When I ask you to describe romance, what comes to mind? Roses, beach walks at sunset, and candlelight dinners, perhaps? Why, therefore, is romance in TTRPGs reduced to the age-old stereotype of a hypersexual bard or tavern hookup with some hurriedly named NPC who fades to black? I've played enough games and asked enough GMs for a romance arc to know that this is exactly what you'll get. To be honest, as an Ace, I'm not at all interested in the fade to black aspect. I want the desire, the wanting, the flutter of falling in love, but it always has to come down to sex for some reason. Asexuality is part of the A of LGBTQIA+, it does not mean Ally. Ace is a wonderful umbrella that includes all sorts of attractions or lack thereof. Ace people are as varied and diverse as the rainbow we belong in - for clarity and ease today we will be talking about my brand of Ace - the lack of sexual attraction.
Leoni is an experienced marketing professional who worked for various London-based companies for over a decade, including positions in the gaming industry. Leoni's passion for D&D led her to begin her own tabletop group, which went on to become one of Twitch’s fastest-growing TTRPG streaming channels and is now the Producer of Into the Motherlands alongside ongoing duties as a localization and translation specialist on major releases such as the recent Destroy All Humans remake. In the few spare moments Leoni gets every day, Leoni runs a handcrafted costume jewellery business.