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Push

02: A Player's Guide to Roleplaying, Feat. the Anatomy of a Mythic Task

by Jonathan Walton
Jul 29,2004

 

Welcome to Push, a column by Jonathan Walton, which explores various attempts to rethink roleplaying from the ground up, using new insights and theories to actively pursue new possibilities in play and design.

Jonathan Walton is a recent graduate of Oberlin College, a 2004 Fulbright Fellow to China, the former columnist of The Fine Art of Roleplaying and head of 1001 Designs.

O2: A Player's Guide to Roleplaying,
Feat. the Anatomy of a Mythic Task
THE STORY SO FAR:
A Handbook of Contemporary
Roleplaying Theory and Practice

Table of Contents
Authors List
Preface
Introduction

I. Fundamentals/Foundations

What is Roleplaying?
Why Do We Roleplay?
The Development of Roleplaying
Contemporary Roleplaying
Recent Developments, Future Directions
Outreach and Public Relations

II. Techniques

A. Foundations

    Social Contract
    Power of Narration (GM & player, GM-less)
    Playing: The Basics
    Playing: Other Approaches
    Gamemastering: The Basics
    Gamemastering: Other Approaches
    Being Part of a Group

B. System Concerns

    What Does a System Do?
    Choosing or Building a System
    "Rules-Heavy"
    "Rules-Lite"
    Freeform Systems
    Improvising System
    System Drift

C. Tools

    Stance
    Fortune Mechanics
    Karma & Resource Mechanics
    Drama Mechanics
    Personality Mechanics
    Paraphernalia
    Immersion
    Narrative
    Involvement
    Illusion & Railroading
    No Myth
    Scene Framing

D. Variations

    Non-Synchronous Play (PBM, PBeM, Wiki)
    Live Action
    Video Games

III. Issues & Problems

Being Part of a Group II
Avoiding Passivity
Other Social Contract Problems
Incoherence
Issues: Religion
Issues: Gender & Sexuality
Issues: Race, Ethnicity, & Culture
Common Misconceptions

IV. Theory

What is Roleplaying Theory?
Why Do We Theorize?
The Development of Theory
Threefold Model/Something by John Kim
GNS and the Big Model
Aesthetic Theories
Other Theoretical Directions
Theory in Practice

Bibliography
Websites
Glossary
Index

From Deam to Reality

And Now For Something Completely Different...

Heeding the Call (Or Not)

Next Time, Gadget! Next Time!

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