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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?
Current Mood: curiouscurious
remmy2112 on October 16th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
1: Yes
2: Yes.
3: Neverwinter Nights, a computer role playing game using a hybrid of Dungeons and Dragons 3.0 and 3.5 rules.
4: The ability to interact with many different people and beings in a unique setting, and the ability to affect the world in an unscripted manner.
5: When out of character issues, disputes, and other bits of drama really start becoming aggravating to me as a player.
6: Not really, though I'm hardly ever asked.
7: I had always had an interest in computer and video game RPGs, but all were scripted, but still very enjoyable games. I had bought Neverwinter Nights, thinking it was another one, beat its singleplayer game and shelved it for months before speaking with an old friend of mine, who told me about an online roleplaying server called Myth Drannor. I looked at its forums and grew curious, so I gave it a try. I played there for about two and a half years before moving with a group of friends to a server they created and played there for two years. People I started playing with eventually left, so I made new friends, though I quit when newer arrivals and certain older players began taking the server in a direction I did not like, and pretty much screwed over a couple of my friends due to OOC issues they had so I went back to Myth Drannor and began playing there, and found the community to be pretty good
8: I currently play, so skipping this
9: Split, actually, between fantasy and science fiction, though I've never gotten to play a science fiction game as a roleplayer.
10: One-shot teaching, definately. You can look at an RPG's ruleset all you want but until you actually try it out all your knowledge of it is just theoretical, and beginning a full campaign with no actual experience with the ruleset is just being thrown into the deep end.
11: I cannot answer this question, as I am not female, nor have I played with a live group of people sitting around a table.
12: Online I am a roleplayer, but offline I am not, because of no exposure to the possibility.