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Ctrl-Alt-Play: Essays on Control in Video Gaming

Ctrl-Alt-Play: Essays on Control in Video Gaming


" The word ""control"" has many implications for video games. On a basic level, without player control, there is no experience. Much of the video game industry focuses on questions of control and ways to improve play to make the gamer feel more connected to the virtual world. The sixteen essays in this collection offer critical examinations of the issue of control in video...   [click here for more]
McFarland  $35.00 $12.99

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Eurogames: The Design, Culture and Play of Modern European Board Games

Eurogames: The Design, Culture and Play of Modern European Board Games


While board games can appear almost primitive in the digital age, eurogames--also known as German-style board games--have increased in popularity nearly concurrently with the rise of video games. Eurogames have simple rules and short playing times and emphasize strategy over luck and conflict. This book examines the form of eurogames, the hobbyist culture that surrounds them, and the way that hobbyists...   [click here for more]
McFarland  $40.00 $12.99

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Family Games: The 100 Best

Family Games: The 100 Best


In Family Games: The 100 Best, top game designers and publishers write about the most enjoyable, most cleverly designed titles of the last one hundred years. Their essays cover the spectrum from board games to card games, wargames to miniatures games to role-playing games, including old favorites and little known gems. These are the games that the designers themselves play, the ones that have...   [click here for more]
Green Ronin  $9.99

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Game Addiction: The Experience and the Effects

Game Addiction: The Experience and the Effects


An eleven-year-old boy strangled an elderly woman for the equivalent of five dollars in 2007, then buried her body under a thin layer of sand. He told the police that he needed the money to play online videogames. Just a month later, an eight-year-old Norwegian boy saved his younger sister's life by threatening an attacking moose and then feigning death when the moose attacked him--skills he said he...   [click here for more]
McFarland  $35.00 $12.99

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Game Design: How to Create Video and Tabletop Games, Start to Finish

Game Design: How to Create Video and Tabletop Games, Start to Finish


Many aspiring game designers have crippling misconceptions about the process involved in creating a game from scratch, believing a "big idea" is all that is needed to get started. But game design requires action as well as thought, and proper training and practice to do so skillfully. In this indispensible guide, a published commercial game designer and longtime teacher offers practical...   [click here for more]
McFarland  $38.00 $12.99

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Game On, Hollywood!: Essays on the Intersection of Video Games and Cinema

Game On, Hollywood!: Essays on the Intersection of Video Games and Cinema


The 14 essays in Game on, Hollywood! take on several points of game and film intersection. They look at storylines, aesthetics, mechanics, and production. The book is about adaptation (video game to film, film to video game), but it is even more about narrative. The essays draw attention to the ways and possibilities of telling a story. They consider differences and similarities...   [click here for more]
McFarland  $40.00 $12.99

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Games in Libraries: Essays on Using Play to Connect and Instruct

Games in Libraries: Essays on Using Play to Connect and Instruct


Librarians are beginning to see the importance of game based learning and incorporating games into library services to increase patron engagement and interaction. This book is written for librarians interested in using games to improve patron or student knowledge of library services and decrease patron anxiety of the library. This book provides practical suggestions and methods of incorporating games...   [click here for more]
McFarland  $55.00 $24.99

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Hobby Games: The 100 Best

Hobby Games: The 100 Best


In Hobby Games: The 100 Best, the top designers, authors, and publishers in the hobby games field write about the most enjoyable and cleverly designed games of the last fifty years. Their essays cover the gamut of the hobby market, from roleplaying games to collectible card games, and miniatures games to wargames to board games, with titles both familiar and esoteric. These are the games that...   [click here for more]
Green Ronin  $9.99

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Immersive Gameplay: Essays on Participatory Media and Role-Playing

Immersive Gameplay: Essays on Participatory Media and Role-Playing


This collection of all-new essays approaches the topic of immersion as a product of social and media relations. Examining the premises and aesthetics of live-action and tabletop role-playing games, reality television, social media apps and first-person shooters, the essays take both game rules and the media discourse that games produce as serious objects of study. Scholars of social psychology, sociology,...   [click here for more]
McFarland  $38.00 $14.99

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Mazes in Videogames: Meaning, Metaphor and Design

Mazes in Videogames: Meaning, Metaphor and Design


From the text adventures of Zork, to the arcade game of Pac-Man, to the corridors of Doom, and on to the city streets of Grand Theft Auto IV, the maze has often been used as a space to trap and confuse players in their navigation of gameworlds. However, the maze as a construction on the landscape has a long history before the invention of the videogame. By examining the change in the maze from the...   [click here for more]
McFarland  $35.00 $12.99

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My Avatar, My Self: Identity in Video Role-Playing Games

My Avatar, My Self: Identity in Video Role-Playing Games


With videogames now one of the world's most popular diversions, the virtual world has increasing psychological influence on real-world players. This book examines the relationships between virtual and non-virtual identity in visual role-playing games. Utilizing James Gee's theoretical constructs of real-world identity, virtual-world identity, and projective identity, this research shows dynamic,...   [click here for more]
McFarland  $35.00 $12.99

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Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Session Prep

Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Session Prep


"Gnome Stew has hit another home run for the Game Master. Never Unprepared has earned a permanent place in my GM toolbox, right along side the likes of Robin’s Laws of Good Game Mastering, Hamlet’s Hit Points, Play Dirty, Eureka, and Masks. Highly recommended." -- RoleplayDNA review 2013 Origins Award nominee for Best Game-Related Publication - 2013 ENnie Award...   [click here for more]
Engine Publishing  $19.95 $9.95

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Odyssey: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Campaign Management

Odyssey: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Campaign Management


If you’re planning on running a campaign, you’ll want this book.” — Critical Hits review 2014 ENnie Award nominee for Best Aid/Accessory - 2013 Golden Geek Award nominee for Best Supplement Do you ever wish you had a guide to help make running ongoing campaigns easier and more fun? Then you need Odyssey: The Complete Game Master's Guide...   [click here for more]
Engine Publishing  $24.95 $11.95

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Old School Renaissance Handbook

Old School Renaissance Handbook


You may have heard of the Old School Renaissance, an enthusiastic movement that champions old-school gaming and old-school systems. Here's the problem: there are dozens of old school rule sets. So which one should you try? The Old School Renaissance Handbook profiles 28 popular old-school systems, including their basic mechanics, character attributes,...   [click here for more]
Brent P. Newhall's Musaeum  $6.99 $4.99

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Pocket Guide to American Freeform

Pocket Guide to American Freeform


This guide introduces gamers, actors, and other imaginative folks to this emerging form. American freeform games share a common format—they are rules-light one-shot productions, a bit like improv theater games performed without an audience, requiring only a few people, and lasting for several hours.With few setting or scenography requirements, these games are easy to run, and are especially friendly...   [click here for more]
Dystel & Goderich Literary Management  $9.50

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Science Fiction Hobby Games: A First Survey (ePub)

Science Fiction Hobby Games: A First Survey (ePub)


Science Fiction Hobby Games serves as a history and guide to tabletop gaming franchises set in original science-fictional milieux. Its subject is the pen and paper role playing games and model and counter based wargames that preceded modern videogames and still evolve alongside them, as well as the gamebooks, board games, card games and postal games that are their less famous cousins. Included...   [click here for more]
Pseudonymz  $24.99 $9.99

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Stealing Cthulhu

Stealing Cthulhu


Many Cthulhu games feel the same. You shoot cultists. You do rituals. You unearth a buried god that's like every other god you've dug up. This book shows you how to make your games new and horrifying: by stealing from H. P. Lovecraft. Stealing Cthulhu is my guide to Lovecraftian storytelling for roleplaying games. Its central idea is: by stealing, adapting and combining Lovecraft’s...   [click here for more]
Graham Walmsley  $15.00

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Terms of Play

Terms of Play


Essays on Words That Matter in Videogame Theory This edited collection of new essays is devoted to the terminology used in the fields of videogame theory and videogame studies. Videogame scholars provide theoretical critiques of existing terminology, mount arguments for the creation of new terminology, articulate terminological gaps in the current literature devoted to videogame...   [click here for more]
McFarland  $40.00 $12.99

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The Fantasy Role-Playing Game: A New Performing Art

The Fantasy Role-Playing Game: A New Performing Art


Many of today's hottest selling games--both non-electronic and electronic--focus on such elements as shooting up as many bad guys as one can (Duke Nuk'em), beating the toughest level (Mortal Kombat), collecting all the cards (Pokemon), and scoring the most points (Tetris). Fantasy role-playing games (Dungeons & Dragons, Rolemaster, GURPS), while they may involve some of those aforementioned...   [click here for more]
McFarland  $35.00 $13.99

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The Game Master: A Guide to the Art and Theory of Roleplaying

The Game Master: A Guide to the Art and Theory of Roleplaying


The Game Master is a book about roleplaying games. It is intended for game masters from the aspiring novice trying to figure out how to launch their first campaign to the veteran who wants to discover how to consistently produce games that work and avoid train-wreck campaigns. It aims to foster a deeper appreciation of the unique nature of RPGs as both a dynamic literary form and a type of...   [click here for more]
Tobiah Panshin  Pay What You Want

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The Guild Leader's Companion

The Guild Leader's Companion


Leadership Through Serenity, Positivity, and Transparency. Whether you are already a leader or aspire to be one, we all know how challenging it is to run a guild, clan, corp, kinship, or any sort of organization. So why try to do it alone? There is little doubt that taking on a position of leadership requires hard work and dedication. You’re going to be responsible for motivating your team,...   [click here for more]
Epic Slant Press  $7.99

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The Lazy Dungeon Master

The Lazy Dungeon Master


You love Dungeons and Dragons. As an experienced dungeon master you've run dozens, if not hundreds of games. You put a lot of work into making your games great. What if there's another way to look at how you prepare your game? What if it turned out you could spend less time, less energy, and have a better game as a result? It's time to unleash the Lazy Dungeon Master. Written in the style of Sly...   [click here for more]
SlyFlourish  $5.99

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The Raider's Companion

The Raider's Companion


Learn to raid, complement your skills, build your Legacy. Have you ever considered delving into the depths of a dungeon to slay a dragon and claim its treasures for your own? Does the idea of banding together with other adventurers to fend off the savage attacks of giants excite you? If so you might just be ready to start raiding in your MMORPG and Ferrel is here to help. In The...   [click here for more]
Epic Slant Press  $7.99

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The Video Games Guide

The Video Games Guide


1,000+ Arcade, Console and Computer Games, 1962-2012, 2d ed. The Video Games Guide is the world's most comprehensive reference book on computer and video games. Presented in an A to Z format, this greatly expanded new edition spans fifty years of game design--from the very earliest (1962's Spacewar) through the present day releases on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii and PC. Each...   [click here for more]
McFarland  $55.00 $14.99

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Unframed and Odyssey: Improv and Campaign Management [BUNDLE]

Unframed and Odyssey: Improv and Campaign Management [BUNDLE]


THIS IS A BUNDLE PRODUCT. WHEN BUYING THIS ITEM YOU WILL RECEIVE SEPARATE DOWNLOAD LINKS FOR EACH PRODUCT LISTED BELOW... Odyssey: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Campaign Management Regular price: $11.95 Bundle price: $9.32 “If you’re planning on running a campaign, you’ll want this book.” — Critical Hits review...   [click here for more]
Engine Publishing  $21.90 $17.95

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Unframed, Odyssey, & Never Unprepared: Improv and More [BUNDLE]

Unframed, Odyssey, & Never Unprepared: Improv and More [BUNDLE]


THIS IS A BUNDLE PRODUCT. WHEN BUYING THIS ITEM YOU WILL RECEIVE SEPARATE DOWNLOAD LINKS FOR EACH PRODUCT LISTED BELOW... Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Session Prep Regular price: $9.95 Bundle price: $7.81 "Gnome Stew has hit another home run for the Game Master. Never Unprepared has earned a permanent place in my...   [click here for more]
Engine Publishing  $31.85 $24.95

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Unframed: The Art of Improvisation for Game Masters

Unframed: The Art of Improvisation for Game Masters


Twenty three short essays from twenty three exceptional Game Masters and creators that will invariably aid you in your quest to make your games better because they reflect what happens, rather than what you have planned.” — Sean’s Pick of the Day review Improvisation is key to running any roleplaying game. It’s an essential skill for every...   [click here for more]
Engine Publishing  $19.95 $9.95

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Unraveling Resident Evil: Essays on the Complex Universe of the Games and Films

Unraveling Resident Evil: Essays on the Complex Universe of the Games and Films


Resident Evil is a multidimensional as well as multimedia universe: various books, graphic novels, games and movies (the fifth one came out in 2012) all contribute to this enormous universe. The essays written for this volume will focus on this particular zombie manifestation and its significance in popular culture. The essayists come from very different fields, so it was possible to cover a wide...   [click here for more]
McFarland  $40.00 $13.99

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Yaruki Zero: Collected Thoughts on Role-Playing Games

Yaruki Zero: Collected Thoughts on Role-Playing Games


"Yaruki Zero" is Japanese for "Zero Motivation." It’s also the name of Ewen Cluney’s blog about games. Ewen (which is pronounced like "Aaron" for reasons his parents have never fully explained) is the translator of Maid: The Role-Playing Game, and the designer of Channel A, Magical Burst, and entirely too many weird things that mix anime and tabletop role-playing...   [click here for more]
Yaruki Zero Games  $6.00

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