D&D research study

D&D research study


Out of curiosity, how is the data about the number of true statements analysed? I don't see any obvious relation between the statements. Very curious how that can be interpreted.


I was thinking that too.


Not op, but I expect it is intended to make people more comfortable with answering truthfully as which statements they were agreeing to cannot be derived from their answers. Everyone is given a different combination of statements and with sufficient data it is possible to reconstruct which answers were most commonly picked while ensuring confidentiality. (Edit: It also might reduce errors caused by people intentionally answering falsely but I doubt that is the primary purpose.)


Huh that's really interesting. I see what you mean, as there are some answers that apply to probably everyone, so that number can be reduced down a bit. I figure they may care less about the specific answers to focus more on the "negative experience" or similar. Very interesting.


It's more that by giving each person a different selection of 5 statements you can see which statements are in sets that people responded to with higher numbers, and conclude that more people agreed with those statements. That way you can work out which statements people picked most often (and conversely least often). You end up with the same information as asking for each statement individually but without there being any possibility of knowing what each person was responding to.


For older players, most editions didn't *go* to 20 anyway, I thought that one was kind of strange. It might just be filler.


Really? Thought it was pretty obvious they are looking at the intersection of race (in game), alignment, and real racism. I'd say 75 percent of the questions were about that with some obvious smoke screen.


I mean the questions presenting a number of statements, and you say how many are true. If I answer 1, how does that determine if I Experienced discrimination or simply learned to DM from critical role? Someone else explained that with large enough data set, you may be able to see some general trends, allowing for individual responses to be obscures a little more.


I see I thought you were talking about the questions in general not just the multiple choice ones. And yeah it's a little strange. You definitely can use statistical analysis to try to get a confidence interval on the questions they are focused on, but it definitely isn't the way I'd format the questions. The other option is asking questions in multiple ways to eliminate options to get better confidence.


"forced" to play/avoid a certain race is a kind of shaky question - for example, If a DM says "this is a Halloween one shot, you're all human children", that's forcing a player to play a certain race or not play, but it's low buy-in. You don't get stuck with that character for an extended campaign. It's not the same as saying "you must be a dwarf in my ongoing campaign". If the campaign is set in some kind of realistic or historical setting, obviously, humans are the only race available. So a number of campaigns would "force" you to be human for those reasons. Many official settings explicitly don't have certain races. There are no goblins in dark sun. Play dark sun, you're forced to not be a goblin. Of course this is also true of homebrew settings. Dragonborn didn't exist when I started my setting. If a DM says "PHB races for this campaign", that excludes tortles Tabaxi etc, just by using the core books only. If a DM says "all official 5e WotC products", that excludes any races from quasi official products like plane shifts, races which were canon in an older Edition but absent from 5e. If they say "anything ever from any book in any d&d edition", that still excludes homebrew and races from other games. If homebrew races are excluded; it could be a tonal choice (no giant teddy bear people, this is a serious game), but it could also be about game balance - (look, I don't care if you want to reflavor a triton as an octopus person, but you're Not using that danddwiki jank with eight attacks per round). So really, nobody who's played d&d even once could ever truthfully say they haven't had the available races restricted in some meaningful way.


I feel bad because I clicked an answer that I never have been in a campaign as a player that had discrimination in it, then remembered the Dusk Elves are literally in the middle of being exterminated in CoS.


Does it count when my half elf party once complained about humans not having darksight?


It definitely could if they derided or in any way made the human character (not player) feel inferior due to a genetic difference.


Responded, out of curiosity what is the research goal of the survey and how do you plan to analyze the information out of the select how many are true statements? Traditionally these questions have been from 0 to 5 choose how much this statement applies to you, so I'm really curious


I answered, but just as a question...when you say "$75 gift card" what exactly is it a gift card to? Not to sound suspicious, I just have no idea what it's for.


Maybe you can pick?


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Hey felt like you should know on your "what race are you question" you say select all that apply but only one can be chosen.


This may have been fixed, i didnt have that problem


Responded. Best of luck with your study!


I think race-selection is influenced heavily by class-selection!!!


Agreed ^ although for me, it's more to min-max, which wasn't touched upon at all in the survey. Notably, I know I'm not the majority here, and often race + class combos have many reasons behind them.


In my current campaign, there isn't racism towards the races themselves (besides the acknowledgement that there are differences in abilities), but there is xenophobia towards other beliefs/nationalities (a bit like islamophobia in western culture). I couldn't really put this in the survey. So here you go!


I don't really get the point of the "how many of the following statements are true about you" questions that don't actually identify *which ones* are, unless you answer all or none (which I didn't for any). I also think some more of the questions should allow for an expanded explanation as opposed to a tick box.


Welp, I did my best. But you front-loaded all the hard questions like "how old are you" and "how long have you played D&D", that much math is a rough way to start out.


I've been thinking for a while about all the racial coding, explicit racism, genetic determinism, etc. that's built into the ruleset of D&D (and many other RPGs) and this survey now made me realise how in our past campaigns (in particular in campaigns we've played years ago) there was so much casual racism... We've been doing much better lately, but 10 years ago it was kinda rampant in our games.


Responded, hope you get the data you need!


Good luck :)






It's kinda funny when you play a Changeling as your race.