It’s one of the oldest and most common maxims in gaming, but why? Erving Goffman helps me understand why we (Sometimes) Never Split the Party. Have any good gaming stories about splitting the party? It is my job to listen to them, so please share in the comments.

Special thanks to Celtic Folk rockers The Emerald Rose for the special intro music.

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(Sometimes) Never Split the Party

About Nick Mizer

Although much of my work focuses on tabletop role-playing games, I think that geek culture in general has a lot to offer for anthropological study, from understandings of modernity and consumerism to the role of the imagination and wonder in the midst of those more “serious” trends. As I explore these things, I find myself straddling the borders between anthropology, folkloristics, and performance studies.

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