[Air-L] Online role-playing community study

Fabien Lorc'h fabien.lorch at gmail.com
Tue Dec 7 12:52:27 PST 2010

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 I am writing to you to present you my Master's dissertation subject .

I am currently a student in the Master's program in Political Science at the
University of Rennes 1 in France.

For this Masters, I have decided to study an online role-playing community :
The Renaissance Kingdoms: http://www.renaissancekingdoms.com/

The purpose of this study is to make a political analysis of this community,
in a global meaning and thencommunity considered as a whole, through an
analysis of some data :

- Register/Leave the game
- Identity (virtual or real, sociological analysis of the players (I am
planing to get a questionnaire for this)
- Internal regulation and discipline (almost all institutions between
characters having been planned by players)
- Independence of this community with national culture and history (the game
is in an alternate history of the 15th century in Europe)

The goal of this study is to think in an Aristotelian sense of Politics, and
to see if there is a difference between the real world and the virtual
It is also to consider if the community has a clear particularity.

I would love to receive your help on possible research lines that maybe I
have forgotten to study, or if you have ideas to concerning my approach.

If you have books or articles on this, please don't hesitate to contact me
with suggestions.

Thank you so much for your time and attention.

Fabien Lorc'h

PS: Sorry in advance for my English that I am sure is catastrophic.

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