Content of the article: "Comprehensive D&D Player Questionnaire – A way to learn your players’ preferences"
I recently started considering trying to find other people online to DM for, and I thought that it might be helpful to make a google form for gauging the preferences of people who might be interested.
Things kind of ballooned from there, and I ended up with full-blown questionnaire. I thought that maybe others could benefit from having a resource of ready-made questions to ask their players, so here you go! Below I have the raw excel file that's behind the form, as well as the form itself, and a helpful resource I used in making it that was posted here previously.
There are several sections, ranging from play time, to preferences on approaches to rules, adventure structure, sensitive topics, inter-player disputes, etc. I tried to stay away from anything I felt was a question for DMs specifically, since the goal is to assess player preferences.
This questionnaire is pretty beefy. You may decide that if you want to use it, you only need a small part of it. That's perfectly fine. I wanted to cover all the bases that were important to me as a DM.
Having said that, I'm sure that there are things I have left out. I'd welcome any additions you think would be helpful that can be included on a future version.
If you're interested, you are welcome to fill out the live version below! I'm interested in making a few nice data visualizations of responses, as well as sharing the raw response data, supposing there's enough interest. It might be insightful to see where the majority of players fall on the included topics. You're welcome to ignore the stuff related to time of play.
Unfortunately, google makes it impossible to share the form source itself without providing edit privileges, but you're welcome to adapt or copy paste as you see fit.
Link to Questionnaire: https://forms.gle/n6Q3QRHfgoAEqdnb6
Helpful plain-text resource for even more information to discuss before playing, which this questionnaire is partially drawn from: https://old.reddit.com/r/dndnext/comments/601awb/session0_topic_checklist_and_guide/
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