Anat Rabkin/ @Kissless on Twitter

@Kissless

I’ve been a DM of my own original stories and worlds for over 20 years. I write fantasy and am an artist.

I play video games. Write stories. Leatherworking…

How did you get into tabletop gaming?

A gaming magazine in the 90’s introduced me to my first team in a nearby city, as I lived in such a small farming town that I have to leave town to find players.

What do you love about tabletop games?

I love being something greater than myself. I love exploring aspects of myself and of morals and ethics. I love a table filled with friends so engrossed in the game everything else fades away

Have you overcome any obstacles in tabletop gaming?

I’ve certainly been met with my fair share of looks and male players freaking out there’s a woman at the table. Men who can’t look me in the eye or can’t speak to me directly.

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

TRY it. It’s a game about making stories. It’s an interactive experience where you can be your best self without apology. Play with your group in a way that makes you all happy, and screw anyone who disagrees.

What kind of characters are you drawn to play?

I almost exclusively play male characters, and as a person struggling with mental illness, I enjoy exploring mental illness and healing through my play.

Is there a woman in tabletop who we should highlight?

I think the women of Critical Role, who play a mixture of interesting women, show the amazing variety of what a woman can be in fantasy and tales of heroism and that’s something those who write out popular media should be paying attention to.

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