Dangerous Games

What the Moral Panic over Role-Playing Games Says about Play, Religion, and Imagined Worlds

Author: Joseph P. Laycock

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520960564

Category: Religion

Page: 368

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The 1980s saw the peak of a moral panic over fantasy role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons. A coalition of moral entrepreneurs that included representatives from the Christian Right, the field of psychology, and law enforcement claimed that these games were not only psychologically dangerous but an occult religion masquerading as a game. Dangerous Games explores both the history and the sociological significance of this panic. Fantasy role-playing games do share several functions in common with religion. However, religion—as a socially constructed world of shared meaning—can also be compared to a fantasy role-playing game. In fact, the claims of the moral entrepreneurs, in which they presented themselves as heroes battling a dark conspiracy, often resembled the very games of imagination they condemned as evil. By attacking the imagination, they preserved the taken-for-granted status of their own socially constructed reality. Interpreted in this way, the panic over fantasy-role playing games yields new insights about how humans play and together construct and maintain meaningful worlds. Laycock’s clear and accessible writing ensures that Dangerous Games will be required reading for those with an interest in religion, popular culture, and social behavior, both in the classroom and beyond.
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Dangerous Games

A Novel

Author: Lora Leigh

Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks

ISBN: 9781429916257

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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"Leigh's pages explode with a mixture of erotic pleasures." -RT Book Reviews #1 New York Times bestselling author, Lora Leigh's sexy Navy SEALs series, the Tempting SEALs, is red-hot, sexy romantic suspense at its best, featuring men who will stop at nothing to proect their country and all they love no matter how dark the danger, no matter what demons they must face. And when these men love, their passion runs deep and hard. Navy SEAL Clint" Iceman" McIntire earned his name by being the ultimate warrior. He's untouchable, unstoppable and he takes no prisoners. Having crushed an infamous drug cartel in Columbia, Clint was nothing short of an American hero. Now he's home on a much-needed leave, but instead of some R & R, he finds himself neck-deep in the hottest kind of trouble with his best friend's seemingly innocent little sister, Morgana Chavez, the only woman who has the power to bring him to his knees...Morgana has been secretly working with the DEA to uncover a thriving date-rape drug, which leads her to a shadowy faction that is more deadly than anything her team has ever encountered. Now, it's up to Clint to keep this beautiful, determined agent out of harm's way, even while the explosive passion between them threatens to consume them both. But these Dangerous Games will bring Morgana and Clint to the very edge of high stakes danger and perilous desire.
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Dangerous Games

Author: Gardner Dozois,Jack Dann

Publisher: Baen Publishing Enterprises

ISBN: 1625791410

Category: Fiction

Page: 162

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In the reality shows of the future, people will literally be dying to watch. Science fiction's most expert dreamers envision the computerized, high-risk games of the future in this winning collection. Features: Robert Sheckley Cory Doctorow Kate Wilhelm Alastair Reynolds Vernor Vinge Jonathan Letham Gwyneth Jones William Browning Spencer Allen Steele Terry Dowling Jason Stoddard At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).
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Dangerous Games

Author: Chuck Wendig,Pat Cadigan,Benjanun Sriduangkaew

Publisher: Solaris

ISBN: 1849978794

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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Roll the Bones! In a world ruled by chance, one rash decision could bring down the house, one roll of the dice could bring untold wealth, or the end of everything. The players have gathered around the table, each to tell their story - often dark, always compelling. Within you will find tales of the players and the played, lives governed by games deadly, weird, or downright bizarre. Multi-award winning editor Jonathan Oliver (The End of the Line, House of Fear, Magic, End of the Road) brings together new stories featuring a diverse collection of voices. Here you will find incredible new fiction by Chuck Wendig, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Lavie Tidhar, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Paul Kearney, Libby McGugan, Yoon Ha Lee, Gary Northfield, Melanie Tem, Hillary Monahan, Tade Thompson, Rebecca Levene, Ivo Stourton, Gary McMahon, Robert Shearman, Nik Vincent, Helen Marshall, and Pat Cadigan.
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Dangerous Games

Author: Maurizio Pianaro

Publisher: Booksmango

ISBN: 1633232832

Category: Fiction

Page: 244

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Deadly Forgery Francesco Benetti is a desperate man who won’t give in, even in the face of certain circumstances. He must find the money to save his wife and pay off his gambling debts. The only way he can do that is to try and sell a fake Titian painting for ten million dollars. An adventure that will take him from his antique shop in Venice to the spectacular world of Japan, attracting the attention of the powerful Japanese mafia and the local authorities. An engaging game where his life will ultimately be at stake. A 100-Carat Diamond The world’s great financial crisis is ruining Francesco Benetti again. His investments in the Stock Exchange are sinking and he must find a way to recover his losses. From Africa to India, among unscrupulous diamond dealers and jihadists of Al-Qaeda seeking revenge for the killing of Osama bin Laden, and his encounter with the Kidon-Israel’s secret service most lethal hit squad, he will bet his life for an extraordinary diamond. The Burmese Game Francesco Benetti’s poker addiction matches that of a far-away drug warlord. From Bangkok’s glittering lifestyle to Burma’s Golden Triangle, he will plunge into a perilous world of gambling dens, ethnic rebellions and drug trafficking, unknowingly becoming part of a spy plot aimed at a secret nuclear reactor. With the Cross and the Sword Francesco Benetti has no choice but to play high-stakes no-limit Texas Hold’em in the VIP rooms of a Las Vegas casino. He will enjoy the pleasures and luxuries of Sin City, then in Mexico, he will be involved in a drug war. The Head of a Muse drawing by Raphael as the actual winning pot, a depraved man with a mysterious past, and an intriguing woman. All in the shadow of a State-run intelligence organization whose existence few dare to mention.
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Dangerous Games

Author: Charlotte Mede

Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.

ISBN: 0758240600

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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London, 1851. An alluring, outspoken widow and an enigmatic agent are drawn into a web of power, greed, and ambition that threatens to overturn the very future of the British Empire. . . Society knows Lilly Clarence Hampton as a respected widow who was wildly in love with her husband, the architect of London's famed Crystal Palace. The truth. . .well, the truth would cost Lilly her reputation, her freedom, and quite possibly her life. And one man has uncovered it--the reclusive, savagely handsome Julian St. Martin. A former agent of the Crown, Julian intends to blackmail Lilly to obtain plans to the Palace, where the Koh-I-Noor--the largest diamond in the world--will be presented to Queen Victoria at the Great Exhibition. Men have committed all manner of crimes to possess the fabled gem, but Julian's intentions are even darker. And the closer he gets to the beguiling Lilly, the more complicated matters become. Succumbing to intense, primal desire, Julian and Lilly both become pawns in a wicked game where no one can be trusted, and where the final, shocking truth will test their newfound passion to the limit. . .
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Dangerous Games

Author: Sally Spencer

Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd

ISBN: 1448301181

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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When Terry Pugh's headless body is found floating in the canal, DCI Woodend at first believes that Pugh had merely miscalculated the amount of rope he needed to hang himself. But why would Pugh commit suicide when he had a loving wife who was expecting their first baby, and was just about to start an exciting new job? Other disturbing questions soon follow in the first body's wake. Who was the mysterious stranger Pugh was seen with, just before he died? What is the connection between him and the down-and-out who suffers a similar fate to his only twenty-four hours later? And how many more men are intended to die? As the investigation proceeds, Woodend and his team come to realize that the key to solving the crimes is hidden in the past - and on an island far, far away.
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Dangerous Games

Author: J.B. Davis

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595307833

Category: Fiction

Page: 204

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Who was Jake Hinchley, and where is his body? Harper "Hap" Whitman, State Department Officer attached to the American Embassy in Rome, is thrust into the middle of a complex web of deception and intrigue as he searches for the answers to these and many other puzzling questions. But it is Mary Beth Perkins and her sister, Martha Richman, who find themselves caught up in yet another perilous adventure involving treachery, dirty tricks and cover-up as they begin their tour of Italy. There are those who might seek to make it their last. The delights of Venice, the romance of Tuscany and the splendor of Rome await. Let the games begin!
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Dangerous Games

Ice Climbing, Storm Kayaking, and Other Adventures from the Extreme Edge of Spor ts

Author: Andrew Todhunter

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 030783199X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 192

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In this elegant and exciting collection Andrew Todhunter, himself an extreme sportsman and the author of the critically acclaimed Fall of the Phantom Lord, takes readers along as men and women push themselves to their limits in the world’s riskiest sports. In several of these essays Todhunter writes from personal experience, joining his subjects as they free fall from cliffs, wriggle through narrow underground crevices, and dive deep beneath the ice of a frozen lake. In these adrenaline-laced accounts of extreme sportsmanship, Todhunter captures not only the thrill of conquest but the deep pleasure of being someplace few others have gone as well.
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Dangerous Games

Author: Jonathan Harlen

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408113589

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 176

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Fletcher Smith, Sports Private Investigator, tackles corruption and foul play in the world of professional sport. It's a dangerous game.
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