As we all know the COVID-19 pandemic has left us at home more than out with friends and family. Therefore, I have more time to think. And thinking can be dangerous. Also, when one has some mild depression, a new house, crapping satellite internet and no where to go gaming, I am struck with thought paralysis.
Here we are at the end of May. What was I doing from March shutdown through April? Well, I can say that it wasn’t much productive other than trying to figure out what working from home looked like. Or just what working in general looked like.
I had my computer in my bedroom. One small window to my back, ugh. On a sunny day I still needed to use indoor lighting. And my “computer” desk was an old wooden desk of the 50’s-60’s. Not made for a computer, printer, and monitor. Then I added a second monitor.
Then to add more to the dark dank space, I added a makeshift green/blue screen for online Zoom RPG gaming.
Well, stepping back a bit about this “Shelter-In-Place” for COVID-19. Back in early late February, early March, hell sometime around that time, Gary Con XII was cancelled. What a downer that was. But Virtual Gary Con really put into perspective the love of RPG gaming. What an honor to be able to “attend” Gary Con with virtually gaming.
Ok, I’ll admit that I was so down about not getting to go, I didn’t schedule any games to run. It also had to do with not having good bandwidth and not having gamed online much. Oh, I want to look professional at this stuff and of course I was not going pull that off.
What I did have was a ton of fun. Struggled through playing online with others who jumped in without the concern of looking professional and doing a great job of just being themselves and struggling through the glitches of internet lag and online platform issues.
For what it is worth, I ate a great bit of humble pie. My housemate jumped in and ran several online games and I had the privilege of listening and laughing with her as she led great players through her events.
Also, when one has SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) plus added health stress, let’s say that it is horrible to feel like you can’t learn new tricks or be creative in those time. Life just seems slow, paralyzed, and nothing appears to be good.
Now, on to why this blog post. During the time above I spent some time recording Episode 0. I also was learning a free program for editing podcasts, learning what platform to use to broadcast the podcast, and just overall learning to podcast. In all of this, I lost Episode 0 of Order of Shan(n)a. I am attributing it to having updated the editing software. It shouldn’t have done that, but I just don’t know where the episode went otherwise. So, back to the drawing board and I hope that it will be even better when it finally comes out.
Why have a podcast called Order of Shan(n)a? Well, the voices of women running Dungeon Crawl Classics and the supported DCC RPG materials need to be out there and heard. In it I hope you will hear history of why I feel the necessity of having a podcast about women in RPG is important. What does it mean for women to also enjoy playing RPGs and why we enjoy running tables for friends and at conventions. I hope to look into the history of female characters and players to RPG games.
If you have any information, links, stories, or anecdotes, please leave me a comment. This will help in getting more episodes out to you faster. You can also find Order of Shana Podcast on Twitter @of-Shana