Thanks to everyone for coming out on the 5th for an awesome celebration of Table Top Day! As our very first MESSAGE-run event, it was a massive success! We had two dozen attendees and indeed, the majority were women. That was fantastic to see and sign our policy of letting women play for free was a great driving force to encouraging women to come along.
There have been some naysayers about that idea, so it’s great to have proof of concept. Guys, if you feel this is exclusionary, you’ve missed the point that our hobby is already exclusionary and tipping the balance back is part of making things equal. We believe there’s a space for everyone in gaming and in the MESSAGE, but we also believe that we can use financial means to make things roomier.
We’ll be back next year for Table Top Day (which won’t conflict with the Gold Coast Supanova so we should get a huge kick in numbers!) and we also hope to run similar events more frequently throughout the year and eventually, throughout the world as well. If you’d like to host a Gals’ Gamer Night in your local area, just get in touch and we’ll give you all the stuff you need!
This was our very first event though so if you have any ideas about how to make it bigg and better, we’d love to hear from you either by email or in the comments below. Thanks to everyone who joined the new mailing list, we’ll be using that to make sure you don’t have to check your facebook or twitter feeds to keep up with all the MESSAGE news! If you’d like to join the list, just send us an email (we’ll have auto-subscribe features up soon).
Congratulations to Kiku who won our door prize! Thanks again to Ace Comics and Games, who have always got The MESSAGE and were a great support for our event. Thanks also to everyone who came out and helped spread the word, we hope to see you again in the future!
A few pictures of the day are below.