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Part of my vision for Maelstrom is that it would be a learning space - if you are a new GM and want to learn how to run <system>, you could come as a GM and would pair you with somebody more experienced to act as training wheels.

Last year, we got lots of "that sounds cool!" but only one person taking us up on it.

We are hoping to especially create an environment that encourages women, PoC and other minorities in the hobby to be brave and try out facilitating or GMing.

If you are coming to Maelstrom and you might be interested in such a situation, could you please email me? avonelle@dexposure.com

--Avie
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+Joe Beason That would be amazing, actually.
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I like games that tell interesting, important, intense stories. I love that games give us a structure to examine and unpack things that matter to all of us, if we chose to use them to that end.

What I love more is that sometimes, the execution, form and value of a game collide in such a way that my brain grabs hold and refuses to let go.

A first time lady designer has a kickstarter going Right Now for a game that is about women's' stories. The lead designer/writer +Elsa S. Henry y)  the editor, the illustrator (I'll double back and add tags to folks if they want to be tagged in), the supplements for stretch goals? women and non-binary folks. .

The game is about McCarthy era zombie killing housewives - kinda kitschy and cutesy, right? maybe even seems a little niche and narrow. 
BUT!  Think about what the 1950s meant in America. This game is going to look at American race relations, sexual oppression, xenophobia of all sorts. What did the nuclear family mean to America? What did paranoia do to the fabric of our culture?

You guys. This game.

Go back it. These stories matter.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sandandsteam/dead-scare-an-rpg-of-blood-splattered-white-picket

(full disclosure - somewhere way down on the list of stretch goals, I'm slated to write a Post Card on life on military installations during the era. but even if I weren't, I'd be excited about this product.)
Tracy Barnett/Exploding Rogue Studios is raising funds for DEAD SCARE - An RPG of blood-splattered white picket fences on Kickstarter! A tabletop RPG where you play the women and children fending for themselves against zombies and the McCarthy regime in 1950s America.
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Repaired literally AS I was humping my suitcase down from Floor 16. : P
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Folks, the hotel elevator is currently out of commission. Updates as I have them. 
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Guest elevators working. 
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At hotel with truck. 8th floor if you want to find us. 
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Hey all! Dead Scare has 20 days left to fund! If you want to murder zombies with impunity using frying pans, jump ropes, and rolling pins, this is the game for you!

Plus, it deals with the social issues of the 1950s. I chose to not erase any of the serious problems of the era, but rather incorporate them into the difficulty of the setting. Segregation is an issue. So are gender roles, and blacklists.

Support Dead Scare and join me in a darkly whimsical world of 1950s America.
Tracy Barnett/Exploding Rogue Studios is raising funds for DEAD SCARE - An RPG of blood-splattered white picket fences on Kickstarter! A tabletop RPG where you play the women and children fending for themselves against zombies and the McCarthy regime in 1950s America.
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only 5 backers from unlocking a stretch goal. 12 days and $4,528 to go.
come on, folks! we can do this!
 

I like games that tell interesting, important, intense stories. I love that games give us a structure to examine and unpack things that matter to all of us, if we chose to use them to that end.

What I love more is that sometimes, the execution, form and value of a game collide in such a way that my brain grabs hold and refuses to let go.

A first time lady designer has a kickstarter going Right Now for a game that is about women's' stories. The lead designer/writer +Elsa S. Henry y)  the editor, the illustrator (I'll double back and add tags to folks if they want to be tagged in), the supplements for stretch goals? women and non-binary folks. .

The game is about McCarthy era zombie killing housewives - kinda kitschy and cutesy, right? maybe even seems a little niche and narrow. 
BUT!  Think about what the 1950s meant in America. This game is going to look at American race relations, sexual oppression, xenophobia of all sorts. What did the nuclear family mean to America? What did paranoia do to the fabric of our culture?

You guys. This game.

Go back it. These stories matter.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sandandsteam/dead-scare-an-rpg-of-blood-splattered-white-picket

(full disclosure - somewhere way down on the list of stretch goals, I'm slated to write a Post Card on life on military installations during the era. but even if I weren't, I'd be excited about this product.)
Tracy Barnett/Exploding Rogue Studios is raising funds for DEAD SCARE - An RPG of blood-splattered white picket fences on Kickstarter! A tabletop RPG where you play the women and children fending for themselves against zombies and the McCarthy regime in 1950s America.
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Safely home. So happy and tired. #dreamation2015
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It was magical. Thanks so much for all your hard work!
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Just got word that there is a LGBT bowling league staying at the hotel over Maelstrom weekend.
Off to talk to their sales person to make friends and start contact. 
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Much better hotel mates than those engineers last year.
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Final number: 978. 
This is a 25% increase. 
Man oh man. I'm planning on zero sleep this weekend! 
 
As we prepare to move into the Hotel for #DREAMATION 2015, I would like to share a number we find quite astonishing.

Last year's DREAMATION pre-reg was just under 800. I am still working on this year's pre-reg, but it looks like it is going to end up at around 975.

I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow! :-)
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Oh they usually do break 1k at the door.  But that's amazingly impressive that they almost broker 1k before dreamation started!
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Folks, 
If you're on the fence about attending DREAMATION and might be interested in pitching in, we've got a few staff positions that still need to be filled. 
If you're interested in teaching board games, several perennial staff are missing the con due to health or life stuff. 
Message me and talk about your barriers. I might be able to help you overcome at least some of them. 

--Avie
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I'm hesitant about attending avie. Do you have any positions like a security force composed of rowdy malcontents like me? :)
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You guys. Tomorrow is going to be so icky.
we have to load all the ::stuff:: that goes to the convention with us into a U-Haul truck. It's due to be 10 degrees tomorrow night.
blergh.
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Andy, if there is a Sports Authority, Dick's Sporting Goods, or Costco near you, check them out.  They usually have the hand and toe warmers.
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