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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
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