Category Archives: Fan Fiction

The I Ching and the Pandaren Starting Zone: PHI in WoW 7

In most starting zones I’ve leveled alone. Not so on Wandering Isle. A new pandaren avatar soon has two companions, a female and male pandaren. In fact, the storyline’s abiding theme is collaboration based on the complementarity of opposite perspectives, … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Life in the Dwarf Starting Zone: PHI in WoW 6

“What is the meaning of life?” is a big fuzzy question, one that few philosophers address. Yet most of us have asked this or similar questions at one time or another. Questions related to life’s meaning seemed to stalk me … Continue reading

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Free Will v. Determinism in the Undead Starting Zone: PHI in WoW 5

Is free will an illusion? This starting zone offers the opportunity to grapple with this and related questions. As I did in the first four installments, I begin with my character’s narrative, then introduce the issue and raise questions in … Continue reading

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Game Aesthetics in the Night Elf Starting Zone: PHI in WoW 3

Should videogame narratives be considered art? Over the past decade some scholars of literature, game studies, and philosophy have grappled with this question. I didn’t mean to do it too, but my avatar Yvois unwittingly got herself in a jam … Continue reading

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Philosophy of Mind in the Worgen Starting Zone: PHI in WoW 1

This post begins my exploration of selected World of Warcraft (WoW) starting zones as potential sites for teaching and learning aspects of philosophy. Here I take a case study approach. The case has two sections: a narrative and a discussion. … Continue reading

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Up Seeker’s Folly: Lessons from Pandaren Wisdom

The story below is my second effort to write fan fiction using the voice of my World of Warcraft avatar Lotao and quest content in the Mists of Pandaria expansion. Numbers in parentheses refer to endnotes that link to the … Continue reading

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Taran Zhu & Lorewalker Cho: Lessons from Pandaren Lore

I’m trying my hand at writing fan fiction using the voice of my World of Warcraft avatar Lotao and specific quest content in the Mists of Pandaria expansion. Numbers in parentheses refer to endnotes that link to these quests; links … Continue reading

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