GaymerX East Player’s Guide

Let’s do a quick walkthrough of GaymerX East for this weekend!

Getting to the Venue

GaymerX East starts registration at 10AM, so make time for travel and all that to get to Time’s Square. The event takes place at the Microsoft Technology Center. This post here has useful tips for getting to the venue, and even good tips for food!

This is what the entrance to the Microsoft Technology Center looks like! The address is “11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036” but the entrance is actually on 8th street just around the corner!

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Registration

At the door you’ll be asked for your ID. If you registered through Eventbrite your name should be in the system already. We will hand you a pass that is used solely for getting in and out of the building through the building’s security. Please note that if you haven’t gotten a pass yet we are NOT selling them at the event, the event is officially sold out.

From there you will take the elevator to the 5th floor where you will be able to register and then hang out in the social lounge until the events begin. You’ll be guided as to where to go but there is also this handy dandy map!

Board Games

We STRONGLY urge people to bring one or a couple of cool board games to play in our tabletop area.  There will be some to play, but if you bring your favorite then you can show it to all the lovely people at the event! This also goes for card games and tabletop RPGS. The event can be WAY more fun when people bring a bunch of neat, interesting games that people may not have had a chance to learn before.

Video Games

We will have a BUNCH of amazing video games! Most of these will be cool indie games that you may or may not have ever played! We encourage you to try AS MANY of these games as you can during the weekend because a lot of these may be games that you won’t be able to play at home for a while. Most of the games will be brought by the developers themselves and you’ll be able to chat with them and talk about what they’ve made! Make sure that you EXPLORE as much as possible because there will be games all over the place and you’re gonna wanna find them all!

Panels and Talks

We have a TON of programming so whether you wanna check out 1 or 20 panels this weekend, we’ve got you covered! At most times there will be 1-3 sessions running in the 6th floor. Check out the handy dandy schedule app Sched to learn all about these amazing panels and the awesome people on them! Make sure you plan ahead, even if it’s just taking 10 minutes at the start of the day to check out the schedule. It’ll prevent that moment after the show where you regret missing your favorite speaker or topic.

HAVE FUN

GaymerX East is going to be an event where we can all let loose and have fun and make new friends and learn new stuff! Make sure to be friendly and kind to each other and abide by the Code of Conduct which is a handy tool for interacting with new folks! Also, keep in mind this is our first New York event ever and we’re new to the space, so bare with us and let us know if there’s anything you need!

After Party

On Sunday night, we will all head to the Iron Bar & Lounge, just 3 tiny blocks from the venue. There, we’ll be treated to an amazing show by the incomparable nerdcore rapper SAMMUS, which if you haven’t heard yet you’ll definitely want to check out. To get in just bring your GaymerX East badge and you’ll get into the show AND we’ll give you a drink ticket!

** WE HAVE OPENED UP A FEW TICKETS! Because of folks at GXE wanting to bring friends, we’re opening up some tickets for the after-party! Head to gxeast.eventbrite.com to get a ticket for the after-party. If you’ve already got a GaymerX East Con-Badge, then just bring that and you get in for free.

Don’t hesitate to ask for help! We’ve got lots of awesome volunteers around (check the badge ribbons!) and the staff will also be at Con Ops for anything you need! Also, if you have any ideas, feel free to share them, we’re pretty open minded! If you have any discreet questions feel free to email info@gaymerx.org and if you have private questions to ask, feel free to email toni@gaymerx.org or see us in Con Ops!

Last chance to get your tickets for GX East and GX Australia at the lowest price!

😍Join us in NYC November 12-13 for GaymerX East!

Get your tickets before Nov 1 when prices go up by $15! Only 150 tickets left too!

http://gxeast.eventbrite.com 

Check out our little map! 😀

ALSO!

This is your LAST chance to back GX Australia and help bring queer gaming and a safe space for nerds of all kinds to Australia… check it out and consider tossing them some $!

Just check out some of the Bosses of Honor coming to GX Australia Year 2!!





Damn!! LOOK at that lineup! Go back now!

Bye!

Thanks for a great GaymerX!

WE DID IT!!!!!

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Emi here, GaymerX Photography and Social! <3
Thanks to everyone who came out and played with us!

This year’s event was so magical and we know it’s because of the time we spent with all of you. We had such amazing attendees, staff, sponsors, panelists, exhibitors, performers, bosses, and a great hotel crew that brought it together in the best way.

We’re looking for feedback on the event, so please fill out the following survey – Click here to take the GaymerX Year Four Survey!

Our team has been resting and working hard behind the things to help share what it was like to be there, but in the meantime you can check out these great posts about GaymerX Year Four!

Interview with GaymerX Founder Matt Conn

KQED’s Overview of GaymerX Year Four

The Advocate’s Awesome Photo Set of GX4!

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Now that GX4 has come to a close, we’re turning our focus to making GaymerX East have the best first year we can. Don’t forget that tickets are on sale now, and our Early Bird price is only $40!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gaymerx-east-tickets-27134859094

Feeling super inspired by GX4 and want to share that with our attendees? We decided to extend our panel submissions to the 14th! That’s Friday, so you still have two days to put something together and send it our way. We love new voices so please submit even if you’re feeling shy!

https://gaymerx.org/gxeastform/

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What’s coming after GX East? GX Australia of course! Our international friends are back again to bring you all another year of down under gay gaming.

Their Kickstarter is live now and needs your support, so please back them as soon as you can. They still have two weeks to go and every little bit helps them succeed.

Let’s make GX Australia 2017 possible!!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gxaustralia/gx-australia-2017-australias-most-inclusive-conven/

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We love to hear from you!
Mention us on Twitter:  @GaymerX
Contact us through email: info@gaymerx.org

Logitech G Scholarship to GaymerX – Open until September 28th!

Still need a ticket for GaymerX?

The Logitech G Scholarship program provides the opportunity for game students, developers, and fans to attend GaymerX Year Four (GX4) when they may not otherwise be able to do so.

To apply for a free 3 day pass to GaymerX, plus a swag bag from Logitech, head over to https://www.gaymerx.org/gx4logitechscholarship

See you all soon!

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GaymerX Four – Travel, Parking and Food Options!

Hey Gaymers! This time next week we are going to be partying hard at GaymerX: Year Four!

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HOW TO GET TO GX4:
We have an extensive breakdown of trip maps at https://gaymerx.org/transportation/, and here’s the short list!

BART stations: Old Ironsides or Great America Station will both get you within walking distance of GaymerX

Lyft: We’ve partnered with Lyft and first time users will receive a free ride up to $25 – Use the code “GXYEAR4” to claim your free ride!

By Car: Ample parking is available at the nearby convention center parking garage, though please note the 49’ers are playing at Levi Stadium on Sunday afternoon, Oct 2nd, and that may affect parking so plan accordingly.

EAT:
TusCA Restaurant is located inside the Hyatt Regency and various restaurants are within walking distance of the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara. Many of the restaurants below deliver by services such as ‘eat24’, so go in with a few friends and have a feast delivered to you.

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Hyatt Regency Santa Clara – Inside the hotel!

Hot Ice Cafe
5350 Great America Pkwy
Ste 102
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Bella’s Bar & Grill
1111 Elko Dr
Sunnyvale, CA 94089

Teedee Thai Laos Restaurant
4300 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Giovanni’s Pizzeria
1127 N Lawrence Expy
Sunnyvale, CA 94089

Rabbits Foot Meadery
1246 Birchwood Dr,
Sunnyvale, CA 94089

Gobi Mongolian BBQ
1135 Tasman Dr,
Sunnyvale, CA 94089

Bawarchi Indian Cuisine
5350 Great America Pkwy,
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Iguanas Burritozilla
4300 Great America Pkwy #116,
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Pizza My Heart
4300 Great America Pkwy,
Santa Clara, CA 95054

We look forward to seeing you at GaymerX! #GX4

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New This Year at GaymerX – Diversity Theatre

The Expo Hall at GaymerX this year features a first, The Diversity Theater. Here companies and organizations will showcase their initiatives, offerings, and recruitment opportunities. Reinforcing the truth that diversity isn’t merely accepted in today’s game and tech industry, it’s in demand.

We’re excited about this great addition to our expo hall, where attendees can meet representatives from companies like Intel, Microsoft, LinkedIn and Patreon!

Microsoft Session: ID@Xbox Program overview 4:30 – 5:20 pm

Becoming an independent developer and shipping games is easier than it ever has been, but finding success as a developer is as challenging as ever. In this talk, you’ll learn about Microsoft’s ID@Xbox program for independent developers, as well as our take on essential issues that developers need to address during development to maximize your chances for commercial success with your game.

Stop by the Intel Booth: #504

In the Diversity Theatre:

  • Friday 1:30 – 2:20 pm
  • Saturday: 1:00 – 1:50 pm
  • Sunday: 1:00 – 1:50 pm

Linked In

In the Diversity Theatre:

  • Friday: 2:30 – 3:20 pm
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 12:50 pm

Patreon

In the Diversity Theatre:

  • Friday: 2:30 – 3:20 pm
  • Saturday: 2:00 – 2:50 pm
  • Sunday: 2:00 – 2:50 pm

Returning for GaymerX 4 – Safe Spaces!

Hi friends and family!

Remember last year when we introduced a POC Safe Space at GX3? It was a hit and welcome by our POC community members. During post-convention feedback, we heard that others would like a safe space as well, and because we want GaymerX to be a safe, happy and enjoyable convention, this year we’ve expanded our Safe Space to a dedicated room for the entire convention. Unfortunately, due to space we can’t have a room per group, but there is one room for those who may need some time away, or who might want to discuss a panel they just were at, or just meet others in a quiet, less crowded space.

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This year’s safe space is is Bayshore Room West aka Safe Space Lounge

 

Friday: 11am – 11pm

  • 11am – 1pm: Ace Safe Space
  • 1pm – 3pm: POC Safe Space
  • 3pm – 5pm: Trans Safe Space
  • 5pm – 7pm: Disabled Safe Space
  • 7pm – 9pm: Women’s Safe Space
  • 9pm – 11pm: Nonbinary Safe Space

 

Saturday: 10am – 10pm

  • 10am – 12pm: Nonbinary Safe Space
  • 12pm – 2pm: Women’s Safe Space
  • 2pm – 4pm: Disabled Safe Space
  • 4pm – 6pm: Trans Safe Space
  • 6pm – 8pm: POC Safe Space
  • 8pm – 10pm: Ace Safe Space

Sunday: 12pm – 6pm

  • 12pm – 1pm: Disabled Safe Space
  • 1pm – 2pm: Trans Safe Space
  • 2pm – 3pm: POC Safe Space
  • 3pm – 4pm: Ace Safe Space
  • 4pm – 5pm: Nonbinary Safe Space
  • 5pm – 6pm: Women’s Safe Space

GaymerX convention staff asks that all attendees respect and observe this decision to make a safe space available for attendees. This is the second year we will have a safe space for our attendees, and your feedback will only help us improve as we move forward in making GX an even more diverse, welcoming and safe space for everyone.

Questions, concerns or other issues can be directed to diversity@midboss.com  and will be answered by our Diversity Liaison, Tanya DePass tanyad@gaymerx.org

Announcing: GaymerX East!

Hey Gaymers!

The time has certainly flown since our last update: there are only two weeks left before GaymerX Year Four begins! Since our last update we’ve been working hard on getting our convention ready for you so we can make this year our best yet. We’re so excited to be able to share it with you.

We’re also happy to announce that Microsoft will have presents for all of you who come to GaymerX. We can’t talk too much about the goodies yet- we don’t want to spoil the surprise- but we can tell you that we’re going to have a special surprise for Xbox users. You’ll find out more soon!!

Oh, and speaking of Microsoft: last week we announced our very first east coast event at the Microsoft Technology Center! We’re coming to NYC for two days of games, dev, and community building with all of you and it’s gonna be great. Submissions are open for panels and our Indie Space, and we’ll be revealing more information as we get closer to the event. We made a cute subdomain so you can keep up with everything as we announce it at http://east.gaymerx.org

That’s all from us for now. Don’t forget that if you have any question can reach out to us at anytime via sales@gaymerx.org.

See you soon at GaymerX Year Four!!!