Jess: I spend a lot of time on Twitter; some of my favorite people lurk there and I can always find an interesting conversation to join. Yesterday I was musing about games and the women who love them and I realized: I don’t know a lot of female designers! The names of several male designers roll off my tongue easily, but when I try to remember the woman who wrangle up fun into board games (or roleplaying games), I falter.
To rectify this lacking knowledge and give me a list of new games to buy, I asked twitter this simple question: “Who are your favorite female board game designers & their games?” I also added my two cents “I really like Mary Flanagan’s design for Monarch”.
And lo did Twitter provide the masses succor to their plea…
“I’ve been loving The Village Crone from Anne-Marie DeWitt at @firesidegames. Here, Kitty, Kitty! is theirs, but by a different lady designer, Kris McCardel Ware. Everything from @Gutbustingames is designed by Lisa Steenson. They’re clever and a little snarky.” –@Avonelle
“Susan McKinley Ross’s Qwirkle is one of the best ‘bridge to euro style’ games out there.” –@chrishanrahan
“Psi Run by Meg Baker” –@MValente0042
“Nikki Valens designed the new Mansions of Madness and it is HOT.” –@Zegadas
“Love what Nikki Valens did with Mansions of Madness! Essentially a new game with the same theme as 1st.”-@PeekaySK
“That’s a powerful name to be associated with, Avery is unbelievable.” –@ShoshanaKessock
“Inka Brand. Her work with her husband has made some great games.” –@2TheTableReview
“Inka Brand, @toits, @bg_meg, Marsha J Falco, Sydney Engelstein – also check out https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/1198/designing-women/ …” –@Avalon616
“We wouldn’t be here without Elizabeth J. Magie Phillips.” @NightSkyGames
“Well Monica Valentinelli @booksofm comes to mind off the top of my head. She’s worked on a lot of great stuff. Rose Bailey over at @TheOnyxPath is good. There’s of course @ShannaGermain, who designed No Thank You Evil!” –@chaddockr
Jess: So there you have it. A full day’s worth of wonderful tweets to enlighten me on the awesome women working in gaming right now. I’m sure there are more; who did we miss? Let us know in the comments below! In the meantime I gotta go buy some games!