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Role Playing Girl

February 7, 2010

Role Playing Girl is a zine (print & PDF) that is written, edited, illustrated, etc. by women who are involved in the roleplaying hobby- as designers, publishers, and gamers.

I’ve just gotten my copy, and only had a chance to skim it, but two things immediate jumped out at me:

First, that the zine does an incredible job of highlighting and promoting – there’s 25 notable women in roleplaying – listing credits of games they’ve worked on, in what fashion, links to websites, blogs, galleries, conventions, games, podcasts, communities, etc. I mean, there’s a lot there.

Second, that the articles mostly have pictures of the authors with them. If you’re not seeing enough women in gaming (whether because you’re isolated or because you’re not looking) it puts faces for you to relate to. Not that I think there’s any need to “prove with pictures” for legitimacy, but if you’re dealing with people’s monkey brain of assumptions, images are one way to go straight to the point.

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