Emily Biloski / @lappemtntbltp @emtinuviel on Twitter

@Lappe Mountain Tabletop @Emtinuviel

I’m a DM, and my husband and I started a company for our homemade dice trays. We’ve got some specialty woods up in our Etsy store.

I write, play video games, write about video games, read a lot of fantasy.

How did you get into tabletop gaming?

I’m active on video game twitter, where a lot of my friends posted about Dungeons & Dragons. I bought the starter kit, convinced some work friends to play, and it quickly took over all our lives.

What do you love about tabletop games?

The group story telling. I like creating something with my friends, that has an emotional impact on all of us. I also just love being able to exercise my imagination on a weekly basis in a way that other people can enjoy. As I’ve involved myself more in the online community I’ve really enjoyed how supportive and creative TTRPG players are.

Have you overcome any obstacles in tabletop gaming?

My game is a home game with my friends, where I thankfully have not encountered any harassment or gate keeping, as I ensure my table is a welcoming and positive space. I had some trouble with game stores previously where the employees wouldn’t ask me if I needed help, or take my questions seriously, but I found some cool people in our biggest store that are welcoming and inclusive, so I take my business there and don’t buy from vendors or stores who don’t think I’m worth their time. (I spend a LOT of money on DnD, fellas, so you’re missing out on cash).

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

Jump in. Read, watch streams, talk to people who play and ask them questions, and if you can’t find a game don’t be afraid to wrangle a few people and start one yourself. It seems scary but it’s worth it. Don’t apologize for not knowing as much as some of the lifers, and if someone makes you feel bad about being new then that’s not a scene to be a part of.

What kind of characters are you drawn to play?

Barbarians, women with big attitudes and bigger weapons, who also have kind hearts underneath the sass.

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