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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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EQUAL-OPPORTUNITY ANNOYANCE: Near - dorktelophase on October 16th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
1) Do you consider yourself a roleplayer?

I have been in the past; I am not now.

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

No.

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

My previous ones were traditional pen-and-paper.

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

Getting to play in a fantasy world and hanging out with friends.

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

The time commitment. Almost all of my RL friends are gamers - to the point that a good chunk of them formed a company that put out licensed supplements for a game, plus their own for a few years there - and every other Sunday there's a game running - each occurs once a month, so there are currently two games running. Plus there's another group of friends who live out of town who also run a once-a-month game, plus *another* campaign that gets played when they can all get together.

Even if I picked *one* of these game, the last campaign to finish ran for TWO YEARS. Once a month, all day Sunday, for two years. I am so not into that commitment.

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

I have at times neglected to mention that I've gamed, sometimes because I'm already pegged as an SF fan and therefore one of them crazy people who dresses up as Star Trek characters (despite the fact that I *don't*, and I am not a serious media fan), and sometime because if I admit I'm a Girl Who Games(d), then I'll get pinned to a wall at a party by someone who will tell me all about his last campaign in excruciating detail.

7) How did you first get interested in roleplaying?

I'd read fantasy for years, and came across the idea of this game where you could play about in these worlds. My attempts to do any gaming in high school were stymied by (a) not knowing anything about it, so I couldn't start a game myself and (b) having friends who occasionally gamed but who told me I wouldn't enjoy it (I have NO IDEA why they thought that). My freshman year of college, my roommate and I fell in with a bunch of others who were interested in it, and one person who'd been a GM before, so we formed a group and started playing.

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?

One-shots, or short-term games that lasted 3 or 4 sessions. Not long campaigns.

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

When I played, I liked fantasy and stupid humor - I ran a few sessions of Teenagers from Outer Space. :)

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?

One-shots! :D

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?

Been there, done that. What was most uncomfortable about the experience had nothing to do with my gender and everything to do with the fact that they'd been playing together for a while already and knew each other, while I didn't know anyone. The GM was very good at balancing play - those who just wanted to rack up points and those who wanted to roleplay were both catered to, and he'd occasionally take 2 or 3 people to a separate room for 10-15 minutes to play through a quick flashback scenario or something else if the rest of the group were doing something else.

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?

Noooooo desire for long-term commitment! My gamer friends also enjoy boardgames, and when they get together for a day or weekend of boardgames, I join them.