First Edition Released: September 2008

The first issue of RPG Review has been released with the following contents. Either read online, in PDF format, or EPUB format.

Administrivia Editorial and Letters many contributors p2-4
Hot Gossip: Industry News by Wu Mingshi p5
D&D 4th edition Review by Lev Lafayette p6-12

The History and Resurrection of RuneQuest!

To be published in Phantasmagoria 2006: The Annual of Murdoch Alternative Reality Society

Review of Traci Harding's Gene of Isis

Voyager, 2005, 468pp

George R.R. Martin, A Feast For Crows

Published in Ticonderoga

Role Playing and Religion

Role Playing at the Melbourne Unitarian Church

Historical Fantasy Campaigns for Role Playing Simulations

Published in "Phantasmagoria" Murdoch Alternative Reality Society Annual, 2004, pp32-38

Why Historical Fantasy?

This article starts with an aesthetic opposition to modern fantasy.

Defeating Gnuchess

December 17, high noon, Dili, East Timor

Literary Critique and Improvements in the Fellowship of the Ring

Abstract

The classic fantasy text of the twentieth century, the Lord of the Rings, suffers from notable literary flaws. The current portrayal of the first book of the trilogy by Peter Jackson, ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’, is a substantial improvement that manages to overcome Tolkien’s own biases and intellectual failings, yet also makes additional use of Tolkien’s heretical Catholicism.

The Social Psychology of Alignment

Published in Mimesis Issue 2 (online), June 1998

Abstract

The formulation of moral alignments is as varied in roleplaying games as it is in behavioural psychology and the philosophy of ethics. Both universal and context bound models require assessment on quantitative and qualitative scales. Comparative evaluations through social simulation models, such as role playing games, may allow for a consistent synthesis of existing approaches.

Rational Domains for Developmental Psychology

Published in Mimesis #2 (online), June 1998

by Lev Lafayette

The following is by no means a fully fledged article for the use of developmental psychology in roleplaying games however it should point to specific issues that effect psychological development that should be catered for in role playing and simulation games (most of which are not).

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