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11th-May-2005 11:35 pm
I've noticed that the majority of people that I know who roleplay have careers in science or math related fields, or at least intend to, myself included in the latter group. Did this occur to anyone else as well, or am I the only one who thinks this is weird. Any ideas as to why? Perhaps a curse that dooms those without enough leisure time with the overwhelming desire to roleplay and take up the time consuming task of dungeon mastering?
12th-May-2005 06:50 am (UTC)
I have expieranced the excat opposite. Most of the people I know, including ymself, have degrees, and related careers, in english or the social science. From Anthropology, Education, Anthropology, Cognitive science, with the only exception is Computer science. These are the people whom I've had the best of games under as well.
12th-May-2005 06:53 am (UTC)
Science and math people like the system that goes along with it. English and social science people like the story-telling aspect that it presents. I've found that art people tend to not enjoy the playing aspect all that much.
12th-May-2005 06:59 am (UTC)
My current group consists entirely of physicists - two students, and two with a completed diploma (I'm one of the latter, and I am currently trying to get a Ph.D.).

And we met thanks to the Internet, and only the two students knew each other previously...
12th-May-2005 07:04 am (UTC)
It's cuz only math and science people can possibly understand d20 rules. LOL.

I kid! I kid!

I couldn't say that I fall into any of the categories. I mean I'm pretty good at simple algebra (i refuse to say more cuz its been awhile since i took my last math class), i like some science stuff, apparently im pretty decent at english. I wanna be an entreprenuer. That way I don't have to work for 'the man.' I get to be 'the man!'

12th-May-2005 07:42 am (UTC)
I'm more of the creative side.. I pretty much failed maths and science in high school. Just couldn't be bothered applying myself - but I write. I love that aspect of it.
12th-May-2005 08:56 am (UTC)
Got my BA in Comm Studies with a minor in Creative Writing
12th-May-2005 12:33 pm (UTC)
Heh.. I'm doing a BA in professional and creative communication. (IE a creative writing degree with some communication thrown in)
12th-May-2005 09:38 am (UTC)
Well, there goes that conclusion. It's still refreshing though to see a change in my personal observance of the pattern at least. Come to think of it, I have a strong distaste for math and science, but that's superior pressure (not to be confused with peer pressure), eh?
12th-May-2005 11:02 am (UTC)
I'm a lawyer who RP's with 3 librarians and a housewife, if that makes a difference...
12th-May-2005 01:39 pm (UTC)
I was a double major in English and History, my husband has a degree in Theater. My best friend works in IT disaster recovery, her boyfriend is a hardware geek. Another friend is an artist.

I think the number crunching appeals to the math/science types, maybe along with the chance to do something imaginative. I like the storytelling aspect, although hack & slash is fun, too (although I guess if I didn't like hack & slash, I probably wouldn't be playing a fighter...).
12th-May-2005 04:49 pm (UTC)
I have a BS in Computer Science with a minor in Philosophy... so I qualify for both camps. ;)

My group is split. We have a mix of "left brainers" and "right brainers". It is also obvious as to the different ways people play and focus on things. Some don't care about rules while others (almost) obsess over them.
12th-May-2005 05:25 pm (UTC)
I'm aiming for Pharmacy but suck at maths.


Does that mean I count twice?

I'm much more on statting out and fluff than actual, y'now, playing.
12th-May-2005 06:04 pm (UTC)
Our current group runs hte gamut from a pair of Computer Science PhDs (one with a CS BS, the other with a physics background) to a professional writer to a theater critic/producer. So I don't think gaming is restricted to one personality aspect in general.
12th-May-2005 06:46 pm (UTC)
We were mostly scientists/engineers in the group I used to roleplay with. But then again, we all met at university, so it's not all that surprising that we were doing the same sort of course. Later an English/Humanities student joined us, but he was "discovered" through the university's roleplaying society. Had no-one joined the society we would have probably remained scientists.
12th-May-2005 07:32 pm (UTC)
Actually, I think I'm noticing a different, and perhaps more important, correlation here.

It seems like roleplayers have all sorts of degrees - Math, English, CS, Anthropology, Juris Doctorate, etc. and so forth. The interesting thing is: it seems like roleplayers have degrees!

Adult roleplayers overwhelmingly hold college degrees. True/false? Why? Why not? (My guess: people who roleplay as kids read more and use their brains more than the average population and are therefore more likely to do well in school).

For the record: English Literature degree from ASU. (But the Honors College, so don't make fun of me.)
12th-May-2005 10:08 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing a lot of people can get into gaming groups at college.
12th-May-2005 10:31 pm (UTC)
lol, if you heard what my group was compossed of it would put an end to your theory. i must say that though none of us has a degree, most of us are fairly smart and will at some point have a degree.
12th-May-2005 08:04 pm (UTC)
Hmm. My gaming group looks like this:

Me - Psychology
Other Player - Psychology
Other Player - Culinary Arts
Other Player - Computers
Other Player - Stay-at-home Mom
Other Player - No real field or study...he's just an operator, lol

I personally love roleplaying as someone in the field of psychology because I get to make NPCs (being the DM) with all sorts of psychological quirks, lol.
13th-May-2005 04:10 am (UTC)
Well, I'm a math major and have devoted quite a bit of time contemplating your observation and I have come up with this explanation: Dungeons and Dragons attracts dorks. Math and science people are dorks. There yah go.

Seriously though, maybe it appeals to math and science people's desire to quantify inherently unquantifiable situations (i.e. close-quarters combat, social situations, and so on).
13th-May-2005 07:37 am (UTC)
Yeah, I've come to that conclusion as well after this post. I try not to consider myself a dork though, even though recently it's a term that's taken on a certain amount of coolness, what with all the indie kids and their offbeat power rangers, pokemon, and other vintage "dork" shirts. Fakers.
13th-May-2005 12:17 pm (UTC)
This seems to be turning into a bit of a survey, so...

Me: BS in journalism, work as an audio/video tech
Other 1: Lawyer
Other 2: Magazine editor (don't get excited, it's a trade mag)
Other 3: Web developer
Other 4: Copywriter
Other 5: Computer tech
13th-May-2005 02:35 pm (UTC)
Well, what the hell, here's my group:

Me: Student (Undeclared)
Player 1: Student (interested in Zoology)
Player 2: Student (undeclared)
Player 3: Girlfriend and student (Chemistry)
Prospective 1: Student, part time genius (Bioengineering Premed)
Prospective 2: Student, part time genius (Bioengineering Premed)
I have a few other players that pop in from time to time, but they usually only play when they're bored, and they're pretty much delinquent high school kids, save for one who's a great musician but just misdirected. So basically I don't know what the hell is going on in my group, :). I guess a general interest in science is prevalent, but we're all still in the formative stages where anything is possible.
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