Women in Gaming: Part 4, Call to Action

In this final part of our Women in Gaming series, we wanted to focus on action. To borrow from Ken Burnside’s great piece: all it takes for misogyny to continue in gaming is for good men to see nothing. After acknowledging the problem, though, we have to do something about. So, here’s what WE are going to do, and we encourage any of you who play tabletop rpgs to do the same. Special thanks to our friends at YouPickGaming for the great idea.

#NotAtMyTable

#NotAtMyTable is a restatement of Encounter Roleplay’s commitment to providing safe and inclusive community spaces for our games. This means that, in addition to a zero tolerance policy for general bullying abuse, we are going to take the following active steps to ensure we uphold this promise:

  1. ASK women about their experiences in our community.
  2. LISTEN to what they say and the feedback they give us.
  3. WATCH for signs of discomfort during our games.
  4. PAY ATTENTION to what goes on in our chat and behind the scenes.
  5. TRACK ESCALATION before it gets out of hand.
  6. COMMUNICATE with privately with anyone who looks uncomfortable.
  7. CALL PEOPLE OUT for disrespectful or abusive comments.
  8. BALANCE GENDER ROLES in our game-worlds and NPCs.
  9. ACTIVELY SEEK WOMEN for ALL of our community roles.
  10. PUBLICLY POST these commitments on our Twitch channel.

We encourage ALL streamers, game-shops, conventions, and community groups to print off their very own #NotAtMyTable posters and POST THEM wherever you play games. If you do, drop us a line on Twitter with a photo and the #NotAtMyTable!

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2 thoughts on “Women in Gaming: Part 4, Call to Action

  • 23rd May 2016 at 4:43 pm
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    This works very well for anyone I imagine. All the players would need to be comfortable to have a good game session and they can’t do that if they are afraid they’ll get bullied or shamed for asking questions or not knowing something. Accountability and making sure mean comments don’t get out of hand always something to be encouraged.

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  • 11th August 2016 at 7:03 pm
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    I have been playing tabletop games since the ’80’s = in all the stores and cons that I have played, not once has there ever been an issue regarding gender, race, preference or religion. I have played in 11 different states, 1000’s of stores and homebrew games. I think you are looking to find fault with an already open and diverse group of people in order to stir up controversy. That set of “rules” is not needed and is very inflammatory as you are putting an already ostracized group of people in the scope of socio/political ideologues. Take you rhetoric out of tabletop.

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