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    About Avonelle

    At heart, Avonelle is a larp player, designer, writer who happens to run gaming conventions.


    What Next? – #1reasonwhy

    by  • July 14, 2014 • Essays • 1 Comment

    I want you to imagine that sometime between your 8th and 15th birthdays, your skin gradually gained a blue sheen – nothing so dramatic as waking up one day and discovering that you’d gone full out smurf.  Just… your sixth grade picture shows the same skin tone you always shared with all of your...

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    Playtesting Study by Carnegie Mellon University Researchers

    by  • July 7, 2014 • News • Comments Off on Playtesting Study by Carnegie Mellon University Researchers

    Playtesting matters. Studying how playtesting works is important because evidence-based practices save time and energy and give us a better starting place. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have put out a call for folks who have released independent game products to participate in a study on playtesting practices. Be still my heart! Months out...

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    The Story In Between

    by  • October 2, 2013 • Essays • 1 Comment

    “What do you do with stories that happen between games?” I hear this conversation a lot in various iterations, among various larp campaigns.  The debate over whether or not to honor between-game character growth or to restrict everything to the time between game-on and game-off is perennial and (for me) tiresome and pointless. Enthusiastic...

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    Healthy Larp Culture Requires Conscious Cultivation

    by  • September 6, 2013 • Essays • Comments Off on Healthy Larp Culture Requires Conscious Cultivation

    When the conversation turns to harassment or exclusionary behavior in a gaming community, my first thought is always “where are the community stewards? Who is responding and reacting to reeducate, redirect and flat out censure such behavior?” It comes up all the time in connection to larps – I hear a lot of larp...

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    Real-Time Breaking Internet News: #rpggratitude

    by  • September 5, 2013 • News • Comments Off on Real-Time Breaking Internet News: #rpggratitude

    I’d like to shout out to my fellow Lady who Games, Shoshana Kessock, whose impulse hashtag, #rpggratitude, is trending right now on Twitter and Facebook.

    I think everybody should take a moment to reflect, and maybe tweet something to the hashtag.  The lovefest is great for the community!

    You can find Shoshana at http://shoshanakessock.com/, where she talks about her experiences in gaming.

    My Christmas Wish

    by  • December 14, 2012 • People & Events • 2 Comments

    At Metatopia this year, I had an experience with a family that made my grinchy heart grow three sizes. A week before the convention, Hurricane Sandy blew through the NY/NJ metro area, leaving chaos, gas rationing and power outages in her wake.  The hotel was unusually full of area residents – some staying at...

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    Dear Gaming As Women: Blind Characters

    by and  • November 21, 2012 • Dear GAW • 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 interpreting blindess: Dear GAW, A friend of mine was talking about a character he created for a...

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