Update: We asked GaymerCon co-founder Benjamin Williams what the next stretch goal would be for the event and what organizers planned to do with the money if they manage to raise it before the deadline:
"Our next stretch goal is 60K, which is to bring a big name geek celebrity "Boss of Honor" to appear at the show," said Williams in response. "Any money we raise above and beyond will go towards just making it that much slicker, more awesome, and full of the things people want at gaming conventions. We'll have to come up with more specific stretch goals if we get there of course. Additionally, the more money we raise, the likelier we are to draw the attention of big gaming companies and convince them to come and engage with their LGBTQ customer base."
Also of note is a quote from Penny Arcade's Robert Khoo in the same Facebook post, where he points out the high cost of running a serious Con:
"Their Kickstarter just hit the midway point, and yes, even though it's 200% of their goal, I can tell you that in order to run a successful show, they're going to need more than what they're asking for. Kick in if you can!"
Original Story: Robert Khoo of Penny Arcade voiced his moral support for GaymerCon's fundraising efforts on Facebook today, much to the delight of organizers of the event.
"Frankly, I love it, and I think you should love it too," said Khoo about the event. "The point [of PAX] was to create a fun show that we thought would add value to the community - the fact that other shows emphasizing specific groups within that subculture (a sub-subculture?) to me is pretty natural and healthy. RTX, GeekGirlCon, and now Gaymercon? ALL GREAT in my opinion. The latter two in particular should hit a nerve with all geeks - we've all been part of the underrepresented, overbullied and not-getting-a-fair-shake crowd."
"We are honored that one of the people who created PAX thinks our idea for a convention that is a safe space for gay gamers has merit and that he supports us," said Benjamin Williams, Co-Founder of GaymerCon.
GaymerCon is a two-day event that hopes to meld geek and game culture with LGBT culture. The Kickstarter has already surpassed its initial fundraising goal of $25,000 and has surpassed a secondary "stretch goal" of $50,000. As of this writing the campaign has raised $50,577 with 15 more days to go.
In addition to support for a veritable who's who in the gaming community, several organizations and individuals have stepped up to help the fledgling con with donations of merchandise and services to be used as incentives to raise more money. Those who have pledged to help GaymerCon include Penny Arcade, Mega64, 2 Player Productions, Rooster Teeth, James Portnow of Rainmaker Games, Emerald City Comic Con, and Kris Straub.
For more information about the event and to pledge your support, check out the Kickstarter page.