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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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Draco the Lizarddracothelizard on October 16th, 2008 09:45 am (UTC)
Here through your JF post
1) Do you consider yourself a roleplayer? Yes, although not a particularly hardcore one, just as a fun hobby.
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)
I'm playing Call of Cthulhu with a bunch of friends, most of whom had not a lot of experience with tabletop roleplay either. I played a D&D campaign before that, but that ended prematurely. Also, I've played a lot of computer RPGs like Eye of the Beholder and Neverwinter Nights. I'm currently playing Morrowind, but I don't have a lot of time for it.
4) What is it about roleplaying that appeals to you the most? The sheer fun of creating your own adventure.
5) What is it about roleplaying that appeals to you the least? When the rules about magic and fighting are difficult. Nothing's more annoying than going 'okay, what dice do I role?' a lot. The fight rounds can take ages, especially when you have an undecisive friend who wants to check everything in her rulebook.
6) Do you avoid identifying yourself as a roleplayer because of negative stereotypes? No, most of my friends are pretty geeky too, since they're mostly English Lit students.
7) How did you first get interested in roleplaying? The computer RPGs like Eye of the Beholder.
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? Well, I like Call of Cthulhu more at the moment than D&D, because I quite like the fact that CoC isn't just about fighting and magic, but also about figuring out what's going on.
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?
Oh, definitely a one-shot first!
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 be sexist bastards, not be creepy, and be friends with me beforehand.
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?