On Friday, April 12th, I hosted the fifth monthly Queer Geek! Ladies’ Gaming Night in Seattle, Washington. Usually we all get together and play board games, but this month I invited Paizo out to run the attendees through some Pathfinder games. GMs from Paizo included Crystal Frasier, Liz Courts, Sarah Marie Teter, and Erik Keith, and Pathfinder Society GMs were Anna Murray and Dorothy Lindman. We had a great turnout—there were 30 players in six Pathfinder games, and many of the staff from Paizo came out to support their fellow GMs and have a few beers. Paizo provided some goblin plushies, shot glasses, and gaming material for giveaways to the players. Games played included the Beginner Box and variations thereof, and a couple of Pathfinder Society intro scenarios. Many of the players expressed interest in playing more Pathfinder and possibly doing continuous campaigns at future events.
When I started facilitating a monthly Ladies’ Gaming Night at the Raygun Lounge here in Seattle, I had no idea how popular it would be. The initial response was electric—women who I never knew were into gaming wanted to come out and meet other geeky women to play games with. My attendees vary from seasoned gamers to those who are looking to try a new hobby. Our first event had about 40 women show up, and there are new women every month.
I started Ladies’ Night so that women gamers would have a night to hang out and meet each other. While we are definitely out there, sometimes it’s hard to find us, especially for those who are intimidated by being the only woman in a room full of men. I host the event through Queer Geek!, and I encourage any LGBT-friendly female-identified individuals to come out and game with us. Men are welcome as well—Ladies’ Night is inclusive, and I ultimately want to bring our wider gaming community closer together.