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Meetups, and parties, and games, OH MY!

+2 Comedy

+2 Comedy is the premiere geek stand-up comedy group on the East Coast. They’re five-year veterans of Otakon, with the Beyond the Tentacle series proving one of the most popular panels of the show. +2 Comedy has appeared at over sixty conventions on the East Coast.

Game the Gamer (After Dark Edition)
+2 Comedy is delighted to present a video game game show that isn’t just for kids. Four audience members will compete for video game dominance. Sabotage is for sale, though, and this time, the obstacles are definitely a lot more fun.

Beyond the Tentacle Chronicles
An exciting new addition to the Beyond the Tentacle family. Explore the weird, wild world of Japanese fetishes with +2 Comedy. Live demonstrations and exciting games promise a great story later for everyone involved, or an embarrassing memory you’ll never want to speak of again! Either way, everyone wins!

+2 Comedy Stand-Up Comedy
Exactly what it says on the tin. Adult Geek stand-up, with a Q&A afterwards to answer your most burning questions and settle your least amicable debates. What would the rest of the Justice League do with Wonder Woman’s lasso? What’s Mario’s safe word? Are the Unforgivable Curses unforgivable if you consent to it? The sky’s the limit- the Cobra Kai of geek comedy will tackle any query your heart desires.

+2 Comedy Podcast Live
A live talk show with a game show element. A surprise convention guest will be interviewed, and the audience will be able to play Host vs Guest vs Audience

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Babybeaver

Babybeaver is dedicated to building a community and making people feel accepted within it. They can mostly be seen talking to newbies and putting them at ease and facilitating hookups for friends.

Niche! Speed Dating
Ever wanted to meet someone in a structured environment and just get a few things out in the open? Well that’s what speed dating is for! Everyone will meet everyone, questions will be provided! Meet a friend, a playdate and maybe even a partner.

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BigMeatyClaws

Alex is a professional Web Developer who sometimes likes to write about things. A lover of technology, video games, film, and TV he has inoculated himself with pop culture. Also an avid internet user and meme looker-atter.

A Kinky Wind Blows
A Kinky Wind Blows is based on the icebreaker activity “A Cold Wind Blows”.

Steven Universe meet-up
“Steven Universe is a wonderful cartoon about love, acceptance and hot dogs. The show features the subversion of tropes as well as an amazing representation of LGBT values. Let’s get together and discuss the show; we’ll talk about our favorite episodes, characters, and moments. Come in cosplay, or your favorite t-shirt; come if you’ve never seen the show before and you’ll find out why you should! Let’s talk about Steven Universe, YOU CLODS!

The meet up is structured in segments so if you do not want to be spoiled please come early!”

Discord meet-up
“Are you a member of the GKE discord server? Do you like video games? Are you a huge giant nerd? Come on over and meet some cool people! Even if you aren’t a huge video game fan you will totally have fun. Let’s have some fun, talk about games, and maybe even play a few.

My meetups are always structured so that everyone will enjoy, please don’t be afraid to come on over!”

Adventure Zone meet-up
“The Adventure Zone started out as a podcast about three brothers (and their dad) playing Dungeons and Dragons; but it has evolved to so much more than that. The McElroys have taken the podcast medium and brought it to a whole new level. If you are a fan of podcasts, dungeons and dragons, or super great stories then you belong at this meet up!

The meet up will be structured in segments so if you do not want to be spoiled please come early!”

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Bookbishbunny

Bunny is a fan of bringing people together through fun, sometimes awkward, but usually good for you icebreakers, chit chats and laughter. She believes in friendships and bonds and relationships make in good time and with good people.

Shy People Meetup
A safe place to get to know others, share common interests, ask questions, and share concerns. A low-energy meet and greet for people who need to dip their toes in the water with other like-minded people before diving into the rest of the weekend. There will be interactive icebreakers, games, and introductions.

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Brave_Dance

Brave_Dance is just a fun, loving geeky guy who loves getting people together to talk, laugh and learn new things whether it’s about real issues or other important issues, like ponies.

Kinky Geeks of Color and Allies Meetup
This will be a space where we can discuss not only current issues but feelings when it comes to being a kinkster of color. This will be less formal. We’ll sit and chat with each other about current events and other topics of the like.

Hyper Awesome Fantastic Anime Trivia Vol. 2
Prove your meddle. Teams of 4 will compete. After 5 grueling rounds, one team will rise as the Hyper Awesome Fantastic champions of Anime trivia. There will be prizes

My Little Pony Meetup
Let’s talk about ponies and stuff!

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CleverDuck222

Duck is a submissive kinkster / BDSM bottom. Avid reader and generally creative. Active in the lifestyle for 5 years and on reflection of her kinks, she discovered a growing passion for a few less widespread kinks and dove in to learn more and spread the word!

BDSM Beauty Mark Pageant
You had an AMAZEBALLS time at GKE! You played! Got new toys! Marks, bruises, scratches, tattoos, scars! Come show off your marks at the pageant. Come see the creative end to those amazing Scenes!

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Dreamsleeper

A bringer of fun, a presenter of games, and a teller of fantastic stories. Step inside his dream and awaken.

Strip Twister
As has become a GKE tradition, the fun and friendly game of right foot blue, left hand green has gotten an adult upgrade.

What’s Your Kink/Fetish?
Let’s get together and talk organically about the things we’re into. We’ll discuss how we learned that we are into what we are into and what we like about them.

For the newer members, this is a good way to discuss and get out into the open what you like and find others to connect with so that you can explore.”

Naughty Whose Line is it Anyway?
Imagine some of your favorite games and skits from Whose Line? and give them a GKE twist.

Strip Simon Says
Ah, the classic game of Simon Says. The moderator says, you do, but only if he says “Simon Says!” If you mess up, you lose clothes. Who will be the last person standing?

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Emma_Spanko/Sparkdog

A shy and happy introvert, Emma has been active in the kink community scene for three years but a Spanko all of her life. She lives in Delaware with her three loud dogs and two crazy cats.

Sparkdog is a lifelong spanko and equal opportunity sadist. He is a Pro-Dom in the kink world and a comedian in the vanilla one.

Spanko Meetup
Do you love spanking? There are many levels of spanking enthusiasm ranging from the novice to the die-hard Spanko. Wherever your interest lies, we would like to invite all to mix and mingle, set up play dates, and just generally hang out with other lovers of spankings.

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Fireheart

Fireheart (Michael) has worked in the fields of sales and marketing for almost two decades, but sales and marketing is really just understanding what people want and finding ways to align their wants to your wants.

Making the connection
Why is it so hard to meet people? Whether you are looking for a play partner for the evening or a partner for life, it can be difficult to make a connection. Why can some people play as much as they want at an event like GKE, while others watch from the sidelines? It’s not about how you look. It’s about what you do. In this workshop, we will discuss techniques, strategies and mindsets to find a partner and create a connection, but we will do so with a constant awareness that our potential partners are *people* to be treated with respect and honesty at all times. This is not a workshop for pickup artists. It is for good, honest people looking to have a safe, sane, consensual time with other good people.

After the workshop, we’ll be doing a short speed-dating event so you can put what you learn to work.

KinkCardia Tournament
When the rubber hits the road and the cards hit the table, join us for the ConCardia/Kinkcardia tournament. This will be one of the only events all year where you can play with the more risque Kinkardia cards in an actual tournament.

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Katalyste & I_dont_talk_much

Katalyste is a poly queer femme who practices chaos-Buddhism, relationship anarchy, and works for the continued growth of two polyamorous communities in Memphis, TN and Norfolk, VA. She teaches workshops on Non-Violent Communication and is deeply passionate about giving people the tools they need to communicate with an authentic, clear, and kind voice. She is interested in learning by doing and being in service to community.

I_dont_talk_much is poly and queer. They host events for Greater Richmond Poly. They are committed to quietly and powerfully holding space for queer and poly communities.

Queer Mixer hosted by Katalyste and I_dont_talk_much
For queers by queers. Share a safe space to talk about queer politics, activism, gender non-normativity, art, fish, and kink. Introvert friendly: please come to the hosts as a safe space for making introductions or just quietly sharing space. All LGBTQ+ people who respect and treat each other with awesomeness are welcome.

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Meet and Greet Dinner

Meet & Greet Dinner

Meet new people, try out new stuff, and partake of a delicious dinner!
New to the event and curious what all the hoopla is about? Or are you a seasoned con veteran looking to try new things and meet new people?
This add-on event was created with all of you in mind!

Buffet Menu

  • Salad Bar
  • Grilled Vegetable Platter
  • Cheese & Fruit Display
  • Bread Display
  • A Taste of Rome Station
    • Linguine Primavera
    • Penne Sweet Basil & Prosciutto
    • Angel Hair Pasta with Baby Shrimp
  • Santa Fe Fajita Station
    • Chicken & Beef Fajitas
    • Chicken Quesadillas
  • Shanghai Stir Fry Station
    • Steamed Snapper with Scallions
    • Mongolian Beef & Oriental Vegetables
    • Stir Fry
    • Chicken Snow Peas & Pine Nuts
  • Confection Station
    • Assorted Mini Cakes & Pastries
    • Assorted Cookies
  • Beverages
    • Coffee
    • Decaffeinated Coffee
    • Iced Tea
    • Regular & Herbal Teas
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PhotoDragon

PhotoDragon is a musician, kinkster, and educator.

Aural stimulation / Geeky Kinky Music Jam
Can sounds set you off? PhotoDragon will lead a discussion about sounds and their effects and how they can be integrated into kink play. Following the discussion, he will lead the group in an open music jam, participants are encouraged to bring their own instruments. Guitars, drums, flutes, violins, bagpipes, whatever you have, whatever you play, join in the jam. Class is open to active participants and to those who just want to listen and enjoy the talents of your fellow GKE attendees.

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Princess Honeybee

Princess Honeybee is a kink writer sharing educational, heartfelt and funny words to help others achieve their kinky dreams. With 17+ years experience as an active kinkster, organizer and educator (kink and vanilla), she makes kink accessible, realistic, and above all, fun.

Feminization Social
A casual meetup for people of any gender who enjoy feminine presentation. Whether it’s for self-expression, kink, power exchange, just for fun, or all of the above, we’ll share our tips and tricks for dressing, makeup, feminizing bondage, and more.

The Exquisitely Kinky Corpse
The classic writing game, The Exquisite Corpse, is a form of shared storytelling with contributions taken hilariously out of context. Like Mad Libs, but with more sex and violence.

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Puff & Chill

Cigars on the Porch will be hosting a Cigar Social this year at GKE, come join us for a delightful evening smoke, we will have the fire pit going, and some Turkish Coffee or bring a drink of your choice and come to hang with other lovers of the leaf in the courtyard. Come as you are, stay as you wish, you may bring your own smokes, or can trade smokes or for a small donation, and enjoy one of ours.

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Rubyquill

Rubyquill is a full time blerd and part time switch. They are the designated Mama Bear of Serenity Space and has roamed the halls of GKE since the first one. You’ll usually find them stanning kpop groups, fawning over food porn on Instagram, or pondering kink rules for various role-playing games.


Women of Color in Kink
Sometimes you wanna go where everybody has a sense of solidarity with you. This is a space for all women (cis, trans, genderfluid. etc) of color to gather and discuss how we can shape the kink community to better suit our needs.

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Serenity Space

The Serenity Space is a safe space to cuddle, come down, and perform aftercare.
Click here for the Serenity Space Rules.
The Serenity Space will be open throughout the con, providing aftercare, pre-care, and everything in between to those who need it. Please come take advantage of our Aftercare Engineers, who are designated to provide and assist in all the comforts, wind downs, reassurances, etc that you may need!
There will also be some fun, low-key activities in the Serenity Space each day. See below for more details!

Newbie Stomp! (Friday)- The Serenity Space opens up as con opens, and provides space for newbies, and people who are looking for connection and answers. Whether you’re new to GKE or even conventions in general, we’re here to help you dip your toes in the water and discuss any questions that may be asked and have some fun. Designed around getting people acclimated, giving people a place to find new friends, and really feel that they are a part of our community.

Saturday Morning Cartoon Snuggle
Serenity Space staff will be holding a carton marathon, where we will be perched in front of a T.V, watching cartoons, in our pajamas! Bring your own stuffies, or borrow ours-wear your cutest pajamas!

Pillow Fort (Sunday) –
Sunday morning in the Serenity Space is time for the “Why Am I Awake Pillow Fort Building”. We use blankets, chairs, pillows, whatever we can grab and make everything from cozy nests to palatial pillow fortresses.

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ShimmeringShadow

Fox (they/them) is a gleefully geeky queer multiracial non-binary switch, making the most of life despite being described as “Medically Interesting” by their doctors. Polyamorous and kinky for around 20 years, they have an insatiable thirst for knowledge, a rampant sensual streak, an occasionally dangerous addiction to puns, and a laugh that carries in playspaces.

Chronically Kinky – Disability & Kink Roundtable
Kinksters with health troubles are far from uncommon – the US Census Bureau reported in 2010 that nearly 1 in 5 people in the US had a disability – but many of us feel so alone. This is a space for people with disabilities, chronic illness or other health issues to gather and discuss our experiences with kink in a laid-back and welcoming environment. Join us for a roundtable discussion to share stories and exchange thoughts on how to better meet our desires while accommodating our needs. Bring questions, experiences, ideas or simply open ears.

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