A downloadable essay

In this essay, I explore some ways in which philosophy and tabletop roleplaying game design are similar, how philosophy can improve your games, and how games can do philosophy.

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This essay is a slightly modified version of a talk I gave to the Seattle Analytic Philosophy Club in October 2020.

Submitted to Game Design Essay Jam.

The cover image is a composite of Raphael's School of Athens and an SVG image of a d20 by English Wikipedia user Wohlerbear, retouched by Wikimedia Commons user CristianCantoro licensed CC-BY-SA 3.0 Unported. The text of the essay is licensed CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0 International.

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Thanks for posting. Games are philosophically interesting.


Great stuff, I want more of this! BTW, if you play DnD, you may want to check out my supplement on philosophy: https://www.dmsguild.com/product/268171/Mindphlayers--Metaphysicians?term=mindph...

Looks neat! I'll check it out :)