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To be published in Phantasmagoria 2006: The Annual of Murdoch Alternative Reality Society
Voyager, 2005, 468pp
Published in "Phantasmagoria" Murdoch Alternative Reality Society Annual, 2004, pp32-38
This article starts with an aesthetic opposition to modern fantasy.
December 17, high noon, Dili, East Timor
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.
Published in Mimesis Issue 2 (online), June 1998
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.
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).