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Capitol Hill Branch of The Seattle Public Library
425 Harvard Ave E, Seattle, Washington 98102
Role-playing games (video games, tabletop games like D&D, and others) can be a boundless and safe space for exploration and community building.
Selecting or creating characters can give players the chance to be someone others usually don’t see, or to access parts of themselves without other outlets in their daily lives. In a game it’s possible to be yourself, try on selves, or escape into pure fantasy. The fictional bodies we build for ourselves are less limited; our gender might be more easily recognized in character than in real life.
Games and the gaming industry have been the stage for recent conversations about gender, gatekeeping and exclusion, and gaming communities may not always feel like a welcoming environment for everyone. At the same time, games have a great capacity for creating communities that are not only safe and inclusive for trans and nonbinary people, but also encourage us to engage in group storytelling and exploration.
In this workshop we will explore the ways gaming can be a place of freedom and exploration, the ways that we can see ourselves in games, and the ways we want to. We will share stories of world-building and group storytelling that encourage nonbinary and trans players to dream. We’ll discuss our experiences, from disappointment and frustration to joy and gender euphoria! We will discuss community, narrative, and the complex spaces between our characters and our realities.
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