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[meta] Looking Back Two Years

Posted in: Fluff,Girl Gamer,Meta-gaming by Ariel on September 1, 2009

First nightIt”s been almost two years since I joined a group of women to play D&D every week.

I”m a life-long gamer. I was bored with World of Warcraft. I liked playing D&D minis with my partner, Debbie but we both wanted to try playing Dungeons & Dragons, for real.

We were already buying our minis from the best game store in town — , so when the store calendar showed a “ladies” group for D&D forming, we thought “Yeah, let”s try this out.”

I hadn”t played D&D since high school (um, about 25 years ago, give or take) so I felt like a true beginner. I did what I always do — I got some books so that I could read up on D&D before I had to actually (gulp!) play with human beings. By far my favorite was “Dungeons & Dragons for Dummies.” I was nervous about playing a spellcaster, but I knew the group needed a healer and I was drawn to the Cleric class anyway. The books helped me feel more comfortable.

The people made me feel even better. We got there, that first Wednesday night. Angel”s store was still in the old space. We walked in and found our way up to the platform space. A young woman was sitting at a table and we assumed (hoped!) that she was one of the D&D ladies. It was Taj and she was so friendly and warm and charming that both Deb and I felt immediately at ease.

Michelle showed up next, laden with books and props, setting the theme of the next two years — fun, innovation, inclusiveness, experimentation — all the things that make the Divas who we are. It might have been her first night DMing.

Susan breezed in and fiddled with her laptop. “Ah, “I thought, “no paper and pencil for Susan!” We learned about our new friends. Taj worked for the Oregon Food Bank. Susan”s a nurse. Michelle works for OMSI. Everyone was nice, friendly and totally fine with our level of zero experience with D&D.

When Angel arrived, we were ready to play! It was exhilarating! I loved every moment of it. The people, the story, the strategy. It was so much better than what I”d hoped for. I was hooked.


  1. Congratulations on the group’s second birthday.

    Women in D&D (and in RPGs in general) are still rare but there is definitely a growing trend. I think I had been playing for about 15 years before I encountered a woman around the gaming table.

    Comment by Chris Tregenza — September 1, 2009 @ 8:44 am

  2. Hey Ladies!

    Happy two year anniversary!

    Comment by Taj — September 1, 2009 @ 9:49 am

  3. Thanks Chris and thanks Taj! It’s hard to believe that we’re almost at the 2 year mark. Who knew we’d still be going strong?
    Chris, you must come visit Portland! An amazing gaming community here.

    Comment by Indira — September 2, 2009 @ 7:00 am

  4. Much love and congrats to the gang. Thanks for the wonderful times and here’s to many more! (Deb)

    Comment by Cinder — September 13, 2009 @ 8:42 pm

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