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    About Vivian Abraham

    I am a gamer, a lawyer, and a mom. Not necessarily in that order.

    Dear Gaming As Women: MtG Planeswalkers

    by , and  • November 14, 2012 • Dear GAW • 3 Comments

    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 asks for insight on gender representation in MtG: Dear Gaming as Women, The central characters in Magic: the Gathering...

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    Dear Gaming as Women: Harassment Policies at Conventions

    by and  • October 10, 2012 • Dear GAW • 3 Comments

    It’s that time again! Time for another installment of Dear Gaming as Women! We do invite our fair readers to send us questions, and today’s question is from a convention organizer (we’ve been asked not to specify which convention) regarding implementation of anti-harassment policies at conventions. There’s some great stuff here, so let’s dive...

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    Dragon*Con and the Back Up Project: Good Intentions, Bad Message

    by  • September 1, 2012 • Essays, News • 1 Comment

    In recent months, there has been an increasing awareness of convention harassment. To their credit, most of the people who are running conventions of all geek varieties are taking action. Harassment policies are being written where before none existed, they are being clarified where there were only vague statements, they are being publicized where there was no way...

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    Baldur’s Gate Romance

    by  • August 17, 2012 • Reviews • 7 Comments

    SPOILER ALERT:  This article spoils some of the subplots (but not the main plot) of Baldur’s Gate II.  You have been warned! I have very fond memories of playing the Baldur’s Gate series.  Written for the AD&D Second Edition rules and set in the Forgotten Realms, the series had a rich, detailed world, a...

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    Dear Gaming as Women: Convention Games

    by and  • July 27, 2012 • Dear GAW • Comments Off on Dear Gaming as Women: Convention Games

    Welcome to the third installment of our new feature: 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. Without further ado, here’s today’s letter: Dear Gaming As Women, When you sign up for a convention game, what things...

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    Superhuman Strength

    by  • July 16, 2012 • Essays • 13 Comments

    1979:  When I was in grade school, I started playing Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.  I had played the “red box” D&D, and a bit of a home brew Tolkien game, but AD&D was the first game I really got into.  I pored over those books like they were holy texts.  I made up scores...

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    Dear Gaming as Women: Being a Feminist

    by , , , and  • July 6, 2012 • Dear GAW • 2 Comments

    Welcome to the second installment of our new feature: 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. Without further ado, here’s today’s letter: Dear Gaming As Women, Does being a feminist ever get easier? Right now it...

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    Confessions of a White, Female Gamer

    by  • June 22, 2012 • Essays • Comments Off on Confessions of a White, Female Gamer

    I’d like to talk about race, specifically race and gaming. I am white, so my first thought is that I’m not the best person to be talking about this. I’m not an expert on race, and being privileged in my country based on being white, my viewpoints are affected by that privilege. To make...

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    I Am Not a Victim

    by  • June 9, 2012 • Essays • 2 Comments

    Let’s be clear, I’m the hero of this story.  I have a wicked step-mother to prove it.  I’ve survived adversity.  I could tell you stories about my childhood that would make your hair stand on end.  And I have prospered.  I started with nothing, and I worked my way up to get what I...

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