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Alignment Chart Template

The alignment chart helps people playing the Dungeons & Dragons game to sort their characters into different groups according to how they think about right and wrong.


About the Alignment Chart Template

Alignment charts help us understand how people, things, or ideas can be categorized along two dimensions: "lawful" versus "chaotic" and "good" versus "evil." We can combine these dimensions in a total of nine different alignments. For example, someone can embody "lawful good" or "chaotic evil."

Where is the Alignment Chart from

Alignment charts started with the game Dungeons & Dragons. The person who created D&D, Gary Gygax, used ideas from stories by authors Michael Moorcock and Poul Anderson to come up with a system for categorizing players’ characters. Characters could be lawful, meaning they follow rules; chaotic, meaning they are rebellious; or neutral, meaning they are in-between. Gygax later added the traits of “good” and “evil” to make the system more complicated.

Now, alignment charts are used for more than just D&D. They can be found in classrooms, online quizzes, listicles, and conference rooms. People really like them!

If you’re a social media manager, you can use an alignment chart as a fun exercise on your Instagram or other accounts. For example, you can sort your products, features, favorite movies, or more based on the alignment system.

You can also use an alignment chart template as a lighthearted way to kick off a brainstorm, or as an icebreaker before a meeting. Simply give everyone a topic, or invite your team to pick a topic and let your imagination run wild.

Create your own Alignment Chart

Making an Alignment Chart is easy to do with Miro. Simply select the Alignment Chart Template, then follow the steps below:

1. Pick a topic. You could align the characters from a book you like, or align several books in the same genre. If you have a line of products, you could align those too. The possibilities are endless! The only constraint is that you have to choose nine things to categorize. If you’re using the alignment chart to kick off a brainstorming session or as an icebreaker, get the whole team involved. Invite anyone to pick a topic.Now, alignment charts are used for more than just D&D. They can be found in classrooms, online quizzes, listicles, and conference rooms. People really like them!

2. Choose photos or images to represent each thing you’re categorizing. You can use emojis (as seen in our template), stickers, or actual images of the item you’re sorting into the chart. Get creative with it. If you plan on sharing the alignment chart on social media, don’t be afraid to dress it up with colorful fonts and graphics. You want your chart to stand out to inspire your followers to share widely.

3. Use the template to sort each thing. Add your images to the template to signify where something falls in the alignment chart. There are nine total possibilities: lawful good, chaotic good, neutral good, true neutral, lawful neutral, chaotic neutral, lawful evil, chaotic evil, and neutral evil.

4. Share your chart with your team. Once you’re finished sorting, you can share your alignment chart with your team! This is especially useful if you need to gather feedback from your teammates before posting it on social media.

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