A Spooky 1 Year Gaming Anniversary for Me

i had NO idea that when i posted my last post about gaming alone that it was officially my 1 year anniversary as a D&D gamer! and.. its gets spooky.  check this out:   here is a picture of my very first game on 1/29/11 and heres my last game early this morning i was … Read moreA Spooky 1 Year Gaming Anniversary for Me

You Can Play D&D 4e by Yourself

i dont know about you guys and girls but 9.5 times out of 10, i’m jonesing for a game of D&D. the problem is, i’ve been sick for the past 5 days with pneumonia and now my girl is getting sick too which means she wont be writing me any quick adventures to get me … Read moreYou Can Play D&D 4e by Yourself

Some Gamers are Gay

Note from Gamer Grrl: The words below are not my own, but from a man named Sean Patrick Fannon from DriveThruRPG.  It’s a thoughtful piece, especially where the young man wrote him to thank him for speaking up at the tournament.  I vow to be more thoughtful about my own words when sitting at the gaming table, because he’s right, and I’m guilty of doing this exact thing on ocassion.  Being gay has become something negative and we never know who’s sitting there with you.  I’m better than that and I challenge you to be too.

Some Gamers are Gay

No, I don’t mean that in the all-too-popular vernacular of “I don’t like that, that’s gay.” I mean there is a significant and highly-involved community of gamers within our culture that are homosexual. Many do not regularly wear signs or symbols to identify themselves as such; for many, it has absolutely nothing to do with their participation in gaming.

Just as I am a straight man who likes to play Savage Worlds, one of my dearest friends is a gay man who greatly prefers the Hero System (and still chides me for abandoning the system I sold him and so many others on all those years ago). That I am straight and he is gay has nothing to do with our gaming interactions. Better still, Chris being gay has never had much of an impact on any of the gaming experiences we shared, or on the gaming community that we both participated in back in Athens, GA, and later in Jacksonville, FL.

Maybe I missed something, but somewhere along the way, the phrase “that’s gay” crept into the pop culture lexicon and took root like a nasty, ugly weed.

This isn’t actually a new thing, I know; I was regularly called a “fag” when I was much younger, all through my middle-and-high school years. I’m relatively certain most of the kids using the word weren’t even entirely sure what the hell it meant, only that it had a hurtful sound to it and it was supposed to be something very negative.

I am very gratified that our overall culture has advanced – slowly, to be sure – in such a way that the fact of being gay isn’t the social sentence it once was. I am by no means saying the struggle for equality and social acceptance by the GBLT community is over, not by a long shot. Things have, however, gotten marginally better.

The one place, however, where I always believed folks of any origin, gender, color, orientation, or belief could find open acceptance has been my culture of choice – geekdom.

Yet recently I’ve encountered younger members of our social circles that now use the term “gay” to indicate something they do not like.

To whit, I was in an Ascension tournament at a convention this summer. It was a full table, six players. One was a woman of about my generation, while the other four were in their teens and twenties. Three of them were obviously buds, and it was made clear that they came from the Yu-Gi-Oh CCG arena, very competitive in nature. One player in particular kept referring to every play he didn’t like or every card he read that he did not care for as “gay.”

“Oh man, that play is totally gay.” “I hate that card, it’s so gay.” “I can’t believe you pulled that off; how gay.” The other two generally laughed or smiled, and the rest of the room more or less ignored it.

I didn’t.

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Where Do DMs Get Their Campaign Inspiration?

This is something my players often ask me.  Where do you get your campaign inspiration? While I don’t have a simple answer, I can say that I borrow and steal from nearly everything I experience in life. I know some DMs who pick up a book for a table-top gaming system and never waiver off … Read moreWhere Do DMs Get Their Campaign Inspiration?

GamerGrrl Discusses Her Favorite Game Systems

I’ve been writing articles for a few weeks now and if you’ve been reading them, I think it gives you a little insight into my likes and dislikes.  For example, I think by now you’ve come to realize I like Vampire: The Masquerade and I’m an official stalker of The Cruxshadows.  You know that I’ve … Read moreGamerGrrl Discusses Her Favorite Game Systems

Freeport! Pirates Inside!

Pirates Guide to FreeportTwo weeks ago, I finally was able to dig into my gaming books and pull out a setting that I’ve been dying to play for ages! Freeport by Green Ronin.

For those of you that are brand new to role-play lingo, a setting is where a game is, well, set! While a system is the mechanics behind the role-playing game itself.  For example, Dungeons and Dragons and Savage Worlds are a setting because each one has rules on how the game is played.  Yet Eberron is a setting for a D&D campaign and Necessary Evil would be a Savage Worlds setting.  The Freeport setting was made to support a number of different systems and while I do have the d20 Companion, I’ve chosen to play it with Savage Worlds.

There are three PCs (player characters) in this campaign:

Masego, Child of Rathma: He wasn’t always known as Masego, he used to live in a small village with lush pastures near the big forests.  One fateful day the boy known as Allastar was helping skin a deer he had caught with his father.  While he skinned, he heard screaming coming from his village and horror met his eyes.  The undead had infested the village and killed and ate his mother and father before his very eyes.  He hid up in a loft where the undead couldn’t reach him until a blind woman came and vanquished the monsters.  He was given a choice by the woman, be escorted to an orphanage or take vengeance upon those that had wronged him.

Allastar went with the woman and spent many long years learning the ways of the Cult of Rathma.  Finally one day he passed the rite of passage and his eyes were gouged out making him blind.  He gave up his name and was blessed into the order as Masego the blessed.  The Cult of Rathma then sent him on a quest to explore the world and develop his other senses to further his teachings to combat the undead.

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Is gaming for kids? Or can adults play along too?

Recently on a message board that I frequent, someone posted this really awesome picture.  In one column, there was a photo of what an adult sees.  The other was a photo of what a kid sees. For example, an adult sees a bed.  A kid sees a trampoline.  Kids are able to use their imaginations … Read moreIs gaming for kids? Or can adults play along too?