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About ConTessa

ConTessa has been creating diverse, inclusive tabletop gaming events at conventions around the United States (and online) for the past 7 years and counting. We do so by developing schedules of events led entirely by an intersectional group of marginalized people who talk about and facilitate the kind of events they want to see at conventions.

Here are some of the things we spend money on that your pledge will go towards:

Hotel Rooms & Travel: Whenever possible, we pick up the tab for travel and hotel rooms for our staff and ConTessans who might not be able to attend a convention otherwise. Many conventions pitch in a room for us, but your contributions help us get additional rooms so we can house even more marginalized leaders.

GMing Supplies: We like to offer (nearly) everything our GMs need to run a successful game. Dry erase grid boards, markers, name tents, pads of paper, index cards, safety tool cards, pens, pencils, the works. So our GMs can travel light, try out new tools, and never have to worry about forgetting things.

The ConTessa Board Game Library: Our library is used for ConTessans to check out games that they can then run in our events, for people who want to use our Safer Space tables to hang out with their friends, to give smaller conventions a board game library to use, and to supply entertainment at our community events. Though most of the library is donated by game companies and ConTessans, we also purchase games when we can support marginalized creators or get them at a good price.

ConTessa Gift Bags: As a thank-you to all our event leaders and guests, we offer up gift bags. Much of the contents are provided by the donations of generous gaming companies, but we also like to add a few things of our own like custom t-shirts or items like rainbow dice and punch-up pendants.

Signage & Freebies: It's important to have signs at conventions to guide people to our room. Every few years, we replace or add new signs to our kit, and we also like to provide other fun freebies for our guests like pronoun buttons, pride buttons, badge ribbons, and lanyards.

Community Events: In addition to games and panels, we also like to run community events for all or part of our group. Past events included a cupcake and sparkling cider meet & greet for all our GMs, and a board game event for non-binary people and their friends. We'd like to do more of these where we can provide the space, the food, and the entertainment to all our groups.

Monthly Bills & Logistics: All of this takes money on a monthly basis. Web hosting, email hosting, storage of our kit when we're not at conventions, shipping our kit around the country, and renting vehicles to move everything around.

And none of that even includes our biggest goal, which is to eventually make sure our all-volunteer staff who put in a lot of time to make our events awesome get paid for their work. Every little bit helps us get closer to our goal.
$73.44 of $205 per month
At $205 all our current monthly bills will be handled. That's item storage, website hosting, email hosting, and software. 
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