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Yes I do know a woman 40K player.
No I do not know a woman 40K player, but I wish I did!
I am not a sexist, nor is this a sexist question. But it occurred to me that we have no women 40k players at our gaming group, nor do I know any that play. So I just wondered if that is the norm around the world. So I have this poll asking if you personally know of a woman who plays 40k.
Women are rarer in 40K/WH than many gaming hobbies. I know a lot of female roleplayers, but not many wargamers.
My best friend paints Night Goblins, but she doesn't really play. I know another woman who paints her sons Eldar (they are sort of her Eldar really, he favours Tyranids). And a female work colleague knew someone on her all-girls school who played 40K.
I will add that I don't think that the marketing attracts many women to 40K. The game is mostly marketed at teenaged boys, in my opinion. The typical RPG is aimed at a slightly older audience, and draws more women despite being a still male-dominated hobby.
Boardgames get more women still, and tend to be designed for adult audiences.
My gf started off just wanting to paint 1 ork boy. Then wanted a pack of ponies from the high elf riders (she could care less about painting the elves just wanted the ponies). Then she wanted to paint a Sisters of Battle squad, then an army. Then she wanted to play it.
I must be quite fortunate then if some of you have never met female players... But, this is of course marketed at teenage males.
I know of two girls that collect 40k and enter tournaments (Orks and Chaos Daemons), one for WFB (Wood Elves) and am close to one that plays LotR. Like many of us, they were introduced to GW through friends, relatives and a few actually started because of their boyfriends.
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In a votewar you don't vote on a single match, you vote on the entire round. Got that?
I've been around clubs in two states and I'm the only one I know, so that probably doesn't say much for the odds...
Tis a sad state of affairs.
I'm not even really sure what could be done to the game that would make women more interested. The game, when you boil it down, is math+chance, very little character to it and women generally go towards games/stories where there is some good, strong character to it.
BUT 40k the GAME doesn't really have that. The books and fluff, sure maybe. But the game itself is more math and chance, so it doesn't lend itself to the common girl-interest.