I really don't see a reason to not exclusively use male pronouns. Even if it's exclusionary there's no reason to change it. Being exclusionary does not effect the game's rules or play.
Ah yes, the "this doesn't affect me so don't change it" defense.
I remember in ancient times (Rolemaster ) there used to be a little proviso at the beginning of each book that read: The use of male pronouns (he, Him, His) is simply is meant in the abstract and explicitely NOT to exclude the female. feel free to substitute as necessary.
Tribe 8 by Dream Pod 9 uses the female gender with a disclaimer inclusion of the male and non-specified gender. It's just a neat twist on the idea.
Still, I believe that language is inherently oppressive, so I lean towards being as neuter as possible.
You believe language is oppressive? Does language oppress people?
Yeah man, go call some black people the n-word, or better yet refer to them as "boy" and then tell them they're not being oppressed.
Also, I'd really like people to sit and think about how they'd feel if the start of the book said that it would only be using the female pronoun for simplicity AND had no art of men on the cover. I'll be honest, I'd feel a little miffed by that, and be left wondering if maybe the game isn't intended to be played by men. I imagine a similar feeling happens for women. It probably isn't voiced as muh because it's so commonplace, though. Seriously, imagine yourself in that scenario and use a bit of empathy.
I don't see how that's relevant. Men would be a bit miffed because the writers know that they're using language in a non-standard way to make a point across.
I seriously think we should keep our external motives outside of RPG games. These games exist to be played, not to acknowledge anyone's pet peeves.
Ah yes, how is me putting the shoe on the other foot relevant when you make the argument that if something doesn't affect you it shouldn't matter?
CPS linked a lovely article about why this kind of thing actually matters to people. There's also the fact that language shapes how we think, and if you use the male pronoun only you end up having the reader only think of men when reading. Thus, people don't think about women playing the game.
You're taking a game about imagining yourself as something that takes no steps to help women imagine themselves as something (other than a sex object) and claiming it's open to women. This is like claiming a building is open to everyone but having no women's bathrooms and no handicap ramps.
Openness is not the same as accessibility. You can claim to be open to everyone, but if they have to put in extra work to get in, it's not really accessible to them.