the solmukohta book
Ropecon ry will publish a book for Solmukohta 2004 in order to to create and preserve intellectual discussion on role-playing. The book, Beyond Role and Play, is edited by Markus Montola and Jaakko Stenros, and it features authors from Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, USA, Singapore and Japan. The foreword of the book has been written by professor Frans Mäyrä from the University of Tampere.
The book contains 28 articles and essays on role-playing, studying the interactive arts from various angles. The 320 pages have been divided into four sections. Theory holds academic papers, Practice contains methodological guides, Games reviews three recent influential Nordic larps and Openings provides visions, opinions and new avenues of role-playing studies. In addition there are three contextualising texts in the book delving into the social and historical roots of role-playing. The emphasis of the book is on larping, but the articles and ideas are applicable to tabletop role-playing as well.
One copy of the book is included in the entrance fee of Solmukohta. Persons wishing to buy additional books may do so in the convention, or email the editors at firstname.lastname@example.org. The book will be published on Tuesday, the 17th of February, in a launch party, which is a part of A Week in Finland.
The book is funded by Ropecon ry and Solmukohta. The partners of Beyond Role and Play are Projektgruppen KP03, Tummavuoren kirjapaino Dark and Fea Livia magazine.