Dragons in the Stacks Fantasy Role Playing Games in Libraries Cason Snow 3 NOV 2008 ALA TechSource Gaming, Learning, and L...
What are RPGs? <ul><ul><li>According to the OED, an RPG is: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ a game in which players take ...
Birth of RPGs 1970s <ul><ul><li>Braunstein </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blackmoor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chainmail </li>...
Good Old Days 1980s <ul><ul><li>Profusion of games and settings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasis on simulationism </li>...
The Dark Times 1990s <ul><ul><li>Emergence of “storytelling” games </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Vampire: The Masquerade ...
Indie Revolution 2000s <ul><ul><li>Emergence of the “indie” game movement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Design and public...
GNS Theory <ul><ul><li>First proposed by Ron Edwards (2001) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Developed out of the Threefold ...
GNS Theory <ul><ul><li>Gameism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Competition among players with victory conditions that influ...
GNS Theory <ul><ul><li>Narrativism  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Creation of a story with a recognizable theme, players ...
GNS Theory <ul><ul><li>Simulationism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Exploration the main focus of play, seeks to create an...
Why play RPGs in libraries? <ul><ul><li>Personal reasons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Improve literacy </li></ul></ul></...
Why play RPGs in libraries? <ul><ul><li>Library reasons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Popular program </li></ul></ul></ul...
How to learn an RPG <ul><ul><li>Apprenticeship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Join an existing group </li></ul></ul></ul><...
Running a game <ul><ul><li>First pick an RPG the appeals to you (the GM) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>System </li></ul><...
Running a game <ul><ul><li>Assemble a group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Publicity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><...
Running a game <ul><ul><li>Create characters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Most core rules have templates or even pre-gen...
Running a game <ul><ul><li>Play! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Many games include a short introductory adventure. </li></...
Running a game <ul><li>Two major campaign styles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Linear style </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Charact...
Suggested Games <ul><ul><li>Standard fantasy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dungeons and Dragons, 4 th  edition </li></ul>...
Suggested Games <ul><li>Other fantasy options </li></ul><ul><ul><li>World of Darkness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mage:...
Where do you get RPGs? <ul><ul><li>FLGS (Friendly Local Gaming Store) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Directly from companies <...
Online resources <ul><ul><li>News </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gaming company websites </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><...
Print Resources <ul><ul><li>Dragons in the Stacks: an introduction to role-plating games and their value to libraries . Co...
Contact Information <ul><li>Cason Snow </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Phone: 815-753-119...
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  1. 1. Dragons in the Stacks Fantasy Role Playing Games in Libraries Cason Snow 3 NOV 2008 ALA TechSource Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium
  2. 2. What are RPGs? <ul><ul><li>According to the OED, an RPG is: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ a game in which players take on the roles of imaginary characters who engage in adventures, typically in a particular fantasy setting overseen by a referee.” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Two main components </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>System </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Setting </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Birth of RPGs 1970s <ul><ul><li>Braunstein </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blackmoor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chainmail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dungeons and Dragons </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Good Old Days 1980s <ul><ul><li>Profusion of games and settings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasis on simulationism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Real life” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Genre </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. The Dark Times 1990s <ul><ul><li>Emergence of “storytelling” games </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Vampire: The Masquerade (1991) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasis on narrativism </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Indie Revolution 2000s <ul><ul><li>Emergence of the “indie” game movement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Design and publication of games by individuals, not corporations. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Codification of GNS theory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Games strongly divided between gameism and narrativism. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Division spurred by GNS theory. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. GNS Theory <ul><ul><li>First proposed by Ron Edwards (2001) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Developed out of the Threefold Model </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Main point of GNS is that the game system does matter to the success of the RPG. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. GNS Theory <ul><ul><li>Gameism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Competition among players with victory conditions that influence gameplay </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Example game: Rune RPG </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. GNS Theory <ul><ul><li>Narrativism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Creation of a story with a recognizable theme, players are “co-authors” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Example game: HeroQuest </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. GNS Theory <ul><ul><li>Simulationism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Exploration the main focus of play, seeks to create an internally consistent world </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Example game: Riddle of Steel </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Why play RPGs in libraries? <ul><ul><li>Personal reasons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Improve literacy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Improve math skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Improve interpersonal communications </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Improve leadership skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Improve cooperative problem solving skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Face to face social interaction </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Why play RPGs in libraries? <ul><ul><li>Library reasons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Popular program </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Clovis Regional Library </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Has 30 regular attendees </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Increase circulation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Highlight certain parts of the collection </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. How to learn an RPG <ul><ul><li>Apprenticeship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Join an existing group </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Can be difficult to find </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>May not be playing the game you want to learn </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Academically” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Read rules and become familiar before playing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Having experienced players in group can help and hinder </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If everyone is new then they will all learn together </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Running a game <ul><ul><li>First pick an RPG the appeals to you (the GM) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>System </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Setting </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find a location to run the game </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local library ;) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Running a game <ul><ul><li>Assemble a group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Publicity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In the library </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In the community </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In local gaming stores </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Social networking websites </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Nearbygamers.com </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Corporate websites </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>White Wolf </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>RPGA </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MySpace </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Running a game <ul><ul><li>Create characters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Most core rules have templates or even pre-generated characters to speed initial play. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Usually will take the first two sessions. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Helpful to have multiple copies of the rulebook. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Running a game <ul><ul><li>Play! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Many games include a short introductory adventure. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get feedback, encourage involvement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use a campaign wiki or blog </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Important for players to have sense of ownership in world. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Running a game <ul><li>Two major campaign styles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Linear style </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Characterized by a group of adventures run consecutively </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasis on storyline </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Less time to set up and run </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Average group size is six </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sandbox style </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Characterized by open setting </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasis on exploration </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>More time consuming to set up </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Accommodate more players </li></ul></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Suggested Games <ul><ul><li>Standard fantasy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dungeons and Dragons, 4 th edition </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Has a very strong program to support organized play in libraries </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>RPGA </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wizards Play Network </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Exalted, 2 nd edition </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Burning Wheel, Revised Edition </li></ul></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Suggested Games <ul><li>Other fantasy options </li></ul><ul><ul><li>World of Darkness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mage: The Awakening </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Changeling: the Lost </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sorcerer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Game of Thrones </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Riddle of Steel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Big Eyes, Small Mouth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dreaming Cities </li></ul></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Where do you get RPGs? <ul><ul><li>FLGS (Friendly Local Gaming Store) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Directly from companies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online retailers </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Online resources <ul><ul><li>News </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gaming company websites </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gamingreport.com </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advice, ideas, discussion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rpg.net </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enworld.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Roleplayingtips.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Indie- rpgs.com </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Print Resources <ul><ul><li>Dragons in the Stacks: an introduction to role-plating games and their value to libraries . Collection Building, vol.27, no.2 2008. </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. Contact Information <ul><li>Cason Snow </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Phone: 815-753-1192 </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. GO PLAY
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