Why Am I The Only Girl Here? (War Gaming)
First of all, sorry for my delay in writing about Sky’s and Lotta’s adventures. I’ve been so busy trying to get my student visa application in order, which honestly is a great pain in the butt. I will get the second part (and last) story of Sky finished next week.
In the meantime, I wanted to share an experience and ask anyone that might be (or have been) in the same situation as me.
I’ll provide you with some basic guidelines that you need to be in the same boat as me:
- You have to identify as a girl/woman/female. You get the idea.
- Be a geek. Not advertise yourself as one, because it’s cool, like this lady:
But more like this chick:
(That’s me. If you don’t know what the shirt refers to, watch Avatar:The Last Airbender series and then go on to Legend of Korra)
3. Play war games, specifically tabletop games, like these:
(picture taken from privateerpress.com)
Or when you don’t have an awesome terrain and painted miniatures, it looks more like this:
(picture taken with my phone, playing Warmachine and Hordes)
If you don’t have that background, you’re still very much welcome to comment and give me your insight about the situation.
You see, I found myself to be the only girl at a weekly gathering of tabletop players, where we play mostly Warmachine and Hordes. The only girl out of 54 people.
At first, the guys there obviously treated me differently, but now I think they got used to me. I guess, I’m less of an alien…? They are really friendly and helpful too, since I started playing Warmachine about a month ago.
I know there are girls out there defying the gaming industry that is still geared mostly towards men. We play PC and console games, board games, DnD, watch anime, and so on. What about tabletop games though? I love them so much for the strategy, the models, and themes involved. It would be great to meet a fellow female that plays too…
Are you a tabletop player? Why do you think there’s so little girls playing tabletop games?