Panel Highlight: Diversity and inclusion in fandoms, RPGs, and beyond

GeekGirlCon attendees at a 2015 panel discussing diversity. (Photo by Sayed Alamy)

We’re living in a time with an incredible volume of movies, television, comics, books, and games. The options seem nearly endless, and while that’s exciting, it can also be disheartening when so much of that content still isn’t diverse and inclusive.

During several panels at GeekGirlCon, we will celebrate diversity in fandoms, constructively criticize the media that we love, and uplift creators making a difference in a discussion about greater representation.

Ashli Blow
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Geek About Town: September

Can you believe summer is almost over?! But don’t fret, September has plenty of fun geeky things to do  plus GeekGirlCon is the last weekend of the month! Here’s some events to check out in the meantime.

Friday, Sept. 1: Scratch Retro Gaming: Pac-Man

  • Starts at 1 p.m. Living Computer Museum in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood
  • Free event
  • In Living Computer Museum Scratch Retro-Gaming Workshop series, you recreate the 8-bit classics. Boys and girls use MIT’s popular free programming platform, Scratch, to write and debug scripts, learn basic coding rules and jargon, and use simple game theory to create one of the most famous arcade games of all time: Pac-Man.

Friday, Sept. 1 – Monday, Sept. 4: PAX West (Visit GeekGirlCon in the diversity lounge!)

  • PAX West is sold out, but if you already have your tickets, make sure to come visit us at our table!
  • GeekGirlCon has been a proud participant at the PAX Diversity Lounge since it started in 2014. (This is year #4!) We’ll also be selling passes to our convention and GeekGirlCon merch! Learn more here. 

Ashli Blow
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Taking back the video game industry we built

A photo from GeekGirlCon’s gaming floor in 2014. (Photo by Sayed Alamy)

More than 1,000 people recently liked and reblogged a post on tumblr titled, “What happened to the women that built the video game industry?”

The publication Mic posted the article, which explores the early adventure computer game industry in the 80s and 90s. The piece widely credits women as being designers, producers, and directors in the new frontier of hit software development — with games like Sierra Co-founder Roberta Williams’ King’s Quest selling over 400,000 copies and leaders like Electronic Arts’ art department head Nancy L. Fong.

But the article notes that some women designers started to lose interest as the hyper-masculine game culture emerged in the mid-90s.

Ashli Blow
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Geek About Town: August

Whether you love the indoors, outdoors, or both in this summer weather, we have a list with plenty of geeky and interesting things to do this August!

Tuesday, August 1: IdeaX Drop-In Creativity Lab

  • Starts at 3 p.m. — Bellevue Library
  • Free event
  • This is an open learn and discover laboratory where you can work with some of the creative, technological, and building-centered tools offered through ideaX programming. Some of the tools available for exploring are: Play-Doh, stop motion animation kits, Blackmagic Cinema Cameras, Ableton Live 9 + Push, crafting supplies, Squishy Circuits, and more.

Wednesday, August 2: Young Lives: Short Films

  • Starts at 7 p.m. — Three Dollar Bill Cinema
  • Tickets start at $6, free for members
  • A collection of coming-of-age short films including: 50%, Big Queer Party, and In This Skin. Read all titles here.

Still image from the film In This Skin. This narrative montage explores the real-life stories of transgender youth.

Ashli Blow
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A Q&A with RumbleMonkey: How a startup empowers female Hearthstone players

Hearthstone is a popular free-to-play digital strategy card game that builds upon the Warcraft series. (Image credit: Hearthstone, Blizzard Entertainment)

Described as deceptively simple, but insanely fun fast-paced strategy card game Hearthstone has lived up to that promise for millions of players who turn to their phones and tablets for a Magic: The Gathering-like world.

GeekGirlCon talked to Seattle e-sports startup RumbleMonkey Marketing Director Sammy Witness about how her company works to empower women, femmes, non-binary/gender nonconforming individuals in competitive and casual play of the popular game.

Ashli Blow
“Rock On!”

Geek About Town: July

Summer is in full swing with plenty of geeky and interesting events in Seattle. Check out our list below.

Saturday, July 1: Somali Independence Festival

  • Starts at 1 p.m. — Othello Park
  • Free event
  • Join the Somali Community Services of Seattle and celebrate its birth place as well as our cultural heritage. There will be various events and activities including live music, dancing, and a fashion show.

Saturday, July 1: Meow Fest 2

  • Starts at 1 p.m. — Covington Library
  • Free event
  • The library will celebrate the awesomeness of cats with showings of some of its favorite, funny cat videos, as well as with crafts and other fun activities. They’ll have adoptable cats, should you be inspired to give a forever home to what might be the internet’s next biggest star!

Meow on Saturday, July 1.

Ashli Blow
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How to find a tabletop group in Seattle

A game played at GeekGirlCon’s board game night at Wayward Cafe, held the second and fourth Friday of every month.

Looking to expand your Dungeons and Dragons nights? Moved to Seattle and trying to find a gathering? New to tabletops and looking for direction?

For any reason, finding a tabletop role-playing group is exciting, but it can also be daunting. So, the GeekGirlCon gaming team has narrowed down some safe spaces that you can roll into and try out in the Seattle area.

Ashli Blow
“Rock On!”

Geek About Town: June

Summer is here with plenty of geeky and interesting things to do in Seattle this June!

Thursday to Sunday, June 1 to June 11: First day of the 43rd Annual Seattle International Film Festival

  • Schedule, locations, and tickets vary; take a look at the schedule here.
  • Seattle International Film Festival is one of the most highly attended film festivals in the United States. It shows more than 400 films from 80 countries in 25 days.


Thursday, June 1: Ali Noorani: There Goes the Neighborhood

  • Starts at 7 p.m. Elliott Bay Book Company in Capitol Hill
  • Free event
  • Ali Noorani, the Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum (an advocacy organization promoting the value of immigrants and immigration) will discuss his new book, There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration.

Ashli Blow
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Review: Sleight

This is a great era to be a Black geek. Communities like Black Nerd Problems and Black Girl Nerds are catering to a population that has always been present but traditionally ignored within geek circles. Recent films like Dope and TV shows Atlanta are also celebrating the Black nerd (or “blerd”) and giving us a new type of hero for the 21st century: young African-Americans with high IQs, awkwardness, and a penchant for sticky situations. Sleight continues with this movement. The protagonist, Bo, is every geek’s superhero, endowed with little more than intelligence, a good dose of desperation, and, of course, STEM!

Ashli Blow
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Level up your roleplaying: Tips from RPG game masters

GeekGirlCon 2016 at Washington State Conference Center in Seattle, Washington. October 2016. Photo by James McDaniel.

Every year GeekGirlCon’s gaming team puts together an entire floor of wonder during our convention in downtown Seattle’s core.

But our passion for games doesn’t stop at just a weekend, and for all you tabletop lovers out there, we know the same goes for you.

GeekGirlCon partners with Girl Scouts of Western Washington throughout the year to run monthly events and. Gaming Event Coordinator Andy talked to several GeekGirlScout game masters about how you can level up roleplaying at your regular tabletop game.

Ashli Blow
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