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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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isobelfx on October 16th, 2008 06:08 pm (UTC)
Female non-roleplayer
1) Do you consider yourself a roleplayer?

No.

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)

N/A

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

The chance for some sort of adventure, a gathering with friends.

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

Really lame quests, bad GM, joining an already existing group and being treated like a stranger, or ridiculed because I don't know more about it.

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

Totally. And also because I don't roleplay. ;)

7) How did you first get interested in roleplaying?

Many of my friends were doing it in college, and I was interested- if they liked it, the reasoning went, I might as well.

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?

Creation of a new one, so I didn't feel like the only person in the room who didn't know what was going on, something maybe less focused on killing everything you encounter and more focused on solving a puzzle.

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

N/A.

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?

I would absolutely prefer a teaching adventure. Yes.

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?

As stated several times before, most of my encounters in these sorts of situations involve being heckled for lack of knowledge. I'm a fairly attractive woman, and I've found that this can sometimes make men uncomfortable, particularly as a new female in an all-male group. I believe the heckling is a response to that, but either way, it's unwelcome. The players and GM could treat me as just one of the guys, which is another way of saying treat me like an equal, and not a threat or a lower life form, and that would make things run more smoothly.

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?

All 3 options, really. The only gaming group I know of in the area has a high percentage of 12-year-olds, and no thanks. I am active in the SCA, and I sometimes enjoy computer gaming or card games, but D&D is not my interest.