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Gamers & GMs recently held its last event for the year at Venture Space Ph, a new venue and therefore an experiment for us that hopefully will lay the groundwork for next year's series of events and activities, both for our group and our partner organizations.

It was a fun event, and I was glad to have the registration table inside the venue proper for this one. It was no less tiring than usual -- coming up with new logistics and executing them as 'oh god I hope this works' is always an exhausting task -- but it went very well and I feel that some technical difficulties aside, it will be a good place to call home.

Accordingly, the event theme was a housewarming, and the community really outdid itself with all the food contributed to the potluck.


The venue also comes with its own cafe that makes adorable latte art.


The venue had some equipment we could experiment with as well; Erich livestreamed our talk and one game into the G&G Twitch channel, archived in our Youtube channel (a WIP, as you can see). We were told the livestream was watched by a couple of people who could not attend the event. Hurray!

Despite the difficulties of what was pretty much an impromptu event, I think we can congratulate ourselves for pulling off a great ender for the year, and look optimistically into all the new plans and things we want to try for 2017. I won't lie: some aspects of running logistics for the committee has been tedious this year. It's a natural part of running events to stumble into problems pretty much constantly, but I feel that we've done a pretty good job minimizing them. In the end, seeing the results of the committee's efforts is well-worth the energy, along with the new friends and groups made and met. I am looking forward to how the committee will grow next year.
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"The most amazing thing a game group did for their community?"

My regular tabletop group are mostly committee members and volunteers for Gamers & GMs, a small group in the local community that does frequent tabletop events to provide a safe space for community building and sharing experiences with one another. I'm the logistics officer for it, whose primary duties are in the back end and running of the events themselves.

Our typical event format has talks and workshops early in the afternoon, which flows into individual tabletop games mid-evening. We just had our latest one last July 31, 2016, running on the theme of Animated Adventures. Apart from that, the members also run smaller events in other parts of the city, and we're currently trying to build up an online presence with video uploads and other community-related activity.

I'd like to think that we contribute to community building and provide a space that is as safe as it can feasibly be for all the participants involved. Part of the credo of the group is that while we don't judge or restrict others on what they find fun, it's a requirement for our events that the GMs and players respect each other and foster a space in which people will feel welcome -- we don't tolerate sexist behaviour, for example, or people who dictate how other people should play a game.

As personal efforts, the smaller group of our regular table has also become more involved with a local boardgame cafe's tabletop-related events, either as participants or in helping hash out event details. The place has become a regular hangout for a lot of tabletop groups in recent months for a lot of people we have become friends or acquaintances with, which I feel has done a lot in further fostering an atmosphere of community for local players. It's nice when you go to a place just to hang out, and see that people are playing RPGs!

On the other hand, I'm trying to help out in Mahar's latest project, LGBTabletop. It's still underway so I won't talk about it in detail, but it is a project that I am very excited by, especially now that I've officially come out and can contribute openly! This blog is largely an exercise to see if my writing is still sufficient, in the case that I want to be a writing contributor to that project instead of just back end logistics.

I used to help run local conventions in my youth, and had many prior experiences as a moderator for online community activities, so it was natural to offer logistical assistance where it was needed. It's one of those very few moments where I can marry my work and BA/MA degree to my hobby, actually, which I feel has made the former have more meaning in the sense that they are useful outside of generating income. Don't get me wrong, income is great! But being able to use it for personal goals is nice.