Hi, all! I'm usually a pretty quiet lurker around here, but lately I've been brewing a sort of series of questions in my head as I thumb through rulebooks and forums. It seems that there is a sizeable contingent who hold that the Forge-centric theory, and by extension the jargon used, is dated. Some have even used the word "debunked" to describe the essays there.
To that end, I see a lot of jargon being used in the threads here, the /r/RPGdesign subreddit, and elsewhere that I don't immediately understand, and I was wondering where is a good place for me to find theoretical breakdowns of RPGs. As I'm not actively involved with the tabletop gaming industry to the extent a lot of you are, I'm missing out on the creation and dissemination of the terms and concepts being used. I can make sense of a lot of them through context, but sometimes I come across a word that I can't parse.
Are these terms being created here, by the authors of the games themselves, or by scholars in essays I can access somewhere? I'd love to do a deeper dive into the theory, especially more recent theory.
Thanks for reading!