I placed the book on the counter. The cashier picked it up, looked at me, and said, "This a great Father's Day gift, lucky guy!"
I sighed with audible exasperation on the inside. I said, "Oh, actually, it's for me. I want to learn to DM." To which he said, "Oh, um, well... good luck with that."
Dude. You could have been really cool at that moment. You could have given me advice or tips or pointed me in the direction of the gaming tables and said, talk to that guy, he'd love to help. But no. You treated me like a girl. It was only my second time in that store, but I have only seen one other girl there and none were at any of the gaming tables downstairs.
This is not related to me being a disgruntled female, but also? That store smells of stereotypical gamer body odor. Just sayin'.
It reinforced a dream that has been in the back of my head for about eight years. I want to open a gaming store. A female-friendly but not male-repelling gaming store. I want people to come buy things and keep me in business, but I also want it to be a place folks want to come hang out with friends. I would love to have a handful of gaming tables out in the open, a private gaming room with a table from Geek Chic that groups could rent, and maybe a room that is a mini theater. I envision selling comics too and having them in a separate room with a cushy place where artists and writers can come sign their work.
As you can tell, I haven't sat down in any kind of serious fashion to make it happen. But, I am extra inspired to do so because of another geek lady, Natali, who is taking big steps to make her dream a reality. She has envisioned an place for dorks, and even non-dorks, to congregate / eat / drink / be awesome. In her words, "UberDork Café is Art + Science= Geek in a family-friendly environment that supports local vendors and artists, the earth and gives back to the community not only by providing a safe place for youth to play and learn, but also in financially assisting future Art + Science= Geeks."
Sounds pretty damn perfect to me. She has created a Kickstarter pledge page to help raise funds for start-up. If you're not familiar with Kickstarter, you back the project by pledging money. The project has to meet it's goal by the date stated for you to actually be charged and for Natali to get the cash. Let me cut you off before you say, "But this in Milwaukee and I am nowhere near Milwaukee!"
It's the principle of thing. Also, just think if the first UberDork Cafe opens and it's a gigantic success. Maybe there would be offshoots in other cities. We can hope!
Read lots more details about the project at the Kickstarter page: