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Monday, April 03, 2006

Lankoski: Playing a Character: Role-Playing and Pretence Play, freeform notes from Seminar on Playing Roles, Tampere

These are my free form notes from the Seminar in Tampere on Playing Roles:

Lankoski: Playing a Character: Role-Playing and Pretence Play

Sceptical to the janet murray thing of immersion, the general thery of rp experinces.
"you can't escape your body"
Studies about childrens imaginative play.
A lot in common w role playing.
Rping a more sophisticated form of childrens pretence games.
Goals and role play.
Difficult to role play without some kind of goal.
//Interesting that he relates the layers of goals to different emotions (in the player i presume)

Petri Lankoski

Craig: this reminds me of a paper in the last knutpunkt book, some danish psychologist: ppl shouldnt act out it keeps them in a childish state.
The danish psychologist popped up in the audience: Huh? Whats the question?
Craig: would you see prtetence play in all modalities of larping?
Petri: yes, but different types of decisions, different ways of filling in blanks. No generlaization possible.
Craig: ...what about player types.
Petri: all players. Common things needed. Need to be able to predict, to create imaginatary scenarios... What happens if i do this or that. All people do that. Childrens play use this kind of hypthetical imagination.
Craig: do people do that all the time? Everyone role plays all the time? Is it then particularly applicable to larping?
Petri: rping is not so special in that way, but has complex layer stuctures and compex ways of handling different situations.
Petri... Quasi emotions... A fear situation cant be scary if it is pretece... Petri thinks its a bit odd
//i asked about whether he maps the 3 goal layers to the emotions that are related to feeling affects depending on reaching goal or not. Petri answered in a way that made me interpret that he talks about the player emotions, relating (probably) to all three layers, but from the players perspective.