Dames & Dice

Tabletop gaming news and girl geekery from Tampa Bay

  • 17th October
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Depression is humiliating. It turns intelligent, kind people into zombies who can’t wash a dish or change their socks. It affects the ability to think clearly, to feel anything, to ascribe value to your children, your lifelong passions, your relative good fortune. It scoops out your normal healthy ability to cope with bad days and bad news, and replaces it with an unrecognizable sludge that finds no pleasure, no delight, no point in anything outside of bed. You alienate your friends because you can’t comport yourself socially, you risk your job because you can’t concentrate, you live in moderate squalor because you have no energy to stand up, let alone take out the garbage. You become pathetic and you know it. And you have no capacity to stop the downward plunge. You have no perspective, no emotional reserves, no faith that it will get better. So you feel guilty and ashamed of your inability to deal with life like a regular human, which exacerbates the depression and the isolation.

Depression is humiliating.

If you’ve never been depressed, thank your lucky stars and back off the folks who take a pill so they can make eye contact with the grocery store cashier. No one on earth would choose the nightmare of depression over an averagely turbulent normal life.

It’s not an incapacity to cope with day to day living in the modern world. It’s an incapacity to function. At all. If you and your loved ones have been spared, every blessing to you. If depression has taken root in you or your loved ones, every blessing to you, too.

Depression is humiliating.

No one chooses it. No one deserves it. It runs in families, it ruins families. You cannot imagine what it takes to feign normalcy, to show up to work, to make a dentist appointment, to pay bills, to walk your dog, to return library books on time, to keep enough toilet paper on hand, when you are exerting most of your capacity on trying not to kill yourself. Depression is real. Just because you’ve never had it doesn’t make it imaginary. Compassion is also real. And a depressed person may cling desperately to it until they are out of the woods and they may remember your compassion for the rest of their lives as a force greater than their depression. Have a heart. Judge not lest ye be judged.

Pearl (via psych-facts)

This is seriously the most accurate description of depression. Wow.

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  • 26th February
    2014
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boobsdontworkthatway:

I don’t know if any of you guys have ever played the excellent card game Munchkin, but I had the opportunity to play the Super Munchkin version yesterday for the first time, and I am such a fan it hurts.

(sidenote: a Super Munchkin/Munchkin Apocalypse combination deck has been proven to be the best thing that has ever happened to me)

-Satya

  • 16th February
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  • 11th February
    2014
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Dames & Dice: Interview with the makers of Alchemy!

Dames & Dice interviews the masterminds behind Alchemy!, a potion-creating card game with 19 days left to go on Kickstarter. Pledges include $5 for the print-and-play version and $25 for the full, physical game and any unlocked stretch goals. 

Click through for the interview!

  • 11th February
    2014
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gingerhaze:

Oh, I know I have it better than a lot of would-be comics buyers, and that’s what worries me. I’ve had it with the self-appointed gatekeepers in comics. 

I’m so glad I don’t deal with this at my local comic shop, Yancy St. Comics, or their gaming department.

  • 23rd January
    2014
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  • 23rd January
    2014
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    2014
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cakeandsundrysa:

chocolate board game cupcakes - made for an international tabletop day game night…

Wow! I might attempt something comparable this year. Let’s see if my baking skills match my cooking skills.

  • 23rd January
    2014
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International TableTop Day 2013 was a huge success — we had 3,123 gaming events in 64 countries worldwide, including every state and province in North America and every continent on the planet (yes, even researchers in Antarctica were playing). With your continued support, we’re hoping to make International TableTop Day 2014 even bigger!
International TableTopDay will be held on April 5th, 2014. (via unpossiblelabs)

(Source: unpossiblelabs)

  • 23rd January
    2014
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  • 23rd January
    2014
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Teens solve murder mystery during live-action board game

My latest feature for the Suncoast News.

HUDSON — In a side room at Regency Park Branch Library, masking tape marked out a temporary grid on the carpet. Colorful, laminated poster boards, each decorated with the photo of a location and its name, were strewn across the grid, which represented a life-sized version of “Clue,” the murder mystery board game…[click headline to read the rest.]

  • 23rd January
    2014
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  • 16th January
    2014
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