Today we hear from Ramona, aka AlderDoodle! You can find her here:
Let’s leave it to her:
Stuff You Do
I’m a lettering artist, illustrator and a purveyor of shiny ttrpg accessories under the name Alderdoodle. Drawing pretty things for nerds is my jam.
Do you prefer GMing or Playing, and why?
Oh my word, this a tough one because I absolutely love being a player. But when I sit in a GM chair, it’s like a switch goes off in my brain and a whole bunch of happy chemicals get released that I can’t get anywhere else. If I don’t GM for a while, I get an itch that can only be scratched by herding cats.. i mean players for 4 hours. So I guess you could say I prefering GMing.
What is your favorite type of music, or favorite group/artist?
My ‘liked songs’ playlist on Spotify has been getting more and more ecclectic. I’ve got Carrie Underwood, Shinedown, The Amazing Devil and various musical soundtracks all jumbled up to name a few. And of course stuff for d&d background music.
What is one thing you think defines a (nearly) perfect TTRPG session?
If everyone is having fun and gets to have A Moment during the session, then I count that a success.
What celebrity would you like to GM or play an RPG with?
Zac Oyama or Ryan Reynolds. I don’t know if Ryan Reynolds has ever played a ttrpg, but I think he’d be really good at it.
What do you think is absolutely essential in creating a safe space for all in a TTRPG game?
Communication, communication, communication. So many horror stories could be avoided if everyone had sat down beforehand and actually talked about the game and to make sure everyone’s on the same page about expectations from the GM and the players, any potential triggers etc. And then check in periodically too. The work doesn’t end at session 0. Things can change. TALK TO YOUR GODDAMN TABLE!
Anything else you’d like us to know:
There’s no such thing as too much dice. Dice goblins unite!