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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
Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms by Ethan Gilsdorf 1599214806 9781599214801
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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 by Ethan Gilsdorf

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. nbsp;nbsp; Who are these game-players andnbsp;fantasy fans? What explains the irresistible appeal of such escapist adventures? And what could one man find if he embarked on a questnbsp;through fantasy world after fantasy world? nbsp;nbsp; In an enthralling blend of travelogue, pop culture analysis, and memoir, former role-player Ethan Gilsdorfnbsp;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 hangsnbsp;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.

Author: Ethan Gilsdorf

Language: English

Edition: First Edition

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 336

Publisher: Lyons Press

Publication Date: 2009-09-01

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