About Me

BCDiver573Hi, and thanks for checking out my blog, POCGamer. You may be wondering a bit about me, so here we go.

My name is Graeme, and I’m a Black nerd, a blerd even. Online, I’m PzLion or PanzerLion, and I love Dr. Who (classic and new), Robotech, Warhammer 40k, anime, comic books, graphic novels, old school video games, and when I have the time, I’m an avid player of tabletop roleplaying games.  I’m creative to some degree, and have built campaign settings for friends, dabbled in fanfic and SF&F short story writing, and all the time trying to break out of the Eurocentric mode these genres and activities seem to be stuck in. You see, I’m a person of colour (POC). To be specific, I’m a mixed race individual with roots in the UK (mostly Scotland) and Kenya. I was born and raised in British Columbia, where, mercifully, overt acts of racism aren’t too common; although racism is still an issue facing the province. [1] When not being a blerd, I enjoy scuba diving, shooting, and have an Associate Degree of Arts in Environmental Studies and an Advanced GIS Certificate.

Racism and acts of racism have always been blips on my radar. My personal experiences as a Black Canadian have shown that I have to make additional efforts at times to prove myself as being as good as my white friends and colleagues in the various fields of endeavour I’ve been involved in. I’ve had to be forceful at times in ensuring that people understand that I’m not an ambassador here to present the thoughts of every dark skinned Canadian or person. I have to dress “up”, and I have to be more articulate than my peers when I speak to gain the immediate recognition that they take for granted. As I’ve grown intellectually and in maturity, I’ve become more adept at spotting the tiny acts of intentional and unintentional racism that pepper our lives in the western world. [2]

This blog is my second, and is my 2¢ in the battle against racism and sexism in science fiction and fantasy gaming, literature, media and culture. It was spurred on by two events in recent history. One was the repugnant actions (intentional or not) of Wizards of the Coast, who, for no sound reason, annihilated around 50% or so of the Black cultures (and rendered several other non-white cultures as nearly impossible to play without great creative effort) in their 4e Forgotten Realms setting. The other was the debacle at the SFWA, where racism and sexism reared their twin heads in such an overt manner and in such appalling crudity that it left the SF&F community with an ideological schism.[3][4][5][6][7] Obviously, I’ve chosen to side with N.K. Jemisin; bigotry and racism are unacceptable socially and professionally.

So here we are. I’m writing a blog about my gaming experiences, racism in SF&F (in all its many formats and forms, with an emphasis on games and game culture), and working on a setting for tabletop gamers looking for something a bit more nuanced than what you’re likely to find elsewhere. When I’m not doing this, I’m writing and diving for my other blog, Cold Water Diver, being an army reservist in the Canadian Army, and hammering my way through an Archaeology degree.

Feel Free to contact me at POCGamer@yahoo.ca

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