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Epicist

Type-Three Persona: Collector, Explorer, Storyteller

Favourite play activities include:

  • Telling sagas
  • Travelling in the footsteps of other cultures
  • Experimental dining experiences
  • Treasure hunts

A Epicist is a Type-Three Play Persona, combining Collector, Explorer and Storyteller. There's no end to the stories that an Epicist can tell, bringing together as they do the combined wisdom of many different people's and cultures. An Epicist is likely to view the whole of life, and potentially reality itself, as the raw material of an enchanting tale. Sit and listen to the fantasies, and be whisked away into other worlds.

Reflects traits of type-two personas:

Treasure-Hunter

Type-Two Persona: Collector, Explorer

Favourite play activities include:

  • Geo-caching
  • Searching for antiques
  • Flea-market scouring
  • Exotic collecting
  • Visiting unusual places, to tick them off

A Treasure-Hunter is a Type-Two Play Persona, combining Collector and Explorer. Ah, the Treasure-Hunter! Most glamorous of play personas! And yet, those who don't follow this calling rarely realise how much hard work goes into it. Extensive research and - yes - much disappointment comes before something is to be found. It is also to be remembered that what counts as treasure for some may be junk for others. A Treasure-Hunter values their collection for itself, not for monetary worth, though frequently rarity plays some part. They also may enjoy travelling to far-flung reaches, as much to tick them off as for the place itself. But the sense of adventure that Treasure-Hunters exude is certainly real!

Editor

Type-Two Persona: Collector, Storyteller

Favourite play activities include:

  • Reading
  • Collecting books
  • Editorial work
  • Trying multiple storytelling forms
  • Trying new food

An Editor is a Type-Two Play Persona, combining Collector and Storyteller. They enjoy bringing together different stories and memories, and frequently delight in seeing the comparisons between them. Often Editors are voracious readers, but their thirst for storytelling could easily be found in creative forms - interpretative dance, for example. In fact, Editors might well enjoy lots of different ways of sharing their narrative.

Bard

Type-Two Persona: Explorer, Storyteller

Favourite play activities include:

  • Travel writing
  • Having new emotional experiences
  • Reading fantasy / science-fiction
  • Exploration (of culture as well as geography)

A Bard is a Type-Two Play Persona, combining Explorer and Storyteller. They are on an eternal search for new experiences and stories to tell about them. For a Bard, these two things cannot be separated - the journey is the story, and the story must be about the journey. You may hear tales of fantasy from a Bard, but they will be telling you about human experience and the condition of being alive. For a Bard unless they are constantly fed new ways of seeing the world they do not feel alive - so don't be surprised if they're up and off before they've finished telling you the current tale.

Combines traits of basic, type-one personas:

Collector

Type-One Persona: Collector

Favourite play activities include:

  • Collecting (stamps, bottles, etc.)
  • Visiting sets of places
  • Organising, alphabetising, etc.

A Collector is a basic, type-one Play Persona. A collector, you'll be unsurprised to hear, enjoys collecting. This doesn't necessarily mean physical objects, but could just as easily be experiences. Collectors like to set themselves challenges, and are frequently motivated as much by completeness (visiting every single restaurant in the top 100!) as by the experience itself. They may also like to do something on a daily basis, and are motivated by the need to maintain an unbroken chain.

Explorer

Type-One Persona: Explorer

Favourite play activities include:

  • Treasure-hunts
  • Travel
  • Trying new cuisines

An Explorer is a basic, single-type Play Persona. Motivated by a sense of adventure, an explorer likes to discover new things. That could be new music, always looking for the latest (though not necessarily the greatest) band. They often love travel - and the more unusual and different from their normal experience the better.

Storyteller

Type-One Persona: Storyteller

Favourite play activities include:

  • Writing
  • Lecturing
  • Sharing experiences
  • Imagining
  • Role-Playing

A Storyteller is a basic, Type-One Play Persona. Enjoying sharing their experience (though not necessarily using words) a storyteller often uses play to form memories as much as for the experience itself. They love to imagine - and to share the product of their imaginings with their fellow travellers. On occasion this can tend towards storytellers seeming a little distant from the action, but be reassured that this is just them storing up information to relate back later!

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