RPG Games: Do Personality Types Affect Role Play?
by Natalie Womble
All of the role playing games provided by Iron Realms Entertainment offer the players an enriched world to role-play in. Players are able to live in these fantasy worlds living and role-playing out their fantasies and dreams. As a text game enthusiast I have observed and witness characters to excel and push themselves through ascending into dragon-hood, flourish in the combatant arts, and become fantastic leaders of one or more organizations!
On an out-of-character level, my observations of characters to have me contemplate and ask myself the following questions: Just how much does a player’s attitude affect his or her character? Is it possible for the player’s personality to subconsciously make role-playing decision for their characters? Are there any similarities between other players and their characters when it comes to the players’ personalities?
The truth is your personal attitude can affect the way you currently play your character. Let’s be honest, there are times when your attitude is not positive whilst playing a text game. You could possibly be upset by means that are unrelated to the online role playing game. During the course of the negative attitude is it possible for you to make rash decisions such as rage-quitting your organizations, or possibly ordering something ridiculous to occur, like a mass execution of some sort.
Playing with a positive or content attitude is the best thing to do, and if it is a text game related situation. Take a break! There is absolutely nothing wrong with taking a break from the text game. Iron Realms role playing games are to be fun and entertaining, not to make the players feel miserable.
Not to long ago I began to research the possibilities of player personalities having some input in regards to their character(s)’s role-playing and decisions for their role-play. I also began to research if there were any similarities of the characters of the players with similar or the same personality types. In my research I chose to do a little survey by using the Myers-Briggs personality type quiz. For over sixty years the Myer-Briggs personality quiz has been used to assist in determining personality types in a psychological manner.
The quiz itself consists of sixteen possible personality types. I took the time to ask twenty Iron Realms’ players to take the time and to complete this quiz and give me the results. To make it easier on myself I chose players only from Achaea. (Thank you so much to all of those who assisted me with this and took the quiz!)
At first I wanted to analyze to see if personality types were the same for all of those that I asked within the same cities and or other organizations. The truth? This is extremely false, my results were not all that I expected, granted there were a some cases where I did recognize that there are a few with the same personality types in the same organizations!
Once I finished my testing, and collecting the data from my tests the two most dominate personality results I had are INTP and INTJ. According to the Meyer-Briggs results INTP and INTJ are both dominate thinking personality types. Dominate thinking personality types are involved with order and organization and being able to use logic. I analyzed each of the characters of the players received these results and all of them have been or are in some type of leadership position throughout the course of their play time; whether the position was a secretary position in a House or a Minister position in a City, or hey even high up in their Order. Furthermore to increase my interest, I realized that the characters were somewhat wide-spread overall whenever it came to the organizations!
The second highest result I noticed in my research is the ISEP personality type. The ISFP personality type is a dominate feeling personality. The feeling personality is based on values, beliefs, and moral foundations. Once more I analyzed the characters and realized that each of the characters’ have always been well-known to role-play their beliefs and values very well.
The third highest results I found are the ISTJ and ISTP. The ISTJ is a dominate sensing personality, and the ISTP is a dominate thinking personality. The dominate sensing personality types use the five senses to understand the world around them, what is here and now, being aware of sensory movement, trusting one’s experiences to create a guideline for future action, and finally it is about remembering, cataloging, and recalling a variety of experiences and information. I took the time to analyze the characters of the players that received ISTJ and they each have been in some form of leadership position and were effective administrators, and they both were in the same organizations!
I took consideration into viewing the characters that received the ISTP result and my findings were the following both were in leadership positions of some degree they were also a member of similar classes, and were known as fairly gifted thinkers. As a final note, all but four players tested as introverts, which makes extroverted personalities a bit of a rarity in online text games. Hower, given the small testing pool, maybe the numbers will correct themselves in the comments?
Natalie Womble is a text game enthusiast who enjoys the best role playing games at Iron Realms!