Anniek Groeneveld / @anniekster on Twitter

@anniekster

Not really a creator in the sense that I put out products for large groups of people; the NPCs and stories I make tend to not go past my own tables.

I have a job in IT, I have 2 fluffy dogs I walk a lot and do agility with, I like to go climbing, I paint, I read…

Do you have a current project?

It’s not just mine, but I’m doing some streams with the Scratticus Academy on Twitch! I’m on a Pulp Cthulhu stream on Mondays now, I did some one-offs and this Saturday I get to DM my first streamed D&D 5e game 🙂 https://www.twitch.tv/scratticus

How did you get into tabletop gaming?

First time around when I was 11 I was voluntold by my older brother; he wanted to try D&D and needed a victim… I mean player. I remember sitting on my bed with a character sheet and how even insignificant things suddenly mattered in a story I was part of. I had no one to play with once he moved out to college, but when I finally went to college myself I joined a student group filled with nerds and altos and hippies and geeks and metalheads and between drinking at the bar and dancing to Britney Spears and singing Disney Songs I suddenly made friends with people who wanted to play, and I joined some groups. Some fell apart really fast, some stuck around, I ran my own homebrew for a while. At one point I became head of one of the nerd-clubs and we starting roleplay-Sundays where we ran different tables with different systems with changing DMs. I dated and later married a man who likes RPGs and still have a *lot* of friends who game, and made more friends through gaming as well!

What do you love about tabletop games?

It’s a mushy answer, but I like the “together-ness” where it’s your little group making its own story. I also like really like weaving crazy stories and thinking of memorable NPCs, which is I think why I like DM’ing and games like Fiasco and Honey Heist. I also play a lot of board and card games, but they’re just not nearly as flexible as most RPGs. At least at my tables, we like the “yes, and” and the rule of cool.

Have you overcome any obstacles in tabletop gaming?

CONTENT WARNING: Sexual Assault

When I first started out I was often the only girl in a group, and I’ve walked away mid-session because another character was raping my character and the DM let it play out. Other than that I think I’ve been lucky with the people I’ve played with, but I also make it very clear early on if I don’t appreciate a certain type of behaviour. I think a lot of a**holes at the table get away with being a**holes for way too long because people are afraid to speak up, or don’t see the problem. I’ve helped a girl switch tables at an event to escape the ridiculously stereotypical neckbeard she had the misfortune of sitting next to, and when he was present at the next event I refused to play with him.

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

Find a group and do it! Vet your group, find people who like to play in the same style as you do, and that might not be the first group you try! There are now a lot more options to get into tabletop, and a lot more systems. If there is nothing local and you have an internet connection and any kind of mic, look online! And if people bother who, or don’t treat you right, and you have the energy and the will, speak up. If you can’t, don’t waste your time and energy; there are better people to play with.

What kind of characters are you drawn to play?

I talk. A lot. I pretty much always have a high charisma character, and they’re often quite clever. It’s why I love systems where I can have a high intelligence and charisma, then I dump my wisdom. I make horrible, horrible plans, make them sound real convincing, smile a little, and now we have a pirate ship!

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

Just one?! I’m going to cheat and pick 2: Rachel Denton, because she is a great TTRPG streamer and artist, and Alice Cleaver, who streams a lot of games but is also heavily invested in bringing new people into RPGs!

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