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15 October 2008 @ 07:18 pm
I would like to ask your assistance!  
I need your help!

I am writing an article for submission in a roleplaying magazine, on how to entice your Uninterested Significant Other into giving it a fair shot to see if it is something they would actually enjoy joining you for.

This all began with a message on the game company's forum stating that they were really glad to see that women were finally getting interested in roleplaying, and my gentle, but still firm response to them that women have always been interested in it, but that maybe the reason that we're not seen as being into roleplaying is because we haven't been given a fair shot, or that we've been intentionally excluded.

So, I decided it might be worth writing an article for their magazine on how to introduce roleplaying games to someone who may not even realise how fun it is, and that it is something they will enjoy afterall.

So, this is where you come in. This post has been left unlocked. Most of you, if not all of you, are gamers after some fashion, and most, if not all of you, have larger readership than I do. Would you link your friends to my post as well? I would appreciate it very much.

You do not need to be a roleplayer to answer this survey! I'd like to get as broad a range of experiences here as possible.

If you've come here because you've been linked: welcome, and thanks for taking the time to read this over and respond.

ETA: The survey is mostly written with an eye towards women answering, but I'm not so dense as to believe that men don't have valuable insights into this as well, so I welcome respondents of any gender.

On to the survey:

Please answer as few or as many of these questions as you care to.

1) Do you consider yourself a roleplayer?
2) Are you actively involved in any roleplaying games at the moment?
3) If yes, of what sort? (Livejournal, Fandom, Pen and Paper, Play By Mail)
4) What is it about roleplaying that appeals to you the most?
5) What is it about roleplaying that appeals to you the least?
6) Do you avoid identifying yourself as a roleplayer because of negative stereotypes?
7) How did you first get interested in roleplaying?
8) If you don't currently play a pen and paper game (D&D, or any of the multitude of systems out there), what would entice you to consider trying it?
9) If you do currently play a pen and paper game, what is your prefered genre?
10) Would you prefer your first pen and paper experience to be a one-shot "teaching" adventure, or do you want to dive right into a full campaign?
11) You have joined a roleplayers group, and discover that everyone, except yourself, is male. What can the players and game master in this game do to make you feel comfortable with the experience?
12) If you are not already an active roleplayer, is it because you have no interest, no exposure to the possibility, no opportunity to try it in a friendly environment, or some other reason?
 
 
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Lingonhunter Mockery-Wangfrostedelves on October 16th, 2008 02:39 am (UTC)
1) Do you consider yourself a roleplayer?

Yes, definitely.

2) Are you actively involved in any roleplaying games at the moment?

Yep!

3) If yes, of what sort? (Livejournal, Fandom, Pen and Paper, Play By Mail)

Right now, it's all via Googledocs, with both original settings and some fandom thrown in.

4) What is it about roleplaying that appeals to you the most?

The most? It's good escapist entertainment and provides some social contact with your fun. I find it fascinating to be able to harmlessly explore choices and risks that I would not make in real life, and really look at the consequences of my actions as they affect other characters.

5) What is it about roleplaying that appeals to you the least?

That Guy (or That Girl, or That Pair, or sometimes, That Clique). It seems like for every group, unless you're really lucky or only choose to play with friends you know well, you get somebody with appalling social skills and no sense of what it means to really be a group player or roleplayer (i.e., you don't ruin other people's fun, and if you're playing a Good-aligned monk, you do not lie to the party in order to sneak back without them and steal from an ancient altar in a sacred cave).

6) Do you avoid identifying yourself as a roleplayer because of negative stereotypes?

Nope, I cheerfully admit it. Even my grandmother knows, though I explained it as being kind of like improv storytelling.

7) How did you first get interested in roleplaying?

I... I can't actually remember. I think it happened as soon as I heard about the concept; I'd always enjoyed making up characters, so there was an instant click. I don't think I was any older than 9 when I got a copy of a Gygax sourcebook from the used bookstore, not that it did me any good without people to play with.

8) If you don't currently play a pen and paper game (D&D, or any of the multitude of systems out there), what would entice you to consider trying it?

I do, so this one doesn't count. :)

9) If you do currently play a pen and paper game, what is your preferred genre?

Fantasy and cyberpunk are both favorites.

10) Would you prefer your first pen and paper experience to be a one-shot "teaching" adventure, or do you want to dive right into a full campaign?

In reality, my first pen and paper tabletop RPG experience was an attempt at a full D&D campaign. Due to the fact that it was run by a DM not much older than I was at the time, I ended up with a riding unicorn and a pair of pet wolves... and later got a wish that I used to give my unicorn wings, too.

This compensated for the fact that I had rolled really horribly and had to keep all my rolls, so I had a stupid, clumsy, sickly, weak and socially unappealing hobbit that failed to do anything. In retrospect, I was basically playing my steed, who had everything I lacked. This is not an excuse. The fact that I was 9, however, is. ;)

11) You have joined a roleplayers group, and discover that everyone, except yourself, is male. What can the players and game master in this game do to make you feel comfortable with the experience?

Not act weird about the fact that I'm a girl, and not make really sexist or asshole jokes and comments all the time. I shouldn't have to prove that I'm one of the boys to be allowed to play; I should be able to be myself, and see if we all get along as personalities and people, not as stereotypes.

12) If you are not already an active roleplayer, is it because you have no interest, no exposure to the possibility, no opportunity to try it in a friendly environment, or some other reason?

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