New Event for Female Gamers

By on 26 October 2017
Mongoose Publishing Mongoose Publishing

Recent events in the tabletop gaming hobby have made many of us aware that it is all too easy for an atmosphere to develop around gaming events that is uncomfortable for or even hostile to female gamers.

In light of this, and after discussions with Mongoose Publishing’s mostly female staff, Mongoose Publishing have decided to hold a gaming event dedicated to women alone. At Mongoose’s offices in Swindon, Wiltshire, they have a great set of gaming facilities and they would like to invite you to join them for a day of gaming in a safe and relaxed environment.

The event will be run by female staff, and all tabletops games (RPGs, boardgames, and miniatures games) will be welcome.

Before they set a date and begin arranging games, they would like to see how much interest there would be in such an event (and if you are a female GM willing to run games, they really want to hear from you!).

If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please drop them a line at

If there are enough attendees, they will be looking to run this event in the first half of 2018. They will not be charging for attendance, nor will you meet any ‘hard sell’ for Mongoose products. Their intent is purely to provide a relaxed environment where female gamers can meet one another and play games without concern for inappropriate behaviour.

If you know of anyone who might be interested in such an event, please feel free to forward this message on to them.

About Dave McAlister

Dave has been roleplaying for over 30 years, having played and/or run most mainstream systems with the espionage genre being an early favourite. So much so that, in 1999, he started Modus Operandi. That same year he joined the Sarbreenar "Living" campaign team as their plotline controller before moving across to the Living Spycraft campaign team (as UK Regional Branch Director) in 2003. 2003 also saw the birth of UK Role Players as well as Dave's first freelance writing appointment (co-writing World Militaries and consulting on both US Militaries and Battlegrounds, all for Spycraft). Since then, Dave has concentrated on supporting the UK gaming scene. He has organised and run several small, one-day, events and was the RPG Area Manager for Gen Con UK in 2004. His current favourite systems are Dungeons & Dragons (specifically 5th Edition), Savage Worlds and Cinematic Unisystem. He has a (currently neglected) blog at and runs a D&D 5e SRD website at


  1. alison

    30 October 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Unlikely to be interested because I’m too busy playing in a mixed group that isn’t douches. Oh, other end of the country, but the former is more important.

    I appreciate that that’s unusual, but surely it’s better to try to figure out what we’re doing right than to give up on guys as a lost cause?

    (context: female gamer – computer RPG wargame and LRP – for 30 odd years; professional game designer for 4 years)

  2. Sonia

    31 October 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Unless it conflicts with the date of Seven Hills I will be attending.

    Mostly male gamers are fine (though I have some horror stories from my nearly 40 years in RPGs, some recent unfortunately) but it will be nice just once to be more than 1 in 5 or 1 in 20 (the latter just this past weekend at another new venue I tried).

    I am not giving up on guys as a lost cause (my longterm group are my best friends) but I am looking forward to meeting more women gamers.

  3. Howard

    3 November 2017 at 9:01 am

    As a recent returnee to roleplaying after a 35 year sabbatical, it is deeply disappointing that we are even talking about this as an issue. I was hoping that things would have moved forward since I packed up my dice bag in the 80’s. In the broader boardgaming community the balance and culture has definitely improved (although there is still work to be done).
    I hope that the event gets off the ground and can help to encourage more female gamers to join the hobby. It is important that we all (especially the white middle-class males among us) foster an environment that is supportive and welcoming for gamers of all backgrounds.

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