• Essays

    This category is dedicated to posts about theoretical topics, and to personal insight.

    You Could Be Me, I Could Be There: The Joy of Representation

    by  • September 28, 2015 • Design & Art, Essays • Comments Off on You Could Be Me, I Could Be There: The Joy of Representation

    Act One: In Which I Am Changed Anyone who knows me knows I’m a little obsessed with women’s history, particularly when it comes to the role of women in WW2. And anyone who reads me on GAW knows that I am particularly interested in the Hx/Relationship/Bond mechanics in Powered by the Apocalypse games and...

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    Gaming with toddlers

    by  • June 3, 2015 • Essays • Comments Off on Gaming with toddlers

    As a parent of two babies, I do not get as much “gaming time” that I might like to. In fact, it is difficult to get any time at all. When they are really small they sleep most of the time, but at this age, they are active enough to require my attention, but...

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    Panels on Gender Inclusive Narratives and On Being an Expert (and a woman)

    by  • May 19, 2015 • Essays • Comments Off on Panels on Gender Inclusive Narratives and On Being an Expert (and a woman)

    Gaming as Women has recently teamed up with Indie+ to do some panels on gender and tabletop roleplaying games. Hosted by me (Kira Magrann) and featuring women who are members here at GaW, we’re tackling some trendy topics in the community right now, in addition to just kind of discussing what’s going on in...

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    Playing high status characters – What can we learn from The Lion King?

    by  • May 11, 2015 • Essays • Comments Off on Playing high status characters – What can we learn from The Lion King?

    In this post I will address two different approaches to playing high status characters. On one hand you can play a high status character who feels secure in their position, who respects and acknowledges others. On the other hand you can play a high status characters who feels that their position is threatened and...

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    Positive Feedback Round

    by  • February 26, 2015 • Essays • Comments Off on Positive Feedback Round

    The positive feedback round is an exercise you can do after larps or gaming sessions. The exercise gives everyone an opportunity to both give and receive positive feedback. The purpose of the exercise is both to improve your gaming skills, build a culture of communication and trust, and learn how to give and receive...

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    Three Words That Will Change Your Game

    by  • January 22, 2015 • Design & Art, Essays • 4 Comments

    Start your journey now, my lady.  Courtesy of Claudia Cangini.  http://claudiacangini.deviantart.com/ | plus.google.com/+ClaudiaCangini

    Early the campaign of my current Rothlingsmark game, I asked my GM (who is also my husband, Geoffrey) a simple question that completely changed the course of the game. The question was made half in jest. It was a sort of “I’m joking unless you’re serious” kind of joke, anyway. I referenced it in...

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    A Similar Kind of Negotiation

    by  • December 23, 2014 • Essays • Comments Off on A Similar Kind of Negotiation

    A Disclaimer: This post involves a tiny bit of NSFW content, in the form of erotic storytelling.   “Stick your ass out a little bit further,” I insist, with my strictest topping tone, though I let a little smirk escape. My playmate smiles back at me over her shoulder, eyes wide and playing helpless,...

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