D&D Team

The Authors

Brad King is an assistant professor of journalism at Ball State University. He earned his Master’s from the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2000, and went to work for Condé Nast’s Wired magazine before moving to its sister website Wired News, where he covered the convergence of technology and culture.

In 2002 he co-authored Dungeons and Dreamers, a book on the history of computer games, virtual worlds and their effects on American culture for McGraw-Hill. In 2004, he was hired as the senior editor and the online producer for MIT’s Technology Review. He’s currently on the advisory boards for South by Southwest Interactive conference and Carnegie Mellon’s ETC Press.

John Borland has been writing about technology and its effects on popular culture, politics and communication for more than a decade. A graduate of Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley’s Masters of Journalism program, he began his reporting career covering politics and elections for California Journal magazine in Sacramento.

With more than a a little geek in his blood, he migrated to the Internet early, working for CMP’s TechWeb and then CNET News.com for more than seven years. At CNET, he won a number of national and regional journalism awards, including the SPJ’s Sigma Delta Chi prize, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers’ Best in Business award, and the Northern California SPJ’s Excellence in Journalism award.

In 2003, with co-author Brad King, he published Dungeons and Dreamers, tracing the long development of online, game-focused communities and their influence on the broader culture of technology. Since 2006, he has lived in Berlin, Germany as a freelance journalist.

The D&D Team

Working on the Second Edition has been a long process, which was made all the better by the people who’ve helped us along the way. We couldn’t have accomplished this without the help of the professionals (and graduate students) we’ve come to know.


  • Katelin Carter is currently a graphic designer at One Vessel in Seattle, Washington. She graduated from Ball State University’s Department of Journalism, where I was lucky enough to snag her for two of my big projects: Transmedia Indiana and The Invictus Writers. In the latter, she not only wrote a long-form essay for the book project, but also designed the print and digital editions.

Copy Editor

  • Nicole Klungle is a freelance editor and writer in Cincinnati, Ohio. A former student of Russian and history, Nicole started her editing career proofreading for the World Bank in Washington, DC. Since then, she has edited projects ranging from screenplays to songwriting instruction to humor. Nicole’s continuing forays into virtual worlds served her well for this project.

Graduate Assistants

  • Rhett Umphress: Brad’s first G.A. at Ball State University, Rhett helped organize the second edition files, researched updates, and provided the first pass of copy editing. Along with his work on the book, Rhett participated in The Invictus Writer’s project. You can now find him copy editing at ESPN.com.
  • Brandan Alford: Brad’s third G.A. at Ball State University, Brandan helped shape the final finals before publication, which is a thankless task. Assuming Dungeons & Dreamers gets finished on time, Brad may even let Brandan graduate in May 2014.

The Publisher

  • Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) Press: We publish books, but we’re also interested in the participatory future of content creation across multiple media. We are an academic, open source, multimedia, publishing imprint affiliated with the Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and in partnership with Lulu.com. ETC Press publications will focus on issues revolving around entertainment technologies as they are applied across a variety of fields. All ETC Press publications will be released under one of two Creative Commons licenses.

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