Hello everyone! You can call me SkimbleCat.
I grew up on military bases throughout Canada. Somehow I picked up the idea that being a girl is weakness - I avoided dresses, makeup, giggling, crying - anything I thought was girly was automatically weak and should therefore be avoided. I always had more male friends than female; I just couldn't relate to girls my age. To this day I have to work at not recoiling or being insulted when someone infers I am girly or lady-like.
So, Pretty Gamer, eh? Let's break that down. Gamer: check. Pretty: uummmm...? So let's put some parameters around the word "pretty" - the obvious reference is to looks. But you know what else is pretty? Intelligence. I am very intelligent, and I am very comfortable with that. I will never dumb myself down or play stupid to meet people or fit in.
A bit about my Gamer Pedigree:
I started playing Dungeons & Dragons back in the 80s with the red box Basic Rules Set 1. My brother is a couple of years older than I am, and when he started playing it with his friends I tagged along. In hindsight I am sure he wasn't very pleased to have his little sister there! We eventually moved on to 1st edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons - it was so complex!
It was around the same time that my parents bought us an Atari 2600. It was awesome! Pac-Man, Pitfall, E.T the Extra-Terrestrial... these games were my life.
Flash forward to the late 90s. I was hired by my friendly neighbourhood comic & gaming store. While working with some great guys (was I the token female?!), I was introduced to comic books (nothing mainstream), table top wargames (Games Workshop's Epic 2nd Edition), collectable card games (Magic the Gathering), and reintroduced to roleplaying games (GURPS). I had a great few years totally geeking out.
Then it happened. I had gone back to school, moved to another city, and now had A Real Job. I left all my "childish" hobbies behind. I had Grown-Up Responsibilities. I had a Career. I was An Adult.
A couple of years ago, I met a bunch of adult gamers. OMGWTFBBQ?! Adults play video games?! Adults play roleplaying games?! Adults take pride in their Geek/Nerd-dom?! For the past year I have focused on getting back in touch with my Inner Geek, and I'm not going to lie to you Marge - I am happier now than I have been in a long time.