Jessy Damon (Chix Can Game)
Jessy Damon, aka Jess_CCG, is a woman of color and owner of Chix Can Game – an events host providing safe, inclusive spaces in the board game industry. Since childhood, playing tabletop board games was a big part of growing up, mostly in the form of playing party games with friends and family. It wasn’t until 2015 when her husband introduced her to designer board games that a whole new fascination arose! Some of her favorite tabletop board games include Pandemic Legacy Season 1, Caverna, Elder Sign, and Lost Cities the Board Game. As her game library grew and she began to attend conventions, she noticed a lack of diversity of those who play tabletop board games, especially those who look like her. So in creating CCG, her goal is to bring more awareness to this issue, in hopes of bringing more people to the table, because everyone deserves the opportunity to play board games! Jessy currently resides in Oregon with her husband and two cats, Soma and Maddie.
Justin Bird (Play Games, Spread Joy)
Play Games Spread Joy is more than a slogan, it’s an invitation. My intent is to make everyone feel valued and welcome at the tabel as I explore my favorite hobby and I hope you’ll join me along the way.
I stream on twitch as “JBird_TheWord” where I unbox games, teach you how to play, and then play games with the community. Photos of what I play can also be found on instagram with quick reviews, along with videos on youtube under “Play Games Spread Joy with JBird_TheWord.” I post reviews and previews, along with other game related media. While working convention booths, running online playtesting events, or just playing games for fun you can find me sporting a smile while tossing a Howdy your way. To share the slogan at your own gaming table, i have Play Games Spread Joy merch on teepublic (https://www.teepublic.com/user/play-games-spread-joy) & teespring (https://teespring.com/stores/play-games-spread-joy-merch). If you prefer to donate directly to support the giveaways I run on my channels you can visit my ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/playgamesspreadjoy).