Queer as a Three-Sided Die

GenConGaymerOne of the things I very much looked forward to at GenCon this year (after a year away in 2013) was the third-annual “Queer as a Three-Sided Die” seminar. It got started, as such things often do, to address a need that the initial panelists and I perceived — it is, in many ways, the seminar I wish I’d had during my early years at GenCon, when the notion that there were other “gaymers” was completely foreign (I didn’t meet any until around my sixth or seventh year of attending).

We looked to expand the panel this year, and did in an unexpected way. Matt Conn (founder of MidBoss and GaymerX) and Philip Jones (co-director of Gaming in Color) contacted me just days before the con to say they were attending and were interested in the seminar. They joined me and our other panelists from prior years:

The Know Direction podcast was also kind enough to create a video recording of the panel, so I’ll direct you there if you want to see and hear everything that was discussed. Topics ranged across the queer spectrum from the light-hearted and celebratory to quite serious and emotional, and Qd3 (as I abbreviate it) was by far the most well-attended seminar I experienced at GenCon.

We also had the benefit of “GAYMER” badge ribbons from Tabletop Gaymers again this year. Feel free to check out their consolidated reference links, and to register or donate to the covering the cost of the ribbons this year and for next year, as they were quite popular!

Members of the gaymer community are already talking about adding to the slate of offerings for next year’s GenCon—social events, seminars, gaming events, and so forth—and I’m already looking forward to the potential for next year’s panel. If you are interested in joining us as a panelist, or know someone you think would make an ideal panelist, please email me and let me know!

If you have ever considered the possibility of offering something queer-related or more inclusive at a convention (GenCon or any other)—do it! Like I said, these things get started because we see a need and look to fill it and, let me tell you, the need is there. I’m already looking forward to all the amazing things our community is going to do in the years to come.

Guerrilla Seminars and Great Power Giveaway at Origins

Sometimes I can be a bit too accommodating. Case in point: When arranging  my upcoming Guest of Honor stint at Origins this weekend, I offered a list of various topics I would be happy to build and host seminars around, rather than saying “I want to do these seminars. Make it so!” Which apparently led to all of my seminar slots at Origins being billed as “Q&A with Steve Kenson: An hour with Steve Kenson.”

Three slots. All the same:

  • Thursday at 3:00 p.m. (GCCC – C214)
  • Friday at 3:00 p.m. (GCCC – C214)
  • Saturday at 4:00 p.m. (just to mix it up, but still in GCCC – C214)

I only learned this myself upon reading the Origins Master Event Grid. Now, I’m not inclined to think the promise of just spending an hour with me is enough to fill seats, especially given all the other things folks could be doing with their time at Origins, so I’m going to see if I can sweeten the deal a bit, and turn my accommodating nature to my advantage, with two offers:

First, since the seminar slots are now “whatever Steve wants to talk about” I’m going to choose a lucky winner from the audience (present by the start-time of the seminar) to pick the topic and tell me what the seminar should be about. If, for some reason, we exhaust that topic in less than an hour’s time, I’ll pick another audience member at random to give us a topic, and so forth. It can be comic books, superheroes, game design, freelancing, what it was like to work on Mutants & Masterminds, Shadowrun, Earthdawn, ICONS (or any of the numerous other RPGs I’ve written for), when I’m going to do another Kickstarter, queer issues in the gaming community … whatever you want!

Second, at the end of each seminar session, I’ll choose one lucky attendee who has gone the distance to win a free print copy of Great Power for ICONS. I should have a limited number of copies with me; if, for some reason, the shipping gets screwed up, winners will get their free copy shipped to them gratis via RPGNow. Limit one winner per seminar and one book per winner (even if, thank you, you attend all of the seminars).

Plus! Dan “The Man” Houser, ICONS artist extraordinaire, has offered to sweeten the deal: One lucky winner at one of my seminars will also be chosen to have a character of their creation illustrated by Dan and published in the upcoming Hero Pack 5! Plus you get a nemesis custom-designed for your hero (or villain)!

So, if you have a subject you’ve always wanted to hear me expound upon, or a question you’re dying to have answered, or you’d just like a shot at winning some gaming swag, come by and check out my seminars. I have no idea what they’ll be about yet, but I promise I’ll do my best to keep them interesting!

Please feel free to “like” and share this post widely and get the word out. If you’re going to Origins, I hope to see you sitting in one of my seminars!