Thursday, October 18, 2018

Exhibition Donjons & Données probantes in the Université de Montréal

From October 17 to 25, 2018, the Library of humanities and social sciences of Université de Montréal is hosting an exhibition named Donjons & Données probantes («Evidence-Based Dungeons») on the academic research and tabletop role-playing games.
Designed by Sébastien Savard and me, this exhibition shows :
  • how the scientific studies answered the moral panic of the 80s ?
  • how the academic and para-academic researches reattributed the original authorship to the creation of tabletop roleplaying games ?
  • how and why the design of D&D evolved through the decades ?
  • what designed the Québec and Canadian publishers and authors ?
  • how the innovations in game design evolved from 1974 to 2018 ?

Different editions of D&D (from Dave Arneson basement in 1971 to the 5th ed.)
Scientific peer-reviewed answers to the moral panics of the 80s
do-it-yourself culture in the design of TRPG

Québec authors and publishers
Walkthrough map by Jason Bradley Thompson (@mockman) : OSR, dungeon crawl & humor in The Tomb of Horrors
(a link with a lot of maps)
Nouvelle-France map of the XVIIe by Dyson Logos for the Scenario from Ontario (Ennie award 2018)
Map homemade with pencil and Photoshop, illustrating how TRPG can inspire a strong engagement in self-learning (author: Zulaan)
Hidden level : « On the shoulders of cloud giants » or a Timeline of innovations in TRPG designs from 1974 à 2018

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