Uncovering seams in distributed play of tabletop role-playing games

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Abstract

We uncover how geographically distributed players of tabletop role-playing games engage narrative, ludic, and social aspects of play. Our existing understandings of tabletop role-playing games are centered around co-located play on physical tabletops. Yet, online play is increasingly popular. We interviewed 14 players, experienced with online virtual tabletops. Our findings reveal the seams—points where media, activities, and technology intersect—within virtual tabletop environments that enable distributed players to shift among collaborative storytelling, applying game rules and mechanics, and socially interacting with each other.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI PLAY 2019 - Extended Abstracts of the Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages773-780
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781450368711
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Oct 2019
Event6th ACM SIGCHI Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play, CHI PLAY 2019 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 22 Oct 201925 Oct 2019

Conference

Conference6th ACM SIGCHI Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play, CHI PLAY 2019
CountrySpain
CityBarcelona
Period22/10/1925/10/19

Keywords

  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Narrativity
  • Roll20
  • Virtual tabletop

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