bibliography of scholarly work on RPGs
Michael Abbott, of The Brainy Gamer, is preparing to teach a course on RPGs and has posted a wonderfully comprehensive bibliography of books and journal articles that are related to online and offline role-playing games – everything from Lord of the Rings to T.L. Taylor and beyond. A book I hadn’t heard of and wish I could have read before writing my chapter for our World of Warcraft Reader (which is about rhetorical moves in quests in the game) is Jeff Howard’s Quests : Design, theory, and history in games and narratives. Well, I couldn’t have read it, because it only just came out this February – though if I hadn’t been so caught up in pregnancy-mind at the time I might have noticed the note of it on Grand Text Auto. If you’re doing work on role-playing games of any kind, or planning to teach a course of your own, this is a great resource.