If you haven't taken, or at least checked out, the D&D stat poll yet; then I suggest you do so now... There are a few different ways that you could have approached answering this one.
- Exaggeration -- throw out a lot of high and low numbers to emphasize my strengths and weaknesses. Some of you gave me the intelligence of Stephen Hawking; others gave me the dexterity of Stephen Hawking. Although I am bright, and without a certain amount of grace, neither 18 nor 4, respectively, are particularly realistic. Still, it is a valid way of answering the poll since I didn't set any sort of ground rules. It's also a lot more interesting and tells me more about how you see me... "The extreme always makes an impression," as Christian Slater said in Heathers.
- Statistical Accuracy -- these abilities are supposed to be on a bell curve, which means that most people will fall in the 9 to 12 range for these abilities. A score of 8 or 13 indicates someone outside the norm; much higher or lower than that would be freakishly unusual. It's hard to quantify these numbers to real-life standards, although at least one version of the Player's Handbook1 said that Intelligence is approximately IQ / 10. In that case, someone with an intelligence of 14 would be considered a genius, well outside the norm. Of course, while this method is more realistic, it's also boring. Who wants to run a poll like this, simply to get back a string of tens for answers?
- Guesses -- For those of you who don't know me very well.
- Flattery -- When all else fails, throw a bunch of high scores at me and stroke my ego.
- Ass-Hattery -- Give me mostly threes. That'll teach me to get uppity!
1I played D&D in the 80s. I have no idea what the manuals say now.