This week we are joined by RPG luminary Jess Hartley who sets us straight regarding how it is in gaming regarding gender roles and how to bring the awesome to our table.  Jess has extensive writing credits and is both a longtime LARPer and table top player.  This is part 1 of a 2 hour interview to be concluded next week.

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  • Jess Hartley

    Thanks for having me on the show, guys! ~jess

    Mar 14, 2011 at 4:49 pm
  • Peter Bryant

    It was our pleasure, you were awesome!


    Mar 17, 2011 at 8:41 am
  • J Guilt

    Interesting debate.

    Having only skype gamed I can’t say I’ve noticed most of these problems. As you said between tabletop and LARP, I’d say its even easier to ignore gender hen you don’t have a real physical view of the player.

    For the most part I have noticed males prefer to stick to their own gender for characters, the few times I’ve seen female skype gamers (in groups I’ve played or run) they’ve been a little more willing to adopt a male role. As for the ability to play the roles it seems to just comes down to how much people can invest in their characters. It doesn’t matter what the genders are if you can’t get inside the characters head then your not going to be able to give a good performance.

    Myself I have a bit of an advantage in that I sit as gender neutral for the most part so its acting no matter what gender I choose, it only ever becomes a difficulty if the game moves onto more private social matters.

    Although as a side note, if I place a female NPC in a prominent position then its guaranteed that one of the players will hit on her.

    Sorry for the ramble but just felt like chiming in for once. Thanks

    Mar 23, 2011 at 10:29 am
  • tritacsystems

    Awesome. Glad you liked the episode. Feel free to chime in whenever you want. We like feedback.

    Apr 15, 2011 at 12:41 pm
  • Eddie

    It always surprises me when I hear people claim that female gamers are not rare. I have been playing RPGs since about 1980 (I am 50 years old). In that time I have been in about 8 or 9 distinct RPG groups and probably played with about 50 gamers. In that time I have ecountered only two female RPG gamers, and only one of those was more of a part-time gamer.

    Nov 29, 2012 at 11:47 am