What we're about

Welcome Adventurers!
This group's goal is to create an INCLUSIVE gaming community that is a safe place for LGBTQIA2S+ people and their Straight Allies to enjoy Dungeons and Dragons and other Role Play Games (Dungeon Crawl Classics, Modern Age, and so many more). 

All participants must adhere to the Safe Space Code of Conduct listed below and on our ABOUT page. People interested in being a Dungeon Master/Game Master/ Story Teller in this group please review the Discussion Board posting for new DM's, the DM's Guide.

Facebook: We also have a facebook group so its easier to share D&D and, Role Playing Game info and articles, etc., think about joining that too please.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1893060774311048/ 

We are one of the Founding community partners of the RPG ALLIANCE CONVENTION held every year in Calgary during the month of November. This convention has local Game Masters running whatever game system they want. Check out their website and/or facebook group. 
This year they're going online for one day Saturday Nov 19 and in-person at Dickens Pub for Sunday Nov 20, 2022. 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/rpgalliancecalgary
Twitter: @rpg_alliance

https://rpgalliance.wordpress.com/

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  1. We created a DISCORD Server under the RPG Alliance Banner (open to all affiliated meetups), for us to play in using the voice chat game rooms. Please join up and anyone who wants to help as an Admin would be really welcome. This may take time to build as an active server so again all help is welcome.

https://discord.gg/TsTuKk2

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**Safe Space rules for everyoneNo drugs. Alcohol has its own policy listed below. No abusive behaviour. No sexual violence or sexual harassment. If we have teens in the group then we will keep it PG, this is not a pick-up group it’s a gaming group, if there is a conflict between players then the Dungeon Master will arbitrate, if there is a conflict with the Dungeon Master, then the Organizer will arbitrate. A Safe Space is a place where anyone can relax and be able to fully express, without fear of being made to feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, or unsafe on account of biological sex, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, cultural background, religious affiliation, age, or physical or mental ability. A place where the rules guard each person’s self-respect and dignity and strongly encourage everyone to respect others. Sound good? Right on, Right on.

CODE of CONDUCT: (Borrowed from the Adventurers League)
BE INCLUSIVE, FUN, AND SAFE! 
All D&D Participants are here to have fun and should ALWAYS feel safe and included. All participants (players, Dungeon Masters, and organizers) are expected to adhere to the following Code of Conduct. 

- Participants must conduct themselves in a manner that is conducive to the enjoyment and safety of others at the event. 
- Avoid excessively vulgar, sexual, or overly mature language and themes. 
- Follow the DMs lead, avoid arguing with the DM or other players over rules. 
- Let other players speak, avoid talking over others. 
- Avoid excessive cross-talk that is not relevant to the adventure being played. 
- Allow other players to get attention from the DM. 
- Discourage others from using social media to bully, shame, or intimidate other participants. 
- Avoid phone conversations at the table. 
- If you must take a call, please excuse yourself from the table until your call is completed. 
- No tolerance is given for theft or aggressive behavior. 
- Theft and aggressive behavior are grounds for immediate removal from the play area and the premises. 
- Aggressive behavior includes threats of or actual physical aggression, using racial, gender, or cultural slurs against another participant, and otherwise harassing other participants. 

**WHAT TO DO? 
Participants who feel as though they are in an unsafe environment should notify the organizer of the event immediately. Participants noticing disruptive behavior should make those responsible for the behavior aware of their actions. If a participant feels uncomfortable bringing it to the attention of the disruptive individual, the participant should notify the Dungeon Master or Organizer of the event immediately. The Dungeon Master has the right to ask a disruptive player to leave the table and speak with the organizer. 
The Organizer has the right to remove a disruptive or aggressive player or Dungeon Master from the play area or premises or meet up group. 

WHERE FRIENDSHIPS ARE FORGED AT THE TABLE!
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Alcohol Policy: Sept 18, 2019
Thanks to everyone who commented in our August 2019 Discussion topic on removing the ban on alcohol use at games.
We discovered that one size fits all policy won’t work in this case and as many of you said we are all adults. However, if there are any issues the Meetup’s Organizer will have final arbitration in the matter and if safety is a concern. Hopefully, we’ll never have that happen if we all work together.
So going forward the choice will be left to each Gaming Group to decide TOGETHER, with the Game Master having a veto if they don’t feel comfortable with alcohol at their table. This respects the wishes and the effort that your Game Master has put into running a fun game. By the same token a Game Master can’t ignore the players if they wish to exclude alcohol. Collaborative story telling is collaborative boundary making too.
Most of the Game Masters who run campaigns can have this discussion once and it’s done, but those Game Masters who have drop-in/play test games will need to have this discussion at the beginning of their game and establish a communal consensus.
What does that look like? Well we would cautious against the majority rules approach because it stomps over the minority, who are people whose boundaries need to be respected as fellow humans. We would encourage defining the boundaries by beginning with those that you folks brought up in the discussion: No to Wasted/Yes to Responsible (Chris H.), No to under aged drinking or over the legal limit for driving/Yes to moderate consumption (Brent K.), and the Safe Space Code of Conduct is maintained. With good boundaries that you have defined together as a group will make everyone can feel comfortable. Also INVITE players who may be shy expressing their opinion to talk with the Game Master alone, or even have a brief conversations with each player and poll them in private so you don’t risk anyone begrudging or belittling someone’s opinion.
Ultimately, alcohol is not necessary to gaming. So if there is any impasse or lack of consensus then just don’t bring alcohol into the game. It’s a nice add-on but if it causes any stress to anyone in your game, it’s really isn’t worth the hassle.
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Safety Policy: The Conversation begins with our leadership, the Game Masters
Jian had a good point, we need to do a better job at discussing the Safe Space Code of Conduct and the Safety Tools each Game Master has in their game at the start of every session and when we have new players so that everyone is on the same page.
Again if you have an ongoing campaign with the same recurring players, then you only really need to do this once and whenever issues arise. If this is a drop in/play test then likely you need to do it each time so EVERYONE is one the same page as far as expectations. It saves hassle down the road when everyone at the table understands the boundaries of the group.
We’ve set up a Safety Tool folder on our google drive where there are resources for all of you on safety tools: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1y4RsqzzafaqHPjIt1ZTiL8gNq54mnD8e
The Monte Cook’s Consent in Gaming and the TTRPG Safety Toolkit (Thank you to Matt Hayles for this fine resource).
In partnership with the RPG Alliance Convention, we have X-cards being made up and can provide these to you for free, just contact us at lgbtqia.allies.meetup@gmail.com or the message the organizer here on Meetup. These X-Cards include our Safe Space Code of Conduct on them so it’s a very cool card to hand out to players and save you time.
Remember We ALL want to be respected as humans, to feel safe as individuals and have fun as a group of people playing a game together.
Thanks everyone!
Vicki aka vicster

Gaming Stores: Remember its important that we support our FLGS (Friendly Local Games Stores), as they help us grow our community. 

And we love Gamer Sundays at Dickens Pub in Calgary (the burgers are awesome)! https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=dick...

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Some helpful links:
D&D Player's Handbook 5th Edition: Check your Local Game Store.
D&D Basic Rules 5th Edition:
http://dnd.wizards.com/articles/features/basicrules
D&D Characters sheets and Pre-generated characters:
http://dnd.wizards.com/articles/features/character_sheets
How to Play D&D YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=On3UNCnBnWg
How to create a character:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFkdHn1d3Ow

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October 16 Dickens Pub Gamer Sunday!!

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Gamer Sunday!!
IN-PERSON EVENT

Dickens Pub has relaunched its Gamer Sundays to run ONCE a month as they reopen after COVID.
RPG Alliance & LGBTQIA2S+ Allies D&D Meetups want to help by organizing role playing games each Gamer Sunday. If you don’t support small businesses like Dickens Pub, you will lose them. We’re going to support them.

###### Age Limit: The IN-Person age limit is +18 years old (legal drinking age), as our venue is a pub. Doors Open at 12:00 PM.

Timezone: (GMT-06:00) Mountain Time (USA & CANADA)

ALL the information is on our WARHORN EVENT SITE here:

## https://warhorn.net/events/rpg-alliance-oct-16-dicken-s-pub-gamer-sunday-in-person

## Including Game Runner submissions and Player RSVP/sign-ups .

### Keep checking there as games roll in. Sign up on the WARHORN SITE.

As of today we have D&D 5E Cursed Blood, Coyote and Crow, Dishonored, and Mothership.

Warhorn Signup Guide
1. Create your Warhorn account if you don't have one. Browse to https://warhorn.net/ Click on the middle blue "Join now" button or on "Sign up" (top right corner) Enter your details and click "Create Account" Now click the blue "Confirm " button (top left) Open the e-mail message (subject "Warhorn account confirmation instructions") Click on the "Confirm my account" link

2. Set your timezone (important!) Click on your avatar ("head and shoulder") icon (top right) Select "Settings" Select "(GMT-06:00) Mountain Standard (US & Canada)" Click "Save changes"

3. Register to play Browse directly to https://warhorn.net/events/rpg-alliance-oct-16-dicken-s-pub-gamer-sunday-in-person Click the "+Register" button (top right, beneath menu bar) You can enter a Comment but the event organizer MAY NOT SEE IT. Click "Register"

4. Signup for games. Click "Schedule" (top right) go to Upcoming Games or this link https://warhorn.net/events/rpg-alliance-oct-16-dicken-s-pub-gamer-sunday-in-person Click on the name of the game you'd like to inspect or play. Click "Play" under the "Players" column for the game(s) you want to play. Enter details (or not) and then click "Save"

5. Notes for players. You may have to wait for your registration to be "cleared" before you can signup. You should get an e-mail message letting you know you're good to signup. If you change your mind or can't play in a section, please repeat step 4. above but click "Withdraw" to give someone else your spot.
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### Dickens Pub is in Calgary, Canada. Street parking and a pay lot with a flat $5 rate for Sundays, 1001 – 8th Avenue SW – Lot #104. Three blocks from the LRT Station. It is differently able accessible with an elevator and a specific washroom for your comfort. Free WiFi too. https://dickensyyc.com/

D&D 5E Queer Questing

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This is a mini-campaign, run once a month, where the adventurers will test themselves against one of the classic D&D dungeons. It is not your traditional D&D campaign, it is a DUNGEON CRAWL, your characters will die...often.

STORY HOOK LEVEL 10: The desperate heroes have crossed oceans, deserts, mountains to reach the Emerald Empress' conquering horde's base in the ruins of an ancient city carved into the bedrock of a mountain. From an original force of 70, only 5 heroes have survived. Their only chance is to use guile and stealth to infiltrate the stronghold and try to find a way to stop the Emerald Empress from conquering this continent and then the Sword Coast next, and ultimately consuming the life force of the entire world and every living thing in it....

Update: Having thwarted the Emerald Queen, but triggering a massive explosion of one of their world's lifestones. Our heroes ceased being for a time, lost in an abyss of nothingness. Then a glimmer of awareness, a thrumming energy of sound, slowly atoms coalesce, feeling and sensation return, and even more awareness of self --- the heroes materialize in a strange stone ritual circle and meet two monks chanting the spell that has brought the party to this place, this new world of two suns. Here the monks befriend them and are on a quest to find this world's lifestones that have been tainted by corruption. The spell they were attempting was a seeker spell to find the lifestone on this continent, instead it manifested the heroes who have a trace of lifestone energy to them from the explosion of their own planet's lifestones. They agree to help each other, find this world's lifestone, cleanse it of the corruption, and perhaps find a way back to the heroes home world/plane....

Watch us stream on our youtube playlist or Sea Hag's Twitch channel:
https://www.twitch.tv/videos/948571574

Game Downtime Forum: https://app.roll20.net/forum/post/10623629/down-time

PANDEMIC PROTOCOL IN EFFECT: We're playing ONLINE!

We follow the Safe Space Code of Conduct on the ABOUT page of this meetup and use the X-card as a safety tool.

Sometimes we need a defined space to call our own to feel safe in. This is a pro-LGBTQIA+ series for both queer players and their queer characters, Allies are welcome.

PLAYING ONLINE, HOW IT WORKS!

We are using our sister meetup, the RPG Alliance's accounts on Roll20 and DISCORD, both are FREE to use.

  1. Sign up for a FREE account and then Log into Roll20 (link below), JOIN the game, and once you are IN the game I can assign you a character sheet and you can input your basic data to ease dice rolling. We will spend a few minutes at game start teaching those new to Roll20 some basic functions. It is really easy, especially if you input your character to the character sheet in roll20

Roll 20 game link upon request:
https://roll20.net/welcome

  1. Then create an free account on DISCORD, log in, and click on this link to join the RPG Alliance server
    https://discord.gg/TsTuKk2
    Once on the server join the Game 2 Voice Chat, with the UNICORN EMOJI.

*** We suggest you do all of this a few days BEFORE GAME DAY, that way if you have any problems you can contact the DM/GM in the comments to help you.***

a) Check if you have your PUSH to TALK setting on, see how to do that here:

https://appuals.com/enable-configure-push-talk-discord/

b) CHECK YOUR MIC: On the bottom left side of your Discord window you see your avatar mic and GEAR icon for your USER SETTING, click on the Gear, now you're in your user settings window, on the left click on voice and video, now your in that window and will see a MIC TEST section, click the LETS TEST button and start talking, if nothing happens then you need to check you microphone setting on your computer itself. Make sure your mic is turned ON.

c) SWITCH the Discord you are using, there are three ways to sue Discord: the BROWSER (recommend Google chrome or firefox), the COMPUTER APP you download, or the Cell phone app (android and iphone). Please have all of these ready in case you need to SWITCH. I don't now why but when one craps out then usually the others will work.

d) To enter VOICE chat , go to left side of the screen see RPG ALLIANCE, look down , pass Text Channel to VOICE CHANNELS, you will see GENERAL, click on that and your Avatar should appear, try talking and a green light flashes around your avatar when Discord pick up your mic.
Sometimes you have to switch which version of Discord you are signing in with: the Browser or the App, and that will fix the problem, don’t ask me why. Worst case scenario, download Discord on your cell phone and use that.

RPG ALLIANCE CON 2022 Game Submissions are OPEN NOW

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# RPGA-Con 2022!! Game Submissions OPEN NOW OCT 1 to Nov 4th

### RPGA-Con 2022 is coming up Nov 18-20!

#### Fri & Sat (Nov 18 & 19) will be ONLINE only around the clock, and the Sun (Nov 20) will be IN-PERSON only!

### 5th ANNIVERSARY!

That's right, 2022 is our 5th ANNIVERSARY of running RPG conventions! It all started back in 2018, in a tavern,...
Join us for another weekend of gaming with your RPG Alliance Con family and friends, and make new ones! As usual we'll have giveaways, games of all kinds, and social hours just to kick back and chat.

### Game Submissions OPEN NOW (Oct 1 to Nov 4)!

Game Submissions are NOW OPEN for both ONLINE and IN-PERSON!
As always, Game Runners (what we're now calling GMs) will get a FREE badge, EARLY access to game sign-ups, AND, in celebration of our 5th, every Game Runner who RUNS A GAME (it must actually run) will receive a little thank-you through DTRPG (and free lunch for in-person GR's) as our way of saying THANKS for rolling with us!
Please check out our Game Runner Info and review Your Game Runner/Host Responsibilities before submitting your game. When you're ready, under the Host menu, choose "Submit Events".
It's not obligatory, but we hope you will consider using in-game donation incentives in your game to help raise funds for our Charity Drive.

### Charity Drive

Based on our success in raising over $4000 with Role Players for Ukraine, we've set up a Fundraising page through Canada Helps where we've chosen four local charities in support of causes we would like to highlight. We hope you will find something there to support and will join us with a donation. Some games will use donations for in-game incentives, so watch for that in the game information.
See our Charity Drive page for full details.

### Player Registrations Opens Oct. 31

On Hallowe'en we'll open up badge and ticket sales for players! We'll have more details closer to the day.
ONLINE Player Info
IN-PERSON Player Info

### T-SHIRTS and more!

From buttons, caps, phone & pillow covers, to shower curtains and t-shirts, support the con, show just how cool you are, and get your very own RPG Alliance Con swag at our REDBUBBLE store!

### PRIZES

Thanks to generous supporters so far, we already have a stack of digital prizes to give away Fri & Sat ONLINE from OneBookShelf (DriveThruRPG), R.Talsorian, Pelgrane Press, Free League, and Dragon Peak Publishing! We also have over $500 of physical prizes for those who can join us IN-PERSON on Sunday!

### LIKE and SHARE!

Please help us by LIKING and SHARING our social media posts and channels (Facebook @rpgalliance | Twitter @rpg_alliance | Instagram @rpgalliancecon), and share this with everyone in your social networks. The more awareness we get, the more successful our games will be for everyone!

### Safe Space for All

As always, RPG Alliance Con events are Safe Spaces for all. All attendees are required to follow our Safe Space Code of Conduct and Game Runners are required to use a Safety Tool (the default being the X-card, but any can be utilized).

### Help!

If you get stuck or have any questions (or concerns) don't hesitate to get in contact with Vicki or Trevor on our Discord server, or email [masked]

### Thanks and we hope to see you there!

RPG Alliance Con 2022- Hybrid Nov 18, 19 & 20! 5th Anniversary!

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The RPG ALLIANCE is celebrating 5 YEARS of Gaming Convention fun!
Check all the details on our Tabletop Events site:
https://tabletop.events/conventions/rpg-alliance-nov-19-20-2022

2022 finds us returning to a HYBRID gaming convention of two days ONLINE and one day IN-PERSON gaming at our partner Dickens Pub in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Age Limit: The IN-Person age limit is +18 years old (legal drinking age), as our venue is a pub.

The On-line convention day welcomes younger players and the Game Runners will set age ranges and content warnings where necessary for their individual games.

GAME RUNNER SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN OCT 1 to NOV 4th!
Go to our Tabletop Event Site for more info:
https://tabletop.events/conventions/rpg-alliance-nov-19-20-2022/pages/game-runner-info

PLAYER BADGES OPEN on Oct 31 - HALLOWEEN!!!

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