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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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Schwenk: Belzanthatjasonguy on November 10th, 2008 04:29 am (UTC)
1) Do you consider yourself a roleplayer?

Yes. I've had lots of experience RPing from D&D to MMORPG. I enjoy getting into character.

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

Yes, I play Guild Wars, Dungeons & Dragons (pen & paper) and GURPS (pen & paper).

3) If yes, of what sort? (Livejournal, Fandom, Pen and Paper, Play By Mail)

See above. I also RP on guild forums when I get the chance.

4) What is it about roleplaying that appeals to you the most?

Getting into character and exploring a different personality. Being free to try new things and at the same time confined to my character's personality.

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

Most of the time it is the other RPers that I don't like. Everyone's RP style is different and, despite the obvious opportunity to communicate between people provided by RP, people don't communicate what they want/need to get out of a given RP experience.

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

Sometimes, but that is mostly to avoid annoyance and having to explain RP to people. The stereotypes and criticism I can handle, it is the "rude to others for rude sake" that annoys me.

7) How did you first get interested in roleplaying?

Started playing D&D at age 15 shortly after meeting friends in my neighborhood. We played a game of Manhunt (run around looking for the other team in the neighborhood and "kill" them with nerf guns). We took on the personae of a covert squad (hey, did I mention I was 15?). I was big into reading fantasy novels at the time and talked with a friend about it. He'd been "making games" (homestyle D&D stuff) for a couple of years and didn't have anyone to play them. We picked up AD&D 2nd edition from a buddy of his and fell in love. My first character was a 1st level female elven wizard. She had 3 HP and died in the first dungeon.

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 do play, but it really was the face-to-face interaction of friends that got me interested. Sure, you can eat chips and drink soda while killing monsters online, but can you share that bag of chips and bum soda from your friend playing all they way across the street/state/world? I think not!

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Schwenk: Belzanthatjasonguy on November 10th, 2008 04:29 am (UTC)
9) If you do currently play a pen and paper game, what is your prefered genre?

D&D and GURPS (Generic Universal Role Playing System). I've played some White Wolf in my time and tried a few other systems, but I keep coming back to these two. I tend to prefer the medieval fantasy lands as opposed to space faring, though I have had fun playing Star Wars and other futuristic space travel games. The GURPS game I'm currently playing is taking place in current time. Our characters are actually doing things in my hometown. I'm enjoying it. Did I mention we're playing vampires? :)

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?

Mine was dive right in because we were all learning it simultaneously. I've had a couple of "one-shot teaching" adventures, but it mostly annoyed me that I created a character whose sole purpose was to teach me. What about his/her story? Nah, I prefer to jump right in. Mistakes are there for learning.

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?

Well, since I'm male, this one doesn't really apply to me. I frequently game with girls/women/chicks however. I've found that it really depends on the girl's personality. I played with one who was shy and difficult to RP with. She needed the opportunity to "get into character" and was able to come out of her shell that way. In another game, the guys had to curb their language and usual joking behavior so as not to offend the girl (girlfriend of one of the guys). In another game there were no changes--she fit right in, cussing, farting, RPing, and killing monsters (oftentimes more efficiently) with the rest of us. The GURPS game I'm in is run by a woman I've been friends with for a long time. She gets a lot of respect, though she's definitely earned it.

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 an RPer. My advice to someone who isn't but is interested... find a local gaming store and ask around. Look on Facebook, Craig's List, in local newspapers (especially those written for college age folks and/or arts oriented). Gaming stores are good for getting information about games and finding a group, though they breed a specific type of gamer. The best place to get started is with friends who already play. If you don't have any, start one yourself! It never hurts to buy some books, buy a game, etc and just give it a try. If you're not interested though, well, short of casting "Charm Person" and/or "Dominate" on you, I can't do much to help :)