I help to create advice and live play content for Web DM and am starting to write TTRPG content.
I am the Communications Director for Web DM. I’m also the work from home mom of a 2.5 year old.
Do you have a current project that you would like us to promote?
Web DM on YouTube.
How did you get into tabletop gaming?
I always gravitated toward adventure and fantasy video games growing up, but my partner Jim Davis was the first person I knew who played ttrpg. I started soon after meeting him and haven’t stopped since!
What do you love about tabletop games?
I love the opportunity for imaginative collaboration that connects the players as human beings, the ability to explore concepts that transcend our everyday reality, and, honestly, the snacks. Love the excuse for snacks!
Have you overcome any obstacles in tabletop gaming?
Early on, I experienced some players who tried to convince me that women could only play in certain ways, or that characters who identified as women had to have an extra strong reason to adventure, or that characters who identified as women had to have trauma in their backstory. This came from both men and women. I noted (and still do, when on social media representing myself) that it was assumed that I lacked rules mastery, or would try to get preferential treatment from the GM, especially if the GM was my partner. I was often told I couldn’t play characters who were men, oftentimes from men playing women.
What would your advice be to women who are interested in tabletop gaming?
Do it! Be aware that discrimination happens, but it is not normal, and it is happening less and less. But it’s the most fulfilling hobby I’ve ever had. And if you’ve got questions, reach out to Web DM 😉
In roleplaying games, what kind of characters are you drawn to play?
I like characters who are strong in conviction, who are physically hardy, and, lately for some reason at least, evil, or with real blind spots to their shortcomings. But I can sense I’m almost done playing baddies!