Last week, I was at a gaming convention attended by about 300 people. I met about three women the entire weekend. At one point, I walked into one of the free-gaming rooms and realized there were at least 60 people in there, but I was the only woman.
This depresses me sometimes. I run into a lot of serious gaming women at LARPs, people who are really into the subculture and their characters, but in tabletop, not so much. I know there are exceptions to the rule; I'm one of them. And I know the exceptions have good reason to read communities like this, and that given LJ's gender balance, this community's readership is disproportionately female, as compared to the overall gamer population. Therefore, I'm sure a good chunk of the people reading this post are women… so please don't respond to this with "I'm a woman, and I game!" I know you're out there. You just don't seem nearly as common at conventions, in the open areas in game stores, or in any gaming circle I've ever been a part of.
Has anyone ever composed or seen a decent, solid theory as to why tabletop gaming would appeal more to men than women, and why serious gaming-geek men outnumber the women by such a margin?