Stephanie Marie Heckler / @Msnerdynurse on Twitter

@MsNerdyNurse

I’m a voice actor on the Shocking Gasp D&D podcast! Up until last year, I had only tried playing D&D a handful of times. I didn’t like it. I definitely didn’t see myself as the type of person that played. But then something changed. I’m now a fully invested D&D player, I love every second of game time, and I’m so glad I ignored my preconceived notions about the game, and gave it another go!

I ride horses, hike, read, love on my dogs!

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

Shocking Gasp

How did you get into tabletop gaming?

My husband.

What do you love about tabletop games?

The role playing! I love creating a character and getting to play them!

Have you overcome any obstacles in tabletop gaming?

Because my husband is the one that encouraged me to play, I’ve had mostly good experiences. I have had people give me funny looks when I tell them I play. And I’ve had some more seasoned players try to talk over me, but eventually they realized how passionate I was, and that I was actually a pretty good role player!

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

Don’t let your fear stop you! Don’t let gatekeepers stop you! Everyone adds value to the game, even you. I’m not sure at what point I started to care more about what I wanted and less about what people thought, but I’m so glad I did. It’s let me join this whole new world of TTRPGs. If you want something, don’t let anyone tell you you can’t.

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

I don’t have a ton of experience, like I said. But I love characters that are a bit oxymoronic or contradictory. My current character on Shocking Gasp is a very whimsical, very powerful gnome barbarian. She is proof that books shouldn’t be judged by their covers. She’s also so infectiously friendly and outgoing. Way more outgoing than I am. So I really have to push myself to play her. I think I enjoy playing characters that I would enjoy reading about or watching in a movie. Someone larger than life, complicated, and entertaining.

Is there a woman in tabletop who you think we should highlight?

I’m new to this world, so I don’t know a lot of people yet. But every single person that I’ve spoken to in this community has been kind and supportive and welcoming. I’m so grateful for that.


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