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Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks

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An amazing journey through the thriving worlds of fantasy and gaming What could one man find if he embarked on a journey through fantasy world after fantasy world? In an enthralling blend of travelogue, pop culture analysis, and memoir, forty-year-old former D&D addict Ethan Gilsdorf crisscrosses America, the world, and other worlds—from Boston to New Zealand, and Planet Earth to the realm of Aggramar. “For anyone who has ever spent time within imaginary realms, the book will speak volumes. For those who have not, it will educate and enlighten.” —Wired.com “Gandalf's got nothing on Ethan Gilsdorf, except for maybe the monster white beard. In his new book, Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks, Gilsdorf . . . offers an epic quest for reality within a realm of magic.” —Boston Globe “Imagine this: Lord of the Rings meets Jack Kerouac's On the Road.” —National Public Radio's “Around and About” “What does it mean to be a geek? . . . Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks tackles that question with strength and dexterity. . . . part personal odyssey, part medieval mid-life crisis, and part wide-ranging survey of all things freaky and geeky . . . playful . . . funny and poignant. . . . It's a fun ride and it poses a question that goes to the very heart of fantasy, namely: What does the urge to become someone else tell us about ourselves?” —Huffington Post

Dangerous Games

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The 1980s saw the peak of a moral panic over fantasy role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons. A coalition of moral entrepreneurs that included representatives from the Christian Right, the field of psychology, and law enforcement claimed that these games were not only psychologically dangerous but an occult religion masquerading as a game. Dangerous Games explores both the history and the sociological significance of this panic. Fantasy role-playing games do share several functions in common with religion. However, religion—as a socially constructed world of shared meaning—can also be compared to a fantasy role-playing game. In fact, the claims of the moral entrepreneurs, in which they presented themselves as heroes battling a dark conspiracy, often resembled the very games of imagination they condemned as evil. By attacking the imagination, they preserved the taken-for-granted status of their own socially constructed reality. Interpreted in this way, the panic over fantasy-role playing games yields new insights about how humans play and together construct and maintain meaningful worlds. Laycock’s clear and accessible writing ensures that Dangerous Games will be required reading for those with an interest in religion, popular culture, and social behavior, both in the classroom and beyond.

The Role Playing Society

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Since the release of Dungeons & Dragons in 1974, role-playing games (RPGs) have spawned a vibrant industry and subculture whose origins, characteristics, cultures and player experiences have been well explored. Yet there has been little attention devoted to the meaningful ways RPGs have shaped society at large over the last four decades. RPGs were influential on video game design and have been widely represented in film, television and other media. They have made their mark on other areas of society, as well, including education, social media, corporate training and the military. This collection of new essays illustrates the broad appeal and impact of RPGs. Topics range from a critical reexamination of the Satanic Panic of the 1980s, to the growing significance of RPGs in education, to the potential for "serious" RPGs to provoke awareness and social change. The contributors discuss the myriad subtle (and not-so-subtle) ways in which the values, concepts and mechanics of RPGs have infiltrated popular culture.

As If

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Many people throughout the world "inhabit" imaginary worlds communally and persistently, parsing Harry Potter and exploring online universes. These activities might seem irresponsibly escapist, but history tells another story. Beginning in the late nineteenth century, when Sherlock Holmes became the world's first "virtual reality" character, readers began to colonize imaginary worlds, debating serious issues and viewing reality in provisional, "as if" terms rather than through essentialist, "just so" perspectives. From Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos and Tolkien's Middle-earth to the World of Warcraft and Second Life, As If provides a cultural history that reveals how we can remain enchanted but not deluded in an age where fantasy and reality increasingly intertwine.

Books about Video Games

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Commentary (books not included). Pages: 31. Chapters: 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die, 21st Century Game Design, Andrew Rollings and Ernest Adams on Game Design, A Theory of Fun for Game Design, Bits, Sticks, and Buttons., Blue Wizard Is About To Die!, Chris Crawford on Game Design, Designing Virtual Worlds, Everything Bad Is Good for You, Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter, Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks, Frog Trainer's Handbook, From Sun Tzu to Xbox, Fun Inc, Game Design: From Blue Sky to Green Light, Game Design: Theory and Practice, Game Design Workshop, Game Over (book), Grand Theft Childhood, Halcyon Days (book), Half-Life 2: Raising the Bar, High Score!: The Illustrated History of Electronic Games, Ken Uston's Guide to Buying and Beating the Home Video Games, List of books about video games, List of novels based on video games, Masters of Doom, Nintendo Player's Guide, Phoenix: The Fall & Rise of Videogames, Power-Up: How Japanese Video Games Gave the World an Extra Life, Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System, Rogue Leaders: The Story of LucasArts, Rules of Play, SMARTBOMB: The Quest for Art, Entertainment, and Big Bucks in the Videogame Revolution, The Art of Computer Game Design, The Book of Games Volume 1, The Book of Games Volume 2, The King's Quest Companion, Trigger Happy (book), Video Game Bible, What to Do After You Hit Return or P.C.C.'s First Book of Computer Games. Excerpt: The following is a list of books on computer and video games, which range from development, theory, history, to art books. See also: List of books based on computer and video games. 8 Bits of Wisdom: Video Game Lessons for Real Life's Endbosses(ISBN 978-1466328860) by Andy SchindlerAndrew Rollings and Ernest Adams on Game Design(ISBN 1-59273-001-9) by Andrew Rollings, Ernest W. Adams.The Art of Computer Game Design(ISBN 0-88134-117-7) by Chris Crawford is attributed by Wolf & Perron in The Video Game Theory Reader as being the first book devoted to the theory of video games. It was originally published in Berkeley, California by McGraw-Hill/Osborne Media in 1984. The original edition is now out-of-print but available for free download from a site maintained by Washington State University, Vancouver.Character Development and Storytelling for Games(ISBN 1-59200-353-2) by Lee Sheldon. This book is part of the Game Development Series.The Art of Gaming and Cloning(ISBN 1-69999-353-2) by Brandy Manda. This book is part of the Skills to Go Series.Chris Crawford on Interactive Storytelling(ISBN 0-321-27890-9) by Chris Crawford.Creating Emotion in Games: The Craft and Art of Emotioneering(ISBN 1-59273-007-8) by David Freeman.Designing Virtual Worlds(ISBN 0-1310-1816-7) by Richard Bartle. Definitive work on MMO/virtual world development.Developing Online Games: An Insider's Guide(ISBN 1-59273-000-0) by Jessica Mulligan, Bridgette Patrovsky.Digital Gameplay: Essays on the Nexus of Game and Gamer(ISBN 0-7864-2292-0) edited by Nate Garrelts.Expressive Processing: Digital Fictions, Computer Games, and Software Studies(ISBN 978-0262013437) by Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Assistant Professor at University of California, Santa Cruz.Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter(ISBN 978-0-307-37870-5) by Tom BissellFun Inc.: why games are the 21st century's most serious business(ISBN 0-7535-1985-2) written by Tom Chatfield. A cultural and intellectual exploration of the multiple roles played by games i

Talking Book Topics

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Freaks Geeks and Strange Girls

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This is a colourful history of the carnival sideshow and its distinctive banner art. With one hundred colour photographs, the book lovingly surveys this now vanished icon of early rural America, counterpointing classic freak show art with contemporary interpretations. Fifty archival black-and-white photos of sideshows provide a historical context for the banner illustrations.

Fantasy League

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From the #1 bestselling author of Heat, Travel Team and Million-Dollar Throw comes a story of every football kid’s dream come true. 12-year-old Charlie is a fantasy football guru. He may be just a bench warmer for his school's football team, but when it comes to knowing and loving the game, he's first-string. He even becomes a celebrity when his podcast gets noticed by a sports radio host, who plays Charlie's fantasy picks for all of Los Angeles to hear. Soon Charlie befriends the elderly owner of the L.A. Bulldogs -- a fictional NFL team -- and convinces him to take a chance on an aging quarterback. After that, watch out . . . it's press conferences and national fame as Charlie becomes a media curiosity and source of conflict for the Bulldogs general manager, whose job Charlie seems to have taken. It's all a bit much for a kid just trying to stay on top of his grades and maintain his friendship with his verbal sparring partner, Anna. Like the best Disney film in book form, like Moneyball for kids, Fantasy League is every football kid's dream scenario. Praise for FANTASY LEAGUE: * "This Moneyball story with kids is on the money."–Booklist, starred review "The feel good book of the year."–VOYA “Readers will be alternately cheering and reaching for a tissue during the final playoff-deciding game for the Bulldogs. This will be devoured by young football fans.”–School Library Journal

Gamer Girl

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Struggling to fit in after her parents' divorce sends her from Boston to her grandmother's house in the country, sixteen-year-old Maddy forms a manga club at school and falls in love through an online fantasy game.

Business Week

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Head Games

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Reality sucks! That's what fifteen-year-old Judith Ellis thinks, anyway. Reality is her former best friend not talking to her. Reality is her dad living three thousand miles away. Reality is what happened outside 158 West Seventy-first Street. As far as Judith is concerned, fantasy rules! Especially in the Game. In the gaming world it's strictly alternative identities, strangers known only as the Witch, the Drunken Warrior and Irgan the Head Case. No one knows who you are. No one gets too close. But that's about to change. Judith discovers that one player in the Game is coming after her - and he's a lot closer that she realises. Close enough to see her, close enough to talk with her. Close enough to like her...

Coloring Book and Poster Collection

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COLORING BOOK COMBINE WITH POSTER COLLECTION (FULL COLOR PHOTO BOOK): 20 pages for coloring + 20 removable postersContent included:1/ Final Fantasy Artworks Childhood Friends Gaming2/ Final Fantasy Artworks Kweh Gaming3/ Final Fantasy Artworks Cactuar Gaming4/ Final Fantasy Artworks Bomb Gaming5/ Final Fantasy Artworks Kupo Gaming6/ Final Fantasy Artworks Soldier Hero Gaming7/ Final Fantasy Artworks Soldier Living Legacy Gaming8/ Final Fantasy Artworks Emerald Carbuncle Gaming9/ Final Fantasy Artworks Moomba Gaming10/ Final Fantasy Artworks Tonberry Gaming11/ Final Fantasy Artworks Cait Sith Gaming12/ Final Fantasy Artworks Brotherhood Gaming13/ Final Fantasy Artworks Gunblade Gaming14/ Final Fantasy Artworks Buster Sword Gaming15/ Final Fantasy Artworks Engine Blade Gaming16/ Final Fantasy Artworks Blazefire Saber Gaming17/ Final Fantasy Artworks Swallow Daggers Gaming18/ Final Fantasy Artworks Tournesol Gaming19/ Final Fantasy Artworks Topaz Carbuncle Gaming20/ Final Fantasy Artworks Ruby Carbuncle GamingTAGs: colorful sweet made in stand by me poster movie fan art together inspired eeyore tigger balloon kid kids honey christopher robin ball play love cute silly old quote fun beach mountain hydroflask sticker white girls teens boys tumbler meme skater cool show lelo and stitch shows final fantasy square enix moogle chocobo cactuar tonberry don video game gaming geek playstation nintendo vii ffvii ff7 ffxiv ffxv ff14 ff15 cloud strife sephiroth kupo kweh wark boing shank stab monsters summons nds bravely default second kingdom hearts birth sleep 7 videogames rpg nerd fashion girl gyshal greens trendy squareenix anime otaku games gamer geeky nerdy green blue lineart yellow neon minimal minimalist finalfantasy vintage black blackandwhite ink 1988 since circle noxious lightning stamp thanks please present ii iii viii xii xiii xiv 14 a realm reborn heavensward stormblood red mage samurai ninja bard scholar summoner warrior paladin monk dragoon astrologian dark knight machinist mmo mmorpg computer console aerith gridania shroud limsa lominsa la noscea uldah thanalan cactus sabotender medieval sword hironobu sakaguchi science fiction hacker deep web alternative freak freaky skate internet trending holidays mystery funny fps shooter gamescom arcade simulator summer winter series film retro christmas xv sassy soulkr train fitness gym parody midgar cactu cactilion atomic bomb nuke fallout nuclear explosion age naruto paper explosive tag casual japanese kanji queen kisaki weeb quxxnswood streetwear popart pop mushroom atom comic lichtenstein 60s cherry tyler creator golf odd future scum fuck flower boy ofwgkta find your wings wolf hip hop golfwang wang yonkers clean sfw rap chur bum gang kill them all mog moguri delivery fairy mail koala cat letter army camo military soldier captain camos plain war usa america american armed forces hero heros heroes desert marvel super shield vibranium cinematic universe chris evans bucky barnes sebastian stan silhouette civil infinity avengers alternate steve rogers star hulk widow hawk eye villain logo robot sidekick thor arm hydra agents of scarlett johansson anthony mackie falcon iron man thanos illustrator photoshop original guardians galaxy lord rocket raccoon groot gamora drax gauntlet gems scarlet witch vision fortunate son vietnam helmet marines ccr creedence clearwater revival john fogerty music rock roll classic camouflage 70s band retuned infantry semper fi usmc patriot rockstar richard nixon it aint sebstan tumblr humorous behind our troops front supt navy air force coast guard united states weapon brave living saint space warhammer 40k sci design power armor guns imperial soldiers imperium inquisition wh40k warp chaos gods order emperor blood angels grey knights wolves vector archan

Science Fiction Fantasy Horror

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A comprehensive bibliography of books and short fiction published in the English language.

Symbolic Childhood

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Childhood is a social construction, say US and Canadian social scientists, that can be disassembled and reassembled for various purposes. They examine the politics of representation by scrutinizing the connection between portrayals of children and childhood and the exercise of power.

TV Guide

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The Best of the Joy of Tech

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Presents selections from the comic "The Joy of Tech," which lampoons modern culture and technological trends.

Coloring Book and Poster Collection

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COLORING BOOK COMBINE WITH POSTER COLLECTION (FULL COLOR PHOTO BOOK): 20 pages for coloring + 20 removable postersContent included:1/ Pixel Geeks Lighting Pixel Gaming2/ Pixel Geeks Sephiroth Pixel Gaming3/ Pixel Geeks Bratz Pixel Gaming4/ Pixel Geeks Cloud Of Darkness Pixel Gaming5/ Pixel Geeks Cecil Pixel Gaming6/ Pixel Geeks Terra Pixel Gaming7/ Pixel Geeks Warrior Of Light Pixel Gaming8/ Pixel Geeks Cloud Pixel Gaming9/ Pixel Geeks Exdeath Pixel Gaming10/ Pixel Geeks Kuja Pixel Gaming11/ Pixel Geeks Firion Pixel Gaming12/ Pixel Geeks Cosmos Pixel Gaming13/ Pixel Geeks Onion Knight Pixel Gaming14/ Pixel Geeks Ultimecia Pixel Gaming15/ Pixel Geeks Mateus Pixel Gaming16/ Pixel Geeks Gears Of War Pixel Gaming17/ Pixel Geeks Tomb Raider Pixel Gaming18/ Pixel Geeks Legend Of Zelda Pixel Gaming19/ Pixel Geeks Legend Of Zelda Pixel Gaming20/ Pixel Geeks Hitman Pixel GamingTAGs: pink colorful bright video games retro jupiter planets space green thunder character creator sliders glitch ugly rad photoshop freak freaky sims the mmo mmorpg rpg glitched typography cyan magenta raster sorry apologize funny cloud nursery print rain drops unisex pattern children water color brush stroke clouds weather scandi scandinavian child digital drawing abstract thunderstorm raining and lightening kookiepixel kookie edit editing pixels burn burning fire red orange yellow purple blue neon distort distorted distortion game nostalgia 80s 90s woman lady female girl molotov cocktail sweater oldschool manga pop popular series culture christmas uglysweater xmas holiday jersey mashup geek parody merry soulkr gaming videogame videogames final fantasy sephiroth aeris midgar vii ff7 ffvii 7 uematsu chibi ff6 ff8 ff9 aerith ff4 ff3 ff2 tifa barret xiii network yuffie cid vincent squaresoft cait sith jrpg japan minimalism record keeper ffrk ffvi sprite sprites 8bit classic sticker toy costume square enix advent crisis core before dirge of cerberus remake zack shinra soldier first class genesis owa one winged angel jenova strife emo lockhart gainsborough barrett nanaki kisaragi highwind valentine masamune katana sam raimi skeleton skull evil dead violence sex fashion bones metal sad boys yung lean suicide death grips necronomicon trap money supreme vetements b movie lovecraft edgar allan poe louis vuitton palace comme des garçons fear god off white terror horror john carpenter alternative underground horrorcore hip hop rock rap kanye west yeezy alien scy fi witchcraft witch ouija occultism pagan demon devil cult black magic vhs epic lord rings thrones hero galaxy astronaut meme suit stars spray graffiti nebula milky way artist street urban modern darkness dark glow science astronomy relaxing exploration explorer surreal scifi cosmos astro universe mission night sky gravity escape trip positive energy amazing solar system nasa usa uplifting creative cosmonaut frontier freedom landscape grunge vintage nature love souls fog vertical pale hipster wanderlust bohemian hippie astrophotography moonscape beautiful theory belief luna lunar satellite natural skyscape dismal gray grey skies air airy indie gyspy smoke half mystique nightfall dusk mist creek mountains monochrome mountain intothewild foggyforest woodland forest trees somber adventure moment outdoors snow sunset winter quiet calm haze wilderness pnw northwest camp camping campfire designer explore wild travel mystery enchanted male railroad perspective dreamy silhouettes textures composing photo illustration ffiv kain dragoon drg dragon armor cecil harvey knight drk paladin pld nintendo boy gameboy advance brave exvius xv 15 13 9 ix zidane noctis lightning hope antasy top selling trending most recent trend terra wakka tidus rikku chizuru orlandeau olive exdeath aileen vi 6 3 branford tina airship celes che

The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

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