Date of Award
Professor Harry Brown
Professor Amity Reading
Author Steve Berman
This thesis revolves around the narrative form of Dungeons and Dragons, that the players have true free will, which allows for the highest level of storytelling. By reaching this level, the players are able to freely tackle issues in their life and surrounding them, like testing out negative parts of their personality and finding community during events like the COVID pandemic. This, combined with the recent scandal from DnD’s publisher Wizards of the Coast poses this question: what exactly is DnD, therapy, art, community, or just a game? This thesis hopes to lead the reader to answer this question in their own terms.
Nations, Eli Gray, "The Emotions Behind the Screen" (2023). Honor Scholar Theses. 213, Scholarly and Creative Work from DePauw University.