(In response to Judd's concern about a thread that glorifies designers...)
Can we all take a moment to get excited about someone we game with regularly who isn't a designer, or podcaster, or gaming luminary of some type?
Bonus points if they aren't "the group's gamemaster", and even more bonus points if we've never heard of them.
Noelle is one of the people I game with in Nelson.
She's happy to play whatever. Even though Apocalypse World probably wasn't "her thing", she killed it and found her own enthusiasm in it. While people around here often celebrate being selective about what we play, and exercising the power of preference, there's also something magical about finding your own joy in someone else's joy.
Noelle played this really awesome androgynous, germaphobic brainer (in AW). And while she created a largely-asexual character, she was careful not to create a character that was sexually inaccessible. So, cue the 16-year-old girl who runs the camp, and has a freak fetish. Cue the best creepy relationship I've ever seen in a game.
And finally, she's a really friendly and fun person. I feel joyful gaming with her, and unpressured, and social.