1st Student's Major


1st Student's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Students' Professional Biography

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.

Mentor's Name

Daniel Cronn-Mills

Mentor's Email Address


Mentor's Department

Communication Studies

Mentor's College

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.

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