philosophical divide between game and story, and what types of minds take part in DaD.DMa#39;s guides for both version 3.5 and Fourth Edition Daamp;D contain some brief guidance for Dungeon Masters on discouraging ... A classic example might be when a player who has read the Monster Manual maneuvers to exploit a creaturea#39;sanbsp;...

Title:Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy
Author:Jon Cogburn, Mark Silcox
Publisher:Open Court - 2013-08-21


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