A Talk With A Geeky Girl Gamer: Allegra Liana

19th May, 2013 - Posted by Mashupman - No Comments

Gamerweblog.com is putting together a series of interviews with gaming ladies of all walks of life. In an effort to put the spotlight on what many still believe is a rarity, the girl who is an avid gamer. Today we highlight: Allegra Liana, A.K.A. The Chainmail Chick.

Hi Allegra, what I wanted to do is put the spotlight on as many great Ladies of Gaming as I could gather. And in that regard I couldn’t pass you by.
“Awww, you’re too kind. You’re going to be pretty busy, there are a ton of them out there!”

Can you briefly explain what you do for a living?
“I do a lot of things! I freelance about doing everything from marketing to direct sales to modeling to selling my own artwork. I travel a lot and sometimes I work at different shows and conventions doing demos or helping with events. One of my favorite past gigs was helping with the Kinect Launch – my job was to show off the Kinect in stores, which frequently translated to ‘playing video games for money’.”

Does that leave you a great deal of time to play games?
“Somehow I always manage to find time 😉 usually when I should be doing other things!”

Allegra Liana - Photo by Sean Alderman

Allegra Liana - Photo by Sean Alderman

What is your go-to game when you do have some time to play?
“Right now it’s League of Legends, because generally speaking, one forty minute game fills me with either enough satisfaction or rage to send me back to doing actual work.”

Any game(s) that you are playing through at the moment?
“New Super Mario Brothers on my DS, haha. I have become a master of jumping to my own demise. I was recently gifted a copy of Bastion so I’ll probably take a swing at that soon. Oh, and I just got a Kinect! So I’m starting a Dance Central based workout, in hopes of both getting into better shape and learning some actual dance moves instead of the spastic flailing I currently pass off as dance.”

Your Facebook page is called The Chainmail Chick, what about it appeals to you so much?
“My first costume was a chainmail bikini, and I was completely convinced I was this badass warrior princess. I probably looked like an idiot because I was skipping and bouncing around trying to make the chainmail jingle more, which ruins the whole stoic lady warrior mystique.”

Allegra Liana - photo by Tanner Huggins, Outfit by Organic Armor

Allegra Liana - photo by Tanner Huggins, Outfit by Organic Armor

Does that mean you also lean towards medieval and/or fantasy games more than others?
“I do have a special place in my heart for really epic fantasy armor and earth shaking magic powers. When I do table top games, they’re usually fantasy oriented, but video game wise I play pretty much all genres equally.”

What would you say is the reason you play games? What do you want to get out of playing them?
“That probably depends on the game, really. You get different things out of each one. I play RPGs for the story, Smash Brothers or League to satisfy my competitive streak (and to play with friends), Civilization for the delusions of grandeur and micromanaging… I try to alternate between stuff that’s just for fun and stuff that’s challenging/frustrating. Generally, my favorite games are really great RPGs where you’re this larger than life character roaming around a fascinating (and dangerous) new world. I’m a pretty tiny person in real life so it’s entirely possible I’m compensating for something!”

Do you have a favorite platform that you play games on? And can you explain why it is your favorite?
“I’m primarily a PC gamer, probably because that’s what I grew up with. We never had a console in my house while I was growing up so I only got to play when I was at friends’ houses, and subsequently I’m rubbish with most controllers (though I am pretty good with the Kinect!). I have an Xbox now so I’m trying to overcome my tragic lack of thumb coordination.”

What are some of the upcoming games that you’re excited about? What about them piqued your interest?
“As a huge Star Wars fan, I’m pretty curious about Star Wars 1313. Also, Mojang’s various projects in the works, such as Scrolls and 0x10c, sound reeeaaally interesting. They did an amazing job with Minecraft, so I’m really eager to see what they come up with next (and subsequently, what the community of fans comes up with as well). Oooh, and Double Fine Adventure. Psychonauts (their first title) was so much fun. I highly recommend it if you’ve never played it. And I can’t forget Project Eternity. Anything that’s “reminiscent of” or “in the same vein as” Planescape: Torment (probably my favorite rpg of all time because of how much goddamn detail went into the world building and the story line) is high on my priority list. Chris Avellone, one of the directors for this game and a lead designer on Planescape, is consistently involved with things I end up loving (like Knights of the Old Republic II). This answer got way longer than I intended and now I’m all worked up and super impatient for these games to come out.”

Allegra Liana - photo by Anna Fischer

Allegra Liana - photo by Anna Fischer

To conclude the article, I’d like to use this set of ten questions that I have prepared to include in every interview. For this I have taken inspiration from Bernard Pigott and James Lipton (Inside The Actor’s Studio).

Here they are, the Trivial Ten!

1. What is your favorite word?
“Oooh, tough question for an English major. But I’m gonna go with ‘Luminous’.”

2. What is your least favorite word?
“Moist. *shudder* Have you noticed many girls don’t like the word moist? I blame terrible romance authors.”

3. What draws you into a game?
“A compelling story and lots of interesting, complex characters.”

4. What turns you off of a game?
“Pointless, over the top, gratuitous fanservice in an otherwise serious game. I never got into “The Witcher”, despite being a big fan of both a) the books and b) RPGs for that very reason (they have, for no apparent reason, a mechanic where every time you sleep with a woman, you get a titillating trade card of her in an erotic pose. What? What will I even do with this? Throw it at my enemies and hope they’re distracted?). I have nothing against nudity or sex, and I like when they’re incorporated into a story well (like Mass Effect!), but hamfisted attempts at wedging T&A into an otherwise great story irritate me. It breaks my immersion in a world, and the game might as well be yelling, “I’M NOT MEANT FOR YOUUUUUU.” I think there’s definitely ways to bring sex appeal into a game without being really tacky about it.”

5. What game mechanic do you love?
“Complex relationship and morality systems! Choices that strongly impact the story line!”

6. What game mechanic do you hate?
“Sharing powerups with friends, haha. Also sometimes the match making system in League of Legends.”

7. What is your favorite curse word?
“Fuck. It’s so multipurpose!”

8. What game that you’ve not played would you like to pick up?
“I actually haven’t played any of the Diablo games, and the third one has me really intrigued, so now I kinda want to start with the first one and play my way through.”

9. What games do you steer clear from?
“Horror games, because I’m a huge weenie. Minecraft is about the scariest thing I’m willing to play.”

10. If you were to design a game, what would be the name of the main character?
“Mass Effect already took it! I was in love with the name “Liara” for a long time, I thought it’d be perfect for a main character.”

I would like to take this moment that thank you for answers. And would like to leave you some space for any final comments you may have for the readers. Is there anything in particular you want to share?
“Let’s see, this seems like a good time to promote some cool groups that I think many gamers will enjoy!”

“Beat Down Boogie does some hilarious and action packed video game related videos (such as Modern War Gear Solid, a mashup parody of popular FPS games), some amazing showcases on cosplay, and they’re working on a new project, a gritty reimagining of “Mario” called “Mario Warfare”.”

“Zombie Orpheus has some must-see shows for any fan of rpgs or table top gaming. They’re currently working on “Gamers 3”, a sequel to the cult classic (seriously, you need to watch it if you haven’t) “Gamers 2: Dorkness Rising” by Dead Gentlemen Productions. In addition, they produce the wonderful webseries “Journey Quest”.”

“And lastly, for all your costuming needs, I highly recommend these people”

“Some truly beautiful and impressive creations, excellent accessories: http://www.facebook.com/OrganicArmor

“For all your chainmail needs! You want a bikini that supports, flatters, and doesn’t pinch? You want battle ready scale armor? This guy is the one to go to. http://www.facebook.com/ChainedElegance

“Primarily leather work, but also some sci fi stuff on the side, fantastic armor! http://www.facebook.com/Ribbons.Rivets

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Posted on: May 19, 2013

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