This story comes to me in a round about way via YouTube. TrojanArtPainting had a video entitled, "Crusty Old Wargamer on Gaming Etiquette: Don't Be An Asshole." In it he spoke commented about a video he saw from OnceBitten360 called "Culture of Warhammer Players."
In this video, OnceBitten360 talks about Wargamer Taxonomy and the reason people play Warhammer. But I immediately adopted it to wargaming in general because I think all his classifications are valid for all gamers.
So, I'll give my quick synopsis of his classifications and give my percentages. I would love to see in the comments or in other blog posts how you classify yourself. I add a few of my own definitions in here, but it's close to what he was talking about.
Immersion - You really get into the fluff/universe/world/history of the game you play. In my case it's World War II first and foremost. It's the reason i got into gaming. If I never play another game I will continue reading WWII books. Similarly, a Warhammer/Battletech/whatever player can immerse themselves into the history of their chosen game with books, fan fiction, painting certain factions, etc.
Social - relationships are what's important. You look forward as much to the dinner/drink afterwards as you do to the gaming itself.
Showcasing/Modelling - You really like to show your work and see the work of others. Modelling and painting are what give you the most energy.
Strategy - You like to read forums, listen to podcasts, work on lists, etc to improve your game. You like the mechanics of how a game works.
Competition - you like testing your play style and abilities against others to come out on top. Or, to test your strategies against the best.
My percentages, though somewhat flexible and can change a few points here and there:
5 % Showcasing
I look forward to seeing your percentages.
Crusty Old Gamer
The Original Inspiration from OnceBitten360:
Also links to the videos in case the embedding thing isn't working for you:
Crusty Old Gamer