I’m sure most of you are familiar with Mattie Brice—over the last half year or so, she’s seems to suddenly be in the middle of every conversation on Twitter, she writes regularly on her own blog, The Border House, Pop Matters, and Nightmare Mode, and her empire is continuing to expand with appearances in Kotaku and Game Critics. (She’s been showing up in our VGHVI gaming nights, too, and is helping us put together a podcast.)

So, of course, I thought: I’d really like to be able to meet her at GDC and hear her thoughts about the event; also, she’s working on joining the game industry, and the industry could definitely use a dose of her style of subversion. Chatting with people over Twitter, I discovered that I’m not the only person who feels that way, so we decided to launch a fundraising effort to help pay for her plane fare and hotel.

And, if you feel the same way, please donate! Or, if money is tight, please spread the word on blogs / twitter / facebook / plus. I’ve been absolutely floored by the response we’ve gotten in the first twenty-four hours of this effort: I knew the game blogging community is a wonderful bunch, but this is really above and beyond the call, enough so that it looks quite likely that Mattie will be able to attend not only GDC but also PAX East and maybe even GDC Online. So, to those of you who have already contributed, my most heartfelt thanks; and to those of you who contribute in response to this, I thank you as well. I’m really glad to be a part of this.

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