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Playing with the history of Middle-Earth: board games, transmedia storytelling, and The Lord of the Rings

Brown, Adam and Waterhouse-Watson, Deb 2016, Playing with the history of Middle-Earth: board games, transmedia storytelling, and The Lord of the Rings, Journal of Tolkien research, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 1-32.

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Title Playing with the history of Middle-Earth: board games, transmedia storytelling, and The Lord of the Rings
Formatted title Playing with the history of Middle-Earth: board games, transmedia storytelling, and The Lord of the Rings
Author(s) Brown, AdamORCID iD for Brown, Adam orcid.org/0000-0003-4669-1372
Waterhouse-Watson, Deb
Journal name Journal of Tolkien research
Volume number 3
Issue number 3
Article ID 4
Start page 1
End page 32
Total pages 32
Publisher ValpoScholar
Place of publication Valparaiso, Ind.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 2471-934X
Keyword(s) transmedia storytelling
media studies
board games
gaming
Lord of the Rings
Summary Contemporary cases of transmedia storytelling have thrown many conventional understandings of ‘adaptation’ into disarray. The resurgence of tabletop game culture has thus far played a significant role in this, though scholars have largely neglected the subject, particularly in terms of how transmedia relationships reconfigure the meaning(s) shaped by and through games by players. This paper addresses this phenomenon through a close analysis of two board games based on The Lord of the Rings, in which the (re)construction of the story-world of the source text(s) impacts strongly on ‘conventional’ modes of narrative and identification. Governed by the adoption of various mechanics and innovative uses of the ‘competitive-cooperative’ spectrum, such transformations frequently have significant implications for how narrative meanings might be generated through play.
Language eng
Field of Research 200104 Media Studies
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30086357

Document type: Journal Article
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