The organization dedicated to building diversity in tabletop games by increasing the visibility and number of women-led events at gaming conventions is expanding its umbrella to include all marginalized people. Founded in 2012 by Stacy Dellorfano, ConTessa has been running tabletop games online and off, hosting panels on the creative process and professional development, and offering articles on everything from gaming tips to designer diaries “by women, for everyone.”
As of December 2016, ConTessa has expanded its representation from women to everyone on the LGBTQ+ spectrum, people of color, and any marginalized group. Anybody and everybody is welcome and encouraged to attend ConTessa’s events, but the focus remains to highlight the contributions of marginalized groups on the convention circuit and in the industry. ConTessa Women events will continue to spotlight women gamemasters, moderators, and designers. Panels and events in the QueerTessa block will be helmed by people from the LGBTQ+ community. Finally, people of color will be leading the programming during events in the ConTessans of Color block. All three tracks will be coming to a convention near you in 2017, as well as events run under the general ConTessa banner featuring all three groups.