[SIGCIS-Members] ROMchip Presents: Aaron Trammell on The Privilege of Play

Laine Nooney laine.nooney at gmail.com
Thu Feb 1 12:13:22 PST 2024

 Join us Friday, February 16, as *ROMchip: A Journal of Game Histories *hosts
games studies scholar Aaron Trammell for a talk about his recent book, *The
Privilege of Play: A History of Hobby Games, Race, and Geek Culture.* The
event will be at 2PM EST on the *ROMchip* Twitch channel,


*About the Book*
*The Privilege of Play* contends that in order to understand geek
identity’s exclusionary tendencies, we need to know the history of the
overwhelmingly white communities of tabletop gaming hobbyists that preceded
it. It begins by looking at how the privileged networks of model railroad
hobbyists in the early twentieth century laid a cultural foundation for the
scenes that would grow up around war games, role-playing games, and board
games in the decades ahead. These early networks of hobbyists were able to
thrive because of how their leisure interests and professional ambitions
overlapped. Yet despite the personal and professional strides made by
individuals in these networks, the networks themselves remained cloistered
and homogeneous—the secret playgrounds of white men.

*About the Author*Aaron Trammell is Assistant Professor of Informatics and
Core Faculty in Visual Studies at University of California, Irvine and
author of *Repairing Play: A Black Phenomenology*. He is Editor-in-Chief of
the journal *Analog Games Studies* and was an honoree of the hobby game
industry’s prestigious Diana Jones Award.

*About ROMchip*
*ROMchip: A Journal of Game Histories* is a free, online scholarly journal
for game history. *ROMchip *develops, edits, and publishes ad-free, open
access game history research for a range of audiences. It supports any
discipline of work enlivening the history of games in local and global
contexts, and embraces diversity in how game history is studied,
documented, collected, preserved, and practiced. *ROM**c**hip* is a
donation-based organization fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas
<https://www.fracturedatlas.org/>; to donate to ROMchip, please visit
our sponsor


Laine Nooney <http://www.lainenooney.com/>

Assistant Professor |  MCC <http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/mcc/> @ NYU
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