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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?
Current Mood: curiouscurious
Caito Potato: piratecallmecaito on October 19th, 2008 01:09 pm (UTC)
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1) Yes.
2) Yes.
3) Pen and paper.
4) I enjoy the social interactions that arise from roleplaying.
5) I love the social aspect of playing, but there are times when people get rubbed the wrong way.
6) No. I tend to defy the negative stereotypes in a lot of ways, so it's actually a bit funny to see people look surprised when they find out that I roleplay.
7) My first ever roleplaying game was a livejournal fandom game; the creative and the social aspects appealed to me. When I started D&D, it was mostly the social aspect I was interested in.
8) Well, what enticed me to play in the first place was that it was a hobby I could share with my boyfriend. We live more than an hour away from each other, so generally only see each other on the weekends. If he spends an entire weekend afternoon playing a game that I don't, that's one less weekend afternoon I get to spend with him.
9) Fantasy.
10) I enjoyed diving right in, though there was a bit of slowing up every now and then so that rules could be demonstrated or explained. I don't think I'd have liked a "teaching" adventure; I'm sure some people like having their hands held their first time, but I'd have felt like I was being patronized.
11) Avoid sexist comments and sexual harassment. Some joking is obviously okay, but you probably have to test that out first and see what I'm comfortable with, and you may have to apologize for missteps along the way. Maybe it's just the guys in my group, but sometimes they seem to forget that women are people too.
12) N/A