December 09, , Of course, the kind of game in which people criticize someone else's character - "you're not playing a dwarf right! Those who are so uncomfortable with gender and sexual identity in general that something so minor would cause them to flip out. While the reverse is less common, you do see some females who play male avatars, usually to get away from the harassment and the flirtation that female avatars bring. In the original group, the other guys never played cross-gender, and only one girl played a male as a primary character although another picked up an NPC as a second player character and did well with it. Of course when I GM I run female characters all the time as a routine part of any game session, too. That's probably the best advice you can get: Present the story, the setting, the nature of the character, all from the way that character experiences and evaluates it. Originally Posted by Yukitsu I think gender is going to really make a difference in how they react to things, but in general, the way guys and gals react to most fantasy scenarios are pretty much more similar than they are dissimilar. I don't recall any of my players doing a stereotype of a cross-gender character save one. When it came time for me to create a character for a game, that was still in my mind; I wanted to play a character who was not I, so I created a female. We had regular assignments to do particular fragments of story, such as creating a setting or describing something. Most people, honestly, won't even notice. She was a rather ordinary person, really; but it was an extraordinary setting. In some ways I think I have more trouble playing the typical male characters than doing the female; I don't understand them so well at times. In literature, you're supposed to establish an maintain a perspective, that point of view from which the story is told; if it changes too abruptly, the reader can be shocked out of his immersion.