Excited to Join the tabletop-test.com Team!July 18, 2018
My name is Tifa Robles and I am going to be writing a weekly series on welcoming beginner gamers into the games we know and love! As an avid gamer, it’s easy to forget what it was like to be new – the terms and abbreviations you didn’t understand, the intimidation of playing with people who knew what they were doing, and trying to figure out what game and playgroup was right for you. For many gamers, they grew up gaming and it comes naturally, but for others it can take a lot of trial and error before finding the right space to enjoy games. I want to focus on these newer players by helping them learn about games and helping us experienced gamers know how to help them feel welcomed with the tools they need to have fun.
I have been a gamer for most of my life, starting with the Commodore 64 when I was 3 years old. I grew up playing lots of video games and classic board games, like Sorry, Careers, Pay Day, and simple card games with a normal deck of cards. When I moved to college, I was introduced to Settlers of Catan and the world of gaming conventions, with PAX Prime 2008 being my first ever convention and me trying my hand as an Enforcer. I fell in love with resource management, strategy board games as well as the convention scene and I never looked back. I have worked or attended PAX every year since then and now go to Emerald City Comicon, OrcaCon, and GeekGirlCon every year as well, occasionally checking out smaller conventions in the area as well.
Working at Uncle’s Games in 2010, I was introduced to Magic: The Gathering. Within three weeks, I was playing at FNM weekly and drafting with friends multiple times a week. Within a few months, I attended a GP and a PTQ. Magic quickly became a huge part of my life and I befriended many folks in the Seattle Magic scene, including a group that I went to karaoke with every Monday night. As college graduation approached in 2011, I decided I wanted to try to work at Wizards of the Coast. A friend recommended me, and I started in the Game Support (or Customer Service) department. Nine months later I joined the Magic Brand team, where I stayed for 2 years.
Around the same time that I started working at Wizards, I organized The Lady Planeswalkers Society. I had seen a need for a welcoming place for people to learn how to play. My path into the game had a lot of obstacles that I had to ignore and push past in order to continue, and I wanted to take away those obstacles that newer players and marginalized groups face so that more people could enjoy this amazing game. The group was very successful within 6 months and chapters started to pop up all over the country, and eventually all over the world, with people wanting to create similar groups.
Recently, I was thrilled when Dan asked me if I would be interested in writing on his site! I actually have a degree in Creative Writing and have been looking for more opportunities to use it, especially in the gaming sphere, which is where my true passion lies. I look forward to writing articles that will help create an even bigger pool of diverse gamers to play with! Until next time, happy gaming.