Alexandra Clifford / @FandomHist on Twitter

@FandomHist

I write D&D one shots and I’m training to be a historian of LGBTQ+ and fan history.

I study 20th century history, work as a waitress, and perform in amateur dramatics

Do you have a current project?

Follow my twitter for academic updates, and follow @CCCU_DnD my D&D society at university.

How did you get into tabletop gaming?

The girl who lived below me in uni halls introduced me to her group who were all brand new, including the DM, they’d only played a session or two before I joined.

What do you love about tabletop games?

I love the collaborative element, and I especially love the unexpected hilarious and touching moments that come from any game.

Have you overcome any obstacles in tabletop gaming?

I set up a D&D society at my university with my boyfriend at the time. Before the start, we broke up and he became increasingly hostile towards me. We’d play rock paper scissors to decide who would be President, and I’d won by chance. He once told me that I only wanted to run it “for some feminist reasons” and that I didn’t really care about the game. He eventually slipped out of the society, thankfully, and last week we won Society of the Year!

What would your advice be to women who are interested in tabletop gaming?

Don’t be intimidated, there are so many women and non binary people who will stand by you and make the table a welcoming place! I promise it’s nothing like the Big Bang Theory.

What kind of characters are you drawn to play?

Brash, bright, curious women, usually magically inclined.

Is there a woman in tabletop who you think we should highlight?

All of my Society!

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