Girls on Games Kickstarter

Girls on Games Kickstarter It’s not often that I promote other people’s Kickstarters, but this one is near and dear to my heart as a woman in the gaming industry. Check it out, pass it on, and perhaps even back it if it means something to you. A compilation of essays by women in the tabletop games industry about past and current struggles and secrets & tips for new designers. Our chapter topics include: Anecdotes or stories about being a woman in the game industry Advice for women on overcoming challenges women face in this field Advice for men on how to make inclusion a...

A Gamemistress’ Manifesto

A Gamemistress’ Manifesto This “meme” has been going around my blog feed for some time, so to take a cue from Andy and Will, here is my very own version of the “Gamemaster” Manifesto originally found on Reddit: This is my official manifesto as a GM: “I am a gamemistress. I create worlds for players to inhabit and partake in great adventures in them. Without the players, I am nothing. In order to ensure a proper balance between myself and the players, I pledge to do the following:” I pledge to use the characters you made to determine the kind game you want...

Online or Tabletop, but Never Both; Young Women in Gaming Redux

Online or Tabletop, but Never Both; Young Women in Gaming Redux When asked what my dream freelance project might be, I immediately thought, “boy, wouldn’t it be great if I could buy the RPG rights to Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels Trilogy,” since right now my work on the Lady Blackbird hack is stalled because, well, she expressly forbids RPG’s based off of her games, in spite of the healthy crop of play-by-post forums that populates the net (and has, for the last five years at least). Granted, there are only a few mainstays compared to the number that rise and fall in a given year (lesson of that story:...

Six Degrees

No doubt you’ve heard of the Six Degrees by which everyone is purported separated. But in role-playing, you can use that idea to create more complex relationships and increase your investment in the character. At the table, it makes for some pretty hilarious or moving scenes, while in “massive” contexts, it’s essentially required in order to get more than random RP. Here are some tips for tying your characters to others in both platforms, and even some “homework” for you to make your characters more connected to their world. At the...

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