Earlier this week, we asked gamers about their favorite rock band (with a pretty liberal definition of “rock”, mind). There were 3 questions on the survey: What’s your favorite rock band, do you use music during a RPG session or in planning for one, and does music play a large part in your gaming?
We ended up at the time of my writing this with 129 responses. Because of the limited nature of the “free” service I used (SurveyMonkey), the survery was cut off after the first 100 responses. Nice. Well, let’s press ahead with what we do have:
Question 1: Your Favorite Rock Band.
There was no, and I mean, no consensus on this. Only a few bands even had multiple responses. Amongst those, here’s the breakdown:
-Rush, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and Metallica all tied with 4% of the vote each.
-AC/DC, Blind Guardian, Jethro Tull, and Led Zeppelin all tied with 3% of the vote each.
-The Clash, The Who, Tool, Van Halen, Guns N’ Roses, Clutch, The Ramones, and yes, Blue Oyster Cult all tied with 2% of the vote each.
I would wager as gamers, this tells us two things: James Raggi hates us to a man, and we have some classic (less polite term: old fart) music tastes.
Question 2: Do You Use Music During A RPG Session Or In Planning For One?
-39% of respondents answered Yes, with 61% answering No. That’s a big indicator that perhaps music at the tabletop isn’t as widely used as perhaps I had thought.
Question 3: Does Music Play A Large Part In Your Gaming?
-30.3% answered Yes, 20.2% answered No, and 49.5% answered Only Occasionally. As unscientific as this is (and believe me, it couldn’t get much less scientific), it would seem music inspires more than it is directly used in play.
So, for today’s Friday Discussion, I thought we could discuss music in general for RPGs—if we find it distracting, the best use of music we’ve seen in a campaign, if the results here surprise you. Comment away below! Aside from that, have a great weekend!