Personalities of Players of Dungeons and Dragons

by Victoria Jesswein last modified 2020-08-23T08:46:37-07:00
Previous research has shown that layers of fantasy role-playing games are less empathic and more introverted than control groups (Douse & McManus, 1993). To explore this further 20 men who played the Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game (60% college students) were given the 48- item Eysenck Personality Inventory (Eysenck, Eysenck, & Barrett, 1965) and the 21-item Beck Depression Inventory (Beck, Ward, Mendelson, Mock, & Erbaugh, 1961). Their scores were compared with those of control groups of male undergraduates enrolled in college courses. For the Beck Depression Inventory, the 20 players' mean scores did not differ from those of 76 controls (Mag,=23.7 and 21.9, SDs =5.43 and 2.88) on the Beck Depression Inventory (Ms=6.70 and 6.15, SDs=4.59 and 7.36; t = 0.32) or for current suicidal ideation on Item 9 (Ms = 0.35 and 0.18, SDs = 0.49 and 0.39; t= 1.63). On the Eysenck scales, the 20 ~layers' mean scores did not drffer from those of 21 controls (Mag,=23.8 and 20.5, SDs =5.4 and l.6), on Psychoticism (Ms =3.80 and 3.05, SDs= 1.67 and 1.53; t = 1.501, Extraversion (Ms = 6.90 and 8.62, SDs=2.65 and 3.48; t= 1.77). Neuroticism (Ms=3.65 and 4.76, SDs=2.16 and 3.79; t=1.15), or Lie (Ms=3.95 and 3.14, SDs=2.46 and 2.67; t= 1.01). Thus, scores of Dungeon and Dragons players on personality scales appeared to resemble those of the unselected undergraduates in the present study.

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