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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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jessxantha on October 18th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)
1) Do you consider yourself a roleplayer?

Not at all.

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

Nope!

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?

hanging out with people and being competitive.

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

I am not much for playing games that involve character development or length periods of time. I would rather play something fast and quick that I can just dismiss without a second thought (this is true about video games for me too!).

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

No -- I simply have never done any RPing -- but almost ALL of my friends and family (including my spouse) have in the past or do currently. Therefore I consider RPing to be perfectly awesome, just not my thing. :)

7) How did you first get interested in roleplaying?

n/a

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?

I think I would try it once given a situation with some people who didn't mind a total newb and given a very QUICK game.

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 think I'd want a quick teaching adventure.

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?

Not treat me differently. I'm accustomed to being the only female, so it doesn't bother me much. :)

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?

no interest in playing... but:

I think I might be a little weird. I don't have any interest in playing any RPGs myself, but I do find aspects of them fascinating. I like listening to people discuss the differences between different versions of games and what they like/dislike about them. I think I understand and know more about things than the average non-RPer because quite literally 90% of my friends and family RP (or have RPed) in one way or another. I've observed games while others play and that is interesting to me for a short period of time.

Hope this helps your article, good luck! (here via frostedelves and I passed it along to some non-lj-friends as well).