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    Post [AD&D] Ask Wizards: 01/15/2008 (Female Gamers)

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    Q: What steps is Wizards of the Coast taking to help promote D&D to female gamers?
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    Why did they even include the first video? The second video was a nice politically correct answer that gave you all the info you needed. The first video just makes me shake my head and start to wonder if that is how a lot of D&D female gamers are, EXTREMELY SOCIALLY AWKWARD!

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    Actually, most of the female gamers I have met seem far from socially awkward. I think it is obvious that men are in the majority of gamers. I saw nothing wrong with the first video. Perhaps, you are projecting your own 'difficulties' on the speaker?
    Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.


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    My group is half male half female. I have always attracted a goodly number of women to my game. It has nothing to do with my rugged good looks. I have had a "The Girlfriend" or two, but for the most part it has been single girls on their own.

    It might be the fact I have always had women in my game. I introduced the game to my two female type friends so my first gamers were girls.

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    rabkala I'm far more supportive of women than appear to be giving me credit for. I felt the speaker was tripping over herself and didn't really say anything conclusive. Compared to the second video, the first video is youtube quality compared to that of a seasoned politician. I just think they could have picked somebody better or the girl could have had a little more to say. Her whole answer was just wonky.

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    Well for me, I've had one run-of-the-mill girl in my games and she had social problems. That being said.....there is the other group of gamers I meet with regularly. The group is composed of 6 lesbians and myself. I am the minority in more ways than one. The group is awesome in that they are all professionals in medicine, education, law, and the sciences. Everyone is well read and up-to-date on current events which makes for a great atmosphere for puns and innuendos.

    The only time I've ever been around such high densities of female gamers, such that everyone is claiming exists, is when I tried LARP'ing. It seems girls flock to it because of the acting and costuming appeal. Almost every one of those girls were socially awkward or had a diagnosed condition.

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    LARPers are a special breed indeed. I've got to know though, how did you know they were all lesbian? Did you answer an add for an all lesbian gaming group looking for a male DM or?

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    Dear forum,
    I never thought this would happen to me. I am a lesbian trapped in a man's body...

    Look what you have turned this into Mulsiphix!
    Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.


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    Actually I found them through www.craigslist.com and the ad specified that you must be fine with openly gay players. I figured it was a group of guys with a gay or bisexual player. Being that I have close homosexual friends and a constant need to rebel against my Catholic upbringing, I thought it would be fine and answered said ad.

    I arrived to find a room of women and asked if everyone was here yet and where the guys were. The "alpha lesbian," as she named herself, said that everyone was here and that I was the only guy. Throughout the evening I discovered everyone was a lesbian and that most were "bull dikes" with a "lipstick lesbian" thrown in for flavor as they all informed me. I spent the whole night watching every word I said and ultimately blushing at their profanity and graphic discussions concerning sex and homosexual life in general. It has become a game to see who can 1) Make the straight-laced Catholic boy blush and 2) Figure out how red he can get.

    So I believe all the female gamers, not counting LARP'ers are all "older." I think the sophomoric behavior most male gamers have put off women and they never play until they're much older and the boys have become men.

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    The Pope and I differ on a few points but mostly we are of the same mind.

    No...I don't know the Pope personally....

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    That sounds like quite the experience Digital Arcanist. Was this just an adventure or did you campaign with them for a good long while? I'm not the type to ooh and ahh over lesbians but I am a big on gay rights and am extremely accepting of gay lifestyles. What I can't stand is the sterotypical gays who further negative stigmas giving normal homosexual folks a bad image.

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    The ladies, and I use the term very loosely, are part of my circle of friends now and I see most of them a couple times a week. We haven't sat down to game because of some family issues with dying relatives but we talk all the time about gaming and I took over the group as DM in the Ptolus campaign. Poor Van Halen will have to hang up his holy symbol for a while but I'm confident he will return.

    I don't know much about typical lesbians so I don't know if these lesbians are sterotypical, but I love them and always look forward to hanging out with them. I even have a huge crush on the "alpha lesbian."

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    Woah so you actually started playing Ptolus? Last I heard you were really interested in giving that setting a try. What have you thought so far?

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    I've been playing it for about 18 months now and I absolutely love the city. We finished the campaigns included in the book and now we're moving on to another published campaign.

    Normally I hate and won't use published adventures but with the new job and the other games I'm in there is no time to come up with something uniquely mine.

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