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The Survey

About the Survey

The survey is now closed and the data collected. The survey ran for five years–from July 4, 2012 to July 3, 2017.

This survey was designed to collect a wide variety of data with which I hoped to provide a picture of who we are as Game Masters. The first part was primarily basic demographic data. The second part was specific to the experience of Game Masters.

A few points:

For the purposes of this survey, the term “Game Master” (or GM) referred to any host, referee, etc. who maintains and runs a table-top role-playing game.

RPGs referred to table-top games in which players take on the personas of characters to participate in a storytelling simulation.

Also, the term “online gaming” referred to playing traditional table-top RPGs via Skype or some sort of teleconferencing/gaming software via the Internet. It DID NOT refer to online games such as World of Warcraft.

In this survey I asked some questions that some may have felt were uncomfortable. All of the data collected in this survey remains 100% anonymous and was only gathered in order to give me a more complete picture of who we are.


  • All information submitted to this survey is 100% anonymous and used only for the purposes of this project.
  • While this information is being gathered for the purposes of publication, no information will be sold or given to any third party outside of the stated purposes of this project.


The results of the survey can be seen in the following .pdf:

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