It’s called Big Bad Con.
Big Bad Con is held in Oakland, California during the month of October. This year, the dates for Big Bad Con are October 16th through the 18th. the convention has been running for four years and been Sean Nittner of Evil Hat Productions fame. He has ran the convention as both a way create a space for gamers on the west coast a place to gather and have fun and to support several great causes. Big Bad Con is a charitable event that supports Doctors Without borders, Child’s Play, and the Alameda County Community Food Bank.
I am bringing this this neat convention to your attention for several reasons. First, I would love to go myself. I have never been able to attend Big Bad Con as the cost of flying to California is a bit outside this bear’s price range, but I have heard nothing but good things about the convention. It draws from a pool of gamers and designers that are both supportive and generous with their time and activities which creates a space that sounds electrifying. In addition to this, I belong to several groups for LGBT gamers, and all reports that I have heard from these groups have indicated that Big Bad Con creates a space that is both welcoming to those of us in the community as well as safe for us to be ourselves. From this bear’s perspective, this is something to be cherished in the gaming community and encouraged. Finally, Sean Nittner is running a Kickstarter to help make Big Bad Con both affordable for attendees and sustainable for him as the host. There are a range of support levels built in with the $40 mark giving you a pass to get into the convention this year.
So, If you are free in October for a weekend of fun gaming with great people, I recommend checking out Big Bad Con. You could swing by the Kickstarter and get your badge taken care of now. If you like running games at conventions, Big Bad Con has their events submissions open as I type this.