Meet the amazing people who make up Real Women of Gaming: Thia the Bard (She/They)

So where does your Gamertag/Alias come from? When I first joined Real Women of Gaming I was really only playing D&D, and I was a baby at it. My character at the time was a bard named Thia so I decided to make that my gamer tag.

What was the first game you were passionate about? That would be Clue. I was obsessed with that board game. Honestly, I still kind of am.

What was your first console? Super Nintendo. I used to play with my mom and brother in the early 1990s.

What is/are the game(s) that got you into gaming? D&D is what really got me into gaming. Prior to that I had given up. I thought I wasn’t talented enough and that I was just slowing my friends down. D&D gave me an opportunity to learn a whole new system and I gained a lot of confidence in the process. 

When & Why did you fall in love with gaming? I have always loved being able to pretend to be someone else. I think that is why I liked Clue so much. I got to play a character and solve a murder. I love TTRPGs because I get to explore and push myself while we play. 

If you had a superpower, which would it be? I hate this question. I have been thinking about this for two months to finish this questionnaire. Let’s just talk it out then. I used to always say superspeed. Then I could get where I wanted on my own with no carbon footprint. I have a real soft spot for speedster superheroes. Then there are the drawbacks like calorie consumption and the very real possibility that I would get powerful enough to mess with time which is NOT something I should have access to. I love the idea of light manipulation. Being able to reflect or use light however I wish, however that sounds like the drawbacks would be overheating. I hate being hot. An ice power would also be fantastic. Never have to worry about being overheated again. So, as of right now one of those three. 

What is an interest of yours outside of gaming? I feel like our readers know a lot of my interests at this point. I really love superhero stories. I have always been really fascinated by them. I even wrote a paper in college about how comics as a form of art represented post World War II America. That was my favorite paper I have ever written. 

What is something you love that not everyone knows? I feel like this is difficult to say. Again, I write about a lot of my interests here in our articles. I love crypids and spooky urban legends. I am 100 percent a member of staff who would make poor life choices in a horror movie if it meant learning more.

What’s a video/tabletop game that you would recommend to people who don’t play video/tabletop games? Deadlands. It is a TTRPG that is set in the weird and wild west. There is so much you can play with. It can be as spooky or as steampunk as you want. 

For the TTRPG players among us, who is your favorite character that you’ve created, and why? Oh more hard questions. I really and truly loved Helja from the beginning of our L.O.S.T game. She was such a fun character that I really got to challenge myself with. 

You are stuck in a board game/video game/ttrpg. Which is it and why? Probably something with a case and murder. Am I the murderer? Can you trust me? Can I trust you? I guess we will find out. Why? Because that makes it more interesting.

Who/What inspires you? I am inspired by so much. I am inspired by poetry. I am inspired by people who get up every day and do as much as they can. I am inspired by how little kids see the world before they are conditioned. I am inspired by different types of music. I am inspired by love. I am inspired by rage. I am inspired by people who stand up to hate. I am inspired by artists. There is, thankfully, so much that inspires me in this world. 

Where can we find you outside of RWoG? I am in a few places so stop on by!
My Twitter
My TikTok
Those Meddling Kids podcast
Spokey Women in History podcast where I am a researcher.



Published by thiathebard

Lover of games, writer of articles and member of Real Women of Gaming. Thia the Bard has been writing from a young age and has always been a fan of the fantastic. She grew up playing video and board games. She loves trying different table top and role playing games. Thia is a proud geek and member of many fandoms. She is also interested in cosplay and Steampunk. Thia is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Time not spent gaming or running around in garb is usually spent writing. Always keep sparkling!

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