• Interview with Anna Kreider – The Ruined Empire

    by  • November 1, 2014 • Comments Off on Interview with Anna Kreider – The Ruined Empire

    With only 4 days to go to the Ruined Empire Kickstarter, we interviewed the author, Anna Kreider. As of this writing, the campaign needs barely over 700 $ CAD to reach its goal and publish this setting-neutral, Final Fantasy-esque campaign  – so if you are on the fence, we hope this interview will give you the motivation you need!

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    This Week in Gaming

    by and  • October 24, 2014 • Comments Off on This Week in Gaming

    Mo: Stephanie Bryant at over at Mortaine’s Blog does a long takedown of some misconceptions about women’s experiences as writers, creators, and designers in the gaming industry. She talks about pay gaps, time and energy, and access to game education. Check it out! Paizo is hiring a developer! Better yet, they are hiring using blind

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    Bundle of Holding – Indie Treasure Trove +2

    by  • September 29, 2014 • Comments Off on Bundle of Holding – Indie Treasure Trove +2

    Pay what you want for eight nine great DRM-free tabletop RPGs, all designed by women – and donate to Amnesty International and Doctors Without Borders.

    The bundle includes Awesome Adventures (Willow Palecek)Cogs, Cakes, & Swordsticks (Lynne Hardy) and A Tragedy in Five Acts (Michelle Lyons-McFarland). If you give more than the current average, you also get Another Fine Mess (Ann Dupuis), Blade & Crown (Rachel Kronick), Cartoon Action Hour – Season 3 (Cynthia Celeste Miller), Monsters & Magic (Sarah Newton), Shelter in Place (J.R. Blackwell) and Steal Away Jordan (Julia Bond Ellingboe). Go get it now – only two days left!

    Monstrous Women in Dragon Age: Desire Demons and Broodmothers

    by  • September 25, 2014 • 1 Comment

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    As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I’m a great fan of the Dragon Age series.  I enjoy the soap opera-esque drama, the wisecracks, and waving around a giant sword while covered in the blood of my enemies.  The game even has some aspects that are laudable from a feminist perspective.  Wynne is one of my

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    Arduin III: On Fantasy Races, Being the GM’s Girlfriend, and Seeing Your Love Interest Speared in the Head

    by  • September 2, 2014 • Comments Off on Arduin III: On Fantasy Races, Being the GM’s Girlfriend, and Seeing Your Love Interest Speared in the Head

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    (Confused?  See parts I and II here!) The boy’s story confirmed Kyllikki’s fears.  The men in Mawfox masks broke into his family’s home and took them all, he said.  He escaped by hiding in the root cellar.  He’d been hiding here for days, he said, afraid to leave for fear that he would be abducted

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    Arduin II: Female Attributes, Giant Snakes, and Seithr Without Argr

    by  • August 18, 2014 • Comments Off on Arduin II: Female Attributes, Giant Snakes, and Seithr Without Argr

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    (See here the first part of this series.) “I was wondering if you needed any work done.  Running messages.  Looking after animals. Anything, really,” said the Rothling boy.  He was a peasant, thirteen or so years old. My character, Kyllikki, wasn’t sure why the boy came to her.  Kylikki is the court mage of the jarles, and

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    Life, Death, and Arduin I: Critical Hits, Vietnam, and an Unlikely Player

    by  • August 8, 2014 • Comments Off on Life, Death, and Arduin I: Critical Hits, Vietnam, and an Unlikely Player

    It was the year 1997, and I was ten years old. My parents had gotten my brother and I an Ayyám-i-Há gift — a Dungeons and Dragons book. (My parents were open-minded people who didn’t know much about D&D but generally encouraged my nerdy habits. I had, after all, just finished reading Lord of the

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    Dear Gaming As Women: NPC Diversity

    by and  • August 4, 2014 • 1 Comment

    Welcome to the latest installment of Dear Gaming As Women! We invite our readers to asks us anything – and we’ll do our best to offer informative, thought-provoking, and entertaining answers. In today’s letter, a reader wonders about NPC diversity: Dear GAW, I recently GM’d my first campaign, a short little Savage Worlds one-shot. It must

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    The need for transparency in harassment policies

    by  • July 31, 2014 • 1 Comment

    MMO’s are challenging places for woman gamers, especially in games like EveOnline where local chat cannot be ignored and social interaction is a must for in-game survival. Many MMO’s have harrassment policies which claim “zero tolerance” or speak of creating an inclusive environment but what is more important than having these policies is the enforcement

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