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[poll] Gaming and genredom

I find myself wondering, apropos of nothing much in particular, about the relationship between the genre community and gaming, specifically RPGs. So here's quick poll to satisfy nothing more than my curiosity.

Poll #1087570 Gamers in Genre? Who knew?

Are you now or have you ever been a gamer?

Duh. With every breath I take. Are the Police a rock band?
43(25.3%)
Weekend warrior. Sometimes.
42(24.7%)
I used to be down with that, but you know, the job, the kids, the restraining orders. Not so much any more.
56(32.9%)
Erm, no. I've always had better things to do with my time.
27(15.9%)
VEGAS, BABY!
2(1.2%)

D&D, in some permutation?

Chainmail OG.
2(1.2%)
I rocked it old school in the brown book days.
5(3.0%)
Blue box kid. I still think about those crummy dice which came out of the box with nicked edges.
3(1.8%)
AD&D. Still have the first edition Dieties & Demigods with all the copyright violations!
16(9.5%)
Some later version of AD&D, when version numbers became important.
8(4.7%)
Some other gaming system which I will grudgingly admit bears some analogy to D&D. (And yes, Traveller sandcasters rule...)
17(10.1%)
No, I had a life in high school.
41(24.3%)

Electronic stuff?

Pre-console computer games. (Ultima)
4(2.4%)
OG console games. (Pong, Atari 2600, Nintendo Duckhunt)
14(8.5%)
Modern console games.
8(4.9%)
Anything by Sid Meier.
7(4.3%)
MMORPGs. (World of Warcraft)
5(3.0%)
Something else vastly superior with which I will enlighten you in comments.
8(4.9%)
No, I'm busy dating persons of my gender(s) of interest.
24(14.6%)

Non-electronic stuff?

Family style board games. (Candyland, Monopoly)
7(4.5%)
Modern/import board games. (Settlers of Catan)
4(2.5%)
Tabletop wargaming.
3(1.9%)
Card games.
5(3.2%)
Word games.
5(3.2%)
Something else vastly superior with which I will enlighten you in comments.
0(0.0%)
Dice are for weenies.
5(3.2%)

I consider myself to be:

A professional writer.
17(9.9%)
A fan writer.
2(1.2%)
An aspiring professional writer.
37(21.5%)
Some other industry type (editor, reviewer, agent, etc.).
7(4.1%)
A Fan.
1(0.6%)
A reader.
15(8.7%)
Someone who's filling out this poll because my sweetie reads this LJ and made me do it.
0(0.0%)


Did gaming launch you into genre? Does it keep you here? Does gaming time interfere with writing time, or vice versa? What does/did it mean to you?
Tags: games, lj, poll, process, writing
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