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Dread Trident: Tabletop Role-Playing Games and the Modern Fantastic

Curtis D. Carbonell

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781789620573
eISBN:
9781789629644
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620573.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

Dread Trident examines the rise of imaginary worlds in tabletop role-playing games (TRPGs), such as Dungeons and Dragons. With the combination of analog and digital mechanisms, from traditional books ... More


The Posthuman in the Schismatrix Stories and Eclipse Phase

Curtis D. Carbonell

in Dread Trident: Tabletop Role-Playing Games and the Modern Fantastic

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781789620573
eISBN:
9781789629644
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620573.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter examines exemplary texts within science fiction, Bruce Sterling’s Schismatrix stories and the TRPG, Eclipse Phase (EP). It begins by looking at SF as a mythic form of storytelling, one ... More


Dungeons and Dragons’ Multiverse

Curtis D. Carbonell

in Dread Trident: Tabletop Role-Playing Games and the Modern Fantastic

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781789620573
eISBN:
9781789629644
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620573.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter analyses Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) as a case study for the investigation into how a seminal fantasy imaginary world has been represented through 40 years of gametexts. It does so by ... More


Worlds of Darkness: From Gothic to Cosmic Horror

Curtis D. Carbonell

in Dread Trident: Tabletop Role-Playing Games and the Modern Fantastic

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781789620573
eISBN:
9781789629644
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620573.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter examines the World[s] of Darkness’s most important gametexts within the context of the move from Gothic to cosmic horror. It utilizes literary and philosophical analysis of the Gothic, ... More


Lovecraft’s (Cthulhu) Mythos

Curtis D. Carbonell

in Dread Trident: Tabletop Role-Playing Games and the Modern Fantastic

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781789620573
eISBN:
9781789629644
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620573.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This central chapter examines the importance of H.P. Lovecraft in how realized worlds are conceptualized in Dread Trident, especially within the context of TRPGs. It sees in Lovecraft, not just a ... More


Warhammer 40,000: A Science Fantasy Narrative

Curtis D. Carbonell

in Dread Trident: Tabletop Role-Playing Games and the Modern Fantastic

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781789620573
eISBN:
9781789629644
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620573.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 (40k) intellectual property is a tabletop war game, but it also has developed a complex narrative that describes the imaginary realized world in which the game is ... More


Beyond Borders with Miéville, Borges, Wolfe, Ligotti, and Numenera

Curtis D. Carbonell

in Dread Trident: Tabletop Role-Playing Games and the Modern Fantastic

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781789620573
eISBN:
9781789629644
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620573.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter examines a final case study, the TRPG Numenera. It finds in writers such as China Miéville and Gene Wolfe precursors of how literary studies can inform and understanding of the imaginary ... More


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