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I know this one is late, but better late than never right?  This month a gamer I’ve know for a few years has gotten back in touch and I thought she would be perfect for this feature.  I first met her back on a NWN2 server called The Frontier Reborn, and there learned that she’s also into FPS games, and other RPGs and MMOs.  Her roleplay was great on TFR and her passion for gaming matches any I’ve seen in any other gamer.  Another perfect example that female gamers are out there, and they are into more than just the cutesy games for kids and families.  So, without further ado, here are Janet’s thoughts.

Q. What is your Gamertag?

NWN1: TundraGrrl
NWN2: Pleiades (my favorite star cluster)

Q. We are getting a lot of viewers outside the U.S. If you don’t mind everyone knowing, what country do you hail from?

 United States

Q. Gamer guild/clan affiliation?

None

Q. Console or PC?

PC! Sucker for great graphics engines and the ability to RP

Q. When did you start gaming?

7 or 8, but I recall playing my cousins Atari before then and thinking Pong was mind blowing

Q. What got you started in the world of gaming?

I was a kid when Nintendo first came out, Zelda was my passion.  Gameboy, thing was a brick but seemed like a technological wonder at the time, complete with bulky snap on light for sneaking in a dozen games of Tetris after the official bedtime. When I was 14 I took a college class and got my first 2400 bit/s modem, there was no internet as we know it today but I found I could use the university system to ‘telnet’ into servers called MUDs (Multi User Domains) and play in a text based game world consisting of only a black and white screen (descriptive words to paint the world around you), navigating using N, S, W, E.  I stumbled upon a RP MUD and fell in love immediately.  I  became a DM/writer there and played it well past the first popular MMORPGs. My first RP game with computer generated imagery was NWN1 and I was beside myself.

Q. Favorite game?

Very difficult question!  For blowing things up I absolutely loved playing Borderlands with friends, for RP it has to be NWN 1 & 2

Q. Currently playing? 

The Elder Scrolls Skyrim,  Team Fortress 2 Co-op, Portal 2, NWN1 & 2.  It takes me awhile to get through games now with less free time, I light up like a kid when I get a new one.

Q. Most anticipated future release?

Borderlands 2, I still smile every time I hear the song ‘Ain’t no rest for the wicked’

Q. Build your own or off-the-shelf PC? Any reason for preference?

Built it.  Really like to tinker and to tell the truth…I am stoked when a machine dies so I can put on my headlamp and build it faster, stronger!

Q. Favorite game type?

Immersive RP/Action

Q. Do you think there are any issues related to being a female gamer?

Not so much now, in fact it seems being a geek is very *in* now days, with women proudly labeling themselves.  Even my mom is calling herself a geek and I just recently taught her how to move photos from her camera to the computer!  When I first started gaming, spending time on a PC put you into a very misunderstood minority group.  The geeky computer guys in school had their place where they belonged and everyone seemed to think they were wizards of legend, but as a female teenager with cute cheerleader friends I was the odd duck out and they just didn’t “get it”.  Parents were the opposite of supportive.  Later when I moved and landed a tech job in Silicon Valley I had this surreal moment when my dad said to me “well I guess all that time on the computer paid off!”
So, there you have it ladies and gents.  If you happen to run into her out there, keep your wits about you, she knows what’s she’s doing around a keyboard!  Stay tuned for our first official event as press attendees to Gen Con Indy and much more.  If you know anyone that would be a good addition to this monthly feature definitely have them get in touch with us a magus_taliesin@hotmail.com.  We’ll be seeing you soon.

Our lady of June is another player from the NWN2 server I help out with.  I’ve known Andrea for a couple years now I guess, since the previous server I played on.  Her RP has always been interesting and she’s always been a fun player to share the game with.  She’s since come over to Gray Isles as a DM, helping us create good story for all the players that come visit.  She declined to post a picture as well, but that’s cool.  I’m happy, and proud, to present your gamer lady for June.

Q. What is your Gamertag?

Hillshellios. And no it doesn’t have any special meaning, as people often ask me.  Its rather a collection of random syllables i came up with some years ago and been sticking too ever since and using as my tag.

Q. We are getting a lot of viewers outside the U.S.  If you don’t mind everyone knowing, what country do you hail from?

Germany

Q. Gamer guild/clan affiliation?

My main Character is closely associated with Myth Drannor on DLB since starting playing on that server over a year ago.
On GI my Characters don’t have any guild affiliation yet.

Q. Console or PC?

Definitely PC, though i enjoy plain Wii from time to time with some friends.

Q. When did you start gaming?

I started with PnP RPG games when i was 13.  Which was rather unusual for girl at that age.
Started with Computer games even earlier as our father bought us a, by then, highly modern Commodore C64, which we used to play games like Gianna Sisters.

Q. What got you started in the world of gaming?

My brother played RPG with his friend and got me curious. I soon started playing with my own friends.  I’ve been DMing since age 14

Q. Favorite game?

I started with AD&D switched quite late to D&D3.5 (I was always a very conservative DM and didn’t like the 3E at first)
Now i am staunch defender of the 3.5 E as i really hate the 4E and what they did to my favorite world the Forgotten realms.
I agreed to play-test the 5E with some friends now and hoping it works better than the previous edition (but won’t be able to say more to signed agreements of course.).
Besides PnP my favorite computer game is of course NWN2 I also loved Baldur’s Gate especially the second part.
Also enjoyed playing the Knights of the old Republic series.

Q. Currently playing?

NWN2

Q. Most anticipated future release?

None really.. maybe the 5E, crossing my fingers all will be better.

Q. Build your own or off-the-shelf PC? Any reason for preference?

Q. Favorite game type?

RPG! PnP and computer.

Q. Do you think there are any issues related to being a female gamer?

At first most gamers think i am male because my tag doesn’t identify me clearly as female.. even though I only play female characters.  After some time they usually find out my gender.  Interestingly enough I’ve noticed different treatment from male players who know my real sex.  As a whole I got mostly positive reactions.

Well, there you have it folks.  Another great gamer out there that happens to be female, further casting aside the myth that they don’t exist, and showing they are just like any other gamer.  Thanks Rachael, for giving us such great responses.  If anyone knows a female gamer that deserves the spotlight, let us know.  Send me an email at magus_taliesin@hotmail.com, and give me a brief rundown of why they should be in our monthly feature.  Drop us her email or some sort of contact so we can interview her and get her featured here at Frags and Beer.  Keep gaming, and have fun.  Until next time!

This month’s lady gamer has declined a photo, which is fine by us.  I met Rachael when we started our server project at Gray Isles, and she has been an outstanding player and member of our community.  Sadly due to my own busy schedule and off play times, I haven’t gotten to RP with her as much as I would like, but what I have been able to experience has been good.  She’s brought a couple of players to our server, and in my opinion, been a contributing factor in our success so far.  So, without further ado, ladies and gents, here is May’s gamer lady of the month.

Q. What is your Gamertag?

In NWN1, I have gone by Nakamura Sakura quite a bit in the past. In NWN2, I go by Maiden of Loss. I have played NWN1 for about five years and NWN2 for maybe about six months.

Q. Gamer guild/clan affiliation?

Oh, jeez. I would say the most recent guild/clan affiliation that my character has gotten into is the FCA on Grey Isles and maybe soon, Clan Granitefist. She’s also been in a mercenary guild that was previously run by players.

Q. Console or PC?

PC. My laptop is the only thing I have to play games on believe it or not. I have a Wii too but it doesn’t get used very often. I’m usually too plastered to the computer screen or reading on my Kindle.

Q. When did you start gaming?

If you mean RPG’s? I started gaming around the age of fourteen in that case. I haven’t been playing D&D all that long, honestly. In case of more action-type games (Stronghold, Rome: Total War, Age of Mythology just to name a few) I would say around the age of thirteen.

Q. What got you started in the world of gaming?

In terms of NWN1 (and eventually NWN2) I actually got introduced to it during my freshman year of high school. A friend installed the game on my PC for me to try out and I got pretty hooked in the matter of about a week or so. If it weren’t for him, I honestly likely would have never discovered the NWN world. In terms of other games, I’ve never been too far away from a PC so that pretty much led to my early interest in gaming. I love NWN because it allows you to step in and tell your own story. I have been fortunate enough to even discover my love for DMing and being a player both. The NWN1 community is amazing and even though the game is older, I have never met a better bunch of players. My time in NWN2 has been short so far but so far, I’ve enjoyed the experience very much.

Q. Favorite game?

As far as PC goes, NWN1 and NWN2 hands down. I would say following that would be Sims 3, Age of Mythology, Skyrim (although I need to play more of that yet) and numerous others.

Q. Currently playing?

On my PC? Currently NWN2. Plan on playing more Skyrim, though. I have also thought about reinstalling NWN1.

Q. Most anticipated future release?

Guild Wars 2! The graphics and storyline look positively gorgeous to me. I was looking forward to Neverwinter (4th Edition) but then; they turned the whole thing into a MMO. That was a complete epic fail on Cryptic’s part. I don’t like 4E myself (at all) but considering what the NWN1/2 community has done with the games in the past, I wouldn’t be surprised if the 4E elements could be taken out and eventually altered. I mean, for NWN we have PRC (in both games) and even the Community Expansion Pack for NWN1. All that work really has ended in some amazing results that just add to both games, in my opinion.

Q. Build your own or off-the-shelf PC? Any reason for preference?

Off-the-shelf laptop! Poor off-the-shelf PC’s seem to die in my hands within a matter of two years. When I was younger, I went through about four PC’s in about ten years, I think. This laptop so far has lasted for two years and is doing very well despite those previous troubles of mine. I honestly will never go back to PC again. I think laptops are the way to go; at least, for me.

Q. Favorite game type?

RPG. I enjoy an action game here and there and sometimes Sims 3 but for the most part, I usually am in NWN2. I loved my years of playing NWN1. I don’t regret a minute of it. I would say my favourite PW that I have ever played on (and made me forever addicted to the game) was Legacy of Netheril in NWN1. It was the first server I played on. The players and DM’s were wonderfully creative. My second favourite had to be Deepingdale and the Moonsea in NWN1. There I was able to discover my love for DMing.

Q. Do you think there are any issues related to being a female?

It really, really depends on where you go, I think. Have I had issues before with it? Sure. But, that’s bound to happen sometimes in multiplayer games. I would say that the NWN1 and NWN2 player bases are usually pretty good when it comes to gender and respect. I have gotten one or two odd reactions when players discover my gender but do I let it stop me from playing the game, relaxing and having fun? Hell no. I would say the best advice to other fellow gamer ladies would be to just laugh and have fun with it when you get an “odd” reaction. Then, shake it off and continue playing.

Well, there you have it folks.  Another great gamer out there that happens to be female, further casting aside the myth that they don’t exist, and showing they are just like any other gamer.  Thanks Rachael, for giving us such great responses.  If anyone knows a female gamer that deserves the spotlight, let us know.  Send me an email at magus_taliesin@hotmail.com, and give me a brief rundown of why they should be in our monthly feature.  Drop us her email or some sort of contact so we can interview her and get her featured here at Frags and Beer.  Keep gaming, and have fun.  Until next time!

I first met Rachelle on a NWN2 server called The Frontier Reborn, though I didn’t know it at the time.  I never talked to players much outside the game back then.  We ran into each other again on another NWN2 server called Dalelands Beyond.  We roleplayed a bit there but our characters rarely had reason to cross paths.  It wasn’t until she came to be a developer, builder, and player on our own NWN2 server that I got to know this wonderful woman, gamer, and friend.  I know, I’m late with this, totally my fault, I’m a slacker.  So, without further ado, I give you April’s gamer lady of the month, Rachelle.

Q.  What is your Gamertag?

The two I’m known most by are SilverLining and FoundersFilly.

Q.  Gamer guild/clan affiliation?

I recently started a mage guild on Gray Isles (The Tower of Brelyan), named after a Dragonlance style conclave I ran on AOL’s Rhydin many years ago.

Q.  Console or PC? 

Any reason for preference? PC.  If it’s not PNP (Pen and Paper) then it’s NWN2 for me, so PC’s it for me!

Q.  When did you start gaming?

Well, if you’re asking about video games, back when PacMan and DigDug first came out, or there around.  I had the very first Atari Console!  Wow.  I look back on that now and all I can do is wish that I’d have had the good sense to keep it!  Ah well.  We all know what they say about hindsight!  If we’re talking RPGs and the like, I began playing D&D when I was 14, though I never really got serious or committed to playing until my early 20’s.  By the time I was in my early 30’s, I was working for the industry, and have remained an avid gamer ever since..

Q.  What got you started in the world of gaming?

I was 14 and the year was 1983.  The cartoon Dungeons and Dragons had -just- come out (and the news had just begun to report kids acting out D&D in real life and getting killed, hurt or otherwise managing to get themselves in trouble.  I guess the first thing that popped into my mind was “What’s the big deal, isn’t it just a dice game?”, followed by “I want to try it just b/c everyone’s talking about it.”  You know, a typical kid’s line of thought.  So, I tried it and from there I was hooked!  Have been playing ever since!  (It’s now 28 years later!)

Q.  Favorite game?

Hmm.. I guess that depends on the type.

  • Favorite Video Game: NWN2
  •  Favorite Puzzle Game: Stuck between Bejeweled and Tetris
  •  Favorite Phone App Game: Any by Storm8 (Storm8 id: NWN2 Gal)
  • Favorite Card Game: Anoch’s Mystick (Which I play tested back in 2000 for Anoch)
  • Favorite PNP Game: D&D E3.5 or Pathfinder
  • Children’s game (I play with my son): Wizard 101

Q.  Currently playing?

Pathfinder and NWN2.  Though to be honest, I prefer NWN2 because of the depth of role play involved.  I really do prefer Role play to Roll play.

Q.  Most anticipated future release?

Dungeons and Dragons 5.0, which has only recently been announced as being in the works and is claimed to have ‘the best from all the D&D editions put into one.’  I’m really curious to see where they go with this.  Sadly, with Monte Cook having been quoted as saying 5E can be compared to resurrecting and beating a dead horse.. I have my concerns.  Not to mention that 4.0 was such a huge failure in my eyes, I’m almost tempted to just stay with Pathfinder… 4.0 really was tailored to those in RPGA, who can be called ‘transient role players’.  I really hope that’s not the case with 5.0.

Q.  Build your own or off-the-shelf PC?  Any reason for preference?

Off the shelf!  Why?  All I really use my PC for is email and NWN2 (Playing and building).  I don’t really need anything fancier than this!

Q.  Favorite game type?

Now and always, RPGs. (Of which I’ve played too many to list!)

Q.  Do you think there are any issues related to being a female gamer, bias, unwanted attention, etc?

I’ve had a few instances of honestly and truly ‘unwanted attention’.  I’ve also had a couple of instances where what I can only refer to as ‘strange behavior and/or comments’ by others have put me off to rp with them, due to my being female.  But for the most part everyone’s been great.  I’ve made a lot of really amazing friends out here.. It always makes me smile when someone tells me they think it’s kinda cool that I’m a gamer/nerd chick!  I still remember being teased for it at times when I was younger!

Q.  You mention a history in the gaming industry, what can you tell our readers about that?

Well.. It started when we moved to Las Vegas (Green Valley) back in 1999.  I had recently gone to my first convention (Origins in Ohio) and really fell in love with the whole convention thing.. I decided to start poking around to find out what gaming cons were held in Vegas.  I figured Vegas had to have SOMETHING.. It did, but it turned out it was the Gama Convention.  Gama is not a Convention the general population has access to.  It’s the “Industry’s” convention.  Everyone from the publishers, distributors, Authors, Illustrators, all the way down the line to the gaming stores.. A little frustrated that we had this HUGE convention I couldn’t buy my way into, I contacted the people that put GamaCon on, and did a little research.  For the next six years I went from a Volunteer title to a Sr. Volunteer.
My Con duties included helping check people in and helping in whatever capacity I was needed, helping to set up the presentations, and so on..
While working for them I was given many opportunities I would never have otherwise had.. I play tested Mystik for Anoch, edited for Children of the Sun and met some of the most amazing people in the industry..

I really think leaving leaving GAMA behind when we left the Vegas area was the hardest part of the move for me.. But I’ve taken with me a lot of amazing memories that are really close to my heart.

Well, there you have it ladies and gents, your lady for April.  If you know a gamer lady you’d like to have featured here email me at magus_taliesin@hotmail.com, with a brief description of why they should be featured (it’s not that hard to get in.)  Look for more to come in the future folks.
 

All right, in the spirit of getting caught up finally, here, ladies and gentlemen, is your Gamer Lady of March!  Felicia is a fantastic roleplayer, and friend, that I’ve known for a few months now.  I met her on a Neverwinter Nights 2 server awhile back, and have since had great game time, and fun conversations with her.  She’s always amazed me with how much she does in her personal life with school, and still having time to pack in the gaming hours.  An all around, true gamer, having experience on multiple consoles as well as PC games, and a laundry list of game titles under her belt.  Relax guys, she’s taken so don’t flood my email with requests for her number, ain’t gonna happen.  Now, without further ado, here are her thoughts on the world of gaming and being a female in it.  Oh, here and there I will pepper the answers with bracketed explanations of the acronyms.

Q: What’s your gamertag?

Typically the gamer tag I use is drfelly… That’s my gamer tag on xbox, PS3, Neverwinter Nights 2, etc. I also will sometimes use the gamer tag BipolarPrincess.

Q: Gamer guild/clan affiliation?

Hmm, I think the closest to a guild or clan affiliation I guess would be the original Eilistraeens from the DLB [Dalelands Beyond] server on NWN 2 [Neverwinter Nights 2].

Q: Console or PC?

Since my favorite gaming is MMORPGs [Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Games], I have to say PC. However, when it comes to single player games I prefer the PS3. I absolutely love the Assassin’s Creed series and Elder Scrolls.

Q: When did you start gaming?

When I was a kid, I grew up with Nintendo. It wasn’t until high school that I tried my first MMORPG. It was called “Nexus the Kingdom of Winds”. I got really into that game and it made me curious to try new MMORPGs. After Nexus I tried Diablo II, once again I found it to be too much fun. Naturally I jumped through many of the major MMORPGs including World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy XI Online. I jumped through some pretty bad (in my opinion) ones like Runescape, Dungeons and Dragons Online, etc.

Q: What got you started in the world of gaming?

I spent the summer vacation, before my freshmen year of high school, hanging out on my cousin’s dairy farm in upstate New York. She and I are similar in age so we spent most of our time together. She was really into Nexus TK at the time and convinced me to make a “newb”. It wasn’t long before I found myself lost in the wonderful world of make pretend while also being able to socialize with people all over the country and around the world.

Q: Favorite game?

Currently my favorite game is Neverwinter Nights 2 hands down…. If we’re talking MMORPGs. If we just consider RPGs in general I’m going to have to go with Final Fantasy… I love the Final Fantasy series. My favorite is Final Fantasy IV… that one takes me back to my childhood.

Q: Currently Playing?

Let’s break this down by system. On the PC, it’s Neverwinter Nights 2. In my Nintendo DS is currently Plants vs. Zombies. On my PSP is Final Fantasy Tactics. In my PS3 is currently Skyrim (I just beat Assassin’s Creed Revelations and have moved on to Skyrim). In my Xbox 360, that’s Oblivion. As for my Wii, Zelda Skyward Sword.

Q: Most anticipated future release?

Assassin’s Creed 3… I can’t help how much I love the series.

Q: Build your own or off-the-shelf pc?

My current laptop is off the shelf but I grew up with all of my PCs built specially for me by my Uncle.

Q: Favorite game type?

If the rest of the questionnaire hadn’t answered this question already, I’ll tell you again. It’s RPGs by far.

Q: Do you think there are any issues related to being a female gamer, bias, unwanted attention, etc?

Yes and no. I’ve noticed that in some online roleplaying games, guys nearly wet themselves the moment they realize it’s a girl on the other side of the screen. That’s a bit of an exaggeration but it does get a little ridiculous sometimes. You find that characters that might have normally ignored your character ICly [In Characterly {I know, it’s not a word*}] are now giving your character extra attention. It’s not always bad for the female gamers. I know it’s far easier for me to get free stuff from guys in game then it is for one of my male friends to get free stuff. If you’re a girl gamer and you really don’t want a lot of extra attention, my suggestion is to make your username seem very ambiguous about your gender and maybe even consider creating a guy character. Also, if you think you’re being harassed by another player, do not be afraid to let the server admin know what’s up. You don’t have to deal with it.

*In Characterly or ICly refers to state in which stuff happens in RPGs, when players act as their characters.  In this case DrFelly is referring to a phenomenon we all notice when players realize a female is behind the character.  Where it would normally be IC for a character to ignore one of hers, that character suddenly finds a reason to interact with her own once the player finds out DrFelly is a lady.

So there you have it ladies and gentlemen, my good friend, and great gamer DrFelly.  If anyone would like to nominate a gamer chick they know for future columns, please email me at magus_taliesin@hotmail.com, drop me a pic if they want one posted, and a brief write-up on why you think they should be Frags and Beer’s gamer lady of the month.  Don’t be shy, eventually I’m going to run out of the ones I know, though for now I would like to showcase the ladies that I game with so hey, for a little while it’s no big deal.  Until next time, have fun.

UPDATE:  Felicia has started a blog and I have to say it’s great.  Wonderful prose, powerful story, and hopefully will help others and her.  Please check it out and give her your support.  Check out The Rollercoaster!