2016 Convention things…

I started to call it a schedule but changed my mind. A lot of the programming for cons I’m going to isn’t finalized yet. So if you go to these cons; there’s a damned good chance I’ll be there.

 Game Developers Conference

March 14 – 18, San Francisco, CA. Attending and being point person for our group of INeedDiverseGames Scholarship recipients. Also working with Diversi and others to collab on some kind of social event for our awardees.

Looking forward to finally meeting some folks I know only from online, and seeing John Epler and Patrick Weekes talk about DAI Trespasser, along with Jennifer Hepler’s summit talk on narrative.


April 29 – May 1, 2016 Southfield Westin, MI Attending as a Featured Guest. Schedule is still up in the air as to panels.

Penguicon is a non-profit, community-run convention for open source software and hardware, science fiction, gaming, DIY, and more.

WisCon 40

May 27 – 30, 2016, Madison, WI

I’m a Programming Co-Chair and GoH Liaison for Nalo Hopkinson, returning Guest of Honor for Wiscon 40. Programming is still being decided, but I’ll not be on as many panels as I was last year. :|


June 30 – July 3, Bloomington, MN Participating as an Invited Guest! Schedule is up in the air as to panels.


A long over due signal boost post, part 1 of ?, xposted from Patreon

This post is part 1 of 2, if not 3 because of all the people I’ve come across doing great work in gaming, tech, lit, etc to diversify and make our lives a bit better. Don’t fret if you are not listed, I’ve got another post coming next week with even more folks highlighted.  TL;DR, I know too many people doing great things.

This post originally appeared on my Patreon for a week, now I’m reposting at cypheroftyr.com for public consumption.  Thank you to everyone who has supported me at the $10 level and up, and don’t forget to send in post topics!

Spawn On Me Podcast:

The SpawnOnMe podcast is a weekly show highlighting the work of people of color in the gaming space. EIC Kahlief Adams and Producer Cicero Holmes, along with their Minister of No Finance,Shareef Jackson welcome guests from all areas of gaming. They are trying to future proof both the show and their initiatives to make gaming more diverse and inclusive. You can support them monthly on Patreon, along with subscribing to them on Stitcher, iTunes and via RSS. Feed. You also catch them on the ESN network. Follow them on Twitter and Facebook.


Gaming Looks Good is a semi-regular look at the diversity or lack thereof in games. Produced by Shareef Jackson, his videos often look at what’s missing or what’s being done well in newer games that are out and popular. He’s also written for Offworld, How Hip-Hop helped me learn to Code, and co-hosts Operation Cubicle along with JP Fairfield. Follow Shareef on Twitter, along with GamingLooksGood on twitter and YouTube.

Nerds Of Color Podcast We are a community of fans who love superheroes, sci-fi, fantasy and video games but are not afraid to look at nerd/geek fandom with a culturally critical eye.

Three years ago, spoken word artist Bao Phi eloquently and presciently summed up the Nerds of Color raison d’être in this column for the Star Tribune. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+

The Learned Fangirl: is committed to highlighting and nurturing under-reported writing focused on media, technology, and online culture by providing access and opportunity for women and people of color to publish media and cultural critiques that are too often ignored by the mainstream media. Free from the dictates of commercial pressure, TLF is dedicated to creating an independent media space, for underrepresented writers and critics to publish challenging critiques and research focused on mass media, technology and society in general.

To further its mission to supporting the future development of writers’ careers, TLF, unlike most other similar online and print publications, is committed to writers retaining copyright in their work, allowing writers to further to grow ideas first sprouted at TLF. Donate to TLF

Black Girl Nerds:  Black Girl Nerds is a place for women of color with various eccentricities to express themselves freely and embrace who they are.  This is not a site exclusively for Black women.  It’s for ALL women who are just as nerdy as we are and the men who love and appreciate us.  I named this site Black Girl Nerds because the concept of Black women as geeky-dorky beings is somewhat of an anomaly.  It’s against the order of things in the “Black Girl” world.  We represent a wide array of diverse women who embrace all cultures and refuse to conform to the status quo.

This community does not have an exclusionary purpose.  The term “Black Girl Nerd” is not intended to be derogatory nor is it racially biased.  It is a term of endearment to all women like me who have been attached to a stigma that is not an accurate representation of my personality or my idiosyncratic behaviors. Donate to BGN, listen to their podcast, subscribe to the newsletter

AlterConf: AlterConf is a traveling conference series that provides safe opportunities for marginalized people and those who support them in the tech and gaming industries. By highlighting the powerful voices and positive initiatives of local community members, we build hope and strengthen the community’s resolve to create safer, healthier spaces for everyone.

The conferences go beyond the limited definitions and basic discussions of diversity to create a deeper, more nuanced conversation. Each conference features a wide range of speakers delivering critical analyses of tech and gaming culture and presenting their vision for what our community can be. Donate // Sponsor  Next event is in Minneapolis, April 9 2016

Model View Culture: Independent media covering technology, culture and diversity. Support their work and get a 2016 subscription:https://modelviewculture.com/2016-subscription … The first issue for 2016 is now online @ModelViewCulture

Fund Club: An organization put together by Ashe Dryden (AlterConference) and Shanley (Model View Culture) where you pledge $100 per month to an organization chosen by Fund Club. They have raised $54,000 + in 2015 and $9,400 in 2016 already!

How it works: Pledge $100/month to fund tech projects by and for marginalized people. That’s it. Join Fund Club today

Streamers to Follow:

SimplyUndrea twitch.tv/simplyundrea

BlynBridge twitch.tv/bklynbridge

LseekrL/Thumbstick Mafia: twitch.tv/lSeekrl

SimplyAllegra twitch.tv/simplyallegra

Sharkyshood twitch.tv/sharkyshood

Supadupacurl  twitch.tv/supadupacurl

FYPme twitch.tv/fypme

The Wound God twitch.tv/thewoundgod

Tanya DePass Talks With Dark Matters About #INeedDiverseGames and More…

Thank you so, so much for talking with me!!!

Dark Matters


@cypheroftyr has no idea we are posting about her today so keep it on the low.

This truly lovely and revolutionary blerdgirl would never brag on herself, so in case you have no idea who she is, here’s what matters.

@cypheroftyr is a secret superhero. She has been tweeting since 2008 and serves as a @GaymerX diversity liaison, EIC of @OutofTokensCast, and co-host at @ChromaticLifeFM.

Her superpower is unity.

She created #INeedDiverseGames as a simple and effective way to draw marginalized folks into the gaming spotlight and lovingly dismantle the hilarious stagnation that seeks to keep gaming culture frozen in time like some weird-ass, eccentric billionaire in a cryo-coffin.

Q: How badass is that? A: ALL OF THE BADDEST & ALL OF THE ASSEST.

When we last tuned in, our shero found herself suddenly liberated from her soul-sucking income situation. Though by night she engages in her fight against tyranny…

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Double the Streams on Tuesday 2/9!

So Tuesday is usually the day new releases drop. This week however there’s two highly anticipated titles coming out!

I’ll do an AM Stream of Unravel Game; starting at 10am CST – 2:00 pm CST, take a break then stream Firewatch by Campo Santo from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm CST  at twitch.tv/cypheroftyr

Unravel Game by Coldwood Studios 


I’ve already streamed some Unravel via EA Access on the XB1 which you can see below.

Not Your Mama’s Gamer also published a great piece on the happiness Unravel and it’s wooly star, Yarny has brought already.

Firewatch by Campo Santo

Firewatch is a mystery set in the Wyoming wilderness, where your only emotional lifeline is the person on the other end of a handheld radio.


The year is 1989.

You are a man named Henry who has retreated from your messy life to work as a fire lookout in the Wyoming wilderness. Perched atop a mountain, it’s your job to find smoke and keep the wilderness safe.

An especially hot, dry summer has everyone on edge. Your supervisor, a woman named Delilah, is available to you

at all times over a small, handheld radio—and is your only contact with the world you’ve left behind.

But when something strange draws you out of your lookout tower and into the world below, you’ll explore a wild and unknown environment, facing questions and making interpersonal choices that can build or destroy the only meaningful relationship you have.


The @Offworld Collection Kickstarter is live!


About this project

The Offworld Collection is a beautiful hardcover book that contains some of the best and most insightful writing about video games ever printed on a page. It features a tremendously diverse roster of contributors, writing about everything from the fascinating world of women’s pinball, to the lingo of Chinese games culture, to the small, intimate games that explore how young adults deal with sex and technology. It’s a book for anyone with a passion for design, play and criticism, and we need your help to bring it to life!

The awesome book you'll get (mockup)

When editors Leigh Alexander and Laura Hudson relaunched Offworld, our goal was to build a website that focused on the writing and game design work of women, people of color and other marginalized folks. We wanted to create a space that actively welcomed perspectives that are often ignored by mainstream game culture, a place where where we could share our expertise and insight into the art of game creation and the culture of play.

After a year of publishing incredible content from an all-star roster of writers, we’re running this campaign to pay for the cost of publishing a book collection—and to monetarily reward the people who have done this important work. We want to make a lovely, wonderfully-designed object to celebrate the excellence of Offworld and its contributors, a physical thing we can hold up any time anyone says “there just aren’t” people like us working in this space.




The Offworld Collection is a sophisticated but accessible look at an amazing landscape, where small, simple experiences can reflect our humanity. We hope it can introduce more people to the full breadth of what games, technology and play can mean, and who can participate in them.

We’re so proud of all the features in the book, which are just as varied as its contributors: Daniel Starkey delves into a game that reimagines Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying through the lens of Native storytelling traditions; game developer Catt Small writes about how designing a black woman protagonist mattered—even in a shooting game set inside tiny spaceships; Soha Kareem writes about healing trauma by making text games; Katriel Page explores how game-making is like poetry, while Shareef Jackson explains how it’s like hip hop.


Leigh Alexander and Laura Hudson also contribute features on everything from games where you can empathize with monsters to the tragic mortality of virtual pets. And we’re especially proud that Gita Jackson’s essay “We Are Not Colonists” was highlighted as one of the year’s best articles by the website Critical Distance.


Here’s a full list of writers who appear in The Offworld Collection:


The primary cost of the campaign will simply be publishing and shipping an 8.5 x 11″ buckram hardcover book. We’ve also got to pay for book design, video editing, administrative costs, sticker art and printing, contributor copies, and fees for both Kickstarter and the fulfillment company Make That Thing. And of course, we’re going to be paying all the writers off the bat for every feature we include.


As far as our stretch goals, they’re simple: The more money we make, the more money we give back to our writers:

  • If we reach $40,000, each writer receives $50 more per feature.
  • If we reach $50,000, each writer receives $100 more per feature.
  • If we reach $60,000, each writer receives $150 more per feature.

If we go past these goals, you guessed it: we’ll just keep giving everyone more money.



If you decide to back us (and we hope you do!) we’re keeping your options pretty simple as well:

  • DOWNLOADABLE CONTENT — $15: The PDF edition of the collection.
  • HARD COPY — $40: The hardcover and the PDF. A simple but elegant option.
  • BONUS ITEMS — $50: A hardcover edition, the PDF, AND two die-cut stickers by artistElizabeth Simins: a cosmically beautiful Offworld design as well as her popular and instructive BLOCK sticker.
  • FRIENDSHIP MODE — $75: Two (2) copies of the hardcover, the PDF and the stickers. Give the second copy to someone you care about!
  • ILLUMINATI LEVEL PATRONAGE — $100: One hardcover, one PDF, the stickers, and your name emblazoned on a very special thank you page in the book. (We reserve the right to edit for appropriateness.)
  • NUCLEAR FAMILY — $110: Three (3) copies of the hardcover, plus the PDF and the stickers.
  • OFFWORLD QUEST — $500: A tier for true pioneers. You get the stickers, the PDF, five copies of the book, and a very spe custom Twine game created for you by the Offworld team. Also a place in our hearts.

Behold, our stickers:

The last year at Offworld has been unforgettable, and we can’t wait to transform the work that made it so special into a beautiful, tangible thing and share it with all of you.

Risks and challenges

All of the content has already been written, and we’ve hired the fulfillment company Make That Thing to work with us at every step of the process. They’ve helped us structure our budget for both the initial goal and the stretch goals, and will ensure that the book is published and shipped to our backers as quickly and professionally as possible.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter


Have a question? If the info above doesn’t help, you can ask the project creator directly.

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Slash Shipping, Pseudo-Progressivism, and Reinforcing Patriarchal Standards in Fandom

OMG this is such a GOOD POST. I was just all in my feelings about this topic recently.

Stitch's Media Mix

disproportionateHere’s a newsflash for you my fellow slash shippers: Your male/male ships that focus almost exclusively on white men aren’t as progressive or as rebellious as you think they are.

Especially when (not ‘if’) they come at the expense of women and characters of color who have significant intimate relationships with one or both of the two white guys you’re shipping.

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Twitch follower milestone Stream hype!

So I hit a milestone in my Twitch followers; I reached and surpassed 300 followers over at my wee Twitch channel; and I want to celebrate. I also rolled past 4K followers on twitter (how that happened IDK but I’ll take it)

twitch follower hype

So I re-rolled Hissra Adaar as a mage and he’s going to go for our problematic Tevinter mage. There’s supposedly special dialogue when you are romancing the Altus as a Tal-Vashoth mage.

So join me at 4pm CST for a chill, celebratory stream of my favorite game.



Saturday morning’s stream will be of Fallout 4 on PC or PS4.