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I am running a west marches game, which means the game can consist of anywhere between 12 and 20 players who alternate in and out of sessions. Despite getting a large number of people interested, I'm having issues convincing my female friends to sign up to play. I would really enjoy the diversity of gender because I think generally women tend to be more focused on character development and interparty politics which would be a good counterweight to the more masculine murder-hoboism method of playing (although I'm a feminist and recognize that women too can be murder hobos.) I think of myself as pretty good at managing any sort of weirdness that might arise concerning sexual harassment between people or characters.
That all being said, what could I be doing wrong in this department? Any ideas? It's not like I don't have any female friends who would be interested in D&D/Pathfinder, I just seemingly can't grab their attention for this game.
Women are interested in RPG, you only have to search around you, in your job, school or whatever environement you can have... Trying to convince them by showing how it is played at your table...Concerning women style of play, many of the women I've played with were murdering hobos, playing dumb barbarians or violent paladins... so be prepare to face the same different gameplay for women than the men's...
Avoid thinking to be the defender of the lady in distress, women can perfectly defend themselves, consider women around the table as players. No more no less..