Welcome to ConTessa!
We are an organization dedicated to increasing diverse representation in tabletop gaming by running events led entirely by marginalized people, and enjoyed by everyone. We run our own conventions online, and attend popular conventions around the United States, bringing games, seminars, workshops, and panels using our innovative convention-within-a-convention format. We aim to provide open, inclusive, and safe environments that diversify what a leader looks like within our hobby.
Join ConTessa at AcadeCon this November for gaming and socializing in our safer space! Now seeking GMs to run whatever LARP, board, card, tabletop RPG, or miniature game of their choice.
What's New On The Blog
Gen Con is our most expensive (and biggest) event of the year, and this year we're going bigger than ever! Help us get there and pay for all the goodies we need, and get some awesome shirts in the process!
Donate Directly to ConTessa
Send us a direct donation through our website, and your funds will go towards paying our operating costs as well as getting us to conventions!
What People are Saying About ConTessa
"ConTessa isn't just about bringing women to the table. It's about making that table a safe and welcoming place for a woman to stay."
- Amy Davis of Monster Dance Designs
"ConTessa is one of the most positive and inclusive organizations and conventions around. Their 'gaming forward' and 'women forward' focuses encourage women not just to be gamers, but game designers as well."
- Kiel Chenier of Dungeons & Donuts
"ConTessa may focus on women in gaming, but it provides a safe and nurturing place for gamers of all identities and ages. ConTessa spotlights the diversity among games, the players, and the game designers. Without such a network like ConTessa, the gaming community can be a dense and difficult terrain to traverse for women, non-binary, LBGTQ, and other non-traditional individuals."
- Monica Marlowe of Know Direction
"The game I played in at Gen Con (Lynne Hardy, running her own game, Cogs, Cakes, and Swordsticks) was one of the best and smoothest convention games I've ever experienced. The scenario was an interesting open-ended mission and the GM gave us just the right mix of direction and freedom. All the players were focused on the group experience and engaged in the action."