I live in New England.
More specifically, I live on the shoreline of Connecticut on the Hamden - New Haven boarder. This means that my taxes are high, my weather is fickle, and my home city looks like a bloody castle. No kidding! If you walk around New Haven you would think that you are on the set of some sort of amazing film where the modern world has collided with a fantasy realm.
Yet despite the amazing backdrop of visual inspiration, New Haven has not ever really been a known hub for nerd and geek culture. For the most part when I wanted to scratch my design and event itch, I would seek out people outside of Connecticut to work with. New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts all got a lions share of my time because it was easier to find others of my ilk. New Jersey and Pennsylvania both have properties that exist just to rent to LARPs, New York has so many people that simply by probability any time you walked down the street at least one person in your line of vision was a fellow nerd, and Massachusetts had amazing beer.
What? Beer is important for creativity.
But New Haven never really let its geek flag fly. We all knew that it was there, we all knew that Connecticut had thousands of larpers and geeks and nerds across the state... but they all were hidden away and for the most part unorganized.
But now New Haven has businesses that actively support the Geek and Nerd communities. Elm City Games is a cafe where you can spend $5 to get full day access to an amazing library of geek materials and a place to play. On my first visit, a kid I didn't know walked up to me and asked if I wanted to play Dungeons and Dragons 3.5. We also having Barcade New Haven opening on May 1st where people can have craft beers and play vintage video games.
It may be that I am a bit deranged, or maybe I am seeing opportunity, I am seeing the businesses in the area actually investing into the culture that I know is strong and in need of support. I am seeing an opportunity, one of those rare ones like I saw when I created Dystopia Rising 8 years ago, where this could be something huge and amazing.
That being said, I have invested a lot into the gaming community on a national and global level for the past few years. Introducing new standards and techniques in US LARP, founding a publication company, working to design a universal LARP system, published a number of RPGs, and now I am getting ready for multiple new LARP lines to become public access. I've done a lot of great work with some amazing people and accomplished a number of things that many of my friends told me were impossible.
Maybe it's my hubris, but I think I can help make the Elm City into a hub for gamer-geeks around the world. So I am going to invest in New Haven. I am going to set up an ongoing LARP community that networks geek social events with different bars and coffee houses. We are going to organize the sort of nerd-sexy-geek-chic that I love in my greater community. Maybe it's time to change the Imagine Nation Festival from a small group of 40 or so friends into a public access event.
I mean... why not? It's not like I was going to slow down or take a break anytime in the future anyways.