Reverb Gamers Prompt #3
Atlas Games is doing this thing called “Reverb Gamers 2012″, with 31 question prompts to kick off 2012. I’m going to post one up each day, including weekends, throughout January. I invite you to do the same! And check out @ReverbGamers on Twitter or Facebook.
REVERB GAMERS 2012, #3: What kind of gamer are you? Rules Lawyer, Munchkin/Power Gamer, Lurker, Storyteller/Method Actor, or something else? (Search “types of gamer” for more ideas!) How does this affect the kinds of games you play? For example, maybe you prefer crunchy rules-heavy systems to more theatrical rules-light ones?
I have to start by throwing a yellow card on this prompt, for two reasons: (1) This is, unfortunately, about Creative Agenda. And talking about CA on the Internet tends to result in unpleasantness.
(2) It assumes that we’re one-dimensional people. And I don’t know about you, but I’m not.
I’m a Rules Lawyer when I feel like the expectation of the rules in a given moment is challenged, and suddenly the safety net of structure is threatened.
I’m a Munchkin or Power Gamer when the game demands it, like D&D Third Edition did. The one time when I wasn’t, I was heavily penalized for that by feeling incompetent in the game.
Lurker? Nah, not me. But I do dial it back when it’s not my moment.
I suppose I’m a Storyteller type by default, as I appreciate drama & narrative & other hippie shit. And I wouldn’t use the term “Method Actor” for that. I don’t go out stabbing dragons or anything.
I’m a gamer. I am large, I contain multitudes.
 Especially when it’s erroneously applied to game design.