Nicole Trainor / @phaedra220 on Twitter

@Phaedra200

I am a player in an all-woman players Star Wars actual play podcast.

I enjoy working in a science lab, playing with my kids, reading fantasy, playing Dragon Age/ME, and watching genre TV when I get a chance.

Do you have a current project?

Misfits of Space, the Star Wars actual play podcast I’m part of.

How did you get into tabletop gaming?

In 8th grade, I became friends with a girl who roleplayed. Prior to that, I had gotten the ElfQuest roleplaying game as a gift (due to my love of the comics). So it was just a matter of finding other people who were into it.

What do you love about tabletop games?

Becoming someone else and creating collaborative worlds and stories together.

Have you overcome any obstacles in tabletop gaming?

My first forays into a few gaming shops were hardcore gatekeeping moments. When I got my husband into playing, people would assume I was playing because of him. I also have been sexually harassed at almost every table game I’ve been a part of, between comments about “joining the oldest profession” to comments about my lipstick in real life and comments and sexualization of my characters.

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

Find other women who you’d want to play with or join one of the several online women’s tabletop discussion groups. They are great resources for getting started in a safe, non-judgemental way.

What kind of characters are you drawn to play?

I tend to gravitate to sneaky characters or healers. I’ve been trying to increase my variety and take on different roles than I have before. I’ve got a face character in my Star Wars game and a monk in a D&D game.

Is there a woman in tabletop we should highlight?

Amy Dzura – AL admin and all-around wunderkind organizer

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