Introducing…Geek Girls Gaming

Greetings and Salutations!

Jeff and Ron are going to be kind enough to let me take over the Gamers Codex every once in a while with a new series… So I am happy to introduce a new featured column entitled “Geek Girls Gaming.”  First, a little about me…

I have been a fan of the SF genre since first reading C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia in the 4th grade.  I enjoy everything from costuming and gaming to running conventions to writing.

As a writer, I have four short stories published.  My first short story, “History in the Making” was published in the anthology Rum & Runestones in 2010.  “Faith,” was published in Michael Ventrella’s Tales of Fortannis: A Bard’s Eye View, and “Anne Bonny’s Child” was included in Spells and Swashbucklers, the follow-up to Rum & Runestones.  My fourth short story is expected to be released at the end of May 2013 in Tales of Fortannis: A Bard in the Hand.

From the gaming side of life:  I started playing D&D in high school and while I’ve flirted with other systems such as Traveller and Hero Games, I keep coming back to D&D.   Currently, I play in two games (D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder) and run a third Pathfinder campaign.  The two things I like most about gaming are character building and trying to make the world seem real.  I do pretty at well at the first and not so well at the second.

For the Gamers Codex, about once a month we hope to bring you some new and different articles on gaming through the lens of women gamers.

Topics may include:

  • Challenges faced by gaming girls at cons
  • Challenges faced by gaming girls at the table
    •  Crossplaying (girls playing boy characters)
  • Benefits of gaming on education & children
  • Getting girls into gaming
  • Sexism at the table/online/corporate culture
  • Lack of women in the gaming industry
  • Advertising to women

In addition, we hope to bring you world-building ideas, character concepts and other gaming specific thoughts with women in mind.  (Special thanks to Jodi Black for some of the ideas!)

If you have any other thoughts on topics you’d like to see or if you’d like to be a guest author, please feel free to email me!

Thank you and we hope you enjoy!