For Women’s History Month, we wanted to spotlight some of the many women who make tabletop RPGs a better hobby. Some of these amazing women can be found GMing on the StartPlaying platform, creating wonderful stories and bringing laughter to their players. But there are also podcasters, artists, designers, and many other skilled women out there creating new and deeper ways to enjoy your favorite fantasy worlds. So, without further ado, here are a few women you should follow and support in honor of Women’s History Month.
If you’re looking for a new horror campaign to follow, then you should follow Pher B. One of her streaming groups is Rolling Deez 20s, and they’re currently playing through a South Philly-set Vampire: The Masquerade campaign. Pher is such an expert on TTRPG horror that she was interviewed on Dragon Talk about horror, safety tools, and how to make the two work together. For something more lighthearted, Pher is also part of charity TTRPG streaming crew Greater Restoration.
For her award-winning podcast, Beholder to No One, Nikki covers everything from the GM creative process to games as a teaching tool. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to her very full content calendar. Nikki is also part of several other podcasts and actual plays that feature LGBTQIA+ and neuro-diverse casts. From indie one-shots to a Western-style Eberron show, she’s done it all. On top of that, she’s also an audio editor and Pro GM. You can find her roleplay-focused games on StartPlaying!
Any GM knows the worth of quality art for their game worlds. Even if you own a nice stock of maps, you can never have enough portraits for NPCs or scene-setting landscapes. BellaLuna provides with regular art for her Kofi subscribers, as well as backgrounds and custom tokens. For those wanting a more tactile experience, BellaLuna also puts out stylish character sheets and spell cards. Next time you need to commission character art, give BellaLuna’s page a look.
As India’s first dicemaker, Indrani stuns with her handmade creations. Her pieces, which can be found at Nonagon Dice, range in aesthetic from ones that look carved from stone to translucent sets that have little dragons inside. On the 1st of every month, Indrani chooses a pro-LGBTQIA+, pro BIMPOC, pro-feminist charity. Those who donate to the chosen charity can enter a raffle to win a set of handmade Nonagon dice. Indrani is also part of Desis & Dragons, a group of Mumbai-based TTRPG players who have an actual play and interview show.
Women of DnD
It’s great to celebrate women during Women’s History Month, but there’s no reason to stop when March is over. Women of DnD keeps the support going all year round by highlighting female creators, interviewing women in the space, and hosting charity games to benefit a variety of causes. Their upcoming charity game will take place on March 26 and players can donate to force rerolls and auto-crits, with proceeds going towards the WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre.
One of the toughest nuts to crack in TTRPGs is anime. On paper, a world that features colorful characters fighting epic battles against world-ending villains makes sounds exciting. In practice, it can be hard to capture the essence of anime action sequences with the tactical rules of popular TTRPGs. Enter Kira and Derek, creator of the upcoming Magi-Knights roleplaying game.
Magi-Knights casts players as a high school student in the 1990s who doubles as a sentai soldier or magical girl. Relationships are key to the story and the party’s abilities, and it seems like it will have some serious Persona meets Sailor Moon vibes. If this sounds like your cup of tea, check out the playtest materials for Magi-Knights.
Known as the GM Witch, Tatyana Vogt is a GM, illustrator, and YouTuber. Her overall content covers a larger focus on books and art, but every Tuesday she narrows the lens on something tabletop related. Her latest videos are great for would-be Kickstarter backers, as she gives close looks at miniature packs, game cards, and new RPG books. Her camera work is perfect for showing off the product, and her reviews are informed and engaging. One particular highlight was a recent Tabletop Tuesday in which Vogt chronicled her playthrough of a solo vampire RPG.
The diverse cast of this podcast are all united by their love of Shoujo manga. Every Monday, they come to hilarious and insightful conclusions about everything from how women are ruining anime (they’re not) to why that one dude’s neck is drawn so long. For a special episode series, the cast member known as Bees GM’d “Shoujo ‘n Dragons.” The others assumed roles as iconic tropes like the spoiled princess and shy student as they took on a mysterious villain who kidnapped all the pretty boys.
Luna, the Gamer Mom, runs a pleasant stream called Tales from the Tavern. The Twitch streaming show has real cozy Sunday vibes as Luna brings together groups of TTRPG creators and enthusiasts to chat about the hobby. And the chat is the best thing because the audience can freely ask questions. Unlike many other shows where you get the feeling that everyone is there to plug something, Tales from the Tavern really does feel like casual conversation between people who love their games. Much of that comes from Luna’s hosting, and the work she puts into establishing a welcoming community.