Rocky and I were able to attend the Pride March at Marikina this year!
It was a HUGE event with reportedly over 52k attendees. Some even state that by the evening, the numbers neared 70k! While there were some missteps and mismanaged communication and planning issues, the event overall was a beautiful testament to the diversity, color, and love that the LGBTQIA+ community. People we all respectful of each other and celebrating each one's diversity and identity.
Come evening, we then headed to our favorite haunt and second home, O Bar, where we continued the Pride celebrations with dear friends and our expanded family. We saw the amazing numbers and emotionally powerful performances which the O Divas and guest performers prepared. We cried. We danced. We cheered. We bonded. We grew stronger.
Then, Sunday was one shot game of Alien, the role-playing game. Rocky and I had three awesome friends take part in the Cinematic one shot of Chariot of the Gods. Aina, Thomas, and Titus, all three fantastic players who never played together in a single game, having the most awesome time screaming, hoping, and scheming as they faced off against the terrifying threats that can only come from such a delightfully terrifying franchise.
Read up Thomas' AMAZING write-up on the events from his character's perspective. Note, however, there may be spoilers for those hoping to try Chariot of the Gods. You have been warned!
The game was admittedly, just incredible! The Stress and Panic rules were viciously cool, more so when panic starts to become contagious. The every looming threat of a synth or alien in one's midst was just fantastic for drama and story. And the ending. Oh man, that ending which the players were able to build. I will admit, I was quite teary eyed when they wrapped the game up in that way.
Then, there was Gwen's lovely Rappler article on diverse voices in the game industry!
It was a beautiful feature giving an inspiring spotlight to the many other creators, developers, and creative forces that work in their own ways to give us a voice and celebrate their own distinct vision. Too often, especially here in Manila, there is this old way of thinking that gay people are pamparlor (hairdressers) or pangcomedy (comedians) only. And while there is no shame or anything wrong with such professions, there is something wrong in choosing to limit what you believe a person is capable of based solely on their gender.
And even more importantly this is part of the article:
Sad but true, but there is still a lot of hate out there which keeps many people from feeling the freedom to come out. Just as how there are people who censor themselves or their existence due to the pressures of society or the selfish demands more influential or privileged folk may have. The fight continues for equality. And for pride. Thank you so much for this feature, Gwen!
Diverse voices: Meet some of the LGBTQ+ folks in games development http://www.rappler.com//technology/features/234244-lgbtq-games-development-feature via @rapplerdotcom
And guess what, that leaves six MORE months to come!
Things can only get better!