More Scandalous than “Academics Discover D&D”–!

The story WAS going to be that sociologists have created a society rpg sim for participatory study of sociology, modeled on D&D.  It has a player’s handbook and a coordinator’s handbook.  But it turns out that SIMSOC predates D&D.  I, for one, am scandalized.

It’s interesting.  You can form police, or a gang; or riot; join together with other players and persecute minorities; or be persecuted, if you are a minority; join a group, like the mass media, the judicial system, or so on.

I don’t know that it would make for good IF, although I’m reading it with an eye to that — but it would make for a great MUD.  Probably infringe all over if you followed the SIMSOC system slavishly, but there’s plenty of room for tweakage.

You can peek at some pages of the book online here, or visit the official website here.

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