Last updated April 25th, 2006

The Death Stories Project 2006

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Lisbeth Klastrup - Citations

Center for Computer Games Research

Submit your MMOG death story here

Tell or retell* your story about
the character death experience which has affected or annoyed you the most
the grind of everyday gameworld death
the death experience that has become part of your community lore
the unremarkable deaths that you have already forgotten
Share your opinion on character death in MMOGs

Provide some basic demographic data to help map the field of contributors

* feel free to copy-paste from your guild site, fora etc - with permission of course!

About this website
This is an academic website, where online gameworld players throughout 2006 can submit their experiences and opinions on character death in massive multiplayer online games and worlds (also known as MMOG's).
The input and player stories will form the major part of my (Lisbeth Klastrup) ongoing research project on how death is implemented and how players experience death in online gameworlds, both as a game system event and as a social event.

Stories from which
I am especially looking for stories from Ultima Online, Dark Age of Camelot, Star Wars Galaxies, EverQuest, World of Warcraft, Anarchy Online, Eve, Lineage II, City of Heroes, Asheron's Call - but if you have a story from another MMOG you want to contribute, there will be a possibility for that as well.

Who is behind this project?
The project and this survey site is designed and headed by Danish researcher Lisbeth Klastrup, who does research at the Center of Computer Games Research at the IT University of Copenhagen. You can read more about me and the survey on the project page.

Who are asked to contribute?
Both newbie players, experienced players and hardcore players who have tried either one or more of a number of the largest massive multiplayer online games are welcome to contribute. Every experience is valid and every experience can aid me in my research. I would therefore be grateful if you would use some time to fill out the survey and share your experience(s) with me.

Will my name be published?
I will ask for your age, gender and geographical location. But you will not be asked to submit your reallife name. If you submit a story that I later quote in a research publication, your character name as well as the names of your co-players will be changed in order to ensure anonymity.

Time required
The time you use to write the story of your experiences may vary, but
the rest of the survey should not take more than 10 minutes to complete.

For further information, please contact