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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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a riot of confused peoplemisachan on October 16th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
1) Do you consider yourself a roleplayer?

Yep.

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

Yes, two (soon to be three) D&D games and one Star Wars game.

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

They're all pen and paper at the moment, but I've done play by email and journal based, too.

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

I really like being part of the story and building the character; I've said before that roleplaying is like writing and reading a story at the same time. Doing 100 damage to the bad guy is pretty fun, too.

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

Power gamers and their drama. Mods and important players disappering into the ether.

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

Nah. I have no shame.:)

7) How did you first get interested in roleplaying?

I'd been looking to get invovled long before I actually did. The game at my college never worked out for me timewise, so when I met my gamer fiance I jumped right in.

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

I really like D&D, but that's just because I know the system well. It really depends more on how good the GM is than the 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?

A long as the group is patient with the newbie either works. For the very first time I do think a pre-gen character is a must, though; just get the new player into the swing of things and worry about making a new character later.

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 put female characters in awkward positions. Don't have innuendo-fest at the table (at least tone it down for the first session, if the game is usually like that:). Don't hit on her. Really though, you're supposed to be hanging out with friends when you're gaming; just relax and have fun.