About this project
UPDATE: YOU MADE IT HAPPEN!
Want to get tickets? Go here >> http://gx3.eventbrite.com/
Want to donate? Go here >> http://www.gaymerx.com/donate
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GaymerX is returning as GX3: Everyone Games!
Hooray! It's GX3: Everyone Games.
Although we are still GaymerX, we've become more and more aware that not all of our attendees identify with the 'gaymer' label. While we love all our gay dude friends (and many of our organizers identify as gay males), we realize there are more people than that who want an awesome space to hang with their friends in a safe and diverse environment. We want to make sure we represent everyone who feels like they've been left out of mainstream gamer culture, and so the more common name for the convention will be "GX".
We're still working on further details such as events schedule and a guest list, but we can definitely say we've confirmed guests Zach Weinersmith (Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal) AND Ellen McLain and John Patrick Lowrie (GLaDOS/Sniper voice actors and all-around sweethearts we call our Con Parents).
We'd like to give a very special thanks to Devolver Digital, Dim Bulb Games, Bertil Hörberg, Coffee Stain Studios, Mike Bithell, Tinsley PR, Maxistentialism, Asher Vollmer, Trion Worlds, Louis Stavrides, The Fulbright Company, Wow, Such Business, and Love Conquers all Games for offering to sponsor OR pledging at least $3,000. (Won't you consider joining them, company looking at this page?)
Additionally, Blizzard Entertainment, Sympathy Plan, and MailChimp has committed over $10,000! (WOW!)
Even further, Hornet has graciously donated free ad space on their app, so if you've ever been curious which dating app supports gaymers...
^^^ These companies are amazing :) SUPPORT THEM!
!!! GET YOUR TICKETS BY DOING THIS !!!
To buy tickets now for GX3 (to be held in the Bay Area, California, in November/December 2015), add $60 to your pledge for every ticket you'd like to purchase.
Each ticket is an all-access pass to all days of the convention. After 2014, tickets will be $70 plus Eventbrite fees, so getting your tickets now saves over ten bucks per person!!
Also, there won't be VIP or Donor Tickets, but there will be vip party, breakfast, lunch, and dinner tickets available on Eventbrite later on for purchase :)
CANT MAKE IT BUT WANT TO DONATE A TICKET? you can still pay +$60 and we'll work with either Maven, Geeks Out and/or another accredited 501c3 that we've worked with in the past that supports queer geeks and make sure it gets in the right hands. You'll just need to choose "no code, just donate it" when you get your survey!
Just add the amount of tickets you'd like to order, $60 for each code you'd like, and we'll send you codes for the tickets on Eventbrite once the campaign is over!
roar voice: >>KEEP IN MIND THAT GX3 IS 18+, A QUEER FRIENDLY SPACE AND TICKETS AREN'T REFUNDABLE<<
COSTS & BUDGETING
We're anticipating a total cost of $159,500 - we're asking for $80,000 (51%) as we're hoping/expecting that the final $79,500 can be made up through sponsorship and additional ticket sales if this Kickstarter succeeds. Keep in mind that until we hit at least $157,501 total, that no one on the team is budgeted any salary and we do this as a labor of love.
Other costs not reflected on this graph include Boss of Honor booking fees/hotel rooms, stuff like legal costs if things happen between now and GX3 (and as history has shown, they sometimes will), storage unit costs, and other smaller convention costs that add up.
Our first year, we didn't really know what we were doing and had to try to figure it out on the fly. Because of this, we hit a lot of unexpected roadblocks, expenses, and last minutes issues. With GaymerX2, we had a plan and knew what we wanted to do, but went with a venue that was extremely costly and overestimated attendance.
By doing this Kickstarter first before we sign any contracts, we can make sure we produce GX3 within our means on a sustainable level. We're also doing the event in the late part of the year, when it's off peak for the Bay Area and room rates are far lower.
Want to help? Please send a CV and thoughts and time restraints to gaymerX@midboss.com - depending on your role, we may be able to help with expenses!
Thank for reading, and know that your generous contribution will help queer dialogues and otherwise overlooked discussions in gaming continue through 2015!
$90,000: GXTalks for GaymerX2
$125,000: GXdev - 2 Sessions!
First up, we have GXTalks, Season 2!
Last year we took all the panels from GaymerX and put them up online and we want to do it again! We're really excited to be able to share all the panels from GaymerX2 to the entire world for free on YouTube.
Here's an example of a cool panel from last year!
We think it is SUPER important to create more games that talk about issues that don't normally get covered in games, so we want to throw our very first ever GAME JAM.
If we hit $100,000 - we will unleash GXdev, a weekend game jam (that people outside of the city can also participate in online) where we'll jam together, play each other's games, and show the world that we don't need to wait on AAA devs to make the games we want to see!
Tickets will be $25 or less!
Session #2 of GXdev - two sessions in case someone can't make the first day. Of course everyone can come to both! :D
First of all, everyone who puts in at least $10 will have their name on our thank-you page. And as for further treats...
Our popular stickers from GaymerX and ROM are back! Pledge at least $15 to get two sheets of GaymerX stickers and two new sticker sheets for Read Only Memories
Gaming In Color Download
Anyone who pledges at least $35 will receive a digital copy of our feature documentary on LGBTQ video games! Available in both high definition streaming and as a download through our VHX.tv partners.
Read Only Memories Download
At $35, you'll also receive our queer futuristic cyberpunk adventure game, Read Only Memories! Choose from OUYA, PC/MAC drm free, or Steam version. And you'll get the stickers!
We have some really cool shirts from GX1 and GX2 - pledge at the $60 level and up, and if we have your size, we'll send you some swag! If we don't have your size, we'll either send you a ROM beanie, a gaming gay mafia shirt, or credit towards something else (we'll email you first!) You'll also get the stickers and downloads listed above.
GX2 League of Legends Poster & Gaming In Color DVD
Donate $85 and get these beautiful League of Legends Posters mad by Riot Games for GaymerX2. They are limited edition - after this, no more will be printed!
You'll also get all the rewards listed above AND Gaming In Color on DVD.
Gaming's Gay Mafia Shirt
Pledge at least $110 to become part of Gaming's Gay Mafia. The shirt will be designed by Elizabeth Simins and inspired by the Gaming's Feminist Illuminati shirt! You'll also get all the goodies listed above.
Check it out!
Tickets to GX3
By adding $60 per ticket to your pledge, you can receive discounted tickets to the GX3 event itself. After the New Year, prices will go up, so you can save over ten dollars per ticket by buying now. For those of you who want ALL the above swag AND at least two tickets, pledge $195 to save even more on the price of admission!
--I DON'T WANT REWARDS, CAN I JUST BUY A TICKET?--
Yes, you can. Just give $60 (multiplied by number of tickets), don't select any rewards, and then choose how many tickets you want. For instance, if you want two tickets, give $120, don't choose a reward level, and done!
You won't get any of our cool stuff, but we will look forward to seeing you at GX3!
Risks and challenges
We have run GaymerX1 and GaymerX2 and have delivered on the conventions and promises, even when we ended up losing money, which gives us confidence we can continue to make great conventions. Our goal this time is to be financially sustainable, working within our means, and to be able to make this convention pay for itself.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Which tier is just a ticket to GX3? Does pledging $60 get me the ticket but not the "t-shirt party" party?
Correct, its add $60 for a ticket, so $60= 1 ticket, $120 would be either 2 tickets or the "t-shirt party" level and 1 ticket
We're still GaymerX, the event name is just shortened to GX: Everyone Games, but you can still call it GaymerX. Hell, we're still @GaymerX! This change is mostly due to the fact that we had about 40% female gamers, and many of our attendees are not gay or even queer. We're mostly run by queer folks and the space is a queer space where respect and love are paramount, but we also want to show that this space isn't exclusionary, its inclusive!
Of course we do! But we haven't been trained to deal with young folks, and we also want to cater to an environment where professional level conversations can happen, and we have found that by having the event be for just adults, we can have more immersive dialogues and also not have to worry about making sure we provide a safe space for youth as well, which is out of our wheelhouse.
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