[Air-L] Online role-playing community study

Alejandro Tortolini alemtor at gmail.com
Tue Dec 7 13:02:21 PST 2010

I stronlgy recommend you the book "Communities of play" by Celia Pearce.
It is very interesting because she covered a community of online players
that lost their world, and had to face an online migration.
You can find more here:



Alejandro Tortolini
Science and technology journalist - Teacher
Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2010/12/7 Fabien Lorc'h <fabien.lorch at gmail.com>

> 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
> environment.
> 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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