Profile

Cover photo
Abigail Hanley
Attended University of Maryland University College
Lives in Hyattsville, MD
687 followers|52,172 views
AboutPostsPhotosYouTube+1's

Stream

Abigail Hanley

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
And on the topic of inclusion in gaming:

Whenever I think about this one, I come back to the idea of a fun tax.

I honestly don't care that a historically or genre accurate setting would marginalize everybody except cis, straight, white guys (usually rich ones). Those descriptors don't cover all the gamers setting at my table.

So why should queer gamers, female gamers, minority gamers, trans gamers, etc. have to put up with either playing a cis-het white dude to avoid 'realistic' prejudice or put up with their character being harassed?

In essence, this adds an extra burden those gamers must bear to enjoy the game. It's a levy on fun that is only leveled on people who are not the 'typical' gamer. And that's not fair, to me.

So I tend to make settings (and this is why I use my own settings, 99% of the time) where those problems are either non-existent or the people who have them are considered strange and distasteful, rarely heard from and always assumed to be wrong. Even in my historic settings.

Because sexism, racism and homophobia aren't required to enjoy steampunk or ancient Rome or high fantasy. We're just conditioned by the media from which those settings spring and game designers' own assumptions to accept that.

Let's not.

We're gamers. We accept FTL, strong AI, magic, vampires, dragons and superpowers as part and parcel of the gaming experience. As givens, even in 'historic' games, a lot of time. If we can accept those, we can damned well accept that prejudices can be overcome. Even erased.

At the end of the day, I game with my friends. And I am not going to add to my friend's social burdens by not allowing them to forget, for a minute, that the real world has those problems.

If they want to assume that burden, as a group, we'll talk about it. (Though as a queer gamer myself, I usually only want those elements in my game if they are doing something, not just there because they are there.)

But for me it always comes back to that concept: the fun tax. Should there be a extra burden for gamers like us? And at my table, the default answer to that is no.

53 comments on original post
1
Add a comment...

Abigail Hanley

Shared publicly  - 
 
This is an awesome LARP, written by the talented +Secretly Mike Young​​​. I playtested one of the scenarios, and even though we all died horribly, it was incredibly fun. :-)
Additionally, three of the five stretch goal authors are women, making it an unusually inclusive property. One of them is +Carol Johnson​, who has done work for Night's Black Agents among others. Another stretch goal author is my partner +Kirt Dankmyer​​​, a published science fiction author who's been writing games since the nineties. While he's not a woman, I've read his scenario, and it is nonetheless fabulous. 
A scenario-driven live action roleplaying game of disaster movie drama. You can't stop the disaster, but you can decide who survives!
1
Add a comment...

Abigail Hanley

Shared publicly  - 
 
I was reading an excellent article by Terrence Chappell on the presence of white privilege in therapy today, and it struck a depressingly deep chord. While I'm not black, and so experience different kinds of prejudice, the f...
1
1
Add a comment...

Abigail Hanley

Shared publicly  - 
 
On how some voices are easier to hear than others.
One really difficult to convey problem in discussing systemic oppression is how to explain the way in which our society hears and values some voices more than others. It's a hard concept because it requires those of us who g...
1
Add a comment...

Abigail Hanley

Shared publicly  - 
 
Possibly relevant to +Lex D 's interests.
1
Add a comment...

Abigail Hanley

Shared publicly  - 
 
A way to donate materials and food to protesters in Baltimore.
1
1
Add a comment...
Have her in circles
687 people
Glikpo Vyktorr's profile photo
Borogove Maxi's profile photo
Ben Jackson's profile photo
Luke Chieng's profile photo
Winther Chidi's profile photo
Alessa Chan's profile photo
Joachim Selassie's profile photo
Benjamin Reinhart's profile photo
Crystal Corrigan's profile photo

Abigail Hanley

Shared publicly  - 
 
From a bi woman to all of my LGBTQQAIP+ family, the ones I know, the ones I barely know, the ones I'll never meet, the club kids and the bar hoppers, the artists and the dreamers, the executives and the muscleheads. To the powerful, vulnerable, brilliant black women and the beautiful, kind, talented black men, and the trans men and women of all colors, and to the gorgeously individual genderfluid folks who are brave as all hell for just being there. To my Latinx brothers and sisters and others who lost so much this week. To the kinky and the vanilla, the warm poly families and the asexual folks just trying to be seen, the beautiful fat girls and hot fat men fighting for space, to all of you, and all of us: I'm here, and I'm with you. I'm grieving just like you're grieving because that's what you do when someone chops a hole in your family. I love you, all of you, and I will fight, and we will fight, because love doesn't die, but people do, and only action, not thoughts, not prayers, not good intentions, only action will end that.
1
Add a comment...

Abigail Hanley

Shared publicly  - 
 
+Asher Taylor+Asher Taylor

FREE HORSES!!!! 52 thoroughbred horses need homes. Will go to Sugarcreek this Sat. for slaughter. Gentleman died and his son wants nothing to do with them. Most broodmares are broke and some are in foal weanling, yearlings, 2 yrs. and 3 yrs. old most are gelded. FREE and papered. Friend of the deceased is trying to find homes. 440-463-4288 Barnesville, OH.
Please copy and paste this on your status
I would hate to see all these house put down. PLEASE someone help they are FREE and papered!!!!!!!!
1
Craig Trader's profile photoAsher Taylor's profile photoAbigail Hanley's profile photo
3 comments
 
Ah okay, I snopes most things that look fishy, but I didn't think to snopes that. 
Add a comment...

Abigail Hanley

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
You should only bother with this post if you're very liberal-leaning and interested in MMOs. ;)

Warning: Long post.

My wife, +Abigail Hanley, loves MMOs, and I enjoy playing them with her. Right now we're playing Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. We're in a guild there (aka a "free company" in FF14 parlance), and through an odd series of events, ended up inheriting it, and the guild housing attached to it; we renamed it Kittenforce (because kitties). For the reference of those who play the game, it's a level 8 Free Company with 2 actions a day, 3 pages of bank space, customizable gear and a company crest. We're on the Coeurl server on the Aether data center.

For those who don't play the game, it does have a monthly fee. There's a slightly cheaper monthly rate where you're only allowed one character, which is actually fine because the interesting "job" system the game has allows the same character to play all the classes in time, and switch between them.

As someone who is not as big a fan of MMOs as my wife, the job system, plus the humor and general newbie-friendliness of the game, has made it worth the monthly charge IMHO. Oh, and crafting kinda works like combat, so it's not as boring as it is in a lot of MMOs! Again, we're on the Coeurl server on the Aether data center.

In any case, we feel like the guild space is kind of wasted on just the three of us currently left in the inherited guild (me, my wife, and our roommate), and so we thought we'd open it up to other progressive folks. There would be rules against racism, sexism, trans-antagonism, fat-antagonism, ablism and homophobia in guild spaces. Anyone who's involved would be welcome to help develop the specifics of it. We'd really like it to be a safe space where people who like gaming but are also liberal/progressive can come and play and not risk being constantly triggered or having to choose between having friends and arguing for their own humanity and that of people they care about. If that doesn't sound cool to you, I still love you and encourage you to try the game, but please avoid our guild. :)

On a more practical/gamery note, we have a high level weaver/botanist in the company and mid levels of the other crafting and gathering classes, mostly covered by my wife, though I have a few gathering and crafting characters as well. Thanks to these, we are happy to help with gearing folks up, especially low level characters. We also have a mid level tank/healer pair (40ish level) and would be willing to help people get through the lower level content (particularly dungeons). The "leveling down" system in FF14 is excellent, so it's very easy for high level characters to give low-level characters a hand.

We'd love to have a place to hang out, play our favorite MMO, and run stuff with cool people who share the value of human dignity and respect that make progressive spaces awesome. I hope some of you would like that, too! ^_^
 
If you're interested, feel free to poke me here or at my email (xiombarg@gmail.com), or poke my wife,  +Abigail Hanley 
1 comment on original post
1
Add a comment...

Abigail Hanley

Shared publicly  - 
 
This is my reality, and part of why I won't have fat shamers in my life. 
1
Add a comment...

Abigail Hanley

Shared publicly  - 
 
This.  It makes it difficult for me to trust people, because a whole lot of people consider fat people less valid and human than thin people, and consider people who are very fat - as I am - actively inhuman and the legitimate butts of any kind of cruel humor or overt disgust.  I've removed people from my life because of this. 

I find it particularly frustrating when members of other oppressed groups do this crap.  I mean, really?  So you get treated badly for your differences and can see that it's wrong, but you think treating me like crap for mine is just fine?  Great, thank you, you are now officially the problem, and also not someone I want in my life.  
3
Add a comment...

Abigail Hanley

Shared publicly  - 
 
Another way to help the Baltimore Protesters
Help fund legal representation and support for protestors in #Baltimorerising #FreddieGray #blacklivesmatter
2
1
Add a comment...
People
Have her in circles
687 people
Glikpo Vyktorr's profile photo
Borogove Maxi's profile photo
Ben Jackson's profile photo
Luke Chieng's profile photo
Winther Chidi's profile photo
Alessa Chan's profile photo
Joachim Selassie's profile photo
Benjamin Reinhart's profile photo
Crystal Corrigan's profile photo
Work
Occupation
Artist, writer.
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Hyattsville, MD
Story
Tagline
It is not important whether I succeed or fail; only that I live beautifully.
Introduction
Hi, I'm Abigail Hanley.  I live with my wonderful fiance and our three adorable cats in a small apartment inside the DC Beltway.  Before that, I lived in Baltimore, NJ and Hawaii, and I grew up in the lovely town of Wethersfield, CT.

I've recently finished a degree in History, with an Art minor.  I also really love Anthropology, and have made a fairly serious study of it.  I am fairly serious about oil painting, and also do a good amount of work in pastel and conte crayon and some digital art.  

Quite separate from those things, I'm a long time geek.  I started playing D&D when I was nine, and never looked back.  At the moment, I'm Co-GMing a Dresden Files game and writing for Threads of Damocles, a excellent larp.  I prefer PVE to PVP and narrativist to gamist structures, and love world design.  I also enjoy board gaming (particularly co-operative or semi-cooperative games, although I do love Dominion) and video gaming (mostly RPG's like Dragon Age, Mass Effect and Fallout and silly stuff like Katamari)
 
I'm a steadfast liberal, a vocal feminist, a Theist with Pagan leanings, and a confirmed lover of beauty.  I believe that your waistline has nothing to do with your value as a person, and that treating those who are different from you with fairness and respect is the most important thing you can do to improve the world around you.  I'm also fairly friendly most of the time.

The major gaming project I'm involved with at the moment is Threads of Damocles, a highly structured and sandboxed, cross genre larp for which I am a major writer and one of the administrative staff.  We are currently welcoming new players; if you wish to get involved, there is a link to the Wiki on the bar at your right, or you are welcome to contact us about it directly at info@threadsofdamocles.org

My (non-private) circles are: History/Anthropology, Science/Philosophy, Politics/Social Commentary, Gaming, Game Design/Writing, Art, and ZOMGKittens. I limit the membership of the latter to those who actually express interest.  If you want to be in one or more of these circles, please let me know.

Bragging rights
Writes a lot of larp, when she's not busy painting.
Education
  • University of Maryland University College
    History Major, Art Minor, 2008 - 2012
Basic Information
Gender
Female
Other names
Abi, Abigail Hanley-Aguda, Abby Hanley
Apps with Google+ Sign-in
  • Fallout Shelter
  • The Battle Cats
Abigail Hanley's +1's are the things they like, agree with, or want to recommend.
S4E7 – #GamerGate
chezapocalypse.com

A look at Base Assumptions as a critical tool as applied to the GamerGate movement.

Fat Princess's Disturbing "Feeder" Resonance
fat-abi.blogspot.com

In Anita Sarkeesian's excellent Tropes Vs Women in Video Games series, she discusses different, problematic portrayals of women in video gam

Yes, Virginia, Fat Shaming IS Prejudice: For Denis and Everyone Else
fat-abi.blogspot.com

I was going to write a nice, measured, thoughtful post about weight, privilege and intersectionality today. To use the colloquial, this ain'

El Salvador Denies A Woman’s Right To Life | The Raw Story
www.rawstory.com

When I say “human sacrifice”, I am not exaggerating. The Catholic Church has responded to the surge of feminist energy around the world in n

AdBlock
chrome.google.com

The most popular Chrome extension, with over 6 million users! Blocks ads all over the web.

Most surprising abortion statistic: The majority of women who terminate ...
www.slate.com

A few months ago, I was late. You know what I mean: My usual period day came and went without a spot, and suddenly every wave of exhaustion,

Ordering food
www.grubhub.com

Find every restaurant that delivers to you in Chicago, San Fran, Boston, New York, Philly, DC, LA, San Diego, Portland, Seattle and Denver.

The Ruination of Abusers
angrygeekgirl.blogspot.com

In the last couple months, I've been speaking out a lot about domestic abuse, both in general and in the cases specific to the Circle that I

Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity | Video on TED.com
www.ted.com

TED Talks Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead

Charvin Extra Fine Artist Oil Paints - JerrysArtarama.com
www.jerrysartarama.com

Charvin...The House of High ColorMade in the French RivieraHuge array of colors for quicker painting and less mixingHonored and time-tested

The Real Cause of Obesity
www.thedailybeast.com

It's not gluttony. It's genetics. Why our moralizing misses the point. Print; Email; Comments. Despite receiving a MacArthur genius

Female Legislator who Dared Say 'Vagina' During Abortion Debate Banned f...
jezebel.com

After offending Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas by using the offensively medically accurate word "vagina" in an impassioned floor speech op

‘Smart e-Pants’ underwear deliver electric shocks to comatose patients t...
www.rawstory.com

Scientists have developed underwear with built-in electrodes that deliver small electric shocks to combat bed sores in patients who are in a

Mississippi ‘personhood’ amendment takes aim at birth control as well as...
www.washingtonpost.com

Proposition 26 is entirely about the determination of far-right religious institutions to make their brand of faith the legal standard for f

When There's So Much Bullshit Online, You Forget How to Feel
jezebel.com

If you've never seen Anita Sarkeesian's web show, Feminist Frequency, you should — it's smart and articulate pop-culture analysis from, you

The Catholic Church Wants Women to Die | The Raw Story
www.rawstory.com

I'm sure you've all seen this horrible story about a woman in Ireland who was killed by her doctors, because they refused to abort an incomp

HTML5 Word Cloud: Text Analyzer
timc.idv.tw

HTML5 Word Cloud analyze the most frequently used terms in an article, or a blog feed.

Austin becomes first Texas city to endorse marriage equality | The Raw S...
www.rawstory.com

The Austin City Council made history Thursday, becoming the first group of city leaders in the deeply conservative state of Texas to endorse

Why Won’t Evo Psych Nonsense Go Away Already? | The Raw Story
www.rawstory.com

The latest feminist to write an incredibly satisfying pan of Naomi Wolf's new Vagina book is Lindsay Beyerstein, and I have special affectio

Scientists a step closer to a hormone-free male contraceptive pill | The...
www.rawstory.com

Scientists have discovered a compound that could pave the way for effective and hormone-free birth control pills for men. “There has not bee