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Cosplayers injured in DragonCon Incident

 

DragonCon 2017 attracted more than 80,000 fans to the pop culture-sci-fi convention in downtown Atlanta. Unfortunately for a couple con-goers it wasn’t all parties and costumes.

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Two women are recovering from head injuries after they were hit by chairs thrown from a tenth floor Marriott hotel balcony Sunday Sept. 3rd around 1:40. The Atlanta police department is investigating, but suspects have not been located. Congoers Kelly McDaniel and Jamie Temple-Thompson Amador both wound up in the hospital after being struck with the falling chairs. McDaniel credits her Loki headdress with saving her from further injury – she was struck in the head and wound up with staples.

Director of Media Relations for DragonCon sent Channel 2 the following statement:

“Two women at Dragon Con were injured at the convention early Sunday morning when two chairs were dropped from an outside balcony on the 10th floor in the Marriott to a landing below. The women were treated and released at separate hospitals.We are grateful that the injuries were not more severe.  And we are proud of the Dragon Con attendees who stepped up quickly, realized the severity of the situation and provided immediate assistance.”

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Kelly McDaniel and Jamie Temple-Thompson Amador

Reaction from the DragonCon community has been supportive of the two cosplayers as well as the convention. Jennifer M., who drove from LA with Amador told AJC.com, “The love and support from the Dragon Con family is heart warming to say the least. We can’t wait to return for an even better experience, and reconnect with our new Atlanta family!” Atlanta resident Tim M. shared with RWOG, “The security and crowd control were on point: authoritative but polite and professional… I was consistently impressed with the way they and the various hotels’ security as well as Dragon Con’s own volunteers remained visible and engaged, but let people have their fun.” Long-time Dragoncon attendee Jessica H. added “I’m actually surprised they’re not even more incidents given the number of people in the way hotel room are configured. All in all, I bet incident rates of this type are extremely low.” “DragonCon security operations do a lot of hard work to keep stuff like this from happening… But every year there is something. I honestly don’t think that this is going to slow down the con. Sh*t happens, people do their best to prevent it, and at the end of the day it’s up to people to self police themselves and their friends.” came from regular Con volunteer Shayna A. And yet another con attendee (who preferred not to be named) mentioned there were incidents regarding “throwing bottles and beer cans off balconies every year but for that many people they do a great job of keeping the crowd safe.”

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Ultimately we’ll be waiting to see what both the Marriott and DragonCon do to increase security for DragonCon 2018 in regards to this occurrence. RWOG is glad to hear both cosplayers are on the mend and we encourage anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the APD at 404-577-8477.

 

An Open Letter to our Fans

An Open Letter to our Fans

Dear friends, fans, viewers, donors,

We want to take this time to sincerely thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

On April 9th, 2016, we did something amazing. We raised more money than we ever have in the history of Real Women of Gaming. We raised $1,404 for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia through Extra Life so far and we couldn’t have done it without you.

In case you missed it, here’s a little recap:

The event started at 12am EST with me, Vanri the Rogue, playing a small game called The Rivers of Alice. It was frustrating, to say the least, so I only played for an hour before moving on to Firewatch, a game I’m very much enjoying (look for a review in the near future).

At 3am EST, KinkedNitemare hopped on stream to play The Magic Circle. It was a wildly interesting, if not downright strange, game. It was a favorite in the Twitch chat.

At 6am EST, W1k3d0n3 came on screen with the new Hitman game. It was extremely funny and amazingly entertaining. He was a trooper who stayed on for nearly 5 hours!

The in-store event had some technical difficulties to begin, but it went off without a hitch otherwise. Even the horrific weather didn’t stop us from raising our amazing total. There were games to play, laughs had, and someone gave Crymson a megaphone and a crown (it went to her head!).

On stream, Vel played Orcs Must Die! Unchained, and Brawlhalla. We also had an amazing time playing Rocket League and Garry’s Mod: Prop Hunt. Finally, at the end of the night, a ton of people won amazing raffle prizes.

The final donation count was $1,404.

The videos from the stream are being uploaded to our YouTube channel daily, in case you missed it.

If you didn’t have a chance to donate, but still want to, you can do so HERE! It will be open until the end of the year!

Truly, thank you all so much for donating, spreading the word and watching our live stream. You’re all amazing and helped us do a wonderful thing.

We love you guys!

Sincerely,
The RWoG Team

We would like to give a special thanks to all of our sponsors and partners:

Our Partners:
Firelight Studios
Sir Turtle Gaming

Location and support:
Uncanny! Comics and More
, plus their amazing staff
Plymouth Meeting Mall

Cosplayers:
Give-No-Effs Cosplay
Central PA Avengers
Robert Seigfried Cosplay
Division-Ten Cosplay
Ginger Liz
Red Hat Games

Raffle/Giveaways:
9th Circle of Horror

Quiltface Studios
Kay Jewelers
Roman Angelo Photography
Eric and Kat
Melissa Bowers Independent Jamberry Consultant
Magnolia and Vine – Stacy Smith, style consultant
Uncle Julio’s
Art Expo
Ravenwing Creations
The Rock Shop
Devon L. Miller
RetroCon
ColdShoulderAvenue
Hallmark Store
T-Mobile
Picture People
Dave & Busters

Food Provided by:
Chick-Fil-A
Main Street Pizzeria & Grille

Be Someone’s Superhero

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Have you ever wanted to be a superhero? Well, you’re in luck! Help us raise money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHoP) and you’ll be the best superhero ever!

On April 9th, 2016 (this Saturday!), Real Women of Gaming is participating in an amazing multi-stream charity event. We will be joining Firelight Studios and Sir Turtle Gaming to play games, give away some free stuff and raise awareness and funds for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Art and Music Therapy Department through the charity Extra Life.

What is Extra Life?
According to their website, Extra Life began in 2008. The charity brings gamers together for 24-hour gaming marathons to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals. Since it was founded, Extra Life has raised over $14 billion.

Why CHoP?
Founded in 1855, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was the nation’s first hospital devoted to the care of children. They’ve had a dramatic impact on their community as well as around the world with innovations in treatment and care.

Real Women of Gaming, Firelight Studios and Sir Turtle Gaming have chosen to support CHoP because it is our local CMN Hospital. CHoP has had major benefits on our community and this is our way of saying thank you and returning the favor.

Why Art and Music Therapy?
Art and Music Therapy can play an important role in recovery and treatment for children. When conducted by trained professionals, Art and Music Therapy can benefit sick and injured children in the following ways:

  • Inspiring self-expression
  • Helping process traumatic experiences
  • Boosting self-esteem and positive body image
  • Fostering a sense of independence
  • Promoting social interaction and communication skills
  • Encouraging the development of healthy coping strategies

What can I do to help?
There are a few things you could do!

First, you could join Real Women of Gaming on Twitch or in-person at Uncanny! Comics in the Plymouth Meeting Mall on April 9th. Our livestream will start at 12AM. The in-store event will start at 10AM.

Second, you could donate directly to Extra Life through this link. Our goal is $5000. I know we can reach it!

Third, you could tune in to Firelight Studios or Sir Turtle Gaming‘s respective Twitch streams or join them at Uncanny! Comics in the King of Prussia Mall or Montgomery Mall locations. Both livestreams will begin at 10AM and finish at 10AM on April 10.

Finally, if you’re a night owl, you can join all three live streams at Gamer’s Heaven in Phoenixville, starting at 9PM on April 9th.

Join us in supporting this important cause and remember: It’s For the Children!

The Very Serious Question of Superpowers

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It should not come as a shock to anyone that we here at Real Women of Gaming love Superheroes and Supervillains. We play games, talk comics, watch television shows and even cosplay as them. They inspire us. Sometimes we even play at being heroes in our own way, like when we stand up to bullying or team up with the super force that is Extra Life Charities.

In December 2015, we gamed to raise money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) through Extra Life and far exceeded our goals, even if it was just so we would stop reminding our viewers that it was “for the children.” We were overwhelmed by the response.

Now, on April 9th, we will be joining Firelight Studios and  Sir Turtle Gaming to raise as much money as possible for the benefit of CHOP’s Art and Music Therapy Department. This time, it will be on a much larger scale. This marathon of gaming will be for twenty four hours, with multiple streamers and in multiple locations. If you want to know more information, it will be added to the end of this article.

Speaking of Superheroes, it got me thinking about what superpower I would want. I posed this question to the rest of the Real Women of Gaming. See our answers below:

“What superpower would you want and why?”

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For the Children: Cards Against Sobriety, Holiday Edition

For the Children: Cards Against Sobriety, Holiday Edition

On Saturday, December 12, 2015, we at Real Women of Gaming held our first annual Cards Against Sobriety Holiday Event. In this 6-hour live stream on Twitch, the RWoG Admins were joined by Mike Christensen of Partial Arc and Trever Bierschbach of Frags and Beer. The goal of the live stream was to raise $250 for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia through the charity Extra Life.

Extra Life is a unique charity endorsed by companies such as Geek & Sundry. This charity was founded in 2008 in an effort to unite gamers and raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network, which includes children’s hospitals all across the United States. The RWoG admins chose to raise money for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia because that’s where most of the admins are located. In future events, we plan to raise money for different hospitals across the country.

We settled into the stream by talking about various different things. We each introduced ourselves and told everyone our Christmas wishes (mine, of course, was that everyone would watch my show Wanna Don’t Wanna – pretty selfish, I know. I’m the worst). The first game we played was Town of Salem, followed by Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes and Cards Against Humanity.

We gave away amazing prizes all throughout the night, including a hand-made Final Fantasy VII necklace from Frags and Beer, a collection of Fantastic Four comics from Partial Arc, and a horror game called The Park from 9th Circle of Horror. Each giveaway was prompted by a donation. We ended up giving away everything we had (even a David Hasselhoff bobble-head). We must have said “for the children” a thousand times before a $100 donation forced us to stop.

By the end of the night, we raised $775. This is more than 300% over our modest goal of $250. Because of this overwhelming response, Crymson Pleasure has agreed to dye her hair pink at the request of those who were active in the Twitch chat. So, we’re pretty excited for that.

Even though we surpassed our goal, we’re not done yet. If you didn’t get the chance to donate during the event, you still have time! We will be accepting donations through Extra Life until the end of the year. You can donate here!

We want to sincerely thank everyone who donated and participated in the event. You cannot imagine how much happier you all have made us this holiday season.

-Vanri the Rogue