Beyond Role and Play

Tools, Toys and Theory for Harnessing the Imagination

The Electronic Edition
The book for Solmukohta 2004. Edited by Markus Montola and Jaakko Stenros, foreword by Frans Mäyrä.

ISBN 952-91-6843-8 (pdf)
ISBN 952-91-6842-X (paperback)

Beyond Role and Play is a collection of articles by researchers and role-playing game enthusiasts from seven countries, made for the Nordic role-playing convention Solmukohta 04. The book offers practical tools, analytical viewpoints, inspirational game reviews and fresh methodological ideas for all who take role-playing seriously. The book covers both tabletop and live-action role-playing as an artform, a political tool, an educational method and as great entertainment.

As Beyond Role and Play is now out of print, the book is published in the Internet for free, as a courtesy of the authors, the editors and Ropecon ry.

The theory section consists of articles that are mostly of interest to researchers, practice includes tried and true tools for both game designers and players. Games holds descriptive reviews of coompleted projects and analyses of a number of Nordic larps, and finally openings provokes with radical new ideas that are of equal interest to both researchers and game masters.

The book includes texts from Edward Choy, Martin Ericsson, Tova Gerge, J. Tuomas Harviainen, Satu Heliö, Thomas Duus Henriksen, John H. Kim, Johanna Koljonen, Petri Lankoski, Ari-Pekka Lappi, Elge Larsson, Merja Leppälahti, Mika Loponen, Paul Mason, Markus Montola, Frans Mäyrä, Juhana Pettersson, Mike Pohjola, Erling Rognli, Christopher Sandberg, Jaakko Stenros, Henrik Summanen, Terhi Säilä, Karin Tidbeck, Aksel Westlund, Gabriel Widing and Emma Wieslander.

We wish to thank the partners of Beyond Role and Play; Tummavuoren kirjapaino Dark, Projektgruppen KP03 and Fëa Livia. We wish also to express our gratitude to the partners of Solmukohta; Ministry of Education, Hewlett-Packard and HYSFK ry. Their support was necessary to create both Solmukohta 2004 and Beyond Role and Play.

The authors can be contacted via the editors. The editors' email addresses are All feedback and critique is appreciated.