A character profile of individuals in a specific simulated environment: the society for creative anachronism

The purpose of this study was to collect descriptive data on individuals in a specific simulated environment: the Society for Creative Anachronism. This was an organization of people that centers around the re-creation of events from Europe during the Middle Ages. The significance of this study was to provide data to recreation program planners which would give insight into those who engage in a simulated environment experience. A literature review was conducted on simulated environments, the Society for Creative Anachronism, pertinent play theories, the semantic differential technique and self-ratings. A questionnaire pertaining to the personal background information of the respondents was devised and a character assessment tool obtained. This was the basis for the findings, conclusions, and recommendations. Originally, the questionnaire, the character assessment tool, and a cover letter were published in the local newsletter of the Society for Creative Anachronism. This method received thirty-six responses. In addition, the author attended two events of the organization and administered the questionnaire and the character assessment tool. This study was based on the responses of 106 individuals. The data gathered from the questionnaire showed that a majority of the individuals in the S.C.A. were female, between the ages of 20 and 29, Caucasian, and single. The most common response to the question about religious affilia·tion was listed as "Other." They generally belonged to the Democratic Party, had a college education, a professional job, and earned between $12,000 and $16,999 a year. The most common rationale for participation in this particular simulated environment was re-creating the Middle Ages. The character assessment tool showed by tables that the individuals viewed themselves as having a majority of positive characteristic traits as opposed to negative characteristic traits.