What we're about

RPGA-Con: We are an Inclusive Tabletop Gaming Community in Calgary, Alberta.

We run a big convention in the Fall (November 2020), and several smaller events during the rest of the year (min-cons, swap meets, one shots, and campaigns). We follow a Safe Space Code of Conduct and use the X-card as our default safety tool.

This year, Nov 20, 21 and 22, 2020, we've gone online, check out Tabletop Events Site for all the details:

https://tabletop.events/conventions/rpg-alliance-con-2020-november-21-22

The central idea is that Game Masters run whatever gaming system THEY WANT whether its D&D 5E, Star Wars, Star Trek, Knave, Dread, Paranoia, Burning Wheel, Realm of Strife, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Hackmaster, Vampire the Masquerade, Modern Age, Dungeon Crawl Classics, Alien, Swords & Wizardry, The Expanse, Conan, Warhammer Fantasy, Roll for Shoes, Pathfinder, Call of Cthulhu, Kids on Bikes, ... well you get the idea. We love gaming!

We use this Meetup to schedule and run events and welcome all Game Masters, so just message the organizer if you want to run a game and we will set you up.

We have ONE expectation and that is that We ALL follow the Safe Space Code of Conduct below that really is about creating a fun and respectful place for everyone to play in.

Thanks for joining!

Vicki aka vicster

Organizer

COVID-19 (March 15/2020): Yes its time for us to talk about the coronavirus pandemic... how to respond when social distancing is a key strategy in prevention? This is what we're doing:

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

2) We also created a ROLL20 account under the RPG Alliance banner ;(open to all affiliated meetups), and with the pro subscription for those Game Masters who don't have their own account, we can set up a limited amount of games on this account for virtual tabletop play. Contact vicster to set you up a game.

https://app.roll20.ne (https://app.roll20.ne/)... ( https://app.roll20.net/users/5339621/rpg-alliance )

RPG Alliance Convention

A local Role Playing Game Convention in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

We build community through Inclusive Gaming, because there's room at the table for everyone!

Facebook Group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/rpgalliancecalgary/

Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/RPG-Alliance-Convention-215006832520281/

Website:

https://rpgalliance.wordpress.com/

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/rpg_alliance?lang=en

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/rpgalliancecon/

2020 Tabletop Event:

https://tabletop.events/conventions/rpg-alliance-con-2020-november-21-22 (https://tabletop.events/conventions/rpg-alliance-con-2019)

YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB7BKDMJkU61lTom_tC_lLQ/featured?view_as=subscriber

We grew from the LGBTQIA+Allies D&D Meetup, the Star Trek Meetup and the Vampire the Masquerade Meetup. Please check those wonderful groups out for more gaming.

**Safe Space rules for everyone:

We have a new Alcohol policy below. No sexual harassment or sexual violence. No drugs (we eat our emotional pain so yes to pizza). No abusive behaviour, 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/Story Teller/Organizer will arbitrate, if there is a conflict with the Dungeon Master/Story Teller, 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 Participants are here to have fun and should ALWAYS feel safe and included. All participants (players, Dungeon Masters/Story Teller, 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 GM/DMs lead, avoid arguing with the GM/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 GM/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 Story Teller/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 Story Teller/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

As you know this meetup is part of three meetups supported by the Organizer and our polices are the same for each.

Thanks to everyone who commented in our LGBTQIA+Allies D&D's 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/Story Tellers

One Game Master 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 sister group's (LGBTQIA-Allies D&D Meetup), 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).

We have X-cards and will provide these to you for free, just 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

Organizer

Upcoming events (5)

RPG Alliance Hang Out

Online event

Hey Everyone!

Trevor had the great idea to get together on Discord for a Video Hangout/Social Event!

The RPG Alliance server is here:
https://discord.gg/TsTuKk2

Join the HANGOUT LOUNGE voice chat at 3PM (MST).

I'll have my webcam set up on my worktable and you check out my latest mini painting project. Maybe you have a gaming space you can show off to us too (let's see your library of core books y'all), while we chat about all the games we're playing, kickstarting, or are our top ten to explore!

Let's see if we can make this a regular once a month thing maybe.

Let's connect!

RPG Alliance Hang Out

Online event

Hey Everyone!

Trevor had the great idea to get together on Discord for a Video Hangout/Social Event!

The RPG Alliance server is here:
https://discord.gg/TsTuKk2

Join the HANGOUT LOUNGE voice chat at 3PM (MST).

I'll have my webcam set up on my worktable and you check out my latest mini painting project. Maybe you have a gaming space you can show off to us too (let's see your library of core books y'all), while we chat about all the games we're playing, kickstarting, or are our top ten to explore!

Let's see if we can make this a regular once a month thing maybe.

Let's connect!

RPG Alliance Hang Out

Online event

Hey Everyone!

Trevor had the great idea to get together on Discord for a Video Hangout/Social Event!

The RPG Alliance server is here:
https://discord.gg/TsTuKk2

Join the HANGOUT LOUNGE voice chat at 3PM (MST).

I'll have my webcam set up on my worktable and you check out my latest mini painting project. Maybe you have a gaming space you can show off to us too (let's see your library of core books y'all), while we chat about all the games we're playing, kickstarting, or are our top ten to explore!

Let's see if we can make this a regular once a month thing maybe.

Let's connect!

RPG Alliance Hang Out

Online event

Hey Everyone!

Trevor had the great idea to get together on Discord for a Video Hangout/Social Event!

The RPG Alliance server is here:
https://discord.gg/TsTuKk2

Join the HANGOUT LOUNGE voice chat at 3PM (MST).

I'll have my webcam set up on my worktable and you check out my latest mini painting project. Maybe you have a gaming space you can show off to us too (let's see your library of core books y'all), while we chat about all the games we're playing, kickstarting, or are our top ten to explore!

Let's see if we can make this a regular once a month thing maybe.

Let's connect!

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