The Board Game/Tabletop industry has a reputation of being mostly made up of white males. However, you would be surprised there is diversity in the board game industry and it is growing.
Metatopia was a great convention located at the Hyatt Regency in Morristown, NJ. This is a convention for game designers to playtest their games they are developing. I went there as a player and not as a designer. I wanted to learn how it is done. I took many different seminars, played many games that are still in development, and met many people who are up and coming designers and those involved with the industry.
I just want to share this Kickstarter campaign for Tiny Epic Mechs. I am a fan of Gamelyn Games and sell many of their games. This looks like a really exciting game. Already they raised more money than their original goal. The campaign is still going on and you can join in on the fun. It looks like the game will become available next year at the end of summer.