PLEASE NOTE THAT, BECAUSE THIS IS NOT SOLELY A PAX EAST EVENT, FUTURE UPDATES TO THIS EVENT MAY NOT BE POSTED ON THIS BOARD. FOR THE MOST UP TO DATE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT THE MAIN EVENT PAGE ON MY BLOG.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 2012 All-Ages GLBTQA Gamer Meetup! This is going to be awesome.
We'll have food! Non-alcoholic beverages! Rock Band! Mingling! If you feel like dancing and there is room to dance, effing dance!
Whether you're going to PAX or just in the area, you are welcome to attend!
Friday, April 6th, from 6 pm to 9 pm
Bocoup, 355 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210
Bocoup is just a five-minute walk from South Station! From the BCEC, go to the World Trade Center station, take the Silver Line to South Station and walk from there. Or, if you're a hardy soul, you can walk directly from the convention area - it should only take ten or fifteen minutes. Naturally you can also take cabs, cars, horses, T-Rexes, or whatever other transportation you prefer, though I cannot tell you what the parking situation is like. It's Boston, so probably bad.
Your fabulous selves! And some other GLBTQA gamers and allies from the area. I am limiting the event to 80 people, as that's the "comfort cap," though I may relent a little if we hit it before everyone who wants to go is able to sign up. Just a wee little bit. There's a harder cap above that and I don't want the fire department getting involved. No matter how many of you would love to see firemen at this party.
And now the FAQ!
Should I register?
YES. Please go to http://glbtgamers.eventbrite.com/
Is there a badge for trading cards?
Yes! Use this:
How can I help?
Bless your heart.
I'm going to need volunteers for setup and cleanup. This will probably mean arriving up to an hour before the event and staying up to an hour or two afterward. My budget is really, really limited, but I'll see if I can do something special for our volunteers in return.
Aside from that? We're going to need some stuff. A drum set for Rock Band. An extra guitar controller. A keyboard stand, with or without keyboard (I can supply the keyboard). Extra mikes for harmony parts. Soft drinks and/or juice. Veggie platters. Possibly other kind of platters. Maybe some sweet stuff, like a cake or cookies or a bowl of candy. Coolers. Ice. If you can volunteer these or other resources, please let me know.
If you'd like to donate directly to help defray the costs of the event, please contact me at cassandra dot lease at gmail dot com and we'll set that up. In the interests of full disclosure and accountability, our budget is completely public. You can view it at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AjQZDjsCjJr4dDBGV0VtNE9ENnlBZ3R4U1RKUjFqRVE
No booze? Boo!
That's not really a question. But yes, sadly, no booze. There will be people under 21 at this party, and I do not want to deal with the logistics of serving alcohol in that situation. The big gay party at the first PAX East was a 21+ affair, and while I didn't attend and wasn't involved in organizing it, I felt bad that there were attendees who were left out. When I organized the 2011 meetup, I was determined to open it to all ages. That determination hasn't changed. That said, if anyone else wants to organize a 21+ GLBTQA affair at some other point in the weekend, go for it! I'm not saying you can't drink, I'm just saying you can't drink here.
What if I bring my own alcohol?
Please don't. Again, sorry, but that opens up a can of worms that I don't want to deal with. You are welcome to drink before the event (though...please don't show up obviously drunk or high, as this may make other attendees uncomfortable) and certainly welcome to keep the party going at a bar afterwards, but I want to make this event a safe, comfortable space for everyone. By the way - that goes double for illicit drugs. Please don't bring them. I don't think anyone here would, but that would cause serious trouble.
I'm bisexual, can I still attend?
I'm transgender, can I still attend?
I'm still figuring out my sexuality, can I still attend?
I'm asexual, am I welcome?
I'm straight but gay-friendly, can I still attend?
I'm gay, can I still attend?
I'm a honey badger, can I attend?
Are you a gay, trans, bi, asexual, questioning or GLBTQ-friendly honey badger? If so, yes. But please don't maul anyone.
I'm not really into labels, can I still attend?
Look, seriously, as long as you're down with the GLBTQ crowd, aren't looking to troll us, and don't harass anyone, you're welcome. In the words of Wil Wheaton, just don't be a dick.