|I got room service to make sure I finished my homework. >.<|
The next panel I was on was Gaming and Emotional Safety, with Mickey and Misha. Everyone knows I'm a pretty woobie heart person so I get emotional a lot, and I also have had some trauma in my life that I struggle with and that can (sometimes nonsensically) come up in game. We reviewed many of the various safety tools (though not all), noting that they're not one size fits all and that people should use what works for them.
We discussed the importance of pregame discussion of content and tone, debriefs, and emotional safety as a whole. Games might not be everyone's standard definition of “fun” but we aren't there for abuse. It's important to be on the same page, respect each other, and check in. I reminded people that even if they've had the same group for decades, they may make their games more fun for everyone by talking to their friends about their preferences. This included discussing racism, sexism, homophobia, mental illness, and so on.