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I think people have been more open to ‘geek’ hobbies as of late.  Video games and board games have really opened a lot of doors.  I find that most of the women that I know like board games.   It’s too bad that certain activities have been labelled as ‘white’ hobbies and may scare off potential players.  I think if people keep putting out diverse games with strong themes people will eventually come around.

One thing I did notice is that some games perpetuate stereotypes, especially Pulp games.  I remember painting pulp miniatures a  decade or so ago when I came across my Fu Manchu Cthulhu style investigator.  My friend Su Fung is from Hong Kong and I was embarrassed to put it on the table.  Neither of us are overly sensitive people, but I wanted him to be comfortable.