Hello! I’m Gwendolyn Marshall (she/her)! I’m co-owner of Arcanist Press, writer of double-ENNIE Award winning Ancestry & Culture: An Alternative to Race in 5e, staff designer for 2CGaming, contributor to MCDM’s Arcadia, and 5e designer for Pinnacle Entertainment. With Sigil Entertainment and Pinnacle Entertainment, i also wrote S5E: Superheroic Roleplaying for 5th Edition. In addition, I’m also a tenured professor of philosophy, a parent, and a pansexual transgender woman.

What kind of Game Master are you:

I like fun, relaxed games with a mix of combat and storytelling. I know the rules, but care more that everyone at the table has a fulfilling experience. I prize consent and communication, believe in respecting people’s pronouns and content preferences, and love geeking out about epic adventure.

What kind of games do you like to run?

I tend to avoid gritty, grimdark games and prefer hopeful or uplifting experiences. Don’t get me wrong; I am also a sucker for poignant and meaningful sacrifice and tragedy, but loss and suffering must ultimately serve to create satisfying and profound experiences for everyone involved. Genre-wise, that means i like high fantasy, hopepunk, quirky, comic, or casual games. And realism? We’re playing games with magic and dragons! Realism isn’t a priority for me. I do like some games set in the “real” world, but they almost always have heavy fantasy or sci-fi elements.

What RPG Games/Systems are you familiar with running?

I am polygamerous! I’ve been playing D&D since 1982 and have run 5e since 2014. But I also have experience running Savage Worlds, World of Darkness, lots of Powered by the Apocalypse games, Numenera/Cypher System, and GUMSHOE games, among others.

Do you have any projects, products or things you would like to share?

Well, folks can check out my work with Arcanist Press, here:

As well as some of my other game things here:

Find Gwen at:

Twitter – https://twitter.com/gwen_h_marshall