Gwendy B / @gwendybee on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, & Twitch

@gwendybee

I’m an illustrator! I paint characters, creatures, and environments from all sorts of fantasy backgrounds. Most recently, I contributed a bunch of art to the UNCAGED anthology, a 5e one-shot collection that focuses on feminist retellings of classic D&D monsters. (I’m also very slowly working on a visual novel game in my “free time”!)

I draw! I’m a freelance illustrator, so pretty much all of my time is either taken up by client work, personal/portfolio projects, or studying. Very occasionally, I also do things like eat food, go outside, or read books.

(Disclaimer: I joke, but I do eat food several times a day and try to go outside and Move Vigorously for at least half an hour every day! Health is important!)

Do you have a current project that you would like us to promote?

I’m working on way too many projects to pick a favorite child, so I’d say just keep tabs on my Twitter if you’re interested in hearing what I’m up to P: Also, as a freelance illustrator, I’m perpetually available for hire, so I guess my “current project” is uh. Work?

How did you get into tabletop gaming?

I’ve had some friends who have played D&D for over a decade now, and I was always very intrigued by it, since I grew up loving classic high fantasy stuff. After enough pestering, one of those friends very kindly set up a “baby’s first D&D campaign” for me and a bunch of our other interested but inexperienced friends. That was about 3 years ago at this point and we still haven’t beaten the adventure yet….

What do you love about tabletop games?

I love that your world and your actions really are only limited by your creativity. After playing video games for so long, tabletop games are a breath of fresh air, because I don’t have to worry if the developers coded in a thing I want to do. No longer do I have to Google if there’s a way to pet the dogs in a game!

I also love the community I’ve found through UNCAGED specifically — there’s been such an immense outpouring of support, love, and creativity from all these amazing designers, writers, and artists, and I’m so grateful I get to be a part of that.

Have you overcome any obstacles in tabletop gaming?

Honestly, I’ve been lucky that:

  1. The people I play with have all been wonderful, and
  2. I’m small enough on the Internet that I don’t really have to deal with aggressive randos.

As with any group of people, sometimes things pop up at the table, but everyone’s been very considerate and quick to course-correct if they say or do something that makes others uncomfortable.

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

Please go for it!! If you’re worried about finding inclusive groups in-person, there are so many wonderful communities online that are constantly looking for new members and are newbie-friendly.

For more specific advice: for my very first D&D game, our DM actually just made like… 15 character sheets and had us pick from that list. It worked super well, so DMs for newbie players, take note! (And if you’re a new player feeling overwhelmed by the amount of “here’s how to min-max your build” information online, maybe send your DM this answer so they can take the hint and help you make your first character. : )

In roleplaying games, what kind of characters are you drawn to play?

Mechanically, DPS. Give me a handful of spells, a bow, and/or like eight knives and let me go to town! I am become death! Character-wise, I love playing sweet misguided babies who are trying very hard (and failing) to be cool. My ideal character situation is to play a rogue, yell “Hey everyone, watch this!”, and then roll a nat 1 on my Acrobatics check to scale a wall. “I meant to do that!! That was me showing you what not to do! Did you learn what not to do? I hope so, because I’m not falling again!”

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