Rolling a Natural 20: The Women Behind Dungeons & Dragons

Rolling a Natural 20:  The Women Behind Dungeons & Dragons

My friend Dave shared an article yesterday, about the history of D & D and the influential women who helped shape this cornerstone of geekdom.  I was a D & D gamer, as well as other RPGs such as Shadowrun and LARPs like Vampire: The Masquerade

Written by Cecilia D’Anastasio for, it talks about the early days of D & D, when the idea of women creating and developing RPGs clashed with the “boys only” culture of the time.

I was into this part of the geek culture at a time when “girls just didn’t game” (yeah, whatever).  There is so much in this article that I could relate to, and honestly, I never knew the history of the women who worked so hard to make their mark.

Take a read.

Dungeons and Dragons Wouldn’t Be What It Is Today Without These Women


How much of a gamer was/am I?

-My husband proposed during a session, using props to hide the ring.

-My oldest and I just joined a D & D 5th edition group at one of local geek-themed restaurants.

-I am the proud owner of this necklace.



I may be shy when it comes to many types of gaming, but this is one that I have always enjoyed, even if I am a bit rusty now.   🙂


I hope that you enjoy the article.  As always, share your thoughts below, or on Twitter @tina_mcfarlane or my Facebook page.


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Discouver the awesome

Discouver the awesome

I’ve mentioned before when I posted about some great Christmas ideas, but I haven’t mentioned just how terrific their site is.  I follow their Facebook page  and they are always post really cool stuff.  Cosplay photo shoots, artwork, articles, interviews and geeky toys and gifts are just some of the great things that you will find here.  Yesterday, a great post about a mom who created superhero dolls for her daughter came up, as well as a very geeky Valentine’s gift idea.  Check out the articles and incredible cosplay photos below as well as the rest of their site for more awesomeness!

Geeky Doll Makeovers

Mom Gives Dolls Awesome Geeky Makeover

….and for the romantic Star Wars fan……

Star Wars & Other Plush Bouquets are the Perfect Geek Valentine

Star Wars Plush Bouquet (this is one of two styles)

…..did I mention the amazing Cosplay photos? (click the links for more pics)

Female Guldan from World of Warcraft Cosplay

Female Gul’dan from World of Warcraft Cosplay

Raven is my favourite of the Teen  Titans so I just had to throw this one in too.

Raven from Teen Titans Cosplay

Raven – Teen Titans

….and just one more thing….did you know who the voice was behind some of Disney’s most memorable characters?  Click the link and find out!

Disney Voice Actors



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The SAG-AFTRA Strike

The SAG-AFTRA Strike

This is not something that I would typically post, but as a huge fan of voice actors this issue caught my attention.

First, a bit of an explanation of what the SAG-AFTRA is (from its Wikipedia site):

Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAGAFTRA) is an American labor union representing approximately 160,000 film and television principal and background performers, journalists, recording artists and radio personalities worldwide.

On Friday the SAG-AFTRA went on strike for the first time against a group of video game companies.  These articles are from‘s online site and are just two of a handful of articles about the strike:

SAG-AFTRA Plans First Videogame Strike Picket for Monday

SAG-AFTRA Videogame Strike Rally

I can only go on what I have seen in the online articles. The strike is still in its early stages. Voice actors are generally not as recognized or well-known as television or movie actors.  Since we don’t see their faces, oftentimes we don’t see just how much work goes into what they do.  It can be a challenge at times making sure that you receive the proper compensation for a job when, in the case of actors, etc., YOU are the actual product.

These are people who work extremely hard at their craft, dedicating themselves to perfecting their skills.  We, their audience, have the pleasure of enjoying the result.  What is being asked for in general terms, is the opportunity to be properly compensated when a video game is successful.  The companies argue that SAG-AFTRA is not being reasonable in their expectations.

The team of creative talent that goes into making a video game is huge and voice actors are an important part of that.  I don’t doubt that anyone supporting and participating in this strike would rather be in a studio right now than a picket line.  It’s not something that is entered into lightly.

As a voice actor fan, I do find myself biased in support of the actors.  They should receive proper compensation for their work because they are one of the big reasons why a video game is a success.

I will be interested to see how this all works out and how the acting and video game community as a whole responds to both the strike and its conclusion.

If you want to know just how much work goes into being a voice actor, I can recommend the documentary, I Know That Voice.   It shows both familiar and maybe not so familiar faces who make up part of this huge industry.  It focuses not just on cartoons and film but also video games.  I haven’t checked recently, but Netflix Canada was carrying this for a while.

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