The organisers behind Australia's first queer gaming festival, GX Australia, have returned to the crowdfunding platform to raise funds for next year.
The campaign is already about a quarter of the way there. The goal has gone up from last year's $50,000 to $60,000, although the venue has also been changed to the more accessible Sydney Showground (as far as mobility is concerned). The venue will also be air conditioned, although given that the event's being held at the end of April the temperatures shouldn't be too arduous.
As was the case last year, people who pledge will get one or more free games depending on what tier they back. The minimum you'll need to pledge for a ticket is $50, but for that you also get three games from the following:
- Killing Time at Lightspeed
- Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015
- Mini Metro
- My Ex-Boyfriend The Space Tyrant!
- Assault Android Cactus
- Ryan North's To Be Or Not To Be
The change of date moves the event away from Mardi Gras, but it's also being cited as a major reason for bringing costs down. You had to pledge at least $70 last year to get a ticket to GX Australia, with the door price going up to $85 afterwards.
Olympic Park isn't the easiest location in the world to reach for everyone, particularly those travelling by public transport. But much like ATP was before, it's very much a known quantity in the convention circuit thanks to EB Expo being held there every year.
If you want to support GX Australia for 2017, here's the Kickstarter page. The organisers say they should be able to stream and record more panels this year for those who can't make it, and the event has also been opened up for everyone 15 years and older (with those under 18 requiring proof of age).