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Social and Behavioral Sciences
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Jessica L. Carlson is a senior majoring in Speech Communication and Anthropology. She conducted this research in the Speech Communication Senior Seminar course under the direction of Dr. Daniel Cronn-Mills.
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Arts and Humanities
Role-playing games have a unique structure and exist in multiple mediums. Although some research is available on communication in computer mediated role-playing games, little exists on communication practices in tabletop role-playing games. In my research, I reviewed existing scholarly literature on tabletop role-playing games, as well as theory on the role language plays in constructing reality. I conducted passive participant observation on a group of people playing Advanced Dungeons and Dragons. By applying theory to my ethnographic research, I demonstrated how players constructed a collective reality through communication. Players did this by demonstrating their own enthrallment with the game and by sharing a language code.
"The Reality of Role-Playing Games: How Players Construct Reality through Language,"
Journal of Undergraduate Research at Minnesota State University, Mankato: Vol. 7
, Article 2.
Available at: http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/jur/vol7/iss1/2
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