(2) Favorite playable race
This probably sounds like a very strange query to those who don't know D&D. But remember your Tolkien! Fantasy worlds need not be so human-o-centric as our own. But it's kind of strange that the word "race" is used for this... it really should be "species."
I once would have said that my favorite race was the dwarves. For some reason, in the 80s the whole "Baruk Khazâd! Khazâd ai-mênu!" thing was flowing in my blood. (That was the chilling battle cry of the dwarves in The Lord of the Rings.) I devoured every page of MERP's Moria expansion book, even though I never played or owned MERP. One of my go-to PCs back then was a dwarven fighter named Ulman Burinnil, who was obsessed with finding the legendary Battle-Axes of Clanggedin.
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(3) Favorite playable class
For all my fascination with magic, gods, and outer planes, I think the class I played the most often was the simple fighter. Maybe my mind was too focused on the times when I would run a game as Dungeon Master to want to worry too much about being the "cerebral one" when I was on the other side of the screen playing a character.
(4) Favorite game world
I've really only played in one: a shared world in which each of my high-school friends had responsibility for one "continent." When the DM duties shifted from one of us to the other, we hand-waved that the characters decided to take a long sea journey. :-)
My own continent was always in a state of rebuilding and repair, since I was constantly trying to stuff in new ideas. The shape of that continent didn't change over the years, though... it was based on the northern part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge -- i.e., a huge "what-if" Atlantis scenario.
(5) Favorite set of dice or individual die
I had a pair of d12's that never got much use. One was black with white numbers; the other white with black numbers. Very yin/yang. I ought to stroll through the archives of The Dungeon Dozen blog to find some good d12 random tables for use and/or adaptation in Homebrew '82.
(6) Favorite deity
Oh, I couldn't choose just one. I jonesed on the D&D books that listed all the gods, demi-gods, and legendary heroes, but that was a bleed-through of my overall love of mythology and polytheism that still continues now. I did play one cleric for many years that was devoted to a particular Mesoamerican god, but I'll talk about him later.
By far, my favorite PICTURES of deities in D&D were Jeff Dee's illustrations in the 1st edition Deities & Demigods book. He recently used Kickstarter to fund re-creating his original art (which the company owned, and eventually tossed into a dumpster). Here's a link to the Kickstarter campaign for the Egyptian god section -- there are several others. I think my favorite of the Egyptians was Ptah... also known as the One You Never Want to Have a Staring Contest With...
For those unfamiliar with these books... I invite you to wonder at the fact that they listed such precise numerical details about the properties of supposedly infinite and immortal beings! :-)