Hmm so if I now claimed I live in my parents basement and am unemployed, financing my D&D addiction by being a volunteer for medical testing (psychoactive drugs), that would not be believable anymore? Dang.
I have been a U.S. federal employee for 9 years, married for 5 years (no kids), living in a home with my wife (ie: mortgage) for 4 years, and most of the people I game with do not meet the original poster's stated 'clique' of the media-presented RPG gamer, except for perhaps the younger players new to the game.
As was mentioned earlier, the people who respond to this will probably not be confirming the stereotype. However, I have been playing, DMing, and organizing events and conventions for RPGA for quite a while (back to the Living City days), and think this is more of the rule rather than the exception. As gamers get older, the odds that they have 'moved on' in their lives will have increased.Not to say I don't know a gamer here or there that has that stereotype. I just think they are few and far between...which could possibly be said for many hobbies with large, varied memberships.
IT/Software guys seem common though for some reason!
This thread makes me feel a bit guilty. I'm a doctor, (GP - even on the national executive medical committee) but I'm not good at telling people I play D&D. Been playing over thirty years, no question that D&D helped make me LESS geeky, and what I've learnt in handling small groups as a DM has helped a lot when chairing meetings. Not sure it's helped that much in medicine directly, though the gamer ability to memorize multiple books verbatim has been hellish useful at medical school and continuing education:-)(Though to stick with the IT stereotype I was a Fortran 77 coder to make money to get through med school.)
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IT/Software guys seem common though for some reason!That's because we're geeks by trade. ;)
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