I saw in the GAMA (Game Manufacturers Association) June 2019 newsletter (https://mailchi.mp/80506a4c96cd/gama-2019-june-update?e=b2fee8ddb4>GAMA June 2016 Newsletter ) that a few board seats are up for election at the next annual meeting on Friday, June 14, 2019 at 7pm in room A216 of the Greater Columbus Convention Center. GAMA is the parent organization that runs the Origins Game Fair each year. I put my name in to be put on the ballot for a Director-At-Large seat this past Thursday, so I will be on the ballot for voting members to cast a vote for.
I had thought about joining GAMA for a number of years and finally decided to join a little while ago, especially I would like to do my part to help the hobby and its Origins Convention that I enjoy attending so much.
So if you know anyone that is a member of GAMA, or even has any part in the overall gaming/boardgame/comics industry, please mention my running for GAMA director and recommend a vote FOR me for director. Even if the person you are talking with is not a voting member, they may know people that are or have connection to other people who are and word can get around.
While I probably will not be able to attend the meeting in person, there is an option to attend remotely through Zoom this year so I expect to be doing that.
If there is anyone that would be interested in talking about my running for GAMA Director I can be reached at LouisDesyjr@gmail.com.
One item of particular importance, it seems to me that all of us owe Larry Correia restitution for how he was treated and what we all, collectively, allowed to happen. What happened was an outrage. Larry had not been in contact with the person who made the complaint in years plus the person making the complaint did it because of a rebuttal Larry wrote to an article that their finacee had written. So the person making the complaint did it about something they were not even involved in! On top of all of that, the person making the complaint was not even going to attend Orgins, yet GAMA/Origins decided to ‘disinvite’ Larry and take part in this farce.
In the dystopia that we appear to be constructing, people are not banned, they are ‘disinvited’. It is as though we are making our own dialect of newspeak to use.
1984 was supposed to be a warning, not an instruction manual.
It seems to me that all of us should beg forgiveness from Larry for what happened; those that directly took part for what they did, and the rest of us, including me, for failing to prevent an innocent man from being unjustly slandered and persecuted.
Maybe in the future some kind restitution can be made to Larry, like some kind of official staff/officer position as a way to make amends for what happened and in some way, compensate Larry Correia for what happened.
My plan is that once on the board of GAMA, whether it is this Friday, next year or a decade from now; that I will do everything in my power to effect such restitution as soon as possible.
While we can not change what happened in the past, we all can work today to make amends for what we allowed to happen. If you have ever thought or wished that you could repair the damage done last year to Larry and make amends, now is the time to act.
Good Luck and Take Care,
Louis J. Desy Jr.