Q. How long have you been gaming?
A. I’ve been playing games since I was a kid – let’s say 7 or 8. One of my first gaming memories was playing Pong and Breakout on the color TV we had. The controller had one knob on it and two buttons. It was huge.
Q. What got you in to games?
A. My family. The Pedersen clan played lots and lots of games, especially my dad. He taught me how to play chess and Risk when I was in grade school and I used to have to fight him for turns on the ColecoVision (yes, we had a ColecoVision). My friends at the time thought my parents were pretty cool because they could always get high scores on the Qbert (Dad’s fav) and Donkey Kong (Mom’s fav) arcade games at our local Showbiz Pizza. Pretty much every holiday or vacation involved endless games of Uno, Milles Borne and Trivial Pursuit.
My intro to RPGs was in 1985 when an aunt bought me the D&D red box as a Christmas gift. I loved it to pieces, even though I barely ever found other kids willing to play. It was my game of choice through high school and college, and will always have a place in my heart, even with all the indie games I’m discovering I like to play now.
Q. What type of games are your favorite? (RPGs, Boardgames, ect.)
A. I play everything, but RPGs are usually my favorite, followed by board and card games. I also really love turn based strategy games like Sid Meier’s Civilization and have been known to lose entire weekends building little empires on my computer.
Q. How is it being a member of the female gender in a game store?
A. It’s fine. I am always amused when there are 30 or 40 people in the store and I’m the only woman in the bunch. I think there are a lot of female gamers out there, it’s just a matter of finding them. A tip for male gamers out there – next time you have an open spot in your game, be it RPG, board game or otherwise, ask a lady if she wants to play. I’ll bet you she says yes.
Q. Why do you do The Jank Cast?
A.Because if I don’t, Rob Justice and the Communists win.