|Benjamin...the next generation learning how to play Shanghai.|
Fast forward several years. I get married to a man who did not have the same gaming background as I did. He loves Xbox and is ok with Nintendo. MMORPGs were very popular with him but board games were not part of his repertoire. Poor man did not know what he was getting into. He was quickly brought into the bubble and a card gamer and table top gamer was discovered. I think he always had the love but it was just dormant. He soon discovered Wil Wheaton's TableTop and now we have more games in our house than I could have ever imagined. I am so proud. We have card games and board games alike. We are a bit limited though. Our gamer group gets together weekly but most of the time it is just me and my husband so we like something that can be played with only two players.
Over the last year or so we have met some friends who like gaming as much as I do. I have taken notice that I am the only girl in any of our gamer groups. I need more girls. Where are they? We have gone to several game stores with game rooms and I will always see dozens of boys but only one or two girls. The game room at DragonCon is kind of sad. The gender split seems to be 80% male and 20% female or at times much worse. I have been to other cons and the game rooms there is about the same or maybe a bit better. Hummph. Perhaps the gender discrepancy is due to lack of knowledge. When I was a kid the only gaming I knew outside my house was the chess club and Dungeons and Dragons. If you played either of those you were the only girl and a social pariah to the world of catty bitches. I was too much of a chicken growing up to do that.
Gamer Girl Myths
Much love to all of the gamer girls out there....gamers of all kinds and specialties...much love and more power to us for blazing the trail for future generations of gamer girls to come.