Sunday, September 04, 2005

What type of gamer?

Courtesy of Ben Lehman, I just saw that someone made a quiz out of Robin's Laws. Here are my results:

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.

Method Actor








Power Gamer




Casual Gamer


Law's Game Style
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Mostly right on, though I am actually partial to long planning sessions. When I play pretend with the Baker kids, Sebastian & Elliot, I sometimes get accused of dragging out the preparation time (drawing maps, coloring in our tiny robots & their cool jetpacks etc.) for too long. Elliot says "I want to play already!" I'm like, "Aren't we playing already?"

For Elliot, play begins when we drop into character & start zooming around the room like we're flying the jetspeeders or what have you. (Does that make our pretend a larp?) For me, it starts as soon as we start talking about what setting we are going to use, and what characters we are choosing. I think most people would class what I call the start of play as pre-play, but it can be some of the most important parts of gaming: look at the Pitch Session in Primetime Adventures. That's the spark that gives life to glue of this amazingly collaborative little game.


Blogger Ben said...

FWIW, I'm with Elliot.

I have this whole idea about prep, and gamers who are very fond of prep (like you) and gamers who are fond of prep but not of play (not like you, but like some of my friends) and what's up with that, but it is too long to fit in this comment box.


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