• This Week in the News

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    The Daily Beast gives many, many good points about why it’s time to end the U.S. Military’s female combat ban.
    Slate featured an article by Rebecca Watson about her experiences after she spoke about sexism in the skeptic community. (Trigger warning: rape, sexual assault.)
    This article at The Geeky Peacock is awesome. I like her point that if you want pictures of her looking hot, you are less likely to be a creeper if you just ask!
    “Brooklyn’s Rochelle Ballantyne, 17, is poised to become the first African-American female chess master in the world. So, so awesome.” – from the article
    The Atlantic has a story about the history of the term and action of mansplaining.
    Lots and lots of geek goodies that would be great holiday or birthdays for under $20USD! List courtesy of Ben Gerber at Troll in the Corner.
    This article by Rachelle C. Carter, Ph.D. at Citibank is a little old, but it’s always good to see someone talking about things women should not feel obligated to apologize for.
    343 Industries and Halo 4 developers have announced a permanent ban for sexist or discriminatory remarks in Halo 4. A zero tolerance policy? Sweet!
    PatientC has a response to the Halo 4 bans – a call to action.
    NPR discusses how the creators of Assassins Creed III made an effort to include a Native American character, and the difficulties in finding a Native American actor to voice him. The character is half-English, half-Mohawk, but that they made the effort to get a Native American actor is pretty great.
    Should Kickstarter have a tabletop gaming category? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
    This story about “board game cafes” in China made me wish that local game shops would serve coffee and food, or that cafes had more space for gaming.


    I'm a 25 year old admin assistant from around Pittsburgh, PA. I am married, work and attend college concurrently, and have been tabletop gaming for about 8 years. I blog (very, very periodically), and write unpublished short stories. I play tabletop RPGs, board games, and both casual and RPG video games. I live for the social part of gaming, but do enjoy a good explosion, and am learning the ropes of creating worlds in which people can play.


    7 Responses to This Week in the News

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      November 5, 2012 at 04:55

      The board game cafe story reminds me: Our FLGS had a pizza shop inside the store at one point (ordering counter, ovens, and fridge but no restaurant seating). It was mostly delivery/carryout only and typically operated from 4pm-11pm. It did well especially during tournament days at the game store but just wasn’t able to sustain itself and had to shut down last year. Too many competitors were doing the “$5 pizza” specials here, and they couldn’t swing it. It was actually quite good and definitely above $5 pizza-level grub.

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        November 6, 2012 at 04:55

        I’m sorry to hear they had to shut it down! Stuff like that is so great. I keep looking for a coffee shop with good hours to game at, but no luck so far. :/

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      November 6, 2012 at 18:55

      This story about “board game cafes” in China made me wish that local game shops would serve coffee and food, or that cafes had more space for gaming.

      There’s the absolutely wonderful Snakes & Lattes here in Toronto, designed with exactly that itch in mind. They’ve been insanely popular since they opened; IIRC, they recently had to expand their square footage to meet the customer load.

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        November 6, 2012 at 20:29

        Okay, so that’s another thing I need to visit should I ever go to the cold north.

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        November 10, 2012 at 01:36

        It’s a popular date place. They’ve also thrown events for the amateur board game design community, which is exploding in Toronto last I heard. I’d be surprised if we didn’t see more imitations of it in the next few years.

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      November 8, 2012 at 09:39

      There’s a boardgame cafe in Taiwan that even has a feminist theme: Witch House. Last I knew, they had a huge collection of boardgames and one of the funniest menus around, at least if you read Chinese. And they’re in the same building as the best feminist bookstore in Taibei, Fem Books.

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        November 8, 2012 at 15:04

        th- That is so cool! Wow. It is exciting to see that these places are out there!

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