"You mean you just sit around for hours and tell a story...that sounds pretty gay"
A gen Y quotable if there ever was one eh? I straightened them out in short order. You see, even though this person had no idea at the time, we DID have a common frame of reference...World of Warcraft.
Oh noes! He's gonna do the D&D = Video crack thing! Run away!!! Still there? Good.
As I was saying, This person plays WoW for about 2-4 hours a day, 3-5 days a week. I'll see your sitting around for hours, and I'll raise you ten!
"But I don't try and make up some lame story the whole time, I'm, PLAYING a game."
Forest for the trees anyone? When I asked this person who prince Arthas was, the resulting 30 minutes of excited monologue recounting the entire fall from grace effectively meets their "Lame story" and calls. The oddest part was that this person (a pretty intelligent type I might add) hadn't "ever looked at it like that" before. They were content to graze someone else pasture, and stick with the storyline, no thought to what would happen if they could make it up or change it as they went along fetching A and carrying it to B.
Maybe we're onto something in this. Is this how to get people to try D&D? "It's like WoW, only non-linear, and more random!"
So now we have a "person" now convinced that MAYBE this D&D thing isn't so bad. Then comes pitch number three,
"I don't really like the thought of being trapped in a sweaty, nerdy, sausage-fest..."
Ouch! This one could be a problem. Luckily, my current group proudly bucks the trend with not one, but FOUR females! The poor guys are actually a minority. I would also like to add that while nerdy (whatever THAT means anymore), we have no hygiene issues at all. Though I must say, in the interest of full disclosure, I have had unwashed nerds in my groups before. Those types are politely warned (in private) then ejected if they cannot conform to the hygiene standards of the group. So I was able to defuse yet another crazy stereotype.
Don't laugh people, this is really how the uninitiated sees us. A bunch of acne covered, MALE, borderline antisocial math geeks, that smell awful and would rather roll dice than date...I'd say TSR blew their marketing, as these stereotypes have been around since even my early days.
The reality (for me) has been quite the opposite. I have played with some pretty diverse groups. I have transitioned form always being the youngest, to usually being the oldest. I have played and DMed. I have been stuck with a 7 man all male group, and the (even worse) 7 female group. The more I game, the more it looks to me like the stereotypes need to evolve to match the times. Better yet, lets buck the trend and make them positives!
- A whole lot of you gamers out there seem to be in the Engineering/Technical fields.
- I see a lot of crazy mathematical based discussions regarding rules and their mechanical interactions within a system...how many other hobbies can boast that?
- I see a lot of Passionate folks in my hobby.
- I see a lot of Artistic types as well - Across ALL mediums.
Most of all though, I see a lot of imagination. The good, silly kind. Like when someone asks what's so funny (you're smiling), and you think to yourself that your last character (a half-elf ranger/rogue) looked kind of like them - but was eaten by a dragon, silly. Of course you will probably just say "nuthin" or something, but then again...she probably just wouldn't get it anyway right?
Wanna share your best/worst player or stereotype? Ever met a card carrying B.A.D.D. member (for the grognards). Every tried to recruit a player that thought the whole thing "just wasn't right?" Tell me!
NOTE: To my Assault on the Lightless Depths fans, I am discovering why "everyone" doesn't do this...it's tough! And worster - time consuming! Will post an update in the near future.