Non-Fiction – Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks

Ethan Gilsdorf
Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks

Tens of millions of people around the globe escape from the ‚real‘ world to inhabit imaginary others. Movie fan-freaks design costumes and collect Lord of the Rings action figures. Some attrnd comic book conventions and Renaissance fairs, others play live-action role-playing games (LARPs). The online game World of Warcraft (WoW) has alone lured twelve million users worldwide. Even old-school role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) are still wildly popular.
Who are these gamers and fantasy fans? What explains the irresistible appeal of such ‚escapists‘ adventures? And what could one man find if he embarked on a journey through fantasy world after fantasy world?

319 Seiten. 2009.
ISBN 978-0-762756-75-9