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MUD creator Richard Bartle’s seminal book on designing MMOs is now free

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When MMORPG players encounter the name "Bartle," they think less malt liquor and more a man who helped to pioneer the massively multiplayer online...
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Buy a whole book’s worth of technical breakdowns of the EVE Online frigates

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Do you enjoy owning books based on MMOs? Are you the sort of person who enjoys in-depth technical diagrams and discussion about fictional craft?...
It's just like Magic: the Gathering, but without any cards your friends can destroy like jerks.

Blizzard’s new book publishing company is bringing back oldies but goodies

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Remember last year when Activision Blizzard announced it was getting into the entertainment business with its movie production studio? It's also getting into the...

A Parent’s Guide to Video Games: Condensing ‘The Video Game Debate’

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Remember The Video Game Debate? The game research book edited by Thorsten Quandt and Rachel Kowert, the latter of whom we've been covering here since Massively-that-was? Good....

Massively OP’s 2016 gift guide for the MMORPG bookworm

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Hey you! Yeah, the player who actually reads quest text and lore entries when all of the other hooting madmen are furiously clicking past...
It really does smell like lore.

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival: The lore book in review

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The Final Fantasy XIV lore book should not exist. I don't mean that it's something I wish had never been made; I mean that...
This is both awesome and an illustration of what's wrong.

World of Warcraft’s lore book previews the cosmology around Azeroth

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If you've never cared about the lore behind World of Warcraft, the hardcover Warcraft Chronicles book releasing on March 15th is unlikely to change...

‘Father of MMORPGs’ Richard Bartle is publishing new books on the genre

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"Father of MMORPGs" Dr. Richard Bartle, author of the pioneering research that spawned the Bartle test, is publishing two new books about our imperiled genre. MMOs from...

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