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