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Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks An Epic Quest for Reality among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms

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ISBN-10: 1599214806

ISBN-13: 9781599214801

Edition: 2008

Authors: Ethan Gilsdorf

List price: $31.95
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Fantasy. Sci-Fi. Role-playing games. Tens of millions of people around the globe today turn away from the "real" world to inhabit others. The online game World of Warcraft has alone lured nearly twelve million users. Who are these game-players and fantasy fans? What explains the irresistible appeal of such escapist adventures? And what could one man find if he embarked on a quest through fantasy world after fantasy world? In an enthralling blend of travelogue, pop culture analysis, and memoir, former role-player Ethan Gilsdorf crisscrosses America, the world, and other worlds, from Boston to California, New Zealand to France, and Planet Earth to the realm of Aggramar. He asks gaming and fantasy geeks how they balance their escapist urges with the kingdom of adulthood. He seeks out those who dream of elves, long swords, and heroic deeds. He hangs out with Harry Potter tribute bands. He goes to fan conventions. He battles online goblins, trolls, and sorcerers. He camps with medieval reenactors. He becomes Ethor, Ethorian, and Ethor-An3. What he finds is funny, poignant, and enlightening.
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Book details

List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Globe Pequot Press, The
Publication date: 9/1/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

Prologue: The Momster
I Was a Teenage Magic-User
The Quest Begins
On the Tolkien Trail
Into the Dungeon Again
The Fount Whence Fantasy Games Flowed
The Monk Went Down to Georgia
Geeks in Love
To Work Here, You Have to Forget
The Weapon We Have Is Love
In the Beer Line with the King
I'll Only Go to Level 10
An Outlet for Souls Who Could Not Rest
You Have to Become the Con
There, or Nowhere, and Back Again
Get Off the Road
Being a Hero Ain't What It Used to Be
Afterword: Saving Throws
Acknowledgments
Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations
Photo Credits
Permissions
Index
About the Author