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!

Monday, July 20, 2009

RPGirl at GenCon Indy 2009

RPGirl is coming together! We've got our articles and Community Pages completed, and now have a new section: Profiles of Women in Gaming, with information about 20+ women writers, editors, publishers and founders of companies in the role playing industry.

Our Articles:
  • I'm Your Man, by Jenni Dowsett
  • The Girls in the Group, by Meguey Baker
  • Designing Women, by Jennifer Schoonover
  • The Female Mongoose, by Charlotte Law
  • Indie Publishing Smurfette No More, by Emily Boss

RPGirl will be at Pirate Jenny, a booth full of women game designers and their cohorts. If you're at GenCon this year, come visit us at Booth 2023!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Community Pages

In the RPGirl zine, we will have a Community Pages areas. There we'll list upcoming projects by women in the role playing world, as well as ongoing forums and resources they are a part of, and professional services they provide, such as art, editing, writing and so on. The Community Pages are place to spotlight work going on, and create a space for professional networking.

Here is information about the various listings:

Research Projects
New Releases
Professional Services

Format for submissions, with examples.

For Events, Research Projects, and New Releases:
Title: RPGirl Zine Summer 2009
Description: A zine about women in gaming, by women in gaming. Articles, essays, recipes and community listings about events, resources, upcoming projects and publications by women, and networking for editors, artists and other role playing game professionals.
Dates: Available August 2009
Contact: Emily Boss, emilycare - at - gm@il

For Forums, and Blogs:
Title: RPGirl Zine Blog
Description: Get involved with the RPGirl Zine project! Women gamers are here to stay, and are making themselves heard in the summer of 2009, through a zine. We'll talk about the games we love, educational projects we are working on and struggle with some big issues in the hobby that we hold dear. News about resources, forums, events and upcoming releases by, for and about women in rpg. Network with women who can help you in your projects too.
Contact: Emily Boss, emilycare - at - gm@il

For Professional Services:
Professional and Company Name:Emily Care Boss, Black and Green Games
Background: Independent role playing game designer. Experience with writing, editing and layout. Published Three Quick Games about the Human Heart, Breaking the Ice, Shooting the Moon and Under my Skin. Soon to release Sign in Stranger.
Contact information: emilycare - at - gm@il

To be listed, please email Emily at emilycare - at - gm@il.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

RPGirl Zine

To carry on the goal of creating a dialogue among women gamers about their experiences and their play, we are publishing the RPGirl zine, in the summer of 2009. It will include essays on projects women are doing: teaching role playing games at a high school, a not-for-profit foundation promoting the publication of educational games for children and youth. On experiences from play: playing across gender, and a survey on the appeal LARP holds for women. Game-day friendly recipes from the author of a a best-selling vegan cookbook. And Community Pages, with announcements about conventions and upcoming games, and professional listings of creative services available from women writers, editor, designers and artists in the industry.

We'd love to hear from you! For more information email Emily at emilycare-at-gmail.

RPG = Role Playing Girl 2009 Mission

From the RPG = Role Playing Girl book blog:

Meguey wrote:
Role-playing, as a hobby with books and tools and industry support, has been around my whole life. I got my first taste of organized pretend and written down characters at age 7, when I made my first D&D character. I've always played in groups of girls and boys, men and women. To me, the notion that women are a minority in the world of role-playing was an odd one, but I look around me now, and it's pretty clear. The top names and top games are made by and marketed to, primarily, men. Here's the weird bit, though: I keep finding more and more and more women gamers.

It seems like a natural progression, to us. Women gamers talk, play games, design games, hang out together, sell games, discuss games, think about being women in a strongly male hobby - and write about it.

The RPG = Role Playing Girl project was born on a hot August afternoon. We've got a lot to say about being women who happen to game, and we'd like to hear from you, too. Our current focus is table-top face-to-face, but writing about LARP and on-line and other forms of rpgs is more than welcome. We're looking for short essays, 500-2500 words in length, about your personal experience as a woman gamer. Deadline for submissions is APRIL 30, 2009. Topics might be, or be inspired by:

How it Began
My Character, My Self
No Girls Allowed
Woman in a Man's Game
Power through Pretend
What's Happening Now
You Can Do It, Too

You're a woman who plays role-playing games, right? So what's up with that? What's your story? Send it in, and let the world know.