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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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I'm G-Flexgohanmastaflex on October 17th, 2008 01:32 am (UTC)
1) Do you consider yourself a roleplayer?

Yes, in theory, although I haven't had the opportunity in a while.

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

Unfortunately, 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 flexibility and openness of the medium, and (when applicable) the combination of gameplay/game mechanics with freeform cooperative storytelling.

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

Trying to find a good, steady group to roleplay with, and, in system-heavy games, usually having to simulate relatively complex things using a few dice and very simple arithmetic.

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

Not really, no.

7) How did you first get interested in roleplaying?

I had first was introduced to D&D a very long time ago by a friend, probably in middle/high school, and it naturally appealed to me, especially since I was already a fan of role-playing videogames.

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?

Getting a decent system running, and finding the time and the people to play it with.

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

I'm not playing anything the moment, but my *less* preferred genres are typical high-fantasy (I find that a tad played out) and fandom/celebrity based things (don't really see the appeal as much).

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?

N/A, although personally I never had much of a formal introductory adventure/campaign and I was okay with that.

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?

Since I'm male, I'll assume for the sake of argument that everyone but me is female. I probably wouldn't mind/care all that much.

If I were female, though, considering how society tends to typically be, I imagine I'd have reason to be uncomfortable if I'm surrounded by a bunch of Joe Average Males. Obviously I've never been female, but I imagine I'd prefer knowing the people involved to a decent enough degree (outside the game, of course), and making sure the game master knows how I feel and is capable of dealing with any behavior that made me (or anyone, really) feel uncomfortable, I suppose.

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'm mostly pressed for regular spare time, especially when my friends are actually getting something started.


I apologize if some of these responses were a bit longer than what you were looking for; I'm rather incapable of answering anything with a simple "yes" or "no", ever.
(Anonymous) on October 17th, 2008 04:01 am (UTC)
survey
1) Yes, I am roleplayer and
2) I am actively involved in
3) 3 groups of pen and paper, 1 group online.
4) The creativity of roleplaying and the social aspect appeals to me the most and
5) the hide-bound rules lawyering appeals to me the least.
6) I never discuss roleplaying until a person knows me very well, because of
the massive negative stereotypes, see article below:
http://www.criticalmiss.com/issue9/secrethandshakes1.html
7) How did you first get interested in roleplaying?
An avowed high-school Satanist gave me his used D&D books. I kid you not.
I am still a devout Christian, and I never saw the Satan-worship / DnD correlation
so blatantly dogmatized in many right-wing fundamentalist circles.
8) N/A
9) No preferred genre, I really like all of them.
10) I think the teaching adventure has been played to death, but how else are you going to get someone into
a game? The problem with entering a full-blown campaign is that a new person has no frame of reference.
11) Umm.... not stare at my boobs, treat me like anyone else, not make a big deal of me being a woman.
12) N/A