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Chaosium is contributing to Women in Tabletop Gaming Month. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be posting interviews with women creators who have worked with Chaosium in the past, continue to work with us now, and those who are just joining the Chaosium family. We’ve managed to gather together a fascinating group of women from all facets of the gaming industry (from writers and artists to publishers and graphic designers), all of whom have helped build Chaosium’s various gaming worlds over the years.

Lynne Hardy, our assistant Call of Cthulhu line editor who compiled the interviews says, "I hope you’ll enjoy reading their stories as much as I have while editing them!" The list of the interviewees is in the link.

More information about Women in Tabletop Gaming Month: http://womenintabletopgaming.com

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(Art credit: "Eaglebrown Warlock" by Michelle Lockamy, from The Glorantha Sourcebook.)

 

 

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Our 4th interview for Women in Tabletop Gaming Month: Lynne Hardy talks to fantasy artist Shel Khan, whose evocative art graces recent Glorantha releases including RuneQuest, 13th Age Glorantha and HeroQuest Glorantha's 'The Coming Storm'.

https://www.chaosium.com/blogwomen-in-tabletop-gaming-month-4-chaosium-interviews-shel-kahn/

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It's great to have another Lynn(e) working at Chaosium again! Lynne Hardy joined the team as our Call of Cthulhu assistant line editor late last year. Here for Women in Tabletop Gaming Month Lynne talks about her career as a distinguished game creator:

https://www.chaosium.com/blogwomen-in-tabletop-gaming-month-5-chaosium-interviews-lynne-hardy

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Our sixth interviewee for Women in Tabletop Gaming Month is Mara Braun, who has started her career in RPG art with images for 13th Age Glorantha and our special art packs in Call of Cthulhu's Miskatonic Repository. Lynne Hardy talks to Mara here:

https://www.chaosium.com/blogwomen-in-tabletop-gaming-month-6-chaosium-interviews-mara-braun

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Lynne Hardy interviews Kerie Campbell for Women in Tabletop Gaming Month. Kerie conceptualised and co-wrote Call of Cthulhu's Dreamlands when she was just 17, and was lead designer of Hawkmoon (1986) at age 20. Kerie is an RPG trailblazer!

https://www.chaosium.com/blogwomen-in-tabletop-gaming-month-7-chaosium-interviews-kerie-campbell

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Lynne Hardy interviews artist and graphic designer Claire Peacey for Women in Tabletop Gaming Month. Claire is doing the layout for FLOTSAM & JETSUM, our new and yet-to-be formally announced organised play campaign for Call of Cthulhu.

https://www.chaosium.com/blogwomen-in-tabletop-gaming-month-8-chaosium-interviews-claire-peacey

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RPG writer Sarah Newton recounts how she "carpet-bombed" Jason Durall's email with edits to Basic Roleplaying's 'Big Gold Book,' and her life as a designer creating her own RPG, in this interview for Women in Tabletop Gaming Month:

https://www.chaosium.com/blogwomen-in-tabletop-gaming-month-9-chaosium-interviews-sarah-newton

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Very much enjoying the interviews and looking forward to the rest of the month. One thing did leap out in Rick Meints' introduction to the list of interviewees, though:

"We also published the first RPG by a female designer, Hawkmoon, written by Kerie Campbell"

Without wishing to brush aside Kerie Campbell's impressive contributions to gaming, doesn't this claim ignore the important work done by Lee Gold, who wrote Land of the Rising Sun in 1980 and Lands of Adventure in 1983? Unless I'm misunderstanding the criteria these seem to qualify.

 

 

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Japan-based artist Kat Birmelin is Lynne Hardy's next interviewee for Women in Tabletop Gaming Month. Kat is illustrating a new Chaosium board game project, 'The Red Thread of Fate', Pedro Zivani's Game Chef award-winning game about love, poetry and Japanese shapeshifters. This is Kat's amazing cover art for the project:

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Playing Australia's iconic board game SQUATTER ("chat and laugh with your friends and family while you discover the challenge of battling the weather and fluctuating stock prices, pulpy kidney, liver fluke and red legged earth mite") proved fateful for Chaosium's Susan O'Brien, in our 12th interview by Lynne Hardy for Women in Tabletop Gaming Month...

https://www.chaosium.com/blogwomen-in-tabletop-gaming-month-12-chaosium-interviews-susan-obrien

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Author Penelope Love's name has appeared in many Chaosium Call of Cthulhu releases over the years including Horror on the Orient Express, Reign of Terror and Terror Australis, to name but a few, and last year the anthology her fiction appeared in won a World Fantasy Award. Penny talks to Lynne Hardy here for Women in Tabletop Gaming Month:

https://www.chaosium.com/blogwomen-in-tabletop-gaming-month-14-chaosium-interviews-penelope-love

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Jennell Jaquays is an RPG pioneer, a GAMA Hall of Famer, and creator of such iconic RuneQuest releases as Griffin Mountain, the cult of Thanatar (and cover of Cults of Terror), and the legendary Duck Tower, among many other accomplishments. Jennell spoke with Lynne Hardy for Women in Tabletop Gaming Month:

https://www.chaosium.com/blogwomen-in-tabletop-gaming-month-15-chaosium-interviews-jennell-jaquays

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Australian painter and graphic designer Liz Gridley is part of a team of three talented women in tabletop gaming bringing Pedro Zivani's Game Chef award-winning RED THREAD OF FATE to publication. Lynne Hardy talks to Liz here (and interviewed the other two members of the team, Susan O'Brien and Kat Birmelin, earlier in Women in Tabletop Gaming Month).

https://www.chaosium.com/blogwomen-in-tabletop-gaming-month-19-chaosium-interviews-liz-gridley/

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Jo Kreil has contributed to Call of Cthulhu publications by Chaosium, and licensee publishers including Golden Goblin Press, Stygian Fox, Arc Dream and Sixtystone Press, among others. And here she is interviewed by Lynne Hardy for Women in Tabletop Gaming Month.

https://www.chaosium.com/blogwomen-in-tabletop-gaming-month-20-chaosium-interviews-jo-kreil

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Katya Thomas got her start in games working and demoing at the Chaosium booth at various UK game conventions. She's now an assistant developer at our friends Modiphius, and she talks to Lynne Hardy here for Women in Tabletop Gaming Month:

https://www.chaosium.com/blogwomen-in-tabletop-gaming-month-21-chaosium-interviews-katyathomas/

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You may have seen Raquel Allen's work as a professional model, cosplay artist and LARP influencer (as Raquel Skellington), but Raquel is studying graphic design too, and recently did some Call of Cthulhu layout for us, and that's the focus of her Women in Tabletop Gaming Month interview with Lynne Hardy:

https://www.chaosium.com/blogwomen-in-tabletop-gaming-month-22-chaosium-interviews-raquel-allen

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