If You Were an RPG Character, What Would Your Greatest Skill Be?

By: Zoe Samuel
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About This Quiz

Role-playing games go back a long way. It could be said that acting is a kind of role-playing game, making it the oldest form. In some cultures, shamans put on masks, taking on the identities of gods or spirits for short periods, enabling them to play a role in local rites and festivals.

RPGs as we think of them today really began in the 1970s with the advent of Dungeons & Dragons, also known as D&D. D&D was inspired by the massively popular "Lord of The Rings" book series and allowed players to immerse themselves in the roles of wizards, barbarians, bards and priests navigating a world of fantasy creatures like elves, orcs and goblins. 

In time, other RPGs took shape. The 1980s saw the advent of a "Star Wars" RPG, which spawned a host of supporting books enumerating rules for the Dark Side of The Force, etc. The 1990s RPG scene was dominated by such hits as "Rifts," a sci-fi RPG, and of course, White Wolf Publishing's "World of Darkness" series, including "Vampire: The Masquerade," which was a way of playing in the worlds of Anne Rice and Bram Stoker, and the inspiration for the "Underworld" film series.

There are two primary types of characters in RPGs: NPC (non-player characters) and PCs (player characters). It's time to sharpen your pencil and use up all your freebie points because we're going to make an RPG character out of you, using a simple personality test as a basis. Then we can tell you what your number one skill would be if you were an RPG character!

If you're in the middle of something that's just for fun, would you consider stopping to help a colleague who asks for help with a work thing?

How often do you attend religious services?

How do you deal with confrontation with your loved ones?

Which of these acts, in theory performed by you, scares you the most?

What do you think happens after one passes away?

How would you feel if you were required to go to a bad neighborhood to attend an evening event?

Which of these movie genres do you like best?

Which of these job descriptions appears closest to your job?

How often do you tidy your sock drawer?

How often do you cook your own dinner from scratch?

How well do you tolerate the heat when the temperature gets into the high 90s?

Which of these kinds of live entertainment would you prefer to see?

Where would you like to go on a road trip with friends?

What activity bonds you to your parents?

What do you and your worst ex agree on?

How long was your longest romantic relationship?

How do you deal with confrontations in the workplace?

Which of these activities frustrates you the least?

Of what stage of your life are you proudest?

How often are you surprised by the twist in horror movies?

What do you do to stay involved in your wider community?

Which of these places is a place you would dream of living?

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do with the money?

Which of these things would you most want to do before returning to your home town for a high school reunion?

Who do you turn to when you need personal advice?

Which of these TV shows have you followed at some point?

Which of these archaic weapons would you want in a real world fight?

How strong is your compulsion to go all in when you deliberately assume a risk?

How would you prefer to spend your spare time?

Of these RPGs, which RPG (tabletop, LARP, or video game) do you like the best?

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