Find out your style of play with the Player Archetypes Quiz 

To determine your player archetype simply enter the details below and answer all the questions. Click submit at the end to see your results.

Read each question carefully, then respond with the answer that is MOST true for you.

As you complete the quiz, keep in mind that each question explores things about games that you like and don't like. 

Most of you would have played a variety of games. Some you didn't like. Some were OK. Some you loved.

You've probably played a game just because a spouse or friend wanted to. And maybe the experience overall was good. But would you have played that game if you had total freedom to choose?

This quiz is asking you to think about what your perfect game play experience would be like. 

The more experienced you are as a player, the easier it will be answer the questions. Your experiences with different players, rules sets and game types give you more variety to reflect on when answering the questions. That's a good reason to play more games!

Your archetype may change over time with experience and maturity. It can change if you answer the questions with a focus on a certain type of game (for example roleplaying vs boardgames). Feel free to come back and retake the quiz to see if it has.

Following each statement is a popculture quote, added for a bit of fun and to help give each statement more meaning. 

We hope you enjoy the quiz and learn something about yourself and your fellow players. 

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Given the choice, would you prefer a game with social or economic / trading aspects, where you can via for market control, through being a guild, clan, or community leader?



“He who controls the spice controls the universe.”
- Dune, Frank Herbert novel (1965)



 

Given the choice, do you prefer games where you can gain levels, equipment, or advances that develop your in game abilities or strengths?



“Say, you think you could soup him up a bit? Maybe give him a metal arm with laser in it, or something.”
- Tick, The Tick TV series Season 1 Episode 9 (2002)



 

Given the choice, do you enjoy games that allow you to develop a rich back story with matching game statistics?



“Is this a kissing book?”
- The Grandson, The Princess Bride movie (1983)



 

Do you love learning about the back story and lore of a game setting, and appreciate the quality of a game as a whole (regardless of the mechanics of play)?



“Woo woo, secret vampire stuff!”
- Sookie Stackhouse: Dead Until Dark, Charlaine Harris novel (2001)



 

Do you love exploring the boundaries of a game setting, and taking it to unexpected places?



"It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door," he used to say. "You step into the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.’
- Frodo Baggins, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring novel (1965)



 

Do you thrive on pitting yourself against other players in a game?



“Conan! What is best in life?” 


“Crush your enemies. See them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their women.”
– Conan, Conan the Barbarian movie (1982)



 

Given the choice, would you prefer to play a game that encourages interaction with other players through things such as forming guilds, kinships, or pacts?



“We’ve gotta go to the crappy town where I’m a hero!”
– Wash, Firefly TV series, Jaynestown Season 1 Episode 4 (2002)



 

Given the choice, would you prefer a game that allows you to directly affect the environment, such as building or destroying the game world?



“Believe me, Will. If I could control life like a bloody chess game, a lot of things would have turned out very differently.”
- Helen Magnus, Sanctuary TV series. The Depths Season 4 Episode 11 (2011)



 

Given the choice, would you prefer a combat or tactically focused game? Or playing roles such as the healer or warrior in games?



“Let me out of here, Airk. Give me a sword and I’ll win this war for you.”
- Madmartigan, Willow movie (1988)



 

Do you enjoy sharing stories with other people about what happened in the games you’ve play?



“I think the world ought to be more sort of organised.”


That’s a fantasy”, said Twoflower.


“I know. That’s the trouble”, Rincewind sighed again.
- Discworld: The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett novel (1983)



 

Given the choice, do you prefer games where you can alter the board layout, or where you can influence the world setting?



“Klaatu Barada NNNNNNecktie. Nectar. Nickel. Noodle. It's an "N" word, it's definitely an "N" word! Klaatu... Barada... N [cough, cough, cough]…  Okay... that's it!”
-
Ash, Evil Dead III: Army of Darkness movie (1992) 



 

Given the choice, do you prefer games where you can create a theme around your game play? Or where the game is based around a theme?



“What’s the point of buying a toaster with artificial intelligence if you don’t like toast?”
- Talkie Toaster, Red Dwarf TV series, Seasons 1 Episode 4 (1988)



 

Given the choice, would you prefer to play a game that allows you to re-experience your love of a favourite book, TV show, movie, or historical event?



“Do you know if there are any personages of historical significance around here?”
- Bill, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure movie (1989)



 

Is the group of players what makes playing a game great, irrespective of game type or rules?



“I like your manly bravado," she said. "Do it some more.”
– Denna, The Kingkiller Chronicle: The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss novel (2007)



 

Do you enjoy tournaments because they give you a chance to hang out with like-minded people, and you don't care where you rank?



“That’s the problem with winning right from the start”, thought Ender. ”You lose friends.”
– Ender, The Ender Quintent: Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card novel (1985)



 

Given the choice, would you prefer to play a game that has roleplaying aspects to it, or where the game play tells a ‘story’ of events?



“In dreams, we enter a world that’s entirely our own.”
– Professor Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J K Rowling novel (1999)



 

Given the choice, would you prefer a game that requires you to pay attention to details and solve puzzles?



“Then why do I feel like he's the only person on this boat that wants to be here.”
– Colonel Nick Fury, Avengers movie (2012)



 

Do you frequently meet people through games that become good friends outside of gaming?



“My old grandmother always used to say, Summer friends will melt away like summer snows, but winter friends are friends forever.”
– A Song of Ice and Fire: A feast for Crows, George R R Martin novel (2005)



 

Do you love spending hours contemplating the perfect combination of play, and enjoy mastering the mechanics or rules of a game? Where function is more important than flavour?



“A well calculated move... straight out of Sun Tzu's ancient text, 'The Art of War.' Or my own master work, 'Zapp Brannigan's Big Book of War.'”
-  Zapp Brannigan, Futurama TV series, Season 1 Episode 4 (1999)



 

Do you enjoy sharing your knowledge of games to help other people improve their game play skills?



“No more training do you require. Already know you, that which you need.”
– Yoda, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi movie (1983)



 

Given the choice, would you prefer a casual, non-competitive, style of game play?



“Knives are not my talent.”
– Nicci, Sword of Truth: Confessor, Terry Goodkind novel (2007)



 

Do you love to sow destruction or create chaos, and play the villain or anti-hero in a game? Especially just to stir things up.



“You said it’s all circling the drain, the whole universe. Right? Had to end sometime.”
- Richard B Riddick, The Chronicles of Riddick movie (2004)



 

Given the choice, do you prefer to play a game that allows freedom to minimise or maximise your choices?



“Dilithium chamber at maximum, Captain.”
- Scotty, Star Trek movie (2009)



 

Do you gain a sense of prestige from obtaining levels, advances, or rare items even when they have no in game benefit?



“And I’ll buy you the hat. A really BIG one… Commodore.”
- Captain Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl movie (2003)