I like to write and use our adventures to do short stories and weave tales. I am planning to do a book roughly based on my play characters.
I train my service dogs, try to help other handlers navigate the complex world of service animals and I do public speaking and education about it as well. I help run the family business and I love to write.
Do you have a current project?
Not game related but I am a service dog advocate and my current project is to build my brand page to have ready for my public speaking convention launch this July. After that I will begin writing a series of books fantasy genre.
How did you get into tabletop gaming?
My sister and her husband have been playing with this group for 15 years and they invited my husband and I to join. The original group was 12 people. We split into a smaller group of 4-6 now.
What do you love about tabletop games?
I love the role playing the escape from my current reality. Most of all I have been able to use it as a therapy tool and use my PTSD experiences and struggle and infuse them into my characters and in my stories. I have periods of rage and periods of paranoia and many different things and they end up being useful. It gives me a measure of control in an uncontrollable situation.
Have you overcome any obstacles in tabletop gaming?
Our larger group split from conflict. The DMs girlfriend-fiancé-to-wife began bullying one of the other members (who has been like brothers with the DM since childhood) then the DM began treating him the same way. I am a loyal friend and there is a line in rough joking and they crossed it. I called them out on it and they got butt hurt. I’m talking about straight up bullying and harassing the guy and that isn’t the point of gaming. Now we have a much more relaxed time with better game play in the less toxic group make up. The few times we’ve had conflict we discussed it and moved forward and we don’t disrespect each other.
What would your advice be to women who are interested in tabletop gaming?
TRY IT! It’s work but once you get into it you breathe life into your character based on dice rolls and the players around you and there is something so insanely fun about it. Using actual imagination and collectively with others is amazing. Our group has an entire city with its own economies and we put in details as we mature in the game and there is so much possibility. It’s an amazing escape.
What kind of characters are you drawn to play?
Rogues are my favorite because I suffer from PTSD severely I may not always make games and I play with that in mind so I may be off skulking, spying, or gathering intel and I have an underground to attend to. I also use the various characteristics of my disability into my game play.