I’ve been graciously invited to participate in Wizards of the Coast’s 24-hour Dungeons & Dragons session during October 25-26, 2014! I’ll be representing GeekGirlCon!

We’ll be raising money for Seattle Children’s Hospitalwhere the staff help kids and their families face challenges more harrowing than those found in the deepest dungeon.

You can check out my donation page here. Please consider being part of a heroic journey!

I’ve Never Felt Alone at PAX

I seem to be recovering from my most tiring PAX ever. That is not to say that this PAX was in any way bad, only that I approached it in a new way.

Now that I am officially on staff with GeekGirlCon, I’m fully empowered to network at a higher level. Making deals takes it out of you! More on that once announcements can be made.

I was privileged to be surrounded by friends/family once again. I got to catch up, however briefly, with many of my longtime PAX comrades, as well as make some new ones. It was an honor to introduce some new attendees to the wonder of the big show.

What about games, you ask? There were many things to be excited about, whether digital (hello, Evolve), tabletop (my friend Dickie’s game Emprise is coming soon!) or a hybrid of both (Golem Arcana). But my Game of Con was, without a doubt, Never Alone.

Never Alone has it all: a fresh pair of protagonists, beautiful artwork, clever design and cooperative gameplay. But what really sets it apart is its adherence to and respect for the culture that inspired it. I was very moved by the demonstration I saw and couldn’t wait to share it with others at PAX. Starting in November, it’ll be shared with the world.

It’s time now to hunker down and finalize some GeekGirlCon details, including what tabletop RPGs I’ll be bringing to the convention. I have my work cut out for me!

Destination: Gaming

Go Play NW is now an irrevocable part of my event schedule in the years to come.

Any fears I had of the dreaded “indie hipsterism” that can sometimes infect other niche creative groups was quickly banished upon contact with my peers. I say peers, because that’s how they seemed almost immediately. From my first dinner table discussion of game theory in the Campion ballroom to my last at Luna Park Cafe, I knew I was one amongst equals.

The amount of creativity on display was a bit staggering. It can be so difficult during one’s gaming career to find likeminded individuals to journey with; having so many in one place was an exercise in abundance. It left me with the question: do I recruit or be recruited? Maybe it’ll be both.

Here’s a quick rundown of what I experienced at Go Play NW 2014:

I started by getting in touch with my inner Lasers & Feelings, a single page game that was so excellent that I ran a session directly after having played in my first. It took less than two hours to break my vow to only play games for weekend.

Avatar World is a “hack” of Apocalypse Worldbased around one of my all-time favorite anythings, Avatar: The Last Airbender. I was super excited to jump into this and my time as a Kyoshi Warrior did not disappoint. The people I met playing this remained boon companions throughout the weekend.

I have no link for roguish, only my fond memories. This player-drawn, procedurally generated dungeon crawler was exactly the sort of new experience I was hoping for. It allowed a joke from the Avatar World session to blossom into a terrifying menace of the depths below.

I broke my vow a second time to run a session of Dreadmy go-to pickup game for conventions. The players gave me a theme and five minutes to create an adventure worthy of them. What unfolded was a tale of victorian era class warfare during a pneumatic journey to the moon!

I finished my wonderful weekend as Psych-cus, the mentally mighty ficus plant during a brief Refuge In Audacity. It was an epically relaxing way to end the convention, rolling dice and attaining INFINITY GODHOOD with a full table of my peers. I paid a meager $10 dollars for the experience and got the rulebook for free.

Between all these superlative experiences I had several fine meals and many excellent conversations. While Pride weekend carried on a few blocks away, I in turn reveled in my own sense of pride. Proud to be a member of such a fantastic community.

GO! PLAY!

Time to Play!

Go Play NW starts today! I strongly considered putting a scenario together to run during my first outing, but I’ve since changed my mind.

I love running games for people. It’s my passion. And I plan to do so for as long as I have players who are willing to take that journey with me. However, spending too long in the “big chair” can dull certain senses. I think I’m going to take this opportunity to remember what it’s like just to play around in someone else’s world for a bit.

I’m certain I’ll have a good time exploring some new worlds, before I return to building upon my own. Maybe I’ll even learn a few lessons from the experience that I can share here.

Have a great weekend out there in the Real World (if you must), I’ll be elsewhere for awhile!

Apologies!

I’ve been so busy planning and running games (some lasting the full 8 hours) that I’ve paid no attention to this blog.

I’m sorry. Not terribly sorry. But still…

germancitygirl:

Despite despicable power-up from @SuckerPunchProd, @GeekGirlCon was 4th! Proud to play with @teklanika @JexBall @TheDigitalGngr! #Seattle #TheGauntlet #girlgamers

germancitygirl:

Despite despicable power-up from @SuckerPunchProd, @GeekGirlCon was 4th! Proud to play with @teklanika @JexBall @TheDigitalGngr! #Seattle #TheGauntlet #girlgamers

I’ve stepped into the new generation of consoles. I can’t fill all my gaming hours with tabletop RPGs (sadly) so it’s time to see what this thing can do.

I’ve stepped into the new generation of consoles. I can’t fill all my gaming hours with tabletop RPGs (sadly) so it’s time to see what this thing can do.