Hi, everyone! My name is Jessica, and I’m here to talk about books.
I’m an avid and eclectic reader, which has definitely made me a better player and GM. I steal character concepts, great lines, narrative techniques, cool facts, and more. It’s also made me a better game designer. It’s easy to get caught in the same old geek tropes; if you want your games to be fresh and interesting, you’d best have something fresh and interesting to mine 1.
I’ve been writing about books on my personal site for several years now, but I rarely speak about them in the context of my gaming life. Ladies, that’s about to change. In addition to my usual book logging 2, I’ll be writing here about some of the books that tingle my gaming senses. I’ll be discussing what’s worth stealing, what’s challenging to incorporate into a game, how I’d do it, and, of course, whether it’s worth your time to read the whole thing.
Here are some things you may want to know about the project!
What books will you choose?
Will you be only discussing books by women?
No. I do tend to read a lot of books by women, but I’m inspired by books of many kinds from many different authors. Consider this project a glimpse inside one woman’s reading (and gaming!) life.
What about sexist (or otherwise problematic) texts?
I’ll do the same thing with them publicly that I do privately: grapple with them as they are. I’ll try to pull out what’s useful and, when necessary, explicitly point out what’s awful. When it comes to the most egregious offenders, I’ll suggest you vote with your wallet. I’ll also make sure I recommend some less poisonous sources for the bits worth learning from.
Will there be spoilers?
Oh, yes. I’ll be discussing specific characters, scenes, and techniques. If you don’t want to know what happens, don’t follow the jump.
I’m looking forward to getting to know all of you. Happy reading!