We’re pleased to partner with Albuquerque RPG and Big Bad Con to sponsor the 2016 Metatopia Scholarship.
Albuquerque RPG is a group dedicated to increasing the diversity both in gamers and in games in the Albuquerque area. We have a number of events that attempt to reach out to the larger gaming community. Over the last fifteen years roleplaying games have undergone a renaissance and we wish to increase the awareness of these smaller games to the community as a whole while encouraging more women and minority gamers and designers. All are welcome in what we strive to make a safe gaming space.
New MexiCon is our annual gaming convention where a wide variety of small press indie games are pitched and played. It is patterned after the Games On Demand venue at Origins Game Fair and is designed to encourage people to try different games. We just finished with our third annual New MexiCon and are already preparing for New MexiCon 2017. We think it is going to be our best year yet!
We are small but we are growing. We just began offering a Metatopia scholarship to allow minority game designers (and those game designers who tackle tough and lesser known stories) who might not be able to go otherwise to make it to Metatopia and take advantage of that huge well of playtesters and game designers there. We have a meetup site dedicated to promoting games of all kinds in the Albuquerque area with weekly games stretching from Traveller and 5th edition D&D to Golden Sky Stories, Inspectres and Millenial Apartment hungers. It is a place where people looking to game can find one.
2016 marks us opening our doors to gamers ages 13-17, with an exclusive Teen Track of games, panels, and workshops. We believe that young gamers need age-appropriate games, and all gamers should play in an environment where they feel comfortable expressing themselves freely.
We donate the profits of our con to Doctors Without Borders, run a canned food drive for local food banks, and our vendors donate to a charity of their choice. And as part of our recent Kickstarter campaign to help us expand into teen games, we raised enough money for our Scholarship Fund to give seven people financial assistance to attend.
Big Bad Con’s mission is to provide great games while doing good deeds. We are very proud to be a part of the 2016 Metatopia Scholarship, and are excited to be sending California Bay Area game designers across the country to this amazing event.