I am the game runner for our series of adventures on the Just Barbarian Things podcast. I am a credentialed veterinary technician and currently earning my credentials to teach math and science.
I help teach Algebra to struggling high school students while I am in school to get my STEM teaching credentials.
Do you have a current project that you would like us to promote?
Just Barbarian Things is primarily known for our short-format Fireside Stories podcasts but we are also starting two campaign length podcast games in different systems.
How did you get into tabletop gaming?
At 16 I was invited to join a Vampire: The Masquerade game with my fellow employees at the bookstore. It was incredibly welcoming and an amazing outlet that I didn’t know I had needed until I finally had it. From there I played D&D 3.5 with my roommates and then eventually continued playing and running primarily D&D through Next/4th and 5th Editions. I am now branching out to try new systems about 18 years after I first got started!
What do you love about tabletop games?
I love that it gives an opportunity to be creative, to be someone outside your realm of reality, and to work with your friends to accomplish something awesome. I love when everyone around the table is just having an awesome time.
Have you overcome any obstacles in tabletop gaming?
I honestly didn’t have issues early on because I was only playing with people I knew, trusted, and that were excited to share that time. Later on, when I tried to join online games as a player, is when I started seeing issues. Players, particularly male players, would talk down to me and dress me down for my decisions and strategies. What made these situations worse, is that no one told them to stop, corrected the behavior, or stepped in to support. Everyone just got quiet and wanted to move on like it didn’t happen but it made me uncomfortable enough to drop from the games.
What would your advice be to women who are interested in tabletop gaming?
Find a group of people you love, trust, and just want to spend more time with! Even if they don’t know the game you are getting into, you can have an awesome time learning it together. Just remember, it’s for fun! Otherwise, you can definitely find a game to join in person or online, just get to know your community first and set yourself up with a group that matches what you are looking for.
What kind of characters are you drawn to play?
I so rarely get to play but my favorite thing to do is random roll race/class/background (or equivalent depending on the system) and then challenge myself to build an awesome character from that.