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Choices and characters in roleplaying games: How types of choices affect the player/character connection
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Game Design.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The connection that players can feel toward their characters in pen-and-paper roleplaying games is a known phenomenon that has been previously studied and is recognized among roleplaying enthusiasts. Pen-and-paper roleplaying games are a complex form of games, with three distinct frames which are ludological, social, and diegetic (also called narrative). The frames are different aspects of the game as well as the base of different motivations for players, who value the frames in a varied degree. The goal of this thesis is to examine if in-game choices based on the diegetic frame in contrast to the ludological frame are correlated with the player/character connection.

The method used for data collection is distribution of a quantitative questionnaire on the internet, spread to Swedish roleplayers through social media and associations tied to SVEROK. With their answers, the analysis identifies correlations between the player/character connection and the three frames of pen-and-paper roleplaying games, as well as other correlations noted in the data analysis. The literature revolves around the two core concepts; the player/character connection and the three frames of roleplaying games. The result shows that diegetic choices in contrast to ludological are weakly correlated with the player/character connection.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 37 p.
Keyword [en]
Pen-and-paper roleplaying game, character, roleplaying, player/character connection
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Other Computer and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-228511OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-228511DiVA: diva2:734263
Educational program
Game Design and Programming
Available from: 2014-10-10 Created: 2014-07-15 Last updated: 2014-10-10Bibliographically approved

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