Thursday, July 14, 2011

Gioco da Ragazze














RPGirl goes Italian!

This year a new trail is being blazed by the RPG = Role Playing Girl Zine crew. Giulia Barbano and Paola Guarneri of the Italian game publishing group, Janus Design, are picking up the baton. Their publication, Gioco da Ragazze (Role Playing Girl in Italian), will be published in 2011, in an Italian language version. Articles are being solicited that from Italian rpg designers, gamers, writers, organizers, and artists and all involved in the hobby and industry.

This is exciting beyond belief! Giulia and Paola are skilled graphic designers, having contributed to the look of 2011 in layout design and logo (Paola made the unicorn-R). And they are full of passion and insight about the work women are doing in the world of RPG.

Some articles from past RPGirls will be in Gioco da Ragazze, translated into Italian. Let the cultural exchange continue!


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Buy RPGirl Zine 2010 PDF




The RPG = Role Playing Girl 2010 Zine is now available in PDF format. (73 pages, color. Articles, interviews, resources. $7.)

Preview the zine.





Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Sneak Peek

RPG = Role Playing Girl is an anthology of essays by and about women who play role-playing games. The 2009 edition brought you many articles by women about their experiences with gaming, focusing mostly on North America. For the 2010 edition, we put out the word to women all over the globe to get in touch to tell us about their communities, the games they love and what they bring to the table—in every way imaginable.

The 2010 edition of RPG = Roleplaying Girl features articles about the experiences of women in gaming outside the US, interviews of women who game by women game, and several articles packed with information about all aspects of writing, publishing, art, and running games.

RPGirl will be available here and at Indie Press Revolution soon.

Some previews of what you can expect:

ON GAMING IN NORWAY AND THE SEPARATION OF THEORISTS FROM PLAYERS"Basically, then, I have two kinds of role-playing friends: the ones I discuss role-playing theories with and the ones I actually role-play with. Both groups are dominated by men with a varying need for attention and self-exposure, with a couple of women mixed in for taste. The women, just so we’re clear on this, are likewise in need of attention and self-exposure—-it’s not necessarily a guy thing. You might think so because of the high number of guys (as opposed to girls) who play RPGs on any regular basis. The problem with discussing theory with only one of the groups though, is that I can’t really make them relate to the issues of my other group, since their gaming styles are basically different. I can’t make the progressive Oslo gamers care about classical dungeon crawler needs, and I can’t talk to my traditionalist Trondheim group about the new theories in modern game development, because neither is really interested in what the other group is doing."
- Norwegian Ramblings, Maja H. Kvendseth

ON GAMING EXPERIENCES OF MEN AND WOMEN
"Paola: I don't think that there's a strong difference. I think everybody is unique and as such has a personal approach to game design and to the gaming experience, formed through the years by her or his own nature and experiences. The differences that we feel nowadays come from the differences that modern culture still maintains between men and women."
- The Two (feminine) Faces of Janus, Paola Guarneri

ON ADVICE FOR GAMER WOMEN LOOKING TO GET INTO GAME DESIGN
"First, make games that matter to you. You have a unique vision to share with the world through game design. Don't try to make someone else's games; make yours. Not only will the games you make be wonderful, you're also far more likely to stick with the design process when you run into challenges. This might be particular topic that inspires you, or a particular type of play, or a certain physical item, or experiences that you've had in your life. People will try to tell you that you have to design within genres or topics or play styles or theories in order to be "serious" or "real." Screw them! You've got your own path."
- Jessica Hammer, as interviewed by Kira Scott

The 2010 edition of RPG = Roleplaying Girl will be released at this year’s GenCon, but if you can’t make it to the convention – don’t fret! It will be available both in print and PDF after the convention. And if you missed RPGirl in 2009, the 2009 edition is also available in both print and PDF.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

2010 Call for Contributions

The RPG = Role Playing Girl Zine is an annual publication about women in gaming. We're accepting submissions of essays by women gamers, designers, researchers and others interested in role playing games.

Our theme for 2010 is: International Update. We are reaching out to women in the United States and in the international community. We hope to have a broad cross-section of events and play experiences represented from the United States and across the globe.

Essays and articles should be between 500 and 2,500 words in length. Please submit via email in Microsoft Word or Rich Text format. Photos and illustrations are encouraged. Include high resolution (600 dpi) photos with your submission. Cartoons are also welcome!

Suggested topics include:
• Game Design and Publication
• Play groups, Campaigns and Communities of Play
• Events/Conventions you are organizing
• LARPs being produced
• Interviews with women in gaming
• Reflections on gaming

Written submissions are due by May 31st, 2010. They will be edited and returned to the author for a final revision by June 30, 2010.

Community Page listings will be included. Send us information about upcoming role playing projects and publications by women writers, designers, artists and organizers. There will be professional listings for people to advertise their creative services for designers and publishers to call upon. The submission deadline for listings is June 30, 2010.

Collaborators are also sought to help create the zine itself. If you have editing, illustration or layout design skills and would like to get involved, please contact us.

Please feel free to forward and post this listing. For more information, or to send in submissions, email emilycare at gmail dot com.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

RPG = Role Playing Girl Zine 2009 in Print


You can now order the RPGirl 2009 zine in hard copy. It is a soft-cover, digest sized book. 48 pages, with articles, bios of women in gaming and reference pages for events, publications, web resources, and connections for artists and other skilled professionals you might want to work with. ($12, plus $3 shipping)

Cover and contents



We're out of stock at this time. Please purchase the PDF.


Thursday, January 7, 2010

Buy RPGirl Zine 2009 PDF


The RPG = Role Playing Girl 2009 Zine is now available in PDF format. (50 pages, color and black & white. Articles, biographies, resources. $6.)

Preview the zine.





Monday, August 10, 2009

RPGirl Zine is done.



The zine is back from the printers and ready to head out to Indianapolis for GenCon Indy. Here's a preview that includes the contents with a list of the articles and other features. So many thanks to all the contributors, staff and everyone who helped make this a reality!

We'll be at the Pirate Jenny Booth (2023)in the main dealer's hall. Hope to see you there!