Player Preferences Questionnaire


"What do you want?"


What's this?

The following is a questionnaire I like to give to new players. It has a few categories of styles of roleplaying. You could easily write your own, with entirely different things listed. The point is not to say "this is how it's done," but to stimulate thought. If you just ask your players, "what do you like in a game?" they'll stare at you blankly and say, "um... to have fun!" If you ask them more specific questions, then you can get a better idea of what they like, put it all together in one campaign, and everyone's happy (we hope).


When the GM is advertising their campaign to potential players, they can rate it in the same way, so that players know what to expect.


Game Style

Rate each of these three pairs according to which side you'd like the campaign to swing most towards. You get 4 points to put into each pair. Rate it like "Cinematic (1), Realistic (3)", which would mean "mostly realistic."



What happens

Rate from 1 to 4 the overall themes of the campaign you'd like. "1" is "hardly ever appears", while "4" is "happens just about every session."



How it's done

Note which of the following character abilities you most enjoy having a character use. Ideally, at least four of the twelve should be significant. This gives the GM the chance to figure out what sort of things to give you to do.


Athletics, Combat, Communication, Detection, Driving, Gadgeteering, Intrusion, Magic, Medical, Persuading, Scholarship, Wilderness




Note here your favourite

This will let the GM know what sorts of settings you enjoy.




Players tend to all rate "character" as important, even if they're munchkins (who should rate "character power" highly). When they're not in a game session, quietly thinking about roleplaying games, they think how nice it'd be to do something deep and meaningful. Once they sit down at the game table and get into the whole noisy-gaming thing, out comes the dice and whooping. So this questionnaire can only be a start to things. Think of it as like a horoscope of play styles, giving you a rough idea of the person.


Lastly, answering this questionnaire is like answering Mr. Morden, above. Careful what you wish for - you may just get it.