Amazing Tales from Girls Make Games Camp!

Written by guest contributor Sharon Feliciano

“I think Kitty’s summer is kicking everyone else’s summers butt!” this statement on my Facebook page accompanied a picture of my nine year old daughter proudly standing by the door to a conference room at PopCap Games’ corporate offices.  Kitty was getting ready to start her second week of Girls Make Games, a game design camp. Our friends and family followed along enthusiastically on social media as I posted daily updates of her camp adventures.

Girls Make Games is a three week camp that was held in July at 24 locations around the world. During the camp the participants learned about different career options in the gaming industry, met people working in the field, and toured game studios. In the three weeks they attended camp they also wrote, designed and developed a playable game.

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Be Heroic for the Kids!

We love games at GeekGirlCon! We also love awesome events that help kids. So, here’s an opportunity to do both by supporting Extra Life, a 24-hour game marathon to raise funds for sick children and their families. Extra Life has been around since 2008, and since that time it’s raised over $14 million for children in hospital! This year, GeekGirlCon is proud to have two of its staffers taking part on September 16 for this great cause.

 

Once again, our very own Gaming Event Coordinator, Andy Munich (also known as The 8 Hour Gamer) and our Merchandise Manager extraordinaire, Shubz, will be battling the monsters of the Underdark as part of the Wizards of the Coast team to help raise money for the Seattle Children’s Hospital. Andy will also be running a game of Dungeons and Dragons as a Dungeon Master, so you can see him switch hats and roles throughout the marathon!

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It’s Gauntlet Time!

For a third year, four intrepid members of the GeekGirlCon staff will be battling it out this Sunday, May 15th at Mox Boarding House for the Gauntlet!

What IS the Gauntlet, you ask?

The winning team also wins a literal gauntlet! Image source: Kristine Hassell

The winning team also gets a literal gauntlet! Image source: Kristine Hassell

The Gauntlet is an invitational charity tabletop game tournament that includes local industry professionals from across all gaming genres. It’s also a marathon, and not a sprint: teams of four play games for nine hours! In addition to being able to play well, each team gets “power ups” throughout the games, which are special abilities to help boost their chance at winning. But, they don’t come cheap! Power ups are based on each team’s fundraising capabilities. The higher-ranked a team is based on its fundraising abilities, the more power ups they get! All fundraising efforts benefit a local charity. Last year, the teams raised an incredible $93,000, and GeekGirlCon also came fourth out of twenty teams! Information about the previous years’ event can be found on our blog here and here.

 

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This year’s theme is Odyssey, and the charity of choice is YouthCare, a Seattle-area non-profit that works with homeless youth, to help them get off the streets and preparing for life. During the day, Mox will also be hosting other activities, such as face painting, a donation drive and a twitch livestream!

“We’ve been practicing the games as much as we’re able to make the org proud,” says Kristine Hassell, who, along with Hosanna Tolman, Kathryn Storm and Mikey Brant will be flying the GeekGirlCon flag high this weekend. But, that’s not all. In addition to preparing for the games, Team GeekGirlCon has been planning a group cosplay which they will reveal on Sunday!

So, if you’re free this weekend, head to Mox Boarding House and cheer on Team GeekGirlCon! You can also donate for the team’s power up ranking here.

 

JC Lau
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May Geek About Town!

What’s happening in Seattle in May? Read below to find out!

 

Sunday, May 1: GeekGirlCon ’16 Early Bird Pricing closes!

Hurry! Get your GeekGirlCon tickets at their super-duper low price before early bird pricing closes! It’s a screaming deal!

 

Sunday, May 1: Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration

11:45am-5:00pm, Seattle Center Armory

Free admission!

Explore and experience the cultural roots of the Asian-Pacific Islands through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, games, and a lively marketplace. The festival launches Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month in Seattle with spectacular dances, youth drill teams, drumming, martial arts, and artists from around the state.

Plus our fan-favorite Hum Bow Contest with local celebrities and API Community displays and enjoy children’s activities! This is guaranteed to rock your heritage!

 

Tuesday, May 3: GeekGirlCon’s giveBIG campaign!

On May 3, GeekGirlCon will team up with The Seattle Foundation for an online fundraising extravaganza! Anything donated to our organization will be matched from a pool of stretch funds. If you’re an information enthusiast, we made it easy for you, click here to read more.WebBanner-1200x420_0X-WebBanner

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March Geek About Town!

Here comes the sun! As the weather warms up, head out to these amazing events around the city! Check out our first GeekGirlCon fundraiser event of the year on March 23!

 

Sunday, March 6: The Sunday Night Shuga Shaq

18:30–21:00, Theatre Off Jackson, 409 7th Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98104

Tickets: VIP advance $25, day of $30, general admission advance $15, day of $20

This show is 21+

The only monthly ALL PEOPLE OF COLOR Burlesque Revue in Seattle, The Sunday Night Shuga Shaq, is back! Please join us for an evening of dazzling dancing, tantric teasing, and all around prismatic sexy magic with some of the hottest Burlesque performers this side of the Mississippi! There will be so many shades and flavors of chocolate, caramel, mocha, lemon meringue, and red velvet dripping from the Theatre Off Jackson stage that you are guaranteed to leave with a tooth ache.
Tuesday, March 8: Neumos Presents: Harry Potter Trivia (Early Edition)

5:30pm for 6:00pm start, 8:30pm for 9:00pm start

Tickets $5.59 including fees

Harry Potter Trivia

Due to high demand, we’re pleased to announce two back-to-back trivia events in one night!

Tickets must be purchased for each event.

Harry Potter Happy Hour!
Join us in Moe Bar at 3pm before the official trivia for magical concoctions and discounted drinks.

Earn a raffle ticket for every drink purchased to win super cool Harry Potter themed prizes.

 

Tuesday, March 8: International Women’s Day Seattle

5:30pm-8:00pm, WeWork – Holyoke Building – 17 Spring Street, Seattle, WA 98104

#PLEDGEFORPARITY SEATTLE

Each of us can be a leader within our own sphere of influence and commit to taking action to accelerate gender parity.

Join us on International Women’s Day for an evening of discussion, inspiration and celebration with a special panel of guest speakers.

A suggested donation of $10 includes light appetizers, a glass of wine and donation to participating non-profits.

 

Friday, March 11: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse!

7:00pm – 10:45pm, 6417 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle

Do you love board games and enjoy teaching others how to play? Explore the board/card game hobby and meet folks happy to teach you their favorite board games! No pressure though, you can just come and play with folks who love playing games. And the best part about the GeekGirlCon game nights with our friends at Wayward? They are absolutely FREE with no cover charge!

Our group is inclusive and totally newbie-friendly. We play a wide range of modern board and card games as well as some classics. You might find King of Tokyo, Völuspá, Alien Frontiers, Locke & Key, Coup, Tokaido, The Resistance, Skull and Roses, Settlers of Catan, 7 Wonders, Toc Toc Woodman, FLUXX and many more!

Bring a game with you or just bring yourself. Join GeekGirlCon staffers, make some new friends, play some games, and enjoy some delicious organic, fair trade, and shade-grown coffee.

 

Tuesday, March 15: All Geeks, All Games at Mox Boarding House!

6:00pm – 10:00pm, Mox Boarding House, 13310 BelRed Rd, Bellevue, WA

Our All Geeks, All Games events are growing in popularity!

Join GeekGirlCon and Mox Boarding House in Bellevue and help us continue to expand our community of diverse and inclusive gamers to the East Side!

Help us fill that beautiful Tournament Room with folks enjoying our favorite games in a safe and accepting atmosphere. Why mess with the headache of traffic when you can come and play games with us instead.

Staff from both organizations will be on hand to help facilitate gameplay for the shy to the extroverted, from the expert strategist to the board game neophyte. With a huge lending library of games on hand, there will be something for everyone!

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Saturday, March 19: 2016 Science Fiction + Fantasy Film Festival

12:00pm – 5:00pm, Cinerama Theatre, 2100 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

Tickets $20 ($15 EMP and SIFF members)

EMP Museum in partnership with SIFF presents the eleventh annual Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival on March 19, 2016.

The festival brings together industry professionals and genre experts to encourage and support new, creative additions to science fiction and fantasy cinematic arts. The festival will showcase animated and live-action science fiction and fantasy films.

Admitted films are judged by a nationally recognized jury comprised of luminaries in the fields of science fiction and fantasy. Ten short films will screen in the first session followed by nine short films in the second session, with an intermission in between. An awards ceremony will follow the second session.

 

Sunday, March 20: The Felt-A-Thon

9am – 9pm, Inscape Arts Building, Studio 230, 815 Seattle Blvd South, Seattle, WA 98134

Vox Fabuli Puppets and Crash Boom invite puppet fans worldwide to take part in the second FELT-A-THON. The FELT-A-THON, a 12 hour puppet marathon charity event, will be held Sunday, March 20.

Beginning at 9am, Seattle-based puppeteers Rachel Jackson and Chad Allers, along with other local artists, will attempt to make 9 puppets in only 12 hours. A live stream of The FELT-A-THON will be available online, so that people everywhere will be able to tune in and watch their progress. Part of the 2016 World Day of Puppetry, all proceeds collected will go to benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital.

In addition to collecting donations during the live stream event, all completed puppets will be put up for auction the next day. Those proceeds will also go to Seattle Children’s Hospital. Donations will be collected via IndieGoGo. Audience participation will be encouraged via social media: suggestions will be solicited, dares taken, and questions answered via The FELT-A-THON’s Twitter feed and FaceBook pages.

 

Monday, March 21 – Sunday, April 17: First Folio! The Book that Gave us Shakespeare

The Seattle Public Library – Central Branch, Level 8 Gallery, Seattle, WA

Free

The Seattle Public Library invites the public to come face-to-face with the First Folio at the downtown Seattle Central Library March 21 through April 17, 2016. Considered one of the most important books ever published, the First Folio is the first and most comprehensive collection of the plays of William Shakespeare.

The First Folio was published in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death. Without it, 18 of those plays would likely have been lost to time, including Julius Caesar, Macbeth, As You Like It and The Taming of the Shrew.

First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, is a national traveling exhibit organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. and commemorates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

 

Tuesday, March 22: Race, Justice and Democracy: Where do we stand?

7:30pm, Great Hall, Town Hall Seattle

Free; registration required

Seattle has a reputation as a progressive city, but when it comes to matters of race and justice how progressive is it? How do we view the activist voices of Black Lives Matter? As the Seattle Police Department operates under a Justice Department Consent Decree, is there progress being made in building trust with communities of color? What kind of leadership do we need to break down the barriers of institutional racism? This discussion will tackle these and other questions with a prominent panel of local speakers and the audience. Confirmed panel members include: Nikkita Oliver, lawyer, poet, and Seattle Black Lives Matter activist; Washington State Supreme Court Justice Steven Gonzalez; Marcus Green, executive director of the South Seattle Emerald; and Mayor Ed Murray. KCTS 9’s Enrique Cerna will moderate the conversation. It will be live streamed and taped for broadcast.

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Wednesday, March 23: Drinks With Geeks (A Fundraiser to Support GeekGirlCon)

5:30pm – 10:00pm, Peddler Brewery 1514 NW Leary Way, Seattle, WA

We have a question for you! Want to support GeekGirlCon by drinking a pint and eating a grilled cheese sandwich? If your answer is yes (and why wouldn’t it be?), we would love to see you at Peddler Brewing Company for our first fundraiser of 2016!

On March 23rd, we host our first fundraiser of 2016! We will raffle off great prizes while you enjoy tasty beers on tap.  And $1 of each pint sold will go to GeekGirlCon.

The fantastic Cheese Wizards food truck will be there and will donate 10% of their profit to GeekGirlCon. Check out their delicious menu here.

So if you like beer or grilled cheese, or just like GeekGirlCon, spend time with us in Ballard on March 23rd! Staff members and board members will be on hand to happily answer questions about our fantastic organization. We welcome the opportunity to meet our community and hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 29: Tarah Wheeler Van Vlack: How to Succeed as a Woman In Tech

7:30PM, Downstairs at Town Hall, Doors open 6:30pm

Tickets $5

The Puget Sound is being driven by the tech industry—a field typically dominated by men. If you’re a woman in the tech world, or are looking to join it, what’s the best way to succeed? Women in Tech is one expert’s answer. Tarah Wheeler Van Vlack (CEO of Fizzmint) will share stories of success from her book, tips on overcoming the boys’ club mentality, field-specific career skills, and easily achievable steps to coming out on top. She’ll be joined in conversation by successful female tech professionals who contributed to the book for a discussion of how they got to where they are and what it’s really like to be a “woman in tech.” Panelists include: Kamilah Taylor (software engineer at LinkedIn), Angie Chang (VP of Hackbright Academy, founder of Women 2.0), Brianna Wu (Co-Founder, CEO, and Head of Development at Giant Spacekat), and Kristin Toth Smith (former CEO of Code Fellows). The conversation will be moderated by Stephen (Stepto) Toulouse, Microsoft/Xbox veteran and currently Director of Hacker Success at HackerOne.

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Taking a look at Indivisible

In the past, I’ve shared the joy of games from my house to the GeekGirlCon community. One game I’ve mentioned is Skullgirls, by Lab Zero games. At Anime Expo this past summer, Lab Zero announced a new action/RPG game called Indivisible.

Indivisible announcement trailer. 

Their Indiegogo campaign started in early October to help fund part of game production, with a fixed goal of $1.5 million. They extended the campaign until this Saturday, December 5.

Lab Zero CEO/Producer Peter Bartholow was kind enough to answer a few questions about the upcoming game.

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Tomorrow: All Geeks, All Games at Mox Boarding House!

Do you love board games? GeekGirlCon has teamed up with Mox Boarding House for a monthly gaming night on the Eastside!

Come to our All Geeks, All Games event tomorrow (Tuesday) night at Mox Boarding House (13310 Bel-Red Rd, Bellevue, Washington 98005) from 6:00pm onward! Admission is free! All ages are welcome.

Check out Magic the Gathering, try some RPGs or check out the newest board games with your fellow geeks! We (and Mox) will provide all the games from our library, but don’t hesitate to bring your own to share!

Attendees at October's All Geeks, All Games event. Photo credit: Kristine Hassell

Attendees at October’s All Geeks, All Games event. Photo credit: Kristine Hassell

New to board games, or looking for a new game to try? Not to worry! All Geeks, All Games is here to celebrate and promote diversity and inclusiveness in the gaming community. We will teach you how to play in a safe and friendly environment!

At our inaugural event last month, we had over 40 gamers come out to play! So if you’re looking for a new group of fun, friendly people to play games with, Mox Boarding House will be the place to be. As an added bonus, if you play a board game from their library and like it, you can buy a fresh copy for 20% off!

If you've never played an RPG with Andy, you're in for a treat! Image source: Kristine Hassell.

If you’ve never played an RPG with Andy, you’re in for a treat! Image source: Kristine Hassell.

We also still have our successful bimonthly Wayward Coffeehouse Nights every second and fourth Friday of the month from 7-11pm on the west side, hosted by our lovely Gaming Event Coordinator, Andy Munich. So, with events on both sides of the lake, that’s double the opportunities to come out and play with us!

You can RSVP to our event here, or, to find out about our upcoming events, sign up on the Meetup group here. We hope to see you soon!

Our event at Wayward Coffeehouse. Image source: Kristine Hassell

Our event at Wayward Coffeehouse. Image source: Kristine Hassell

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GeekGirlGaming ’15

Our gaming area may be located on the lower level of the Conference Center, but if you want dank, creepy, and dungeon-like, you’ll have to get your GM to take you on a dungeon crawl, because our basement is sure to be bustling. This is shaping up to be a banner year for gaming at GeekGirlCon—all your favorites are returning, along with many new events and goodies.

One of last year’s big highlights was the Paint ‘n’ Take miniatures event. Kids and adults alike loved picking out and painting their own miniatures (provided by the ever-generous Privateer Press). This year it’s scheduled for 10am-1pm on Saturday, so be sure to show up early before the miniatures run out.

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Raise Some “Extra Life” for Seattle Children’s Hospital!

“Extra Life?” you ask. “What’s all this about?”

I’m glad you asked!

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Image source: Dungeons & Dragons article on Extra Life

Extra Life is a tabletop game tournament that raises money for hospitals in the Children’s Miracle Network. Here in Seattle, this means all the money raised will go to Seattle Children’s Hospital–an amazing place where kids and their families experience so much every day, and they can always use our help. All the players and Dungeon Masters are taking pledges for their 48 hours of gameplay, starting this Friday, October 2, at 12pm!

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