On ep 109 we explore the parallels between the kink and gaming cultures with Shanna Germain. It turns out these groups can learn a lot from each other– especially along the lines of negotiation, consent, and aftercare. Shanna is doing her part to facilitate consent in RPGs (role-playing games) and offers a free resource for gamers. On the same token, those in the BDSM world can expand their horizons by embracing the spirit of play and roleplay gaming principles. We talk about misogyny in the gaming world and what’s being done to create room for diversity plus Shanna gives tips and guidelines to gamers that want to consensually include more adult themes in their games as well as for sex-positive folks that want to give gaming a try. She also talks about authoring many fantasy erotica books and we learn about ‘cozy games’ that facilitate emotional intimacy, vulnerability and sexy times between consenting adults.
Shanna Germain Bio
Shanna Germain claims the titles of writer, editor, bisexual brainlicker, Schrodinger’s brat, and princess of a thousand enemies. Her poems, essays, short stories, novellas, and articles have found homes in places like Absinthe Literary Review, Best American Erotica, Best Lesbian Erotica, Best Bondage Erotica, Best Gay Romance, Curve Magazine, and Salon. She is the co-owner of Monte Cook Games, where she works on games like Numenera, No Thank You, Evil!, Predation, and more.
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Episode 109 Links
- Shanna Germain website http://shannagermain.com
- Monte Cook Games http://montecookgames.com
- Shanna Germain Twitter https://twitter.com/ShannaGermain
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