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Orkqueen: A Girls Start in Warhammer 40,000

I am a girl. A Girl in real life girl. I don’t just play one on the internet. I work for Macys. I wear high heels and buy my make up from Clinique and Lancome. I straighten my hair and shave my legs. In my spare time I’m a belly dancer. I enjoy the occasional chick flick and once in a while I even enjoy a good romance novel. On top of all that I’m a gamer.

My first tastes at being a gamer was in Jr. High wheb my two older brothers took me to Bear’s Cards and Comics. There I spent every other Saturday in a cluttered back room with a sheet of plywood covering the missing floor trying to save the Living City of Ravens Bluff from monsters, demons, evil sourcerers and occasionally from a fellow player.

As a little background I grew up with four brothers and several dozen male cousins. I had only one female cousin a few years younger than me. So I grew up surrounded by guys. I was quite comfortable moving into this world of gamers filled with guys because I grew up in a world of boys. In fact I was more uncomfortable when I joined the high school dance team. Fifteen girls who spent every fourth period together, plus three nights a week at practice, plus games on friday nights and some saturday shows. . . thats alot of girl time. (Not to mention they plucked off all my eyebrows because they didn’t like mine.)  I think it was the boys who were not as comfortable with me at first. Over the five years I spent at Bears I was usually only one of three girls that come to play. The reations from the guys varied from mild  intrest that a girl wanted to play to the inappropriate 45 year old sending the 14 year old flowers and love notes. . .

During the time I played Dungeons and Dragons I learned and enjoyed my role as a gamer girl. It has been several years now since I’ve activly gamed in a large setting. But now I’m working on getting back in the game. Warhammer 40K. My boyfriend has been building armies for the last three years. Chaose space marines, nurgle, ork, imperial guard. . . I’ve pretty much seen it all.

After he abandoned orks I decided to make them my own. I loved the random chaos they bring to the table, plus the shear numbers I can field seemed impressive. But getting back in the gaming society is a little different now. I’m not the tom boy I used to be and this isn’t a small town game shop. It’s a bigger town with more people and I’m more of a girly-girl then my 14 year old self would think was possible.

I played my first tournament at the Game Preserve. It was a self titled noob game. Everyone playing that day was a beginner player in this edition. I was scheduled to play along side my boyfriend but due to scheduling difficulties he was unable to make it to the game day.

I’m still not sure if that was a good thing or a bad thing. On one had if he had been able to come I think it would have been easier to mingle with the other players. I was the only girl of about sixteen players there that day, and everyone pretty much ignored me at first. Everyone else was talking about there armies and showing off their painting skills. It wasn’t until we started playing that anyone really tried to talk to me. It probably helped that I fed a few poor gamers the other half of my lunch.  If my boyfriend had managed to make it he would have been more accepted into the group and me by proxy. I think that would also have put me into the Girlfriend group though. The girls that only play because their boyfriends do but don’t have any real intrest in it.

I’m excited to play and hope to continue to learn to play this game. I also hope that I can continue to share my expeirences about learning the game, painting minitures, and navigating the world of gamers from a girls point of view.

The Orkqueen Jenny

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10 Comments for “Orkqueen: A Girls Start in Warhammer 40,000”

  1. Welcome to the world of 40k, Orkqueen (love that )!
    I'm a woman (female) gamers as well, and I've been playing for 10+ years now. I got into GW games when I slipped on an issue of White Dwarf left on the floor (really).
    I never was the typical girl, and I guess you could call me a tom-boy, but nothing ever stops me from enjoying what I love.
    I hope you continue with 40K, your ork force, and maybe one day I read you're starting a new force.
    I guess I was lucky to start playing around a great bunch of guys, and playing at GW stores does help a good bit. It's their passion for the game(s) that really get to you.
    Waiting to read more of what's going on, and feel free to contact me if you wish. Support, questions, and the like.

  2. I'm Liz Kraft who posted above.
    Crazy, that it didn't post the information correctly the first time.

    Go get'em, girlfriend!

  3. I'ts great to meet you! yeah I've been in the gaming circle for like ten years my self but that was more D&D and other role playing games. 3 years ago i moved to a new town and i've been out of the loop all that time. its exciting to be in it again. I've heard rumors of sisters of battle being re-released with witch hunters so me and my boyfriend may go that route for an army we can play together. but i plan to write on all the facets of this game including the girl experience. but look forward to getting to know all the other women around here!

  4. Actually, the Sisters/Witchhunters have been out since the last edition ( or was that last year? ). In another month or so, the codexes for them, and the Demonhunters, will be put up on the GW site for downloading. Many gamers take this as either 1. They are phasing them out or 2. There just aren't any plans in updating them this year. Frankly, both forces are quite good , and I do like the mobility of the sisters. I'm currently building up a Space Wolves for, as I wait to since what the new edition of Warhammer will bring. Not sure if I want to continue with my Lizardmen as I hear that the Tomb Kings will be coming out soon after the rulebook release.
    I guess we will see …
    Take care.

  5. Actually they've been out since at least the 3rd ed.

  6. I'ts great to meet you! yeah I've been in the gaming circle for like ten years my self but that was more D&D and other role playing games. 3 years ago i moved to a new town and i've been out of the loop all that time. its exciting to be in it again. I've heard rumors of sisters of battle being re-released with witch hunters so me and my boyfriend may go that route for an army we can play together. but i plan to write on all the facets of this game including the girl experience. but look forward to getting to know all the other women around here!

  7. Girl playing games? good things for nerds like me!

  8. In reality the sisters were out in second edition with their own codex

  9. Michele18schmidt

    Hello Great to find other women playing 40K. I am 39 and got interested in Warhammer with my son then 9 years old. I enjoy building and painting and playing a bit. Even my husband is into it now, he has started an Acadian Army. Thanks for the post.

  10. This is awesome. Kudos to you, though I gotta say, in terms of the girlfriend group thing, NO girlfriend of a warhammer player would actually be PLAYING the game if she had no real interest in it. It takes way too much time, money, and dedication just to get an army together let alone learn the game rules and all for any girl to feign interest just to impress her boyfriend. I got into the hobby because of a boyfriend, were broken up now but I still go to games workshop to work on my Tyranids all the time. My new boyfriend is a warhammer player too, and it’s just an added bonus that we share an interest in the hobby. I think I pulled my weight around the shop enough to earn the guys’ respect, and even the endearing unofficial title of “bug queen” for my love of the Tyranid race. So I fully applaud and encourage any girls who want to get involved in the hobby to do so even if it takes awhile to be viewed as a fellow battle brother in the eyes of the men. Keep it up ork queen and all the warhammer girls!

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