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Official announcement on the DE page coming soon. In the meantime, I know some folks were getting itchy, so:

We're live!
http://www.dexposure.com/m2016.html
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Seems to be having problems processing payments? I'm getting an Internal Server error and told to contact salvius at panix. Not sure if not processing, or is, if is, may have double charged myself.
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I just thought "I don't know how "industry pros" survive convention season - There's Origins, then we run DEXCON and by the time I've put away DEXCON, we're off to Gen Con."

Then it occurred to me that most industry folks aren't running their own convention between Origins and Gen Con. I suddenly feel less like a whiner and a little more validated in feeling like my catchup paperwork might never end.
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Organizing and running 3 conventions, running an organized playtest hall at Gen Con and attending 20 conventions in the same year alongside running an organized demo team with multiple companies involved isn't a huge deal that would bury most other people long before that year was over?
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Folks,

I've reconsidered having something public and connected to so many raw emotions up and available for comment today.

The situation is too complicated and nuanced for me to be involved half-heartedly.

I'm sorry for posting and I'm sorry for disappearing.

I'm around privately if you need me.
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Take care.
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The Cred Bureau - A Gentlemen's Auxillary

Folks,
I've gotten enough messages asking about a dude counterpart/compliment/brethern project to The Cred Bureau - folks who are invested in supporting women and nb/genderfluid/queer folks who verb games.

The truth is that a: I don't have the resources to support such a creature. b: the idea of adjudicating such a space and enforcing the various social contracts sounds exhausting and frankly a little terrifying. c: that sort of thing needs to come from the folks who think it needs to exist.

We are willing to work with somebody who wants to hear how we've handled various processes on the IGMCRHB side of things, but we can't coordinate or take responsibility.
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There is a line between listening so what action you take is helpful and welcomed and using listening as a reason to disclaim work. Listen by looking at the million words women and non binary folks have already written.
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The Credit Bureau - A Thing That Might Matter To You Today

Folks,

At Metatopia, a group of us launched The Credit Bureau, an initiative to support and advocate for women and non-binary folks who verb games. Play, design, write, copyedit, admire - we don't care what the verb is.

With Gen Con fast approaching, it seems like a good time to invite people to join us. If you're interested drop us a line at igmcrhb@gmail.com.

What we do -
* form care-teams for designers/industry pros who are at a systemic, socially reinforced disadvantage.
* support each other at industry events and gatherings

What we don't do -
* arbitrate what qualifies as "lady" or "non-binary trans". if you self-identify as either, you're welcome to join us and the invitation includes you. Yes, that includes various flavors of genderqueer and genderfluid. Look, we don't care, as long as you join us in good faith and honor the fact that we are specifically looking to create a women and non-binary space.
* check your credentials at the door or making you justify your existence. In fact, we will be making it clear to you how very valued you are, instead of you telling us why we should value you.

Yes, we really mean that if you are a woman creator, contributor, den mother, editor, tweaker, retailer, verber of any sort of games in any form, we'd like you to join us.

To express interest, email us at IGMCRHB@gmail.com.(it's an acronym that we'll explain later.)
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Since I'm not seeing answers else-thread, here's my answer:

What I personally do to support people who are frequently silenced or marginalized:

<b>I take personal responsibility for my impact on any community I interact with. </b>
The higher profile I am, the more caution I exercise.
If I am displeased with how somebody is handling a situation, I weigh a variety of factors:
How likely am I to have a realistic understanding of the situation?
How strong a response is warranted?
Am I likely to cause any change by being angry/aggressive/assertive?
If I speak up, will others dogpile? if so, what is gained by that?
What is the most compassionate method to resolve the situation without causing collateral damage to innocents who don't deserve to be splashed with ichor?
How will those around me respond to my various options? Which option inflicts the least damage and resolves the situation the most responsibly?

When no greater good is gained by venting my spleen, I alter my course of action and chose a path of engagement rather than antagonism. When I have the option to be a jerk and to respond with heat and emotion, I exchange that response for radical compassion, empathy and engagement. If I'm emotionally compromised*, I refrain from responding.

In online conversations, I maintain a minimum standard of civil discourse.
If a participant engages in inappropriate attacks or vulgarities designed to inflame a situation, I shut them down. If I have to ban, I do. If I have to leave because the space isn't curated, I do.

If somebody is engaging in my online space in a bad-faith way, I remove them from that space. If they dislike me because of it, that's on them.

I educate myself. when somebody uses a silencing technique, I go research it and explain what it it, why it works and why it's toxic, to the best of my ability. NOBODY ever responds well to that one, btw. It's always "that's not what I'm doing".

If somebody calls me out on getting something wrong, I apologize as soon as I'm humanly able to; sometimes I'm having emotions that make it hard to respond gracefully and it takes me a cool-down period to respond.

I invite people who express that they feel like outsiders to the table.

If appropriate, I make space for them.

I try to distribute spotlight time and to engage wholeheartedly in the emotional labor of amplifying voices coming from disadvantaged intersections.

I try not to allow social pressures to sway me to return conversational real estate to the folks who traditionally hold the majority of it - I'm aware of my own reactions and patterns and work to counter the deeply ingrained patterns I know exist in my head.

*I've spent a LOT of time figuring out what it means to be emotionally compromised. I expect other people who experience the benefits of being high-profile to do the same. because the more visible you are, the more important it is to understand your own motives in posting and responding to stimuli.

How about you? What are you doing to make sure that the people who feel like they should just give up and get out of the clubhouse, because they were never welcome here anyway know that they're valued?
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Number of posts I've seen today saying "time to finish things up and get the fuck out of dodge - this place isn't safe and won't get there anytime soon."

TOO MANY.

TOO FUCKING MANY.
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Now I know, and I'm feeling a growing sense of terror and paranoia. Excuse me, I'm going to curl up away from G+.
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Come be a part of OrcaCon. Run some games. It's the best thing you'll find to do in January!

http://www.orcacon.org/games-information/
OrcaCon will be featuring a variety of scheduled games and open play areas for your enjoyment. We will have an extensive board game library, demo stations for board/card games, Magic: The Gathering, and Warmachine/Hordes. This is a small sampling of the kinds of games you will find at OrcaCon ...
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The form for submitting panel/workshop/seminar/parties for Metatopia 2016 is live:
https://goo.gl/forms/XTNmzAM29rP0imos2

+Double Exposure, Inc. +darren watts 
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When you see this in the morning, know that I love you and want you to be well.

Please have a glass of water, take a deep breath and all the meds you're supposed to take this morning. Eat a breakfast that comes as close to being balanced as you can manage. Treat yourself kindly and compassionately as you move through your day.

You are your best advocate. Take care of you.
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Nice advice TY, also pray for our country.
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Please keep this circulating - we've had a number of people who could use the support of The Cred Bureau reach out to us this week.
 
The Credit Bureau - A Thing That Might Matter To You Today

Folks,

At Metatopia, a group of us launched The Credit Bureau, an initiative to support and advocate for women and non-binary folks who verb games. Play, design, write, copyedit, admire - we don't care what the verb is.

With Gen Con fast approaching, it seems like a good time to invite people to join us. If you're interested drop us a line at igmcrhb@gmail.com.

What we do -
* form care-teams for designers/industry pros who are at a systemic, socially reinforced disadvantage.
* support each other at industry events and gatherings

What we don't do -
* arbitrate what qualifies as "lady" or "non-binary trans". if you self-identify as either, you're welcome to join us and the invitation includes you. Yes, that includes various flavors of genderqueer and genderfluid. Look, we don't care, as long as you join us in good faith and honor the fact that we are specifically looking to create a women and non-binary space.
* check your credentials at the door or making you justify your existence. In fact, we will be making it clear to you how very valued you are, instead of you telling us why we should value you.

Yes, we really mean that if you are a woman creator, contributor, den mother, editor, tweaker, retailer, verber of any sort of games in any form, we'd like you to join us.

To express interest, email us at IGMCRHB@gmail.com.(it's an acronym that we'll explain later.)
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Polygon has a nice article about Green Ronin Publishing's A Song of Ice & Fire Roleplaying.

http://www.polygon.com/2016/7/26/12248516/game-of-thrones-roleplaying-song-of-ice-and-fire
A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying is just what the maester ordered
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Senior Vice President
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DEXCON, DREAMATION, METATOPIA and Double Exposure's The Avatar System.
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