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How often do you play a differently-gendered character when gaming?

How often do you like to play a character of a different gender than yourself?

  • 1. I exclusively play characters of different genders than myself.

    Votes: 1 1.1%
  • 2. I often play characters of different genders than myself.

    Votes: 18 18.9%
  • 3. I sometimes play characters of different genders than myself.

    Votes: 42 44.2%
  • 4. I rarely play characters of different genders than myself.

    Votes: 23 24.2%
  • 5. I never play characters of different genders than myself.

    Votes: 11 11.6%

  • Total voters
    95
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Adamant

Explorer
I tend to be split about 50/50, but part of that is because I like lore exact names and backstories for my characters. Combine that with being addicted to character building and I ended up with 50+ characters. In the process I started running out of names for some of the races, which influenced some of my gender choices(and I still ran out of human names for sword coast regions). Another thing that affects gender choice is availability of minis for that character concept(I tend to obsess over getting a mini that matches exactly).
 

Lanefan

Victoria Rules
Interesting to see the poll shows relatively few (currently 6 out of 61) who never play off-gender and not that many more who only rarely play something different than themselves; yet there's DMs who've posted on these boards to say they won't allow it at their tables and that players in their games may only play their own gender.

Boggles the mind, don't it?

EDIT: ...and in the very next post we have an example... !
 
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Ulfgeir

Explorer
I tend to usually play female characters. But it does depend a lot on the game. For example in Call of Cthulhu, it has been more male characters.

I have once had to retire a female character, which I had played for quite some time in the campaign, as the GM suddenly decided that you could only play your own gender. With the same logic, he should have banned all non-human characters...
 

Fenris-77

Small God of the Dozens
Supporter
I can see a situation where a DM might not allow players to play other gendered characters for reasons I might agree with. If you have a player or two who are otherwise fine folks (lets say they're guys), but can't manage to play a woman or anything else non-male without it turning into broad and offensive caricature, I can see myself just saying no. Some guys don't have a female roleplaying setting that doesn't seem like it belongs on pornhub. In many cases though, I suspect that table ruling is less about safe space and more about being uncomfortable themselves.
 


iserith

Magic Wordsmith
I play characters with a gender different than my own from time to time. I've had a couple of DMs throughout the years whose table rules prohibited playing a different gender than your own, chiefly due to bad outcomes with certain players in their past.
 

ccs

40th lv DM
As a DM it's part of the job....

As a Player? I guess the answer would be rarely as I've only played four FM PCs over the past 10 years.

So why FM for those four?
*#1 was in a game where everyone had two characters in the party. In order to make sure my characters were clearly differentiated (a problem others in the game had) I made one male & the other female.
*#2 started out as an NPC & got "promoted" to PC when I needed a character on very short notice. Fortunately I had my NPC folder with me, this character fit perfectly, & I already knew how to play RP her
(mechanics & stats I can crank out on a moments notice - but the character part often takes me a day+. I had 15 minutes.).
*The third? Is the sister of #2. She was already well established in a background role from #2s time as an NPC & then later a PC. The games I played her in were simply a good opportunities to tell some of her story as a PC.
*The fourth? The concept requires the PC to be female & links back to several adventures the group has played.
 


Blackrat

He Who Lurks Beyond The Veil
Have to think far back as I’m usually the gm nowdays, but on a quick approximation, I’d say about 1/5 or 1/6 of the characters I’ve played have been different gender than I am. So I voted rarely. There have been times when a cool character idea worked better as female in my opinion, and thus I played a female.
 

Imaculata

Adventurer
In online roleplaying games I tend to play exclusively characters of the opposite gender. But with table top roleplaying games it is about 50-50.
 

S'mon

Legend
As player, traditionally about 1/3 the time, but recently my PCs have all been male same as me. Partly I get tired of other players' negative reactions, and/or being ignored by the male GM. Had a couple cool ideas for male PCs recently, too - got out of my Barbarian rut.

(edit: CRPG it's about 50-50).
 

Khelon Testudo

Cleric of Stronmaus
I normally play males, being male. This is because of suspicious questioning (which might have been legit at the time, 20 years ago) by a fellow player as to why I wanted to play a female. Recently I played a gnoll, and decided that she was female, but didn't care that the hairless monkeys kept mistaking her gender. Except when she dealt with drow: she made sure they knew. (It was an Underdark campaign.)
 

Jd Smith1

Explorer
For decades I have had a house rule that you can only play your own gender. I'm not going to watch a huge bearded ex-Ranger with tattooed knuckles roleplay a halfling girl ever again.

My players are too damn colorful as it.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
Mostly my own gender; between a 75/25 to 85/15 split. Part of that is because I rarely game with players willing to plat opposite gender, and in 42 years of gaming, only 3 of my groups have have had female gamers.

And I think that most stories benefit from having more than just male characters.
 

Jd Smith1

Explorer
Mostly my own gender; between a 75/25 to 85/15 split. Part of that is because I rarely game with players willing to plat opposite gender, and in 42 years of gaming, only 3 of my groups have have had female gamers.

And I think that most stories benefit from having more than just male characters.
Interesting; since 1979, nearly half my gamers have been female. My gaming groups have produced at least one marriage and numerous dating hook-ups.
 

In one group, the game's mostly just an excuse to hang and stab monsters, so we focus on stats not characterization.

In another group, the game's all about seeking drama and conflict and emotional turmoil.

In the first group, I generally just play male, though when I've played a woman no one cared. In the second group, I actively try to go fifty-fifty.
 


Jaeger

Adventurer
lol. For a time I had a gaming group whenever we rolled up characters and I heard, "think I'll play a woman this time" I knew it would be a supermodel lesbian.
LOL, yeah the old lesbian, stripper, ninja trope!

My personal house rule - you only get to be Female plus one of the three.

2 out of 3 or more? I'll just tear up the character sheet.

For decades I have had a house rule that you can only play your own gender. I'm not going to watch a huge bearded ex-Ranger with tattooed knuckles roleplay a halfling girl ever again.
...
This is a Legit ruling.

My own group is a mix.

One of the female players exclusively plays male characters. The other two always female. of the two male players one will occasionally switch it up, the other exclusively male.
 

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