A recap of a recnet D&D session in which we went very much off the rails and parodied Star Wars and Star Wars fandom alike, in a story that truly exemplified performative sympoesis.
This weekend, I was at Conpulsion, Scotland’s biggest and oldest RPG convention. While I was there, I had a wonderful experience running and playing games, and thinking deeply about the social significance of such games.
A couple of weeks ago, I got talked into trying out table-top pen-and-paper fantasy roleplaying games (in the vein of Dungeons and Dragons, but not quite the same). This post is a reflection of my experience of this kind of roleplaying, the meaning of nerd culture and how easy it is for a PhD student to belong amongst fellow nerds.