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der_kluge

Adventurer
Ok, so this is a bit long, but ultimately quite fascinating (at least to me).

So, recently, I discovered a website called www.adventurelookup.com. Whoever created this thing deserve a good backrub, or something, because it's awesome. It's a database of D&D modules. So, I was using it to do searches for urban adventures. You can specify specific monsters, level ranges, settings, etc.. So, one of the modules that fit the criteria came from Dungeon issue #7. That comes from the year 1987, for you young punks. I have a digital copy of this issue, so I pulled it up, and began reading it, and unlike 99% of every other dungeon module I'd ever read, I actually liked it, so I decided it would work in my campaign.

I continued reading, and lo and behold yet another module from Dungeon issue #7 also came up, and that one, I also liked! What are the odds that two modules out of the same Dungeon issue would be so interesting. At any rate, I'm looking at the cover for this issue, and the art was done by Paul Jaquays. What?! Now, I'm a huge fan of Jaquays as a writer, but I had no idea that she (now Janelle) was also an artist. So, I pulled up Janelle's Wikipedia entry. Man - what a life! Holy cow. She designed Quake levels for ID, did graphics work for Coleco, and so many other things.

But here's where my head exploded. I had already known the Janelle transitioned, and was in a relationship with another woman. But what I didn't know was that Janelle was married to Rebecca Heineman who was the winner of the 1980 Space Invaders tournament, was featured in a Netflix series on Video Games, which my wife and I watched a couple of months ago, and whom herself also transitioned.

Thus, my head exploded. Man, I'd love to have dinner with those two. What a world of fascinating stories they must have.
 
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Gradine

Final Form
Janelle is a freaking badass and as far as I know is still working with Goodman Games on pumping out awesome old-school adventures. Her partner is also super awesome.

As a friendly side-note; it's usually considered bad form to refer to transitioned person's deadname (former name), even when speaking in the past-tense (ie, pre-transition). As a member of the community, I'll try to explain: who we "were" pre-transition was not who we really were, but who we had felt like we were being forced to pretend to be. I know that specifically Jennell prefers to be referred to as Jennell even from a historical perspective; there was a back-and-forth in the comments that look like they were deleted, but the Alexandrian upon her request removed her deadname and properly gendered her in his series of articles about her: Jaquaying the Dungeon.

By the way everyone should also read that series of articles; I know The Alexandrian is not everyone's cup of tea, and for good reason, but a better breakdown of the genius of Jaquays' dungeon-design you will not find.
 

Retreater

Legend
Janelle is a freaking badass and as far as I know is still working with Goodman Games on pumping out awesome old-school adventures. Her partner is also super awesome.

As a friendly side-note; it's usually considered bad form to refer to transitioned person's deadname (former name), even when speaking in the past-tense (ie, pre-transition). As a member of the community, I'll try to explain: who we "were" pre-transition was not who we really were, but who we had felt like we were being forced to pretend to be. I know that specifically Jennell prefers to be referred to as Jennell even from a historical perspective; there was a back-and-forth in the comments that look like they were deleted, but the Alexandrian upon her request removed her deadname and properly gendered her in his series of articles about her: Jaquaying the Dungeon.

By the way everyone should also read that series of articles; I know The Alexandrian is not everyone's cup of tea, and for good reason, but a better breakdown of the genius of Jaquays' dungeon-design you will not find.
Reading the Jacquaying the Dungeon articles were a complete mind-opening experience for me that greatly improved my design.
Jennell Jacquays wrote the Catacombs Guide in 2nd edition that became my guide to DMing for decades. My group is preparing to start her Caverns of Thracia (converted to OSE). Her work is a treasure to the RPG community - just my take.
 



akr71

Adventurer
Adventure lookup was a Matt Colville innovation. He got someone to design the sight and I think people from all over were able to add the modules including keywords to help find the adventure you want. It was a great idea.
I think it has fallen out of his attention - rightfully so - he's busy running a company. I've used Adventure Lookup a few times, and even added a few to the database. Like all great cooperative databases, its strength is its user base. If people don't keep adding adventures to it, it becomes out of date rather quickly.
 

der_kluge

Adventurer
Reading the Jacquaying the Dungeon articles were a complete mind-opening experience for me that greatly improved my design.
Jennell Jacquays wrote the Catacombs Guide in 2nd edition that became my guide to DMing for decades. My group is preparing to start her Caverns of Thracia (converted to OSE). Her work is a treasure to the RPG community - just my take.
Wow, you made my head explode again. I had no idea she'd written the Catacombs guide!
 

der_kluge

Adventurer
Janelle is a freaking badass and as far as I know is still working with Goodman Games on pumping out awesome old-school adventures. Her partner is also super awesome.

As a friendly side-note; it's usually considered bad form to refer to transitioned person's deadname (former name), even when speaking in the past-tense (ie, pre-transition). As a member of the community, I'll try to explain: who we "were" pre-transition was not who we really were, but who we had felt like we were being forced to pretend to be. I know that specifically Jennell prefers to be referred to as Jennell even from a historical perspective; there was a back-and-forth in the comments that look like they were deleted, but the Alexandrian upon her request removed her deadname and properly gendered her in his series of articles about her: Jaquaying the Dungeon.

By the way everyone should also read that series of articles; I know The Alexandrian is not everyone's cup of tea, and for good reason, but a better breakdown of the genius of Jaquays' dungeon-design you will not find.
Thanks for the education.
 

Heinemann also was part Interplay and worked on / designed Bard's Tale, Dragon Wars and such gems of early computer roleplaying games. So, there's a ton of awesome in this couple.
 


Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
So are you going to edit the OP to remove the deadname?

If the information sources or products der_kluge is referring to don't update their names, Jennell loses credit if people don't at least occasionally make the connection. It sure looks to me like there's an attempt here to avoid erasure, which is important, so perhaps a little leeway is called for.
 
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glass

(he, him)
If the information sources or products der_kluge is referring to don't update their names, Janelle loses credit if people don't at least occasionally make the connection. It sure looks to me like there's an attempt here to avoid erasure, which is important, so perhaps a little leeway is called for.
That's a good point which I had not previously considered.

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glass.
 



The two of them together have quite the legendary body of work in tabletop and electronic gaming!

I passed on the recent Goodman Games Kickstarter, mostly because I already have a fair amount of the works included in it, but I'm hoping they release them piecemeal like the last Judges Guild one.
 

Gradine

Final Form
Jennell has made it pretty clear, at least in the past, that she prefers her prior works be attributed to "Jennell Jaquays" and not by her deadname, which is a fairly common request as far as trans folx that I have interacted with goes (it's how I feel as well, and I'm not nearly as violently opposed to the concept of my deadname as many of my peers are). I wish that conversation hadn't been erased (you can still see the comment that reminds the author her name is Jennell; what happened afterward is that Alexander replied with "my policy is to attribute the name at time of publication* unless I hear from her myself" at which point Jennell herself responded to say something to the effect "Yes, I am Jennell, I have always been Jennell, do not use my deadname". Alexander complied, edited the deadname out of every part of every article, including, interestingly enough, the reblog comments from years earlier).

*Once again, as a trans person let me say that is a terrible policy that is not in keeping with how the vast majority of the trans community feel about being referred to pre-transition.

I'm not going to police anyone on this forum because that's not really my job or my place, but I do feel like this is something more people should be more aware of. It's understandably a lot trickier when someone has transitioned (or come out, in any case) later in life, and especially when that person has had many cherished published works under their deadname prior to transitioning and/or coming out. But trust me when I say that the best policy is to assume that trans folx want to be known, primarily and only, by their real names, and not their deadnames, regardless of timeline. And again, I know for a fact that this has been Jennell's own stated preference.
 

Sacrosanct

Legend
I've been FB friends with her for a while, and yes, she is pretty awesome. Not only for her prior work, but all of her current hobbies, Rebecca's hobbies, and just their humanity in general. They aren't just interesting people, they are good people.

On a related topic, Netflix recently in the past month or so released a small series about video game history (High Score), and there is a bit on there about Rebecca. It was pretty nice to see how they addressed trans people in the gaming history in a respectful way.
 

Gradine

Final Form
Note that any confusion can be very easily cleared up without guilt or shame; as an example:

A: "I'm about to run Caverns of Thracia for my group."
B: "That's awesome! Paul Jacuays always wrote the best adventures."
A: "Actually, she transitioned a while back; she goes by Jennell now."
B: "I had no idea! Man, I always loved her work."

Fun fact: both Google and Wikipedia attribute her past works to Jennell Jacuays as well. So does the DMsGuild, though I've noted a few references like "(then, Paul Jacuays)" in there.
 

Sacrosanct

Legend
Note that any confusion can be very easily cleared up without guilt or shame; as an example:

A: "I'm about to run Caverns of Thracia for my group."
B: "That's awesome! Paul Jacuays always wrote the best adventures."
A: "Actually, she transitioned a while back; she goes by Jennell now."
B: "I had no idea! Man, I always loved her work."

Fun fact: both Google and Wikipedia attribute her past works to Jennell Jacuays as well. So does the DMsGuild, though I've noted a few references like "(then, Paul Jacuays)" in there.
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Note that any confusion can be very easily cleared up without guilt or shame; as an example:

A: "I'm about to run Caverns of Thracia for my group."
B: "That's awesome! Paul Jacuays always wrote the best adventures."
A: "Actually, she transitioned a while back; she goes by Jennell now."
B: "I had no idea! Man, I always loved her work."

Fun fact: both Google and Wikipedia attribute her past works to Jennell Jacuays as well. So does the DMsGuild, though I've noted a few references like "(then, Paul Jacuays)" in there.
Yes, it shouldn’t be any more difficult than adjusting to someone’s name changing after marriage.
 

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