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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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art nouveau in old world colors: evening starrainychan on October 16th, 2008 04:31 am (UTC)
1) Do you consider yourself a roleplayer?
Technically, yes. I don't normally use the word, per say, as I associate roleplaying as kinky fun time activities. If I gotta call it something, then I say gaming.

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

3) If yes, of what sort? (Livejournal, Fandom, Pen and Paper, Play By Mail)
Currently just tabletop, but I've done some forum gamming recently.

4) What is it about roleplaying that appeals to you the most?
Creating and developing characters. I hate having to make new characters for one shots because I don't have enough time with the characters.

5) What is it about roleplaying that appeals to you the least?
Not being involved. Having specialized characters means that I can't participate in everything, but there are times when I go to game, and then do absolutely nothing for a couple hours. That's just a waste of my time.

6) Do you avoid identifying yourself as a roleplayer because of negative stereotypes?
I don't really identify myself as a gamer. I think it's less because of shame, and more because I could completely stop gaming and not miss it much. I won't deny that I've got a couple of weird hobbies, though.

7) How did you first get interested in roleplaying?
My brothers did it, and seeing as I had a very strong hero worship when it came to my brothers, joining them was only natural.

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?
From experience with the new people in my group, simply asking someone if they want to play will work wonders. If it's a group of people I know and trust, even better.

9) If you do currently play a pen and paper game, what is your prefered genre?
Fantasy. While I play more WoD stuff, things like Scion make me happy in my pants.

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?
Dive into a full campaign. I'm sure to make mistakes, but if the group I'm with isn't patient enough to deal with a newbie, I'm not quite sure I'd want to game with them even as an experienced gamer.

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?
Don't treat me differently just because I'm a girl. I'm here to game, not to sex you and your friends up, even if I'm wearing something flattering or if I'm playing a socially based or attractive/flirtatious character. In the same vein, keep in mind that the player does not equal the character.

Also, plz not to be raping my character without my consent. That's just not cool.

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?
N/A, buut I think a friendly group is one of the biggest keys to getting someone into gaming.