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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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Mannamanna on October 16th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
1) Do you consider yourself a roleplayer?

Not any more. I played off and on for probably almost twenty years, but not recently.

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)

I used to play pen-and-paper, and also on-line on Usenet.

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

As a GM, world-building and coming up with adventures to mess with the players' heads in the nice way.

As a player, rolling lots of dice, killing monsters and taking their treasure.

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

GMs who really want to be writers and thus use the players largely as an involuntary audience for their awesome plots.

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

No. When I was playing I'd happily tell people about it.

7) How did you first get interested in roleplaying?

My parents bought me a copy of the D&D basic game when I was about ten or so.

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?

Having a group of friends living nearby who wanted to game.

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

Probably fantasy -- I've played a lot of D&D, and I really enjoyed the one Warhammer campaign I played in. I've co-DMed some Whitewolf games (Vampire and Werewolf). Oh, and I've had a lot of fun running post-Apocalypse games.

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?

Unfortunately, be a group of guys who are already capable of interacting with a woman without making her uncomfortable. I'm showing up to play a game, not teach social skills.

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?

I've been a roleplayer in the past, but I've just moved on to other things over the last few years. I don't have any gaming friends living nearby, and my time is taken up with other stuff.