Playgroup Cohesion

While there’s the concept with CCGs that as long as everyone is on the same page about how to play the game, it doesn’t matter how you play it.  Yet, CCGs, like other competitive games have defined goals.

I was reading rpgsite.com when I noticed that one of the posters had a link to a quiz for Robin Laws’ system of defining RPG gamer types.

http://quizfarm.com/quizzes/Fashion/ellydragon/laws-game-style/

An explanation of the different gamer types can be found here.

I took the quiz.

You Scored as Storyteller

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.

Storyteller
 
100%
Specialist
 
58%
Casual Gamer
 
50%
Tactician
 
50%
Method Actor
 
50%
Power Gamer
 
17%
Butt-Kicker
 
8%

I think the quiz could be better – I certainly don’t believe that I’m 100% anything and my mental state when I took the quiz might have had significant impact where a more detailed quiz would have weeded out some of the variance.  However, I can see this being an entirely reasonable explanation of my gamer profile.

In many ways, it speaks for itself.  I don’t need to elaborate on how little I care about combat for the sake of combat, and so forth, oh, shoot, just did.  The one thing I sort of wonder about is what sort of specialist I prefer being.  I think it’s “knowledge guy”.  My favorite Serenade in Immortal was the one where you could view the future, but you didn’t necessarily want to tell anybody as it locked events in for them as well as you.  I could see “charming dude”, as well, with “knowledge guy” representing a strength and “charming dude” a weakness.

Well, whatever.  Analyzing myself is hardly useful to anyone else.  The more useful thing to write about is how profiles affect a playgroup.  I sent the quiz link on to my L5R players (and the Conan group but nobody responded there).

Here are some results:

You Scored as 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.

Method Actor
 
83%
Specialist
 
75%
Storyteller
 
67%
Tactician
 
58%
Butt-Kicker
 
58%
Power Gamer
 
33%
Casual Gamer
 
0%

I scored as a Tactician, with Method Actor as second highest.

 

You Scored as Tactician
-2nd and 3rd were tied between Method Actor and Specialist
You’re probably a military buff who wants to have the chance to think through
complex problems.
-Yeah, pretty much.

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.
-I would say consistency is the most important part by far. Though I do find
things frustrating when they’re totally counter-intuitive.

You want challenging yet logical obstacles to overcome.
-I’d say this is a fair generalization.

 

I had a three way tie which was broken into power gamer.  It was tied with Tactician and Specialist, though Storyteller wasn’t too far behind

Given the prevalence of method actors and tacticians, I should adjust the L5R campaign to promote consistency – for the method actor, it’s consistency of character, for the tactician, consistency of the world.  Should be an interesting challenge, given that my number one complaint with HoR mods is lack of consistency.

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6 Responses to Playgroup Cohesion

  1. Brandon says:

    The test sounded interesting, here’s what I got:

    You Scored as 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.

    Method Actor
    92%
    Storyteller
    83%
    Specialist
    58%
    Tactician
    58%
    Butt-Kicker
    50%
    Casual Gamer
    33%
    Power Gamer
    33%

  2. Azel says:

    Crapola, in my slice of the Bay I’m surrounded by Butt-Kickers, Casuals, and Power Gamers. And here I wanna Method Act or Tell Stories. I have to commute to North Bay and game with my friend who also wants to resign from the combat treadmill. Apparently all the budding thespians and script writers are down south.

  3. Brad says:

    The Conan group did respond. Eric, Kevin and I all responded to your post and took the test.

    Brad

  4. […] One of Robin Laws’ gamer archetypes is the specialist.  I came out in the quiz mentioned in this post as 58% specialist.  That sounds reasonable.  I don’t always feel the need to be an […]

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