As I write this, I am sipping my coffee at nearly 7 am New Year’s Eve morning. Not a typical time for me to be awake, but today I find myself reflecting.
The end of a decade comes tonight. For half of that decade, I’ve been a mother. For almost a decade now, a wife. For over a decade, I’ve loved my husband and been loved by an incredible human who still amazes me. Near a decade, Vanri has been my best friend and so much more, my person. For decades Aiks has been my friend and guardian angel through some of the best and worst times. These are all blessings.
For most of the last decade, I have had the distinct pleasure of growing Real Women of Gaming. I saw us start as a Facebook page, evolve to YouTube, then streaming. Grow into charity events, conventions. I’ve watched us help others, with tears of pride in my eyes. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the most amazing humans on the planet. They are my family and I wish I could impart to you how truly stunning each one of them is. How truly honored I feel at calling each of them, my family. These brilliant, courageous, beautiful human beings.
In the nearly 7 years we’ve existed, I have learned so many lessons. Most about me, the rest about people in general. I’ve seen people come and go. I’ve made personal strides, gone on crusades (I’ll have my masquerade ball, damn it!), and made many, many mistakes. I’ve fallen, stood up only to be knocked back down, and I’ve had several hands help me stand again.
Tomorrow will be a new year, a new decade. Reflection is due at a time like this. Looking back at the years, we’ve worked, we’ve laughed and we’ve cried. It’s time to step forward into a new light. To take all the work that has been done by so many people and roll it forward. Not alone; never alone. To bask in the beauty not only of what we have accomplished, but also in what we have yet to achieve. And we will achieve it.
I’d like to say that we are stepping into 2020 ready to kick ass and take names, but that’s not happening. We are holding out our hands, pulling up a chair and inviting you to come to sit at our table. We are playing games without judgment or prejudice; we are enjoying all that these amazing masterpieces have to offer while accepting you, and us, for who we all truly are.
We are sending out our love and acceptance to all of you. You are all included at our table. We aim to show you the passion, sweat, and tears of some of the most wonderful creators on the planet. Epic human beings who’ve made these masterpieces in the little spare time they have while working full-time jobs and going to conventions on weekends for something they love. To show us their heart, sometimes wrapped in a box with game pieces and cards, massive tales of adventure and characters you’ll fall in love with.
So as we prepare to step into 2020, which will be the most incredible year, we offer our hand to you. We’ve done so much but I promise you, you haven’t seen anything yet.
Happy 2020. May all of your hits be a critical success.
With Love, Crymson Pleasure & Real Women of Gaming
As most of you know, we at Real Women of Gaming host three charity events a year. At the end of this month, we’ll be hosting our 3rd Annual Charities & Champions, a 12-hour Dungeons & Dragons live stream benefiting the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia through Extra-Life!
We’ll we playing Dungeons & Dragons for 12 hours to raise $1,500 for CHOP. This year, Oresan_Fells will be running the game in the world of Osparia, the same world as our show, The Alabaster Forest.
Like every year, you can donate to help or hurt our players or Dungeon Master! Here’s how you can affect the game:
$5 – Grants 1 player or the DM advantage or disadvantage on their next roll $10 – Grants 1 player or the DM an auto-success or auto-fail on their next roll $15 – Give the players a pack of random goodies $25 – Add a rule to the current floor (example rule: If a player rolls a natural 1, they have to roll on the Wildmagic Table) $50 – Give the players a random artifact that they have to use (to be drawn randomly)
Our Dungeon Master kindly asks that you incite as much chaos in his game as possible!
Want To Play?
You can! For the entire weekend, Real Women of Gaming is putting together one shots that you can play in! For a donation of $15, you guarantee yourself a seat at one of our (virtual) tables!
These games will be run through Discord and Roll20. Join our Discord here!
We have five games in the works that weekend, so you can take your pick!
We want to take this time to sincerely thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
On April 9th, 2016, we did something amazing. We raised more money than we ever have in the history of Real Women of Gaming. We raised $1,404 for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia through Extra Life so far and we couldn’t have done it without you.
In case you missed it, here’s a little recap:
The event started at 12am EST with me, Vanri the Rogue, playing a small game called The Rivers of Alice. It was frustrating, to say the least, so I only played for an hour before moving on to Firewatch, a game I’m very much enjoying (look for a review in the near future).
At 3am EST, KinkedNitemare hopped on stream to play The Magic Circle. It was a wildly interesting, if not downright strange, game. It was a favorite in the Twitch chat.
At 6am EST, W1k3d0n3 came on screen with the new Hitman game. It was extremely funny and amazingly entertaining. He was a trooper who stayed on for nearly 5 hours!
The in-store event had some technical difficulties to begin, but it went off without a hitch otherwise. Even the horrific weather didn’t stop us from raising our amazing total. There were games to play, laughs had, and someone gave Crymson a megaphone and a crown (it went to her head!).
On stream, Vel played Orcs Must Die! Unchained, and Brawlhalla. We also had an amazing time playing Rocket League and Garry’s Mod: Prop Hunt. Finally, at the end of the night, a ton of people won amazing raffle prizes.
The final donation count was $1,404.
The videos from the stream are being uploaded to our YouTube channel daily, in case you missed it.
If you didn’t have a chance to donate, but still want to, you can do so HERE! It will be open until the end of the year!
Truly, thank you all so much for donating, spreading the word and watching our live stream. You’re all amazing and helped us do a wonderful thing.
We love you guys!
Sincerely, The RWoG Team
We would like to give a special thanks to all of our sponsors and partners:
It should not come as a shock to anyone that we here at Real Women of Gaming love Superheroes and Supervillains. We play games, talk comics, watch television shows and even cosplay as them. They inspire us. Sometimes we even play at being heroes in our own way, like when we stand up to bullying or team up with the super force that is Extra Life Charities.
In December 2015, we gamed to raise money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) through Extra Life and far exceeded our goals, even if it was just so we would stop reminding our viewers that it was “for the children.” We were overwhelmed by the response.
Now, on April 9th, we will be joining Firelight Studios and Sir Turtle Gaming to raise as much money as possible for the benefit of CHOP’s Art and Music Therapy Department. This time, it will be on a much larger scale. This marathon of gaming will be for twenty four hours, with multiple streamers and in multiple locations. If you want to know more information, it will be added to the end of this article.
Speaking of Superheroes, it got me thinking about what superpower I would want. I posed this question to the rest of the Real Women of Gaming. See our answers below:
On Saturday, December 12, 2015, we at Real Women of Gaming held our first annual Cards Against Sobriety Holiday Event. In this 6-hour live stream on Twitch, the RWoG Admins were joined by Mike Christensen of Partial Arc and Trever Bierschbach of Frags and Beer. The goal of the live stream was to raise $250 for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia through the charity Extra Life.
Extra Life is a unique charity endorsed by companies such as Geek & Sundry. This charity was founded in 2008 in an effort to unite gamers and raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network, which includes children’s hospitals all across the United States. The RWoG admins chose to raise money for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia because that’s where most of the admins are located. In future events, we plan to raise money for different hospitals across the country.
We settled into the stream by talking about various different things. We each introduced ourselves and told everyone our Christmas wishes (mine, of course, was that everyone would watch my show Wanna Don’t Wanna – pretty selfish, I know. I’m the worst). The first game we played was Town of Salem, followed by Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes and Cards Against Humanity.
We gave away amazing prizes all throughout the night, including a hand-made Final Fantasy VII necklace from Frags and Beer, a collection of Fantastic Four comics from Partial Arc, and a horror game called The Park from 9th Circle of Horror. Each giveaway was prompted by a donation. We ended up giving away everything we had (even a David Hasselhoff bobble-head). We must have said “for the children” a thousand times before a $100 donation forced us to stop.
By the end of the night, we raised $775. This is more than 300% over our modest goal of $250. Because of this overwhelming response, Crymson Pleasure has agreed to dye her hair pink at the request of those who were active in the Twitch chat. So, we’re pretty excited for that.
Even though we surpassed our goal, we’re not done yet. If you didn’t get the chance to donate during the event, you still have time! We will be accepting donations through Extra Life until the end of the year. You can donate here!
We want to sincerely thank everyone who donated and participated in the event. You cannot imagine how much happier you all have made us this holiday season.