#10RPGs — 3/10 Character — Champions

Champions was foundational for me, but it was also probably the first RPG where I felt like players started with a truly blank slate during chargen. Sure, it was supers, but that’s practically a meta-genre — you can do anything if you can figure out how to spend your points. Plus, chargen was so involved that I think I couldn’t help but feel heavily invested in my PCs.

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1) There is a whole generation of young women who picked up guitars because of Taylor Swift — she’s almost single-handedly responsible for the recent resurgence in acoustic guitar sales.

2) As a guitarist who frequents guitar fora, I can tell you that the online and offline communities are very much a boys club. You can probably count the number of signature guitar models given to women over the last 100 years on one hand (St. Vincent, Mary Kaye, Susanna Hoffs, Bonnie Raitt, and, uh…). One forum recently had a thread about Fender targeting women with upcoming campaigns, and literally, the first comment was, “So, does that mean smaller necks and neon pink finishes?”

(Fender actually has done a great job marketing beyond just dudes. It’s one reason they are in much better shape than Gibson.)

3) An iconic exhibit of rock instruments that overlooks things like Chrissie Hynde’s Telecaster, Bonnie Raitt’s Strat, Carol Kaye’s P-Bass, Joan Jett’s Melody Maker, or any acoustic played by Joni Mitchell is just nuts.

All that said… this does not surprise me at all. All of the iconic instruments in popular rock mythology are associated with men.

(Liberated from a private share.)

Do Women Rock? The Met Overlooks Women’s Contributions to Rock and Roll

Chicago Gameday 50 is happening on Dec 8, starting at 9:30 a.m.

Are you local to Chicagoland? Do you want to play some RPGs? If so, head over to our Warhorn page and sign up for a game! Chicago Gameday is a free event held at Games Plus in Mount Prospect, IL and welcomes all comers.

Register on Warhorn:
https://warhorn.net/events/chicago-gameday-50

Open events include:

D&D 5e
OD&D
Dawn Patrol
DCC RPG
Star Wars: Edge of the Empire
Fall of Magic
Broadsword

…and more!

#10RPGs — 2/10 Foundation — Basic D&D, Holmes blue book. My mom bought me this set after I saw some kids playing D&D at summer camp and I begged her. As D&D tends to be, it was totally unplayable out of the box — mine was the chit edition, so it didn’t even come with dice. I had no idea how the game worked and didn’t really even do a close reading of the text until years later. Nonetheless, I made up some rules — as we all did — muddled through and realized that yes, this is what I want to do with the rest of my life. Ref: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BrandRobins/posts/QQexibUjjMV]]>

#10RPGs — 1/10 Impact — Burning Wheel

There is no other non-foundational RPG that had a bigger impact on me than this. I purchased the first edition based on an RPG.net review, and it became my portal to the Forge, to my first larp (the roden one, GenCon 2004), and led to my fundamentally questioning how RPGs work and how I interface with them. Plus, I met an entire community of people, many of whom are now close friends.

This is the game that I’d been waiting for my whole life. And I’m still figuring it out!

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