Something I think that keeps a lot of people from getting started with a tabletop role playing game is the intimidation factor. Tabletop role playing games don’t use the thin little rules booklet that comes with most board games or video games. Tabletop role playing games come with books of rules. Just that alone is a turn off to a lot of people. Which is really quite sad because they are walking away from one of the best gaming experiences one can ever have.
One thing I think that tabletop role playing game producers and fans can do to help bring new people into the hobby is by producing videos of game play. They give new players a foothold on how to approach and play these kinds of games. A great example of this is Acquisitions Incorporated, an adventuring party founded by the creators of Penny Arcade and hosted by Wizards of the Coast, creators of Dungeons & Dragons.
These videos are entertaining to everyone and are so worth watching.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmWri849I18]