Went to see my grandma today. It was nice. Tomorrow job interview. Tonight headache and some sleep. At the bottom of the journal are ten questions about RPGs for my master's thesis - please answer if you can be arsed.
MUSIC MEME THING:
The rules are:
-- Choose a singer/band/group.
-- Answer using ONLY titles of songs by that singer/band/group.
-- Tag 6 more people (let them know they've been tagged).
-- type in the entire song name (or part of it) in the search box and feature at least THREE images (if there are any... if there aren't then that's okay as well XD)
Artist of choice: Tom Waits
Are you male or female?
"Gun Street Girl"
"Such A Scream"
What do people feel when they're around you?
"All The World Is Green"
How would you describe your previous relationship?
"Better Off Without A Wife"
Where would you like to be now?
"Goin' Out West"
How do you feel about love?
"Diamonds And Gold"
What's your life like?
"I'm Still Here"
What would you ask for if you had only one wish?
"I'll Take New York"
Say something wise:
I tag whoever.
MASTER'S THESIS QUESTIONS:
These are ten questions related to tabletop role-playing games. You can answer as elaboratly as you wish, but I'd like good answers instead of one-word answers or jokes. If you don't want to answer some of the questions, no one's forcing you. My thesis is about RPGs as aesthetic/cultural activities juxtaposed with theatre activities and dramaturgy.
I'd like you to mail your answers to: grumejl (thingy) hotmail (dot) com
Those who answer will be anonymous unless they want to be cited with names in the thesis and specifically state that they want that in their answering e-mails to me. The content of the answering e-mails will only be used for this thesis and/or other academic texts relating to it. All answers will be deleted from my computer after the thesis is done.
1. How old were you when you started gaming and what was it that made you start?
2. Which games have you played? You don't have to list them all, only the ones that made an impact on you. Please state what you liked and disliked about them and why.
3. How do you create your characters? Where do you start? What is important, what is less important? How do you (or don't you) consider other players' wishes during character creation?
4. What, to you, is the most important aspect to gaming? Why?
5. Do you prefer one-shot scenarios or long campaigns? Why?
6. What games/campaigns are you currenty playing? Tell a story from a game you liked.
7. Hopefully you've said something about how you started gaming during question number one. But why did you continue doing it? Have you developed as a gamer, personally, or as a player/GM? Do you think you'll quit gaming some day? In that case, why?
8. How do you and your fellow players relate to the fictional contract* in the game? Do you immerse yourselves in the characters or do you metagame a lot, for instance concidering your battle tactics or your in-character social options? Do you game from a "first person" point of view ("I hit the orc with my sword!") or do you relate to your characters as "third person" game pieces ("My dwarven paladin hits the orc with his sword!")?
9. Have you tried LARP (live-action role-playing)? What do you think of LARP compared to tabletop games, in terms of the gaming experience?
10. What values do you see in role-playing?
* A fictional contract is the mutual, often unspoken, agreement between one or more people playing that the playworld reality is the only current "reality" for the duration of the playtime, OR the mutual, often unspoken, agreement between an acting troupe and an audience that the reality of the stage world is accepted as "real" for the duration of the play.
a) May I ask you follow-up questions to you answers?
b) Do you want to be cited by name in my thesis. I mihgt not do it, but I'd like to know if it's a strong wish.