Yesterday we went to Geek Girl Con ’13. And it was the friendliest, geekliest, and most-introvert-compatible* con I’ve ever been to, for these reasons:
- Paneling. Paneling, paneling, paneling. I went to a crazily-informative panel on understanding contracts, presented by two smart, friendly, geeky contract lawyers: Katie Lane and Caitlin DiMotta. Who would’ve thought a panel on terrifying legalese could be both useful and entertaining? And speaking of entertaining: Rebecca Watson, Lindy West, Luvvie Ajayi, and Amanda Marcotte. WOW.
- Unlike PAX, which is headache-inducing loud and crowded in a “Gosh, sure hope the Fire Department doesn’t need to get in here!” sort of way, Geek Girl Con sold out all its passes but did not oversell and did a good enough job enforcing/whatever that you could move about freely, interacting with people in a relaxed, polite way because nobody’s face was shoved into an armpit without adequate ventilation and sound dampening.
- Marrying Mr. Darcy. We got to play the prototype for this game (which was a feat by itself, because damn, that game kept getting checked out fast), and–because it was that awesome, and that witty, and that tactically-brilliant of a game–we played it twice. The first time I played Charlotte Lucas and, because of a tragic Scandal!, had to marry Wickham; the second time I was Caroline Bingley and, despite becoming an Old Maid, still won the game on a lucky dice-roll that turned me into a super-famous author with a happy family which did not resent me hanging about, being unmarried and old.
My only complaint about the con? And I know this is like complaining that there wasn’t enough dark chocolate frosting on the dark chocolate cake, but: I wanted more writing-focused panels. And: I wanted the writing-focused panels spread out a little more, because it seemed like many of them often ran in parallel in the same timeslots, making things rather challenging for the geographically-/chronologically-fixed among us.
* Seriously, they had a quiet area set off as ‘INTROVERT ALLEY,’ where people were sitting around reading books and doing things on laptops and generally recharging. BRILLIANT.