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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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◕‿◕ slafto ◕‿◕: Garfieldkavitykrunch on October 17th, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
1) Do you consider yourself a roleplayer?
Yes

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

3) If yes, of what sort? (Livejournal, Fandom, Pen and Paper, Play By Mail)
Just one, via AIM chatroom. Mostly freeform.

4) What is it about roleplaying that appeals to you the most?
It's like a way for me to write without writing, if that makes any sense. I like coming up with characters, then writing those characters, but I have no patience for building an entire setting and a hundred other characters for them to interact with, and then actually making it all sound good when written down.

5) What is it about roleplaying that appeals to you the least?
I guess that some people can take it way too seriously, or get too attached to their characters... Above all else, it's still just a game. I'm kind of put off from RPing with total strangers because of this; too many horror stories/personal experiences.

6) Do you avoid identifying yourself as a roleplayer because of negative stereotypes?
No. I don't really go out of my way to tell anyone my hobbies unless they ask, but if they do, I'll say I'm into RPGs and such.

7) How did you first get interested in roleplaying?
A port of Pool of Radiance for the Nintendo Entertainment System. This was my first exposure to the genre, and when I got a little older and had access to the internet, I started poking around and figuring out what this "Dungeons & Dragons" thing was.

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?
N/A

9) If you do currently play a pen and paper game, what is your prefered genre?
Even though I'm not technically playing pen and paper currently, my game is vaguely based around it, so I'll answer this one. I have a fondness for cyberpunk, steampunk, occasionally fantasy. I don't really like modern or mundane RPing unless there's some kind of special or supernatural element involved (see: World of Darkness. Exactly the same as the real world, but many kinds of supernaturals dwell among us.)

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

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?
Just treat me like everyone else. I don't want to be talked down to, and I also don't want to be white-knighted. I'm pretty hard to offend otherwise but even the overly-friendly(?) "LOL A GIRL LOL" crap will wear on my nerves fast.

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?
N/A