Are We Part of the Problem? in X-Wing Posted April 4, 2016 My LGS hasn't had much of a problem, as far as I can tell. The topic of girls/women rarely comes up anyway and if it does then the discussion is pretty civil. Not a lot of girls playing games on the actual game days (Warhammer, Friday Night Magic, X-Wing) but there's a group of board game people that frequently plays and there's always a bunch of girls. Not sure what they play, seems to change every time. They arrive when I'm leaving so I don't know them well. The only time I can recall any group of guys at our store driving a girl (or ethnic minority) away was that socially awkward girl that used to show up on Fridays. Even then, that wasn't because she was a girl. It was entirely because she was watching One Piece in the back while we were trying to play Magic, and One Piece is ****ing awful so nobody appreciated that. Even then I don't remember anyone ever saying anything to her directly, we just complained to each other about how it was distracting or how we didn't like One Piece. That said the store has a lot of manga and other stuff that seems to bring in a larger than average number of girls, which may help. The owner has a good attitude towards women and has mentioned a number of girls he was friends with back in college, so he isn't the type to stand for someone being especially sexist. He does occasionally put up wih it from this one libertarian nutjob, but that's mainly because he secretly thinks the guy is hilarious. THe nutjob in question also tones it down a lot when there are women present; he only lets loose when in an all-male environment because he thinks that we all agree with him even if we say otherwise. Attempts to make him not crazy have all failed. Also, a small observation but I find girls seem to prefer cooperative and/or story driven games. Mass Effect and other Bioware titles have a much larger female playerbase than games like CoD or League of Legends, for example. There could be a number of explanations but it would help explain why most LGS staples are played mainly by guys.