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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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Violet Anchovyviolet_anchovy on October 17th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
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?
People who RP seem to really enjoy it, so it must be fun, right?

5) What is it about roleplaying that appeals to you the least?
It seems difficult (especially fandom-on-LJ RPGs--I have _no_ idea how that goes), and I don't want to be the crappy player everyone complains about.

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

7) How did you first get interested in roleplaying?
In junior high school, the group of boys I alternately crushed on/wanted to be friends with all played some sort of D&D-type game together.

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?
A close friend willing to help a newbie out, and a group that would be patient/encouraging with me.

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?
It depends on the situation--if I knew I wanted to join a group of friends who played regularly (like in junior high), I'd like a "teaching adventure" so I could learn some of the skills to become a full-fledged player like everyone else in the future.

However, I don't know any active "pen and paper" gamers anymore. If a *new* friend/boyfriend encouraged me to play with her/his own group of friends, I wouldn't be quite as committed to long-term participation, so I'd rather sit in on a full campaign to see what it's like.

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?
Um, wear pants?

Seriously, since _I'm_ the newcomer/outsider to this recreational group, I don't think _they_ should have to change how they behave.

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 have plenty of other hobbies and interests, and none of my close friends play, so I'm not that interested in trying RPGs anymore.