Do Tabletop Roleplay Games build resilience?

Exploring the performance of belonging

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Tabletop roleplay games (TRPGs) are undergoing a resurgence in popularity tied, in part, to the release of Dungeons and Dragons (5th edition) and a vibrant culture of live-streaming roleplay games online. Research has now also shown that TRPGs - like Dungeons and Dragons - provide a unique environment for the development of pro-social behaviours. There is an opportunity for researchers interested in political emotions and ideological performance to explore a community of collaborative storytelling where the altruism derided by philosophies of neoliberal economic rationalism is performed as a core value, with tangible outcomes for tolerance, generosity and wellbeing. As TRPGs become commonly accepted as part of the toolkit in both education and therapeutic contexts this provides a new avenue of engagement for those interested in the development of prosocial values, community and social inclusion in the digital age.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEmotions: History, Culture, Society
Publication statusIn preparation - 2021

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