If I'd put everything I'm doing in one post, it would have been way too long so here's the rest of the stuff I'm up to! Saturday I'm getting back together with the #Vamily over at Qeueu Times for a double header of a panel and VtM game with the illustrious B. Dave Walters presiding. … Continue reading I’m doing a lot this weekend Part 2 of 2
So, I've already kicked off the weekend with being one of the recipients of the Diana Jones Award 2020 for recognizing Black Excellence in Games. The full awardee list is here, and there's also a neat piece in Polygon by Charlie Hall about this years awardees. Next up is a WorldCon [CONZealand] panel on Worldbuilding … Continue reading I’m doing a lot this weekend! Part 1 of 2
I'm doing a couple things for #GenCon Online this year. There will be a short clip of me talking about INDG during the opening session. Using Tabletop Gaming for Charity Fundraising Friday 1:30pm - 3:00pm CDT/2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT twitch.tv/extralife4kids “Using Tabletop Gaming for Charity Fundraising” is open to EVERYONE! When viewing the page you may … Continue reading My #GenConOnline Events
https://youtu.be/2zFpBEMGclE In case you missed it, I ran a XSplit 101 session over on my Twitch channel, which is powered by XSplit! I'm a Twitch partner, XSplit VIP and have been streaming nearly 7 years! After the stream, I virtually sat down with Chris Slight, XSplit Content manager to have a chat about what I … Continue reading Learn to use XSplit & get to know your VIP! #Sponsored #Ad
I've been getting a bit of press in the last month or so, so here it all is in one handy list. Articles and Interviews: Go Magazine GO Proudly Presents: 100 Women We Love, Class of 2020 Eurogamer Pride Week: LGBT+ Streamers and the Importance of Communities TechCrunch Confronting Racial Bias in Video Games ComicBook Rivals of Waterdeep … Continue reading Some recent press for me
Get the #BlackAFRoundTable & #BlackAFSidetable vods in one handy spot. Aka this thread. Don't let these conversations be the only time folks in the #TTRPG space listen to Black creators and take us seriously, and act rather than claim we're just complaining over nothing. What we did was labor, both emotional and literal as we … Continue reading #BlackAF Roundtables & Sidetable in one spot
I got a mystery package from #Sponsor Level Up Dice! We checked inside and there was a lovely note from Diana M as well as the following! D20 - Dark Blue Aluminium D20 - Serpentine Jade (discontinued?) D12 - Snowflake Obsidian D10 - Bloodstone D8 - Amethyst D6 - Hematite (frontier font) D4 - Pink … Continue reading A mystery package from @LevelUpDice arrived! Let’s see what it is! #Sponsored
So, as long as Emerald City Comicon (ECCC) happens I'll still be there! I'll also be floating around the Level Up Dice and Wyrmwood Booths. I'll be on two panels, one of which I'm moderating. Queer as a 3-Sided Die Thursday 2:30 pm WSCC 3B Industry panelists lead discussion of gender and sexuality issues in … Continue reading My #ECCC Schedule
Hey Friday is coming, thus another #FF will ravage the TL with loads of people tagged as someone to follow but with no context as to WHY they would be a good follow on here. So I'm asking y'all a favor, a big one. Instead of massive lists of folks who you think are neat … Continue reading A Consideration for #FollowFriday if you please
So I've gotten a bit of press recently and wanted to share it with y'all. I was fortunate enough to be invited to Ubisoft Toronto to be part of the second Black Game Pros Mixer event in early February! Check out some of the coverage and when the video of the panel is available Games … Continue reading A bunch of neat coverage of the #UbiBGP Mixer & a highlight by @XBoxAmbassadors
After some thought, and a lot of stress I decided to cancel attending PAX East this year. Trying to do both PAX and C2E2 in addition to that other opportunity (that didn't come through) was stressing me out. Self care is the mood for 2020 y'all, so I'm just doing C2E2 this year. See y'all … Continue reading I’m not heading to #PAXEast after all
So I got Loot Crate Gaming and forgot to cancel it, then they went under in bankruptcy. I am finally getting the last of the crates I'm owed, and there's a lot of stuff I literally have no interest in or isn't my fandom. So I'm putting it all up for grabs. Catch? You cover … Continue reading Random Loot Crate… loot up for grabs – Updated
It's time again for OrcaCon in Bellevue, WA! Join us January 10-12 for this awesome event. I'm there in my capacity as programming and diversity coordinator, as well as a panelist. Friday, January 10th GM'ing for New Players 4:30pm - Vancouver Room How do you give new players the best experience possible? Hear from several … Continue reading My final @OrcaCon schedule!
This thread happened mid flight cause I was super irritated by the guy next to me and not being able to sleep as I usually do. Also due to some things that happened at Unplugged and at many, many panels I have been on before. Original twitter thread here, what follows is a slightly edited … Continue reading On being a good panelist & moderator
The diversity conversation you need, but don't want Diversity is now a checkbox on a lot of lists rather than being about inclusion and making sure everyone is included. Let’s get into the nitty gritty of why we need to actually be inclusive and stop checking off boxes and calling it a done deal. https://youtu.be/s6378DxI8Uw
My PAX Unplugged Schedule - 2019 edition! Also, I Need Diverse Games is back in the Diversity Lounge! This year we're going to have an exclusive D20 pin designed and made by Geekify, Inc to purchase! All proceeds keeps INDG alive and kicking. Pins will be $15, cash or card accepted. Not Having Racism in … Continue reading My #PAXUnplugged 2019 Schedule!
Saturday November 16th Tanya takes her friends to Hell! - We Mean Avernus 12:00 - 1:00pm - Rey I take some friends through a merry chase through Avernus, for a short adventure. I'm DM'ing and bringing MercyfulDM, TwittySuch, GlitterNGoth along for the ride! Meet and Greet - Signing Tables 1:00 pm Bring stuff I worked … Continue reading My @GeekGirlCon schedule!
Here’s my final PAX Dev and PAX West panel schedule.Who can I designate to make sure I am fed and watered that Saturday? INDG will also be in the Diversity Lounge on the 6th floor. “Diversity Consultants: What We Do and Why You Need Us” ; Wednesday, August 28th at 2:45pm in the Fifth Avenue … Continue reading My final #PAXDev & #PAXWest schedule
So, Thursday I am giving one of two Insights talks at GenCon! Along with Steve Kenson, of Green Ronin Publishing we'll talk about Diversity by Design! image courtesy of GenCon Me and Steve Kenson Launched in 2018, Insights is an initiative committed to sharing important stories & ideas in tabletop. This year, our theme is … Continue reading I’m speaking on the internets & and in person this weekend! I’m speaking at @Gen_Con and @americanart
As some of you know, I'm nominated for a Hugo as part of the fine crew at Fireside Fiction! Thanks to the amazing generosity of a friend, I am able to attend WorldCon and the Hugo awards ceremony in Dublin next month! Here is my programme schedule, all times are local Dublin time. Creating wonderful … Continue reading Here’s my Dublin 2019: An Irish WorldCon Programme schedule!
(I originally posted this on Medium, but I wanted to share it on my main site as well) I’m not beautiful… never have been and never will be. Not in the sense most people think of beauty anyway. The word makes me uncomfortable when applied to me. Especially when I try to talk about how … Continue reading Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…
Here's my current PAX Dev and PAX West panel schedule. Will be updated with panelist and links once they go up on the PAX Site. Who can I designate to make sure I am fed and watered that Saturday? INDG will also be in the Diversity Lounge on the 6th floor. I might also be … Continue reading My current #PAXDev and #PAXWest panel schedule
I'm returning to BlerdCon this weekend for their 3rd event! I'm only doing two panels this time, both on Sunday morning! You can see the full panel lineup here #BlackTwitter: Navigating and Making Social Media Work for you as a Black Nerd 10:00 am Eastern, Jefferson Room Twitter is the new watercooler, and Black Twitter … Continue reading Heading off to @BlerdConDC this weekend!
Tomorrow I leave on a jet plane again for a week! This time I'm off to Los Angeles for a few days of D&D shenaniganry with (most) of my Rivals of Waterdeep family. Brandon won't be joining us but the amazing Erika Ishii is going to guest on our show in his place. Here's what … Continue reading I’m heading to LA for #DnDLive2019 The Descent!
So, Faces of Thedas is out and one of my favorite characters isn't in the book. Yes, you read that correctly; Fenris is not statted out for use in a campaign either as a NPC or PC. So, I took the format used in the book for characters getting a full spread, and applied to … Continue reading Want to put Fenris in your DA RPG? I got a write up for you
I will FINALLY be speaking at South By Southwest (SXSW) next weekend on March 10th, 11am AFAIK, it is not being streamed or recorded. I'm only there the 9th -11th, so if you're in or near Austin, lemme know! Speaking “Your Truth” vs. “The Truth” Speakers: Ryan Bond (Encyclopedia Brittanica), Shannon Downey (Badass Cross Stich), Mary Poffenroth … Continue reading Who am I seeing at @SXSW next weekend?
Here's my current PAX East schedule. Until the official schedule is posted, all things are subject to change. I Need Diverse Games will also be in the Diversity Lounge again! None of You are Free of Sin: Gamer Crimes Friday March 29th, 5:00pm Albatross Theatre Camping at the spawn point. Drinking BAWLS energy drink. Hanzo … Continue reading Final #PAXEast Schedule
Oh hey OrcaCon is this weekend! Here's my panel schedule y'all. Saturday, January 12th 10:00 am Better Realism for Better Worlds: We Did the Research for You I don't want to hear about how arm-chair "realistic" it is to default to miss-recorded Western medieval standards of race, gender, sexuality. This panel dissects the 101 History … Continue reading My @OrcaCon Schedule
I'm going back to MAGFest y'all. Here's my panel schedule as part of MAGES. Mental Health Representation in Games Thursday Jan 3rd. 4:00 pm MAGES 2 Mental health representation takes many forms in games, and can be helpful or harmful. Games like Hellblade explicitly address psychosis through the use of sound and mechanics, and are … Continue reading My MAGFest 2019 Schedule
I’m pleased to share I’m eligible for consideration for the Hugo Awards in a few categories for works created in 2018. I edited Game Devs & Others: Tales from the Margins a collection of essays in which POC, LGBTQIA, and other gamers with marginalized identities, shared their personal stories about what it’s like being part … Continue reading My 2018 @TheHugoAwards eligibility post
A reflection on three years...I tweeted this out late on December 10th, on the actual anniversary of losing my day job and reflecting on three years of self employment and doing this full time. It's a bit more personal than I usually get but I would not be here with your support. "Three years ago … Continue reading Three Years… a reflection
https://youtu.be/OvfpI6eeSLE I got a chance to play Thing Trunk's Book of Demons: Dungeons and Streamers thank you to Chris Priestly at Evolve PR for providing a review key. It's a fun Rogue-like dungeon crawler that uses Twitch integration well. Your viewers can help or hinder you as you make your way through each dungeon level. … Continue reading Have a devishly good time with your community playing Book of Demons: Dungeons and Streamers
Disclosure: I was asked to use VCam by XSplit, and provided a Logitech C922 webcam + One Year Premium XSplit license. So #Sponsored content ahead! It's good, I promise 😉 For those of you that stream, XSplit released a green screen application, VCam that lets you have a virtual greenscreen or background image instead of … Continue reading A quick review of @XSplit’s VCam app
TwitchCon vods aren't yet separated out into individual panels, but I've gotten the links and the time stamps for y'all! Come Watch My Stream and Other Things Not to Say! Watch here: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/327722979 0:00hr - 1hr:15min mark Welcome to a panel designed to educate streamers, viewers, and everyone in-between on the dos and don’ts of … Continue reading TwitchCon Vods!!
My PAX Unplugged panel schedule so far... Not Having Racism in Your Campaign, Settings, or Table Friday 1:30 pm Leviathan Theatre Tabletop is growing and expanding, and with it there’s an increased need for diversity at the table. Let’s talk frankly about why racism at the table shouldn’t be a thing you do as a … Continue reading My #PAXUnplugged 2018 schedule
A tweet from @curlyfro about folks not inviting themselves along put me in the mind of convention etiquette and how that happens a lot. Since TwitchCon is coming, have a post no one asked for! 😇 First some basic stuff: Take a shower, change clothes and have gum or mints on you. Brush your teeth, … Continue reading Some convention etiquette since @TwitchCon is around the corner…
So on November 12th, 2017 I got partnered on Twitch! A year has flown by already y'all! Still growing the channel and trying to hit some sub goals by the end of this anniversary month. So I'm doing a sub-athon for the month of November! I'm also traveling Nov 1-4 so the subathon may start … Continue reading My One year Partner Anniversary is coming up! So a sub-athon w/giveaway!
I'm honored to give the Saturday Keynote address at this year's Different Games Conference. Why Inclusion is Required, and Diversity is Not Enough Tanya DePass Often times we talk about diversity and inclusion but we don’t grasp what it means beyond the 101 level conversation. Diversity has been reduced to a meaningless buzz word to many, and inclusion is not … Continue reading ICYMI – I’m giving the Saturday Keynote at @DifferentGames conference!
I Need Diverse Games is part of … Continue reading Updated @TwitchCon schedule!
I couldn't sleep so a wee thread (inspired by KrystinaArielle) on D&D. Photo by Gregtito and missing from our crew is StubbyStan who was away this week. D&D is and has been important to me in a way videogames aren’t. It let my wild imagination run free and helped me form worlds & stories where … Continue reading Thoughts on TTRPG, D&D and Me…
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If the text is not readable, it’s an email I got after GenCon, shared with permission from the sender. Hey Tanya! Holy shit. I just wanted to thank you for being at Gen Con. It was my first time at the convention, and as a QWoC in game design interested in making my move into … Continue reading Why Representation matters in #TTRPG spaces
Here you go, here's where you can find me at PAX Dev & PAX West 8/28-9/3 I'm on one panel at PAX Dev Interrogating Your Aspirations - Tuesday 8/28 3:45 pm Fifth Avenue Room Are your inspirations saying more about your work than you mean? Are tired tropes dropping decades of baggage in your game? … Continue reading My #PAXDev & #PAXWest 2018 Schedule
Throwing this out again as we get closer to 01 August
YIPES! Time has snuck up on me and GenCon is around the corner! So here's my panel schedule. I'll be around the con, not currently scheduled to play any games so if you want to meet up or get food or a drink, message me via Twitter DM or other means if you have it. … Continue reading My @Gen_Con 51 schedule
My next convention I'm paneling at is BlerdCon in VA. Here's where you can find me on panels that weekend of July 27-29, 2018 Friday July 27th How to Stream Your Tabletop Sessions - Friday 5:30 to 6:30 pm Tabletop sessions are full of “you had to be there” roleplaying moments, so why not share them as … Continue reading My @BlerdConDC schedule!
As it’s near the end of the month, and things are a bit tight around chez Cypher, here’s a list of ways to support my work, if you like what I do in gaming around diversity & inclusion. Patreon is always easy and you can support me for as little as $1 a month!patreon.com/cypheroftyr If … Continue reading It’s that time again – Ways you can support my work
Why is this anthology necessary? Because too often voices of those society marginalizes are left out of the bigger conversation around gaming, the industry, those that cover it and discuss it. Those that live, eat and breathe gaming are often ignored in favor of the assumed default. This is a chance for people to … Continue reading Game Devs and Others: Tales from the Margins – Publishing 11 June 2018 from CRC Press
ICYMI - A bunch of stuff has happened lately, or rather that NDA life has eased up a little. First off, Game Devs and Others: Tales from the Margins has a cover! Done by Alex Croft (who you should totally support on Patreon) The release date has changed on Amazon from June 8 to June … Continue reading Updates, news and stuff
Watch the full interview at the Facebook Women in Gaming, stories page. Tanya's Story Watch the video here Founder & Director A renowned activist and advocate for diversity within the games industry, Tanya discusses how a trending hashtag became a successful non-profit organisation.