Robin D. Laws: The 7 Gamer Types

Poll: Which type best describes you when you're playing D&D?

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    Robin D. Laws: The 7 Gamer Types

    Butt-Kicker, Casual Gamer, Method Actor, Power Gamer, Specialist, Storyteller, and Tactician:

    With regards to Wizards of the Coast designing 5th edition, which style is strongest for yourself? Are you more strongly associated with Butt-Kicker style, Casual Gamer style, or Method Actor style, Power Gamer style, Specialist style, Storyteller style, or Tactician style? You can answer 21 questions over at this link to get a simple quiz-based result for yourself.

    If you're 34% Specialist, 33% Storyteller, and 33% Casual Gamer then you should answer Specialist because that is the single strongest element. Similarly, if you're 34% Tactician you should answer Tactician in the poll.

    You like a streightforward combat character. After a long day at the office, you want to clobber foes and once more prove your superiority over all who would challenge you.

    Casual Gamer
    You generally get left out when people talk about gamer types, but there's usually one in each game. You tend to be low key and come to hang out with your friends. But, you fill a very important and often underappreciated role of taking on the job nobody else jumps up at. And, typically, you also help to balance out some of the stronger personalities in the group. Good on you!

    Method Actor
    You think that gaming is a form of creative expression. You may view rules as, at best, a necessary evil, preferring sessions where the dice never come out of the bag. You enjoy situations that test or deepen your character's personality traits.

    Power Gamer
    The Power Gamer wants to make his character bigger, tougher, buffer, and richer. However success is defined in your game, that's what you want. You want the "game" put back into "roleplaying game," and you want the chance to add shiny new abilities to your character sheet.

    You favor a particular character type that you play in most campaigns you're involved in. Ninjas are quite popular. You want the rules to support your favorite kind of character, but otherwise, it's not a big deal. And, you want to be able to do your cool things in a game, like climbing on walls.

    You're more inclined toward the role playing side of the equation and less interested in numbers or experience points. You're quick to compromise if you can help move the story forward, and get bored when the game slows down for a long planning session. You want to play out a story that moves like it's orchestrated by a skilled novelist or film director.

    You're probably a military buff who wants to have the chance to think through complex problems. You want the rules, and your GM's interpretation of them, to match up what happens in the real world or at least be consistant. You want challenging yet logical obstacles to overcome.


    Take all four polls:

    Timmy-Johnny-Spike-Vorthos poll
    Character Actor-Power Gamer-Storyteller-Thinker poll
    Gamist-Narrativist-Simulationist poll
    Butt-Kicker-Casual Gamer-Method Actor-Power Gamer-Specialist-Storyteller-Tactician poll

    Thanks to Greg K for the link over in this thread.
    Quote Originally Posted by Greg K View Post
    I prefer the Robin Laws break down

    Robin's Law Quiz: Law's Game Style |

    Good polls and well formulated market research are difficult. Why force people to make either-or choices when they might answer "all of it"? By making respondents differentiate you get stronger signals that are more useful in analysis. Let me state, for the record, that I believe everyone has a little bit of most or all of the seven styles/types.

    Further, each respondent will interpret the labels differently. That is not a problem. If Wizards of the Coast R&D ever uses this data they'll have their own understanding of the labels as well. It's better to get more data and additional poll responses than to argue definitions.

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    Voted method actor, but I'm really about 50/50 method actor tactician.

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    I figured out a while back that I'm probably 50/50 Storyteller and Casual Gamer. I enjoy it best when a game session runs like a novel or TV episode, and I'll play darned near any system, and will only not play if the GM or players for a game are known by me to be god-awful.

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    According to that quiz, i am predominantly storyteller.

    Storyteller 75% Method Actor 58% Tactician 58% Power Gamer 50% Butt-Kicker 50% Specialist 42% Casual Gamer 25%

    Although i could argue about the validity of those values, i wont.


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    I'm not a fan of this classification scheme. I prefer the one in the 4e DMG (and 3e DMG2). I don't fit any of those categories very well.

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    I voted specialist but it was a virtual tie between that and method actormwhen I took the test. Scored pretty high on tactician and storyteller as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattachine View Post
    I'm not a fan of this classification scheme. I prefer the one in the 4e DMG (and 3e DMG2). I don't fit any of those categories very well.
    I think it is better than GNS but has some problems of its own. Still these are actual types that I can identify from play, sonit doesn't bother me so much even if I disagree with its categories somewhat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattachine View Post
    I'm not a fan of this classification scheme. I prefer the one in the 4e DMG (and 3e DMG2). I don't fit any of those categories very well.
    Robin D. Laws wrote that portion of the DMG 2 for 3.5, so it's an updated and D&D focused version of the same concept by the same man. So, there's that, for what it's worth.

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    Got 100% storyteller....

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    Did the test...
    75% Storyteller
    58% Tactician
    58% Butt-Kicker
    50% Power Gamer
    33% Specialist
    33% Method Actor
    8% Casual Gamer

    I'd say that describes me reasonably well. I used to be less Tactician / Butt-Kicker, but 4E changed me because those Defenders are a hell lot of fun!

    I also have strong Power Gamer tendencies, which I'm trying to keep in check by building more defensive / supportive characters rather than the megadamage spotlightstealer I accidently built in 3E. (I really didn't realize Artificers were that broken...)

    Btw., I think it would help the 5E discussion immensely if people could get off their edition-partisan butts and think about what they like from the game, as in what they enjoy in the table experience. Because a great game is about how it plays, not whether Dwarves get Stonecunning or not (or whatever your personal pet peeve is)
    Last edited by mkill; Thursday, 16th February, 2012 at 05:23 PM.

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