PAX 2012 was like PAX usually is: tons of stuff to see, lines to wait in, and free swag to get.
Just walking the show floor is an experience worth the cost of the badge, with grand displays set against the deafening noise of games and attendees. I’m always comparing it to a theme park: tiring, exciting, and fun. I played almost too many games to note, a couple of my favorites being the hilarious Octodad and The Walking Dead.
The moments I always remember, though, are the ones spent in random rooms on the second and third floor playing board games with friends and people I’ve only just met. It’s not just because I love tabletop; I think that this is where the community of PAX still lives on through the noise and the overstimulation of the exhibits. There’s a very simple joy in gaming that’s hard to find as you get older, and to be able to share that with your friends is a great feeling.
There’s also a great mix of simple, complex, lighthearted and serious tabletop games available in the library, so no matter who you are playing with (or where your exhaustion level is at 10:00 p.m. on Saturday), there’s something for you. Some of the highlights in tabletop for me were Ufology and Cards Against Humanity, which I had never played before this weekend.
Ryan Gosling may or may not have been at PAX…
Now all I have left is lots of sleep, a Magic the Gathering coloring book to do, and a list of games that I absolutely *must* buy. Oh, and a TMNT costume.
The GeekGirlCon Gaming Department is now taking submissions for tabletop gaming demos and workshops for GeekGirlCon ‘12 on August 11 & 12 at the Conference Center, at 8th & Pike in downtown Seattle.
Workshops: Hands-On, Drop-In, Fun, Interactive
Do you have a great idea for a drop-in workshop or class that you would love to see at the next GeekGirlCon? Would you like to host or lead a workshop or class? Workshops and drop-in classes are great opportunities for fun, quick, and casual interaction. Example workshops include painting miniatures and hero/villain mask-making (back by popular demand).
Are you a game publisher, creator, or distributor looking for a great venue and enthusiastic audience to demo your game? GeekGirlCon ‘12 has an awesome tabletop gaming space for your card, RPG, board, or other games. Tabletop gamers range from new and casual to lifelong and serious players, so all levels of complexity or involvement are welcomed.
Tables are currently available for Saturday or Sunday (or both). Reserve your table(s) soon by contacting email@example.com for more information.
I remember dressing like a ballerina for Halloween, singing to The Spice Girls, and learning to apply mascara. I also remember the location of every Warp Whistle in Mario 3, how to swear in Chinese (thanks, Firefly), and why Mill Decks are cheap. I’m a geek and I’m a girl. I also turned 25 this week. Naturally, GeekGirlCon is the perfect birthday present.
Although I look forward to dressing up at the Masquerade and dancing through the GeekGirlCONcert, those aren’t the main reasons I plan to attend. Before I joined the GeekGirlCon staff, I thought of myself as a loner. I wanted to fit in; I didn’t want to be some lonely girl in the corner with a bag of dice. It turns out, there are lots of other girls with dice. There are also a lot geeks who enjoy crafts, gaming, and Labyrinth. At GeekGirlCon, I will get to meet a lot of women with similar interests.
I look forward to meeting the other attendees. I know that I’m going to make new friends in the game room, and I absolutely plan on dragging my new friends to some crafts (because you’re never too old to make Yoda puppets). I also know that this convention is a landmark. It is the first of its kind, and it is going to be amazing. When I attend GeekGirlCon, I can finally describe myself as a girl, a geek, and a feminist. I can truly be myself… at a convention.
Wait, what? Couldn’t I be myself at other conventions?
Perhaps. At other conventions, I was the token female of a group. I had to invent another version of myself. I was the “cool girl.” On the outside, I was okay with booth babes, bikini armor, and jokes at my expense. Sure, I enjoyed geeking out, but the price was too high. A convention should be the safest place to get your geek on. It should be the perfect space for making friends., and it should be a welcoming experience for everyone… gamers, geeks, nerds… and girls. Girls can be gamers, geeks, and nerds.
GeekGirlCon will be a safe space to nerd it up. I can wear my dinosaur earrings and call them “This Land.” I can talk about women in real armor, and I can meet more than a handful of geeky girls. I won’t be the subject of kitchen-related jokes all weekend. I definitely won’t be the token female. I am proud to be a geek, and I’m proud to be a girl, but most of all I’m proud to be a GeekGirlCon staff member. Why is this convention the first of its kind? I have no idea. I’m just glad to see its debut. Thanks, GeekGirlCon, for spicing up this 25-year-old’s life.