February 9, 2008

Tabletop Systems Continued: Second Person part 2

by Noah Wardrip-Fruin · , 6:25 pm
Second Person cover

As I mentioned in my previous post on this topic, one of the goals that Pat Harrigan and I had for Second Person was to provide a set of writings that take tabletop games seriously. This means seeing them not just as computer game incunabula, but looking carefully at their structures, experiences, and histories.

Now these essays are becoming part of the First Person thread on electronic book review. This release includes full-length essays by Will Hindmarch, Rebecca Borgstrom, and James Wallis:

Next are five shorter contributions outlining specific aspects of innovative play and story structures:

Finally, Jan Van Looy offers a riposte — “Dungeons, Dragons & Numerals” — in response to Erik Mona’s essay from the previous release. He argues that Mona is insufficiently attentive to the ways in which the first tabletop RPG is “very much a product of its time, depicting the world as a market and man as an uomo economicus.”