Amy Dallen Extended Interview from Ticket to Ride - TableTop ep 4

Uploaded by geekandsundry on May 18, 2012


AMY DALLEN: My name is Amy Dallen, and I sell comic books
and then do various things on the side.
I act, and I write silly nerdy songs.
And I play games when possible.
I think I got into comics, probably I would have to blame
the X-Men cartoon from the early '90s.
Because that was my appointment television.
The internet was kind of invented right when I was
getting into comics, so there were not a lot of other girls
to talk about comics with, really.
But luckily on the internet the new writer of Marvel's
Generation X cannot tell that you are a girl asking him your
nerdy questions on the message board on AOL.
So that allowed me to further the obsession, which is how
most of us end up with a lifelong comics habit.
You can't be like, I'm a comics expert, because I get
tested enough all the time at the store.
I've actually had to start wearing nerdy t-shirts to the
store so that people will stop being like, do you actually
read the comics?
And I'm like, no, I'm lost.
How did I get behind this counter?
Because seriously, working in a comic book store would be
the most boring imaginable job if you did not
actually like comics.
Gaming is literally more fun than a lot of other activities
you could be doing.
Because I'm learning the merits of actually exercising
or crafting or many other things, which turn out to be
very, very fun, but are less obviously fun than playing a
board game where you're confronted with a series of
different challenges which test either your knowledge or
your creativity or your logical ability or your
ability to work with teams.
They're literally just fine activities.
What makes nerd society, in mind head, better than a lot
of other alternatives is in most of the world if you're
excluding people that's what you're supposed to do, like
the cream rises to the top.
Everybody else go be socially awkward.
In nerd society, obviously you get mean
people, and you get exclusion.
But if you do that you're violating the entire
spirit of the thing.
Gaming is inclusive, and it's cerebral.
It's something that literally there is a game that you can
play with any other group of people on Earth and have a
great time.
Even if you don't speak the same language, even if you've
never met before, even if they're two-year-olds, there's
a game out there that you guys are going to have an awesome
time playing.
Or you can have these incredibly sophisticated games
or games of collaborative storytelling or games of
strategy that you leave feeling as if now, should you
suddenly need to mastermind a Mongol
invasion, you are prepared.
And the idea of taking a totally unfamiliar challenge,
navigating it to the best of your ability in company with a
bunch of other people, and then leaving that, there's no
negative consequences.
It's just fun.
And you just end up better friends with people.
Gaming is nothing but positives.