The threefold model (not to be confused with the later GNS model) of roleplaying was developed in the previous millenium. John H. Kim's website includes the threefold FAQ and other content related to it.

Has the model been published or summarized in an academic publication?


Here are a couple of links that look like they might be what you're looking for:

You may also want to check out Immersive Gameplay: Essays on Participatory Media and Role-Playing, which is tangentially related to your subject.

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    \$\begingroup\$ A brief summary of your first link would be helpful, as you did for the second link, since "link only" answering is discouraged. (Thanks for the link, that's an interesting article). \$\endgroup\$ – KorvinStarmast Oct 1 '17 at 12:11

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