This weekend I took a side trip out of the regular world into the wonderful, amazing, zany world of Geek Girl Con. A world of games, science, imagination and fun where women took center stage for a change.
Panels ran the gamut from sneak peaks and hosted play for upcoming games, to in-depth looks at the demographics of various genres fan bases and their actual representation therein, to DIY science and art projects, to a panel on building realistic fake languages and hardcore STEM panels such as Droid Building 101: Build Your Own Astromech and Build Your Own 2G Phone With that last one, the first 20 participants participated in the workshop, everyone else was welcome to simply listen in.
For myself, I ended up skipping most of the hardcore panels this time and settled into a schedule of make-and-takes and games, including a group story building workshop.
|Saturday opened with a little Betrayal at Baldur's Gate
The designers at Avalon Hill have written 50 different scenarios for the second half of the game - circumstances within the game determine which one you will face. As far as I could tell, every table in the room was faced with a different scenario, which makes for great replay value.
I was the only one at our table who hadn't played the earlier version, Betrayal at House on the Hill (totally non-D&D). We encountered a pve (player vs environment) scenario. We lost spectacularly, but it was still a lot of fun. If you're a long-time D&D fan, the game has the right feel. If you've never played D&D before, it's a fun adventure game (according to tablemates who fell into this category).
|D&D Dinosaur Races with the Adventurers' League
Sunday, I joined the local branch of the Adventurer's League for another scenario. My fellow players were a mom who'd never played before and a passel of tween girls who'd played for the first time the day before. This time we got to go to the Dinosaur Races! Complete with cool maps and minis perched on dinosaurs.
I've also learned there are sort of two different organized, drop-in D&D groups around here - the Adventurers' League and Pathfinders. I'm such a geek!
But enough gaming, I did attend a few panels, too.
|The Force is Female panel speakers
|a photo from a PAX 2017 panel for comparison
Even still, much of what they said resonated with me. One of the panelists also happened to be an engineer. She noted that in one scene (I think from Rogue One), there's a call for engineers and a bunch of guys come running. Her question, 'Where are the women engineers?' I had noticed this too; that while the new movies were getting better about female leads, they still had a long way to go including women in bit roles outside of female stereotypes.
Speaking of Star Wars, I happened upon these wandering the halls:
|Daleks and Droids wandering the halls
|My mask is lower left, but other participants let me photograph theirs
My mask, at the lower left, is unpainted. The woman who made the black one in the upper left corner designed hers to fit over her glasses! How cool is that? These were all made using tinfoil and masking tape, that's all except for the paint.
|Moro and San from Princess Mononoke
|Band busking just outside the conference center