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Jul
6

Marrakeshi Adversries: The Red Lady & her Wildfire Maidens

Marrakeshi Adversries: The Red Lady & her Wildfire Maidens Bells and drums and the roar of fire in your ears as the flame-haired dancer leaps back. The guards press forward with muskets in their hands that make them invincible. They do not understand, and soon surround her at gunpoint, waiting for the command to fire. She spins, her hair billowing scarlet, her chiffon skirts glimmering with heat and she brings her hands to her chest in time with the silent music’s breve. The wind rushes in to feed the explosion as everything goes red. You shield yours eyes against the flare. When you can look again, the men are...
Jul
5

Gamer Chicks and Chicks who Game (con’t): The Mainstream Dilemma

Gamer Chicks and Chicks who Game (con’t): The Mainstream Dilemma One thing I realized as I finished writing Gamer Chicks and Chicks who Game: Why We Need Both is that my argument hinges on the mainstream element. That is to say, the article generally assumes that going mainstream is a good thing for every system and an end worth pursuing by the industry as a whole. That isn’t necessarily what I wanted to say. Mainstream is better for its future players, but we have to be cautious as to how we affect the current games on the market. Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition and its Essentials line stand for that move I was talking...
Jun
28

Gamer Chicks and Chicks who Game: Why We Need Both

Gamer Chicks and Chicks who Game: Why We Need Both From the controversy sparked by Uri Kurlianchik’s article on D&D Kids: Girls at the Table, to Lugh’s discussion of Shared Fantasy’s study on Women Gamers, to Ravyn’s thoughts On the (Comparatively) Lower Frequency of Women Gamers, women in gaming has been a hot-button issue of late. The blogosphere’s seen it all: debates of subjectivity, charges of misogyny, reliance on stereotypes, you name it. Some say it’s the nature of the game and genre that don’t dovetail with female traits and interests, while others point to the...

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