I come from a place where miniature gaming is seen as childish and boyish. Whenever I speak of tabletop back home, I always get the “Isn’t that, like… a boy thing?”, followed by weird looks, an awkward smile and a change of topic. Things in Berlin are much less judgemental, thankfully. Here, I was free to pursue the hobby and chat and play and get carried away by little plastic fantasy soldiers along fellow enthusiasts.
Still, a good measure of that stereotype prevails. Playing with little soldiers is “not feminine”. Social pressure led to a hobby community composed mainly of straight cis men. I have been to geek events where women are rare creatures, and most often companions to the actual players or hobbyists who convinced them along. Some of them seem to have interest and look longingly into the miniatures on the shelf, but never take the step.Continue reading “Flinta Beginners Event”