I think that what I’m trying to get across here is not so much that one cannot strive to be better, but that little will actually change when the rubber meets the road. I don’t think the suggestions being made on this thread will end up having any measureable effect on diversity.
Ultimately, the heart of the matter is not so much that women are driven out of the game but simply not being driven in to it. In other words, as long as Netrunner is unappealing to women there won’t be many women playing Netrunner, no matter how nice the community is. Gains, wherever possible, will be extremely small.
In that sense, I think the comments being made on this thread seem more about games like League of Legends or Overwatch that already have a sizable female base and which have extremely toxic communities than Netrunner.
Keeping things realistic , here’s a bunch of stuff that would be welcome:
- Stimhack updating more often (Difficult, requires volunteers)
- Basic strategy guides (I actually wrote some, should repost them at some point)
- Basic deckbuilding guides (Same as above)
- Cheap ways to get into the game (Purcharse guides, decks with small requirements, etc.)
None of this will make women jump into the game on any measureable level, but I think it helps groups who struggle with Netrunner and, hence, women.
I also feel it’s very important not to be condescending nor arrogant. Women do not want to be singled out or coddled. Being always regarded as a “woman” as opposed to a “person” is a massive turnoff to women. They just want to enjoy the game and efforts should be made to normalize that.
This is a not a miniminal effort at all, it’s a very substantial effort. Remember you are asking someone to work for several hours and then come back every two weeks for more work.
And it’s not just that. Someone has to put them together, record them properly, then edit the audio, then publish it then reach to the community and hope it’s actually listened to. A lot of work goes into these things and it’s both ungrateful and unpaid.
Also remember that you are asking women themselves to do that work! Which makes sense but also puts them in an uncomfortable position.