Earlier this month I boarded a plane and headed to an event I never would imagine I would even take place. On the opposite side of the continent, in a grand hotel in San Francisco the second, and final, video game convention operated by, targeted to, and designed as a safe space for: gay, lesbian, queer, trans, colored disabled and othered people GaymerX was held.

3 floors of the Intercontinental Hotel were packed to the walls with cosplayers, Pokémon trainers, [gorgeous] drag queens, friendly volunteers, writers of gay fiction or prose, developers, collectors, trading cards in sleeves, board and table top gamers, guys scantily clad in pieces of football kit, differently-abled people and families! It was an unbelievable and overwhelming sight to behold. And that was just what I felt passing people by in the hallways.

The first official day of the con began with an opening ceremony headed by the creators of the convention: Matt Conn (organizer, funds raiser, public relations) Toni Rocca (President) and many of the Bosses of Honor that would speak and teach and demonstrate throughout the weekend. Amongst them were: cartoonist and comedian Zack Weinersmith; game developer and critic Mattie Brice, professor and designer Colleen Macklin, writer with Bioware David Gaider and activist, leader and gamer Gordon Bellamy. More Bosses were not present at the time but showed up later during the weekend.

Matt went over some highlights that awaited us during the convention: GearBox talk with President (and amazing dresser, Randy Pitchford) and the first ever public demo of Borderlands: The Presequel. The workshop with computers donated by Alienware on the 6th floor. The Indiecade, a large space dedicated to independent games, digital and analog. The Ouya room with a preview of the currently developing game Matt Con is producing, Read Only Memories. During the talk, Darren Young made an appropriately festive entrance to discuss his signing/photo op and inclusion in the upcoming WWE wrestling game. He was a little too enthusiastic, though, because during his praise of GaymerX2’s accomplishments he wished them well during the next event in 2015. The crowd hushed because the word around the internet was that this, GaymerX2 would be the last con for the organizers. Money was too hard to get and everything was expensive to do.

But Matt pulled out yet another surprise by announcing that in 2015, should they be able to find the founding GaymerX would be changing its name to something more representative of its diverse audience since gay people were just the tip of the iceberg. (Thus making this the final ‘GaymerX,’ technically but not the final event, necessarily.)

Up next I will give a quick rundown of each of the panels I attended.

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