The International Journal of Role-playing Issue 10 has arrived! The tables of contents are listed below with links to the documents.

ISSN 2210-4909

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IJRP 10: Social Dynamics within Role-playing Communities

Table of Contents

Shekinah Hoffman, “Dedication

This issue is dedicated to Dr. Matthew. M. LeClaire (1989-2018), with a special memorial from his close colleague Shekinah Hoffman, as well as biographical information about his many accomplishments from his parents, Guy M. and Mary Jo LeClaire.

Sarah Lynne Bowman, Evan Torner, and William J. White, “Editorial: Retrospective, Challenges, and Persistence

This editorial discusses the history of the journal, including shifts in scope. The editors also thank the contributors and reviewers for their persistence in times of great challenge.

Aaron Trammell and Nikki Crenshaw, The Damsel and the Courtesan: Quantifying Consent in Early Dungeons & Dragons

This article applies critical gender theory to early fanzine discourse. The authors examine discussions around rules for sexual encounters that were seen to objectify women characters.

Steven L. Dashiell, “Hooligans at the Table: The Concept of Male Preserves in Tabletop Role-playing Games

This paper examines sociolinguistics in tabletop role-playing communities, asserting that player behaviors such as “rules lawyering” and “gamesplaining” privilege exclusionary “nerd” masculinity.

William J. White, “Indie Gaming Meets the Nordic Scene: A Dramatistic Analysis

This article analyzes a discussion between indie designers Ron Edwards from the Forge and Tobias Wrigstad from Jeepform. The author applies Kenneth Burke’s dramatic pendad to the rhetorical moves made by each participant.

Matthew M. LeClaire, “Live Action Role-playing: Transcending the Magic Circle

This participant-observer ethnography examines the ways in which Dagorhir larpers explore identity and negotiate social dynamics withing their role-playing community.

Matthew Orr, Sara King, and Melissa McGonnell, “A Qualitative Exploration of the Perceived Social Benefits of Playing Table-top Role-playing Games

This qualitative analysis discusses how participants perceived tabletop role-playing as beneficial to the development of their social competence.

Juliane Homann, “Not Only Play: Experiences of Playing a Professor Character at College of Wizardry with a Professional Background in Teaching

This paper presents experiences of teachers who played professors at the larp College of Wizardry, applying concepts from studies of work and leisure.

IJRP 8 and 9

The International Journal of Role-playing Issues 8 and 9 have arrived! These two issues feature articles selected from the Role-playing and Simulation in Education Conference at Northeastern University and Living Games Conference 2018 in Peabody, MA. These conferences took place May 17-20, 2018. The tables of contents are listed below with links to the documents.

ISSN 2210-4909

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IJRP 8: Special Issue — Role-playing and Simulation in Education 2018

Sarah Lynne Bowman, Editorial

This special issue contains five articles chosen from among those presented at the Role-playing and Simulation in Education Conference at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, on May 17, 2018.

Ken Koziej and Mikael Hellström, Year Zero Economics: Using Edu-Larping to Explore Economic Systems in the Ninth Grade

This paper describes the process of converting elements of the game Mutant: Year Zero for teaching a ninth grade unit on economics, how students played the unit, and the post-game evaluation.

Magdalene Loh,Edu-Larping for Career Design

This paper explains the basis and structure of the Career Design Life Game, which helps participants better understand the job market by mimicking the actual world of school and jobs.

Rian Rezende, Sabrina Araujo, and Denise Portinari,Wonder Cards Storytelling: Imagination, Storytelling, and Role-playing in the Creation of Objects, Spaces, and Experiences

This article explores storytelling and role-playing as resources to create objects, spaces, and experiences in the design of the Wonder Cards.

Susan Weiner,Case Studies as Tabletop RPGs

This paper introduces a method of implementing case studies in the college classroom by using a tabletop framework, allowing students the agency to make decisions that have impact within the world of the case study.

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IJRP 9: Special Issue — Living Games Conference 2018

Evan Torner,Editorial

This special issue contains four articles chosen from among those presented at the Living Games Conference at Northeastern University in Peabody, MA, on May 17-20, 2018.

Russell Murdock,Legal Liability in Live Action Role-Playing: The Law is Dark and Full of Terrors

This paper explores the legal liabilities and risks associated with running a live-action role-playing game (larp), including issues related to alcohol consumption, employee behavior, and personal injury.

Diana J. Leonard and Tessa Thurman,Bleed-out on the Brain: The Neuroscience of Character-to-Player Spillover in Larp

This article pairs emerging neuroscience theory and research with classic psychological models of emotion and motivation to examine the causes and consequences of the important larp phenomenon of bleed-out.

Brodie Atwater and Alex Rowland,Developing a Framework of Larp Counseling

This paper outlines the purpose and challenges of the role of larp counselor in order to discuss the need for standardization due to liabilities and expectations of care. The authors propose a three part guide containing a code of ethics, procedures, and best practices.

Jason Cox,Documenting Larp as an Art of Experience

This article approaches larp documentation and representation by foregrounding player experiences over the narrative created by the designers. The author discusses the development of The Magischola Museum website, designed to house artifacts from the larp series New World Magischola.

IJRP 6 and 7

We are pleased to announce that the International Journal of Role-playing issues 6 and 7 are now available. These two issues feature articles emerging from two recent conferences: Role-playing and Simulation in Education at Texas State University in Round Rock and Living Games 2016 in Austin, Texas. These conferences took place May 19-22, 2016. The tables of contents are listed below with links to the documents.

Additionally, William J. White has taken over executive editorial duties for the journal, with Sarah Lynne Bowman and Evan Torner serving as coordinating editors for these editions.

Finally, the International Journal of Role-playing issue 5 is available after final layout. Download IJRP 5 here.

On behalf of the editorial board,

Sarah Lynne Bowman

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IJRP 6: Special Issue — Role-playing and Simulation in Education

Sarah Lynne Bowman, “Editorial

Brodie Atwater, “We Need to Talk: A Literature Review of Debrief

Sarah Lynne Bowman and Andhe Standiford, “Enhancing Healthcare Simulations and Beyond: Immersion Theory and Practice

Gabriel de los Angeles, “Scaffolding Role Playing: An Analysis of Role-playing Interactions with Non Role-players of All Ages

Jason Cox, “Arts-Based Inquiry with Art Educators through American Freeform

J. Tuomas Harviainen, “Physical Presence in Simulation: A Scratch at the Surface of Complexity

Mikael Hellström, “Playing Political Science: Leveraging Game Design in the Post-Secondary Classroom

Josh T. Jordan, “Simulation and Character Ownership in Secondary Dramatic Literature Education

Graham MacLean, “One Way to Create Educational Games

Evan Torner, “Teaching German Literature Through Larp: A Proposition

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IJRP 7: Special Issue — Living Games 2016

Evan Torner, “Editorial

Ryan Blackstock, “Origin Stories: The Phenomenological Relationship Between Players and their Characters

Tim Hutchings and Jason Giardino, “Foucault’s Heterotopias as Play Spaces

Diana J. Leonard, Lewis & Clark College, “Conflict and Change: Testing a Life-cycle Derived Model of Larp Group Dynamics

TiMar Long, “Character Creation Diversity in Gaming Art

Samara Hayley Steele, “The Reality Code: Interpreting Aggregate LARP Rules as Code that Runs on Humans

William J. White,  “Actual Play at the Forge: A Rhetorical Approach”