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dc.contributor.advisorPiatti-Farnell, Lorna
dc.contributor.authorWalden, Corey Ryan
dc.date.accessioned2015-10-09T03:33:00Z
dc.date.available2015-10-09T03:33:00Z
dc.date.copyright2015
dc.date.created2015
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10292/9100
dc.description.abstractPermeated and referenced throughout popular culture, Dungeons & Dragons has become iconic as the cardinal and archetypal tabletop role­‐playing game. Participants have been drawn to D&D for over forty years, departing into imagined and collaborative fantasy worlds. This thesis is concerned with analysing current participatory practices in D&D, accounting for evolving styles of hybridised gaming and retentions of traditional tabletop play. It ventures beyond initial conceptual enquiries, developing tangible conclusions to the questions: “How important is the idea of community when playing Dungeons & Dragons?” and “What is appealing about constructing fictitious identities within the group, actualised through notions of play?” To assist in answering these questions an Internet survey was developed. Survey data is presented, analysed, and contrasted with existing role­‐playing game scholarship. Emergent findings discuss participant experiences of “entertainment”, “fantasy”, “community”, and preferred “D&D editions”. It is strongly contended that D&D transcends the superficialities associated with a “game”. Participants powerfully engage — transmuting participatory experiences into broader realms of purpose and meaning. The game facilitates the continual formation and negotiation of community and identity, demonstrating its wider socio-­cultural applicability. The ability and appeal to engage with substantial identity exploration is clearly observable within D&D practices. The game offers participants accessibility into divergent paradigms of reality. Participants’ playful explorations have a lasting effect in the “real world”. Finally, participants develop and enjoy a strong sense of community through their long-­term gaming relationships. Regardless of whether these communities are enacted in “online” or “offline” spheres, these spaces endow participants with substantial benefits — belonging, acceptance, and a shared sense of “fun”.en_NZ
dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.publisherAuckland University of Technology
dc.subjectDungeons & Dragonsen_NZ
dc.subjectRole-playing gamesen_NZ
dc.subjectFantasyen_NZ
dc.subjectGame studiesen_NZ
dc.subjectPopular cultureen_NZ
dc.subjectSociologyen_NZ
dc.title"A Living and Breathing World...": examining participatory practices within Dungeons & Dragonsen_NZ
dc.typeThesis
thesis.degree.grantorAuckland University of Technology
thesis.degree.grantorAuckland University of Technology
thesis.degree.levelMasters Theses
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Communication Studiesen_NZ
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dc.rights.accessrightsOpenAccess
dc.date.updated2015-10-09T03:15:14Z


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