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From Arref's blog (itsog), I found a link discussing different "types" of role-playing. Check it out here

For my own amusement, I was wondering how the people I game with see themselves; this might also help me as a GM decide how to drive my games. I know night__watch, for example, is a storyteller. I, on the other hand, am more of a method actor.

Poll #298743 RPG types

Which RPG type do you see yourself as?

The Power Gamer
The Butt-Kicker
The Tactician
The Specialist
The Method Actor
The Storyteller
The Casual Gamer



( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 25th, 2004 12:47 pm (UTC)
What about "Lazy"!
May. 25th, 2004 05:07 pm (UTC)
That would be me...
May. 25th, 2004 12:49 pm (UTC)
I picked three, though I'm a bit from every category.

I have played the "power gamer" and "butt kicker," though to a certain extent these are my own ways of managing a character who is himself that sort of thing -- a Kalivor, or a B from Pez's In Nomine game -- characters who are (at least at the start of the game, if not all the way through) more concerned with being tough or accumulating power. I wouldn't call it my style of play, but I can and do play that style when it seems called for, or in character. I didn't pick these, since I feel that these things are met by other categories.

I am not "The Specialist", as far as I'm aware. I may be in spurts -- having a character idea, and trying to pull it off in mulitple genres at the same time, usually subconsciously.

I would consider myself a "Casual Gamer," but don't really fit what the link describes it as. I don't like to play all the time, and certainly am not some sort of hardcore gamer, but my characters don't stay in the background well.

Tactician - I am, absolutely. Though I'm not a military buff, or anything. I just like that kind of stuff ... "challenging logical obstacles" ... though in the end, I don't make decisions that would be out of character. I can get frustrated by other players making tactically unsound, but in-character decisions. Meh. I get over it fast.

The Method Actor and Storyteller - What I am, mostly. I try to be the Storyteller most of the time, but get easily wrapped up in my characters, and feel like I've cheated myself if I make an out of character decision to satisfy my Tactician or Storyteller qualities. Above all, I'm probably a Method Actor with a Tactician vein. But it's the plot threads that develop that keep me the most interested, which is a Storyteller thing.

Am I all of the above? Or none of them? Hmph.
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