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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Jun 2020 9:54 p.m. PST

"Naomi offers some tips to encourage your lady into tabletop wargaming, particularly for Warhammer 40 000 or Age of Sigmar, and historical wargames…."

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arthur181524 Jun 2020 8:33 a.m. PST

My wife doesn't try to encourage me to join her choir; I don't try to involve her in my wargaming – we both accept that the other has some interests we aimply don't share, respect that and it seems to work.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2020 12:26 p.m. PST

A good deal!… (smile)


Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2020 6:19 p.m. PST

I don't care. There is no particular reason to push any group into wargaming. If you want to play, you are welcome to join us, if not, I don't care.

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Frontline Tim25 Jun 2020 3:09 a.m. PST

40 years married and the wife has only played one game, which she won :( and has no interest in taking it up. I think having diverse interests is a good thing in a marriage.
I have been a member of a club that had female members, they were all role players and had no interest in historical gaming. There are women players out there but they are few and far between but would be better at answering this question than us blokes.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Jun 2020 12:20 p.m. PST



von Schwartz28 Jun 2020 6:38 p.m. PST

Gotta agree with Tim.
So, how about it, any members of the fairer sex out there like to field this one?
After nearly 50 years of marriage I've learned that no matter what answer "we blokes" come up with, it will be wrong JK, (you married guys know what I'm talking about). (smile)
Let the ladies have a shot at explaining it.

GamesPoet Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2020 10:31 a.m. PST

Sounded like she was giving dating advice … lol.

Rex Brynen04 Jul 2020 7:12 a.m. PST

I was discussing this issue yesterday with one of the female members of our wargaming group (who is also a professional wargamer with the military).

The gendered nature of most childhood socialization means that fewer women have been exposed to military history, etc. However, while 2% of hobby wargamers are women, about 15% of professionals are, and almost half of those who take wargame design courses at university (KCL, Georgetown, McGill) are.

A key factor is providing a supportive on-ramp through mentoring. It is also important not to accept discriminatory or disrespectful behaviour (which is still too common in some corners of the hobby). That's probably part of the reason why women find it easier to explore wargaming interests in an educational setting, where such behaviours are quickly called out. In professional settings women typically get into wargaming because they are tasked to do so, but equally it's a environment that is less willing to accept inappropriate behaviour than many game stores or conventions.

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