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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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C'mon Baby Say Bang Bang: Slatertekenduis on October 16th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
My own responses to the above questions:

1) Absolutely yes.
2) I am actively involved in a number of different RPGs at the moment, running the gamut of systems.
3) Livejournal/Googledocs, Fandom and Pen and Paper
4) I love being able to immerse myself in a character and really get into their personality and motivations. It gives me the opportunity to be something I can't be in real life (like a Mecha pilot ace, for example)
5) I really hate getting cornered by the socially inept who want to tell me all about their Big Dumb Barbarian and the girl he dorks.
6) Yes. I hate it when people assume that because I'm a roleplayer, I don't have a fulfilling real life, or that I'm a basement dweller that doesn't shower.
7) I was introduced to roleplaying at age 7 by my (male) best friend, who started gaming with some of his other friends, and wanted to get his best friend into it as well, so we could do it together. It was presented to me as nothing more than a natural extension of the make believe we'd been playing for so many years, just that this one didn't involve playing with action figures, or running around the woods with sticks and twigs.
8) n/a
9) I have two: High Fantasy or Space Opera styles.
10) If I was a first time roleplayer, I'd want a one-shot that could develop into a full campaign. A one-shot allows me to get the general flavour of many aspects of the game, while the possibility to continue allows me to keep my character if it turns out to be one I like, and not to feel guilty if I don't want to continue playing (at all, or that character, specifically).
11) Treat me as a person, not an oddity. Keep the sexism to yourself, and don't fawn over me. Teach me, the same way you'd have taught anyone else in your game group, regardless of whether they came with boobs or not.
12) n/a
anarchicq: QXVII aka Q17 by Qanarchicq on October 16th, 2008 01:45 am (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)
LJ, IM, tabletop
4) What is it about roleplaying that appeals to you the most?
Following the storylines to see where they end up, to create new characters, and in the case of fandom rps, for certain pairings to evolve.
5) What is it about roleplaying that appeals to you the least?
Rolling new characters.
6) Do you avoid identifying yourself as a roleplayer because of negative stereotypes?
No.
7) How did you first get interested in roleplaying?
..I'm not going to answer this one.
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?
Horror.
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?
A little bit of both. A lesson that can tie into the bigger plot, but is a little story or event in and of itself as well.
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?
I think it's stupid to let yourself be blindsided like that, but really, I wouldn't care.
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?
Oh, Snap!kutsuwamushi on October 16th, 2008 01:55 am (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)
Forum, fandom based but with original characters.

4) What is it about roleplaying that appeals to you the most?
I enjoy character interaction the most. Creating a story is a close second.

5) What is it about roleplaying that appeals to you the least?
I'm not interested in games where you're trying to win. I would rather "lose" a game and enjoy a good story than win a game. Puzzles are fun, but they can't be the only thing or I'm not interested--I'll just buy a sudoku book for those. Or play Clue. ;)

6) Do you avoid identifying yourself as a roleplayer because of negative stereotypes?
It doesn't come up much.

7) How did you first get interested in roleplaying?
It's been too long to remember clearly, but I think my first game was a fandom-based PBEM with original characters, run by someone I knew from the fandom (and respected).

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?
There would have to be cool people involved in it. I wouldn't have fun unless I hit it off with them personally.

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 game, I guess. If I had to learn a lot of rules in order to be any good at it, I'd want a trial run first. If It was something I could learn as I went along, I'd be fine with diving right in.

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?
Don't be sexist jerkwads.

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?
A combination of all of those.
ryokoturdburgler on October 16th, 2008 02:07 am (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) Pen and Paper
4) What is it about roleplaying that appeals to you the most? Interacting with NPCs in fun and amusing ways
5) What is it about roleplaying that appeals to you the least? Tedious system mechanics
6) Do you avoid identifying yourself as a roleplayer because of negative stereotypes? Yes
7) How did you first get interested in roleplaying? Back in HS I lived in a town that was as boring as the day is long. Friends were involved in RPing (Pen and Paper) and it passed the time, so I joined them at it.
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. I am.
9) If you do currently play a pen and paper game, what is your prefered genre? "Genre"? I like Fantasy settings the best, but I can enjoy anything as long as the GM/ST/whatever is good. I prefer White Wolf d10 stuff (of any setting/template but Promethean), and although I have fallen into vague dislike for d20/D&D stuff, I can still be persuaded to play it as long as the GM is good (re: D&D. I dislike its emphasis on "junk collecting" and the XP/level-up system is very limiting IMO).
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? This is usually the case for me. As long as I'm treated like just another one of the guys, it's not a big deal (e.g., they would act just as pervy in-game with or without me present for a session). I don't mind if other players hit on my character.
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
Duaeduae on October 16th, 2008 02:21 am (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)I LARP with NERO (New England Role-playing Organization) and informally RP over AIM

4) What is it about roleplaying that appeals to you the most? It's creative, but shared. A good game depends on everyone, not just one person, so by working together you can make a much better game.

5) What is it about roleplaying that appeals to you the least? Because you have to have other people, you can end up with people who's playing style decreases your own enjoyment, or just people who's personalities make it hard to enjoy the game. For example, guys who feel like because you RP, you have to want them for a boyfriend and don't want to take no for an answer.

6) Do you avoid identifying yourself as a roleplayer because of negative stereotypes? Sometimes, LARP weekends are generally 'camping' if someone is likely to need a long explanation as to what it is.

7) How did you first get interested in roleplaying? Dad played D&D in college and would set up simple adventures for me and my sister when we were little kids.

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? Knowing a good group

9) If you do currently play a pen and paper game, what is your preferred 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? Teaching

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? Treat me like one of the guys. No "So are you single?" "Are you doing anything later?" or even "So can I touch your boobies?" (Yes, this actually happened to me)

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
Lingonhunter Mockery-Wangfrostedelves on October 16th, 2008 02:39 am (UTC)
1) Do you consider yourself a roleplayer?

Yes, definitely.

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

Yep!

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

Right now, it's all via Googledocs, with both original settings and some fandom thrown in.

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

The most? It's good escapist entertainment and provides some social contact with your fun. I find it fascinating to be able to harmlessly explore choices and risks that I would not make in real life, and really look at the consequences of my actions as they affect other characters.

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

That Guy (or That Girl, or That Pair, or sometimes, That Clique). It seems like for every group, unless you're really lucky or only choose to play with friends you know well, you get somebody with appalling social skills and no sense of what it means to really be a group player or roleplayer (i.e., you don't ruin other people's fun, and if you're playing a Good-aligned monk, you do not lie to the party in order to sneak back without them and steal from an ancient altar in a sacred cave).

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

Nope, I cheerfully admit it. Even my grandmother knows, though I explained it as being kind of like improv storytelling.

7) How did you first get interested in roleplaying?

I... I can't actually remember. I think it happened as soon as I heard about the concept; I'd always enjoyed making up characters, so there was an instant click. I don't think I was any older than 9 when I got a copy of a Gygax sourcebook from the used bookstore, not that it did me any good without people to play with.

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, so this one doesn't count. :)

9) If you do currently play a pen and paper game, what is your preferred genre?

Fantasy and cyberpunk are both favorites.

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?

In reality, my first pen and paper tabletop RPG experience was an attempt at a full D&D campaign. Due to the fact that it was run by a DM not much older than I was at the time, I ended up with a riding unicorn and a pair of pet wolves... and later got a wish that I used to give my unicorn wings, too.

This compensated for the fact that I had rolled really horribly and had to keep all my rolls, so I had a stupid, clumsy, sickly, weak and socially unappealing hobbit that failed to do anything. In retrospect, I was basically playing my steed, who had everything I lacked. This is not an excuse. The fact that I was 9, however, is. ;)

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 act weird about the fact that I'm a girl, and not make really sexist or asshole jokes and comments all the time. I shouldn't have to prove that I'm one of the boys to be allowed to play; I should be able to be myself, and see if we all get along as personalities and people, not as stereotypes.

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
Kadath in the Cold Waste: how I rollkadath on October 16th, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
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1) Do you consider yourself a roleplayer?
Oh, hell yes.

2) Are you actively involved in any roleplaying games at the moment?
Quite a few.

3) If yes, of what sort? (Livejournal, Fandom, Pen and Paper, Play By Mail)
Pen and paper and play-by-email. (The PBEMs are all ADRPG.)

4) What is it about roleplaying that appeals to you the most?
Exploring the world and solving the plot.

5) What is it about roleplaying that appeals to you the least?
Fucking dungeon crawls and session-long combats.

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

7) How did you first get interested in roleplaying?
I bought this hardcover Star Wars book, but it turned out it wasn't a story had all these funny numbers in it....

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 prefer[r]ed genre?
Hard SF (eg. GURPS Transhuman Space, Traveller), followed by space opera (Fading Suns, Star Wars, Dragonstar) and metaphysical fantasy (ADRPG, Nobilis, Mage/Technocracy)

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?
Well, when I learn new systems now, it tends to be by invite to a campaign that's starting up. Seems like a waste to learn the system for a one-shot. Though making a character is half the fun of a game.... ;)

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?
I went to a tech school--the question is whether I would even notice.

...They'd better reign in the resident undersocialized mouth-breather who always cross-plays improbably large-breasted female elves, or I'll do it myself.

This isn't bluster; I am getting too damn old for that scared-of-girls gamer bullshit and I won't put up with it in something I do for fun. The guys can behave like they were raised in civilization, or I can leave and take my extensive collection of sourcebooks with me, and I won't be the one who's hurting for it.

Anecdotal evidence suggests this becomes less of a problem after college, when gamers start getting married and thus interact with at least one woman on a regular basis.

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
(Anonymous) on October 16th, 2008 03:26 am (UTC)
1) Do you consider yourself a roleplayer?

Indeed I do.

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

In a word, aye.

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

Forum based (freeform, strategy, traditional system based... Dark heresy and Warhammer fantasy Roleplay specifically), Pen and Paper (Dark heresy, D&D) and Chat room based (freeform)

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

Escapist fantasy, a way to relax, blow off steam, and be creative. It's a wonderful way to improve my writing skills as well.

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

Number-crunching... Many systems are too skill based to the point that it hinders the actual role-playing. I shouldn't need to roll to see if I can take a sip of water without choking.

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

Not in the slightest. I don't wear the fact on my shoulder for all to see but I don't go out of my way to hide the fact either.

7) How did you first get interested in roleplaying?

Stories from a mate of mine about how goddamn awesome the D&D campaign he was involved in with his relatives was. Bloody epic. Although honestly I wasn't as big into Roleplaying until Nationstates. heh.

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. Pretending I don't play any... fluff would do it. Give me a setting that's really amazingly cool. Stuff that makes you either stop and say "Wow" or really think. Dark Heresy is an example, the game could have been crap and be getting godawful reviews but on the strength of the fluff I had to give it a go.

9) If you do currently play a pen and paper game, what is your prefered genre?

... Sci-fi. Mostly.

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?

A mix of both... to be honest. Make it a one shot with just the GM or maybe the GM and one other player. A sort of one shot prologue adventure about some point in my character's past (like how they became an adventurer) that establishes the character in your mind and gives it some fleshing out as well as fleshing out the world of the campaign a little bit. While acting as a gentle learning curve and such to ease you into the game. Then once that adventure is done with, join the 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?

N/A.

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
remmy2112 on October 16th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
1: Yes
2: Yes.
3: Neverwinter Nights, a computer role playing game using a hybrid of Dungeons and Dragons 3.0 and 3.5 rules.
4: The ability to interact with many different people and beings in a unique setting, and the ability to affect the world in an unscripted manner.
5: When out of character issues, disputes, and other bits of drama really start becoming aggravating to me as a player.
6: Not really, though I'm hardly ever asked.
7: I had always had an interest in computer and video game RPGs, but all were scripted, but still very enjoyable games. I had bought Neverwinter Nights, thinking it was another one, beat its singleplayer game and shelved it for months before speaking with an old friend of mine, who told me about an online roleplaying server called Myth Drannor. I looked at its forums and grew curious, so I gave it a try. I played there for about two and a half years before moving with a group of friends to a server they created and played there for two years. People I started playing with eventually left, so I made new friends, though I quit when newer arrivals and certain older players began taking the server in a direction I did not like, and pretty much screwed over a couple of my friends due to OOC issues they had so I went back to Myth Drannor and began playing there, and found the community to be pretty good
8: I currently play, so skipping this
9: Split, actually, between fantasy and science fiction, though I've never gotten to play a science fiction game as a roleplayer.
10: One-shot teaching, definately. You can look at an RPG's ruleset all you want but until you actually try it out all your knowledge of it is just theoretical, and beginning a full campaign with no actual experience with the ruleset is just being thrown into the deep end.
11: I cannot answer this question, as I am not female, nor have I played with a live group of people sitting around a table.
12: Online I am a roleplayer, but offline I am not, because of no exposure to the possibility.



Caraigcaraig on October 16th, 2008 03:47 am (UTC)
1) Yes!
2) Yes.
3) MUCK-based, with pen-and-paper mechanics.
4) I like the idea of exploring different viewpoints, coming up with interesting worlds and characters, and exploring different world-views. And every so often, emotional drama. =)
5) Nothing major, really. THere aren't any downsides for me personally.
6) Sometimes, yes. Especially on MMOs.
7) I must give thanks to Rona Jaffee's 'Mazes and Monsters,' Tom Hanks' unsung (and still denied!) vehicle to stardom. Believe it or not, that movie got me interested in D&D.
8) N/A =)
9) I like mixed genres. A touch of SF, a dash of Fantasy, some Urban Noir for flavor, a dash of Social/Romantic and Political Intrigue/Conspiracy. Shake well, bake with a sprig of Scientific Romance, and serve!
10) Hmm. A mix of both. Building on 'introductory' characters into a big campaign. It doesn't have to START epic even if it's going to BE epic!
11) Permission from the GM to inflict grievous bodily harm on anyone who says 'Pics or GTFO.' Seriously, a comfortable environment where I'm not going to be put upon or hit upon because I'm a girl*, or at least that there are no unreasonable expectations. Also, first person who says 'She's just a girl, what does she know about X?' should be lynched en masse. By the OTHER PLAYERS. When people are silent in the face of offensive comments, they are tacitly approving those comments.
12) N/A =)

* - I am not a girl, but I have played one at times, except on TV. I think more than females RPing, or females RPing males, it freaks some people out about males playing females.
Irreversibly Contaminated: gordonfreemansdaemon on October 16th, 2008 04:00 am (UTC)
1) Do you consider yourself a roleplayer? you bet
2) Are you actively involved in any roleplaying games at the moment? only of the WoW variety right now. I'd like to get back into some pen and paper tabletop gaming, but...lack of friends and lack of time kinda get in the way. online chatroom would be okay too, but again, see lack of time.
3) If yes, of what sort? (Livejournal, Fandom, Pen and Paper, Play By Mail) erk, answered above I guess.
4) What is it about roleplaying that appeals to you the most? lets me run wild with aspects of my personality that normally I have to suppress, because they don't fit in well with the normal world.
5) What is it about roleplaying that appeals to you the least?...nothing I can think of. It's a way of life.
6) Do you avoid identifying yourself as a roleplayer because of negative stereotypes? I embrace those negative stereotypes actually. I'm a nerd. I know it and I embrace it.
7) How did you first get interested in roleplaying? my brothers monster manual and copies of dragon magazine when I was in single-digit years...
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? time, and friends :)
9) If you do currently play a pen and paper game, what is your prefered genre? I've enjoyed many, but I always end up coming back to my D&D roots...
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? somewhere in between. a three or four session warm up is perfect. something episodic really helps.
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? I'm used to this actually :P It takes breaking of the ice. And often chinese food.
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? time, and friends :(

Edited at 2008-10-16 11:17 am (UTC)
Her Holiness the Rev. Holly Z, KSCsharkcowsheep on October 16th, 2008 04:04 am (UTC)
1) Do you consider yourself a roleplayer?
Yep.

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

3) If yes, of what sort? (Livejournal, Fandom, Pen and Paper, Play By Mail)
LJ community-based RP.

4) What is it about roleplaying that appeals to you the most?
Accurately inhabiting an existing character.

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

6) Do you avoid identifying yourself as a roleplayer because of negative stereotypes?
Yep. I'd feel more comfortable discussing my sex life than my RP hobby with an acquaintance.

7) How did you first get interested in roleplaying?
An after-school club in middle school.

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 have no idea. I've played a whole bunch over years and years, and even the simplest and most straightforward systems seem like too much trouble. I've played nearly everything at one point or another and I guess the kind of story that gets made with six people on a weekly basis isn't interesting anymore.

9) If you do currently play a pen and paper game, what is your prefered genre?
n/a. When I played, I liked sword-and-sorcery type games.

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?
Full campaign plz.

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?
Answer my rule and setting questions without insulting my intelligence, avoid paying a disproportionate amount of attention to either me or my character, and give me in-game chances to interact and build non-romantic rapport with the other characters.

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!
.:.. i exist ..:.: Circle Casti_hold_the_quil on October 16th, 2008 04:27 am (UTC)
1) Do you consider yourself a roleplayer? Definitely
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)When I did play, it was in person, paper,pens,dice
4) What is it about roleplaying that appeals to you the most? The imagination, story-telling, fun way to spend a weekend
5) What is it about roleplaying that appeals to you the least? My lease favorite thing is how long it can sometimes take for the DM to segue into the next part of the adventure
6) Do you avoid identifying yourself as a roleplayer because of negative stereotypes? No, I'm proud of the fact that I game. D&D Represent!
7) How did you first get interested in roleplaying? My boyfriend was the DM and I was looking for something to do when babysitting, after the kids went to sleep.
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? ...genre? I played Forgotten Realms the most. I also play Battle for Wesnoth online.
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? Don't assume that because im a girl my character can't kick your ass :) lol. seriously though, patience for the newbies is the biggest thing. Even experienced, when new to a group need to be given time to get a feel for the DM style.
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 no longer active due to lack of groups in my area.
art nouveau in old world colors: evening starrainychan on October 16th, 2008 04:31 am (UTC)
1) Do you consider yourself a roleplayer?
Technically, yes. I don't normally use the word, per say, as I associate roleplaying as kinky fun time activities. If I gotta call it something, then I say gaming.

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)
Currently just tabletop, but I've done some forum gamming recently.

4) What is it about roleplaying that appeals to you the most?
Creating and developing characters. I hate having to make new characters for one shots because I don't have enough time with the characters.

5) What is it about roleplaying that appeals to you the least?
Not being involved. Having specialized characters means that I can't participate in everything, but there are times when I go to game, and then do absolutely nothing for a couple hours. That's just a waste of my time.

6) Do you avoid identifying yourself as a roleplayer because of negative stereotypes?
I don't really identify myself as a gamer. I think it's less because of shame, and more because I could completely stop gaming and not miss it much. I won't deny that I've got a couple of weird hobbies, though.

7) How did you first get interested in roleplaying?
My brothers did it, and seeing as I had a very strong hero worship when it came to my brothers, joining them was only natural.

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?
From experience with the new people in my group, simply asking someone if they want to play will work wonders. If it's a group of people I know and trust, even better.

9) If you do currently play a pen and paper game, what is your prefered genre?
Fantasy. While I play more WoD stuff, things like Scion make me happy in my pants.

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?
Dive into a full campaign. I'm sure to make mistakes, but if the group I'm with isn't patient enough to deal with a newbie, I'm not quite sure I'd want to game with them even as an experienced gamer.

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?
Don't treat me differently just because I'm a girl. I'm here to game, not to sex you and your friends up, even if I'm wearing something flattering or if I'm playing a socially based or attractive/flirtatious character. In the same vein, keep in mind that the player does not equal the character.

Also, plz not to be raping my character without my consent. That's just not cool.

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, buut I think a friendly group is one of the biggest keys to getting someone into gaming.
lostworm on October 16th, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
1) Do you consider yourself a roleplayer?

Yes.

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

Yes. I'm gearing up to continue running a Heavy Gear game, am currently running a DnD 3.5 game, and am a player in a friend's homebrew system.

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

I prefer to play in person where, although I think all forms have their advantages.

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

Too much to choose from. I like learning new systems and playing around with the numbers to help me form a concept. I like getting into the characters and learning more about them. I like the narrative and I enjoy the out of character game related chat. I also enjoy tactical sort of stuff, which RPGs are okay for.

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

Preparation time, which unfortunately has lead to me running prewritten modules more often than not. Preparation time is not as bad for systems that are light on numbers, but then I'm losing out on the numbercrunching. :'(

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

I don't actively scream that I'm a gamer, but if someone asks me what I do, I'll tell them. I'm aware that some people will say or think negative things, but if they speak it I'm ready to challenge them. I can't meet new gamers in person if I'm not open about my hobby, right?

7) How did you first get interested in roleplaying?

Hmmm. An alternative school teacher saw me playing a computer game that reminded him of DnD and so he decided he'd get his friend to run a game for me and a few other students.

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?

Ack. I don't think I can answer that. I'm not really sure what draws me into a specific setting, but I like games (or at least would like to play in games) from a wide variety of genres.

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?

Full campaign, for reals. I started a group of new players recently, and ran a module that could be either a one-shot or could continue on from the end. They opted to keep their characters and play in a campaign. I think that's saying quite a bit. It's not really neccesary to start with one or the other in mind either. There's almost always loose ends that can be tied up if the group decides they wish to carry on.

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?

N/A

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