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Ladies’ Pathfinder Night: Many Adventures Ahead

Ladies' Night (Prizes)Although many a roleplayer may bemoan the lack of women in our community, I’m here to tell you they are out there, waiting to be enticed by goblins, treasure, and adventures.

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.

Ladies' Night OverviewWhen 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.

Ladies' Night (Crystal)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.

Ladies' Night - Pathfinder StyleIt’s been great getting to game with an awesome group of women over the past few months, and I look forward to doing another Pathfinder night as well as other special events in the future.

10 Replies to "Ladies’ Pathfinder Night: Many Adventures Ahead"

Chris Harris

April 22, 2013 at 5:55am

Glad to hear it was a success! Very cool. I love seeing new people having fun with rpgs.

Amanda Hamon

April 22, 2013 at 6:14am

What a fantastic and needed event! I love how inclusive and welcoming it is. Thank you for hosting this, Ashley!

Alphastream

April 22, 2013 at 1:48pm

Fantastic to hear about groups like this existing. Even better when gaming companies support the efforts.

Wes Schneider

April 22, 2013 at 4:48pm

Had a great night, Ashley! When’s the next one?

Ashley Cook

April 22, 2013 at 6:12pm

Thanks Wes! I’ve got a couple other special Ladies Nights in the works, and of course some of them are open board gaming. But I’m definitely planning on having you guys back in a few months!

Laura Melik

April 22, 2013 at 6:24pm

What a disgusting group. Take the radical gay lesbian message out and maybe this will be digestible. What an embarrassment to gamers.

Adam Daigle

April 22, 2013 at 7:37pm

It was a fun night! It was awesome seeing *everyone* together having fun.

Morgan Boehringer

April 23, 2013 at 12:52am

@Laura Melik: What an unfortunate message. Take the radical anti-gay lesbian message out and sadly your comment won’t be digestible – you haven’t noted *one* positive. What an embarassment to yourself, and gaming generally – we are *all* degraded by your bigotry.

@Ashley Cook: Wish I was in your area, this event looks like a lot of relaxed fun no matter what your gender, interest, age, race, sexual persuasion, identity or ability. Please keep us updated with your growing player-base and awesome game nights!!!

Todd the Bladesmith

April 23, 2013 at 4:33am

@Ashley – Great work!

@Morgan Boehringer – I Can’t add to that. You said it perfectly. :)

Christina Stiles

April 27, 2013 at 9:32am

Dang, all the cool stuff goes on in Seattle! Glad to see that many women playing Pathfinder–or gaming, in general–at one place. Keep up the good work!

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