• Archive for May, 2012

    Flower Songs and The Bleeding Sun: A Conversation with Jason Caminsky (part 2 of 3)

    by  • May 29, 2012 • Design & Art, People & Events • Comments Off on Flower Songs and The Bleeding Sun: A Conversation with Jason Caminsky (part 2 of 3)

    Yesterday I introduced you all to my friend Jason Caminsky, author of the upcoming roleplaying game New Fire. We talked about his inspirations for the game, and issues of cultural appropriation (if you missed part one, you can find it here). Today we talk about gender in roleplaying games, and how New Fire approaches...

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    This Week in Gaming

    by and  • May 27, 2012 • News • 1 Comment

    UK D&D Tweetups, a group that organizes D&D events in the UK, has this post here talking about ways in which they plan to make their events welcoming to female participants. It’s so simple, and so, so, so good. This is exactly what we need more of at public gaming events and conventions, for...

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    This Week in Feminism

    by and  • May 27, 2012 • News • Comments Off on This Week in Feminism

    This post here over on Free Thought Blogs is ostensibly about the informal network of information about male speakers who harass and intimidate female attendees of atheism conferences, but it could just as easily be about women attending tech conferences, or women attending gaming conventions or really women in any male-dominated conference/convention-type setting. It’s...

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    Leveling Up and Giving Back

    by  • May 26, 2012 • Essays • 3 Comments

    One of the great things about being a gamer is being part of a community.  When I ride the bus, or walk down a busy street, or stand in line at a store, I can spot gamers, and it is always a cool feeling.  Hey, that kid has a D&D book, or that person...

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    Sexy vs Sexist: Using an Example from the Current D&D Comic

    by  • May 24, 2012 • Design & Art • 2 Comments

    I’d recently read Jon Schindehette’s discussion on art direction for the nebulous “D&D Next”. Some of my thoughts on the piece are less-than-charitable, but I suppose I can “get” where he’s coming from to an extent. (If you haven’t already read Tracy Hurley’s really excellent reply, you should.) Vivian already discussed many of the issues...

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    Things I Want To Know (#1)

    by  • May 23, 2012 • Essays • 7 Comments

    My day job is in game research, so I’m always interested in how we can get better data about games and the experience of play. One of the reasons I contribute to this blog is because it inspires my work! I thought I’d share some of the ideas that have come up because of...

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