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    Melissa Brinks

    Melissa Brinks is a freelance writer and co-creator of the Fake Geek Girls podcast. She has an affinity for cats, cooking, gardening, and investing copious hours of her life in fictional worlds of all kinds.

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  • Gaming Group Talks About Gaming Groups

    Gaming Group Talks About Gaming Groups0

    It’s hard not to form friendships after hours spent slaying orcs, grinding rep runs, or collecting gil. The friendships we forge in the storytelling and dungeon-crawling fires of gaming can be just as profound—if not more—as those from other sources, and some of the WWAC writers have come to share their stories of triumph, camaraderie,

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  • Blood of the Covenant: 3 of Gaming’s Best Found Families

    Blood of the Covenant: 3 of Gaming’s Best Found Families0

    • February 8, 2016

    The found or chosen family is among my favorite tropes. I’m a firm believer in family being what you make it, and I find a special resonance with stories about people who cobble together their own familial units regardless of blood relation. Sometimes our blood families aren’t as caring or supportive as we need them

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  • Love in the Age of Dragons: Unpacking the Romance Systems of Dragon Age

    Love in the Age of Dragons: Unpacking the Romance Systems of Dragon Age2

    • December 7, 2015

    Gamers are an opinionated fan niche. Whether it’s your preferred system or whether you like a twist of romance in your stories, conversations about games can turn from mild disagreements to name-calling no matter the topic. Dreadfully serious folks sometimes find romance plots to be a distraction from “real gaming,” whatever that means, while other

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  • My First Game: Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt

    My First Game: Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt0

    • November 13, 2015

    I have always loved stories. That’s one of the things that keeps me playing video games—this unique medium can tell stories in ways no other medium can, with choices to be made, diverging paths, and deep personal investment thanks to immersion. It’s an evolution of the medium that continues to amaze me as more and

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