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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.

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!