Unless something changes in the next two weeks, here’s my schedule.
Friday September 30
Podcasting for a Gamer Audience 5:00 pm Panels Room B
Podcasts are as varied as the wind, but what about those of us who want to address other gamers? You’ll get some basic how to start a podcast tips, then more focus on crafting your podcast for a gaming audience.
Panelists: Laura Kate Dale & Jim Sterling* , I’m moderating
Saturday, October 1
When Fandom Ain’t Fun – A Frank Talk by QPOC 12:00 pm Panels Room B
Queer fans of color are often left out, pushed out and talked over in our chosen fandoms. A lot of times the discourse becomes more about hurt feelings than actually listening to those affected by the racism and racist actions.
(Unofficial description: SALTIEST PANEL EVER)
Panelists: Bianca Anderson, Katherine Cross, D.J Kirkland, Rokashi Edwards, and I’m moderating.
Playing With Pride 2:00 pm Panels Room B
Join us for a group discussion on coming out, finding community, creating avatars, hosting inclusive events, & more. The conversation will also feature video clips of diverse LGBTQ gamers sharing their stories from across the country.
Panelists: Matthew Baume (Moderating), D.J Kirkland, Lauren Comp, and me
Creating Inclusive Gaming Groups & Events 4:00 pm Panels Room A
Want to know how to find inclusive groups for gaming? How do you create your own gaming meet-ups? Many game groups play in public, but they’re not welcoming.
You need anti-harassment policies, a game host welcoming the new players, and relationship building with the business owner. You can do it! Our panelists will give you tips on creating safe & welcoming spaces for new players in public places.
Panelists: Joseph Carriker, Donna Prior, Jessica Price, and me
Gatekeeping and Geek Policing 5:00 pm Panels Room B
Geek policing and gate-keeping happens when someone shows interest in something of the nerdy persuasion, and “true fans” chase them away or “cred check”, especially towards marginalized groups.
You’re not a REAL geek if you don’t like Firefly” “FEMALES don’t like strategy games” “OMG WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU LOVE 4TH EDITION, IT SUCKS”. These are all examples of gatekeeping & geek policing.
Panelists: Donna Prior and Tanya DePass (moderating)
How to Twitch Safely as a POC/LGBTQIA/Female ID’d Streamer 6:00 pm Panels Room C
Streaming on Twitch can be fun, but it can also be perilous for some of us. This panel will bring you some tips and tricks such as using bots, human mods and other methods to make your experience as stress free as possible.
Panelists: Simply Undrea, D.J Kirkland, Carolyn Petit and I’m moderating
Sunday, October 2
Fans Vs Creators: Is there a better way? 2:00 pm Panels Room B
Whether we’re talking about the 100, Ghostbusters, or your favorite video game series, there’s a sense that fandom spaces have become armed camps rather than spaces for discussion. Creators are suddenly backed against a wall feeling as if they must now justify their choices. Is that justification truly necessary? Where does the line exist between listening to one’s audience and caving to their demands? Is there such a thing as a ‘good fan’ and a ‘bad fan’, and how does one walk that line in order to participate in a healthy conversation with creators about things like representation? Is that even possible anymore?”
Panelists: Crystal Frasier, David Gaider (Moderating), Donna Prior, Katherine Cross and me