Here’s my final PAX East schedule!

I Need Diverse Games will also be in the Diversity Lounge once more, hours 10am-6pm April 5, 6, 7 & 8.  

“How to Network When You’re Awkward as H*ck”

April 5th, Bumblee Theatre, 1pm 

It’s advice you’ll get over and over again about breaking into the industry: network! It’s good advice and can certainly help your career, but many of us would rather chew glass than walk up to a stranger and start talking. This panel will offer practical advice from industry vets on how to network when you’re not naturally outgoing, as well as insight on why some people always seem comfortable in a crowd and some don’t, no matter what.
Panelists include:

  • Susan Arendt [Editor in Chief, GeniiOnline]
  • Brittney Brombacher [Whiskey Lover, What’s Good Games]
  • Dr. Raffael Boccamazzo [Clinical Director, Take This]
  • Nick Locapo [Magician (no, really, he is), Penguin Magic]
  • Tanya DePass [Director & Founder, I Need Diverse Games]
  • Jacqui Collins [Marketing & Events Producer,, Adult Swim]


“How to Broadcast Safely as a Marginalized Streamer”

April 6th, 5:00 pm Cuttlefish Theatre 

Broadcasting games, creative work, cosplay, tabletop games, and other hobbies 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. We’re revisiting the topic due to recent events in gaming culture that reinforces the need to continue the discussion.
Panelists include:

  • Tanya DePass [Director, I Need Diverse Games]
  • Brandon Harris [Broadcaster, N/A]
  • Misty “ImperialGrrl” Turner [Creator, Cosplayer, Streamer]
  • Jenna Saisquoi [Broadcaster , N/A]
  • Adam Koebel [GM In Residence, Roll20]
  • Will “BlackOni” Wiggins [Artist, Podcaster Content Creator, Independent]

“Building a Better Stream Community” April 6th, 8pm Bobcat Theatre

Often times Twitch, Mixer and other online spaces are treated as a wide open space where one needs to have a thick skin to prosper, and anything goes. It doesn’t have to be that way, and streamers from a variety of experience will discuss ways in which to have a better community in your streaming spaces.

Panelists include:

  • Tanya DePass [Director, I Need Diverse Games]
  • Mike Laidlaw [Consultant, Independent]
  • Mae Morrison [Content Creator and Community Specialist, Independent]
  • Ruth Toner [Twitch, Senior Data Scientist]
  • Bluejay [Content Creator, Independent]


“Inner Demons: Anxiety and Depression in Gamers”

April 7th Cuttlefish Theatre, 11:30am

Anxiety and depression are inner demons you can’t always vanquish, but you can learn to keep them at bay. You’re not alone in this fight! Join tabletop game designer Brian Liberge as he and industry guests share their mental health stories and strategies to beat them back.

Panelists include:

  • @actual_tonberry [Founder, Hyrule Hyrulia]
  • @BrianLiberge [Tabletop Game Designer, Beer Star Games]
  • @amandasgardner [Co-Founder/Writer, The Deep End Games]
  • @cypheroftyr [Founder, I Need Diverse Games]
  • @scandalous_mc [Writer/Badass Mom, Freelance]
  • @WhyKaitlyn [Editor/Event Coordinator, Freelance]

April 7th, VsEvil Stage 3:00 pm 

World of Tabletop Gaming, Hosted by Okaydrian
Featuring Adam Koebel, Bluejay, Friskk and Me!
It will be streamed on

Gaming Patreon: Building Community for Fun and Profit

April 8th Condor Theatre, 1:30pm

In four short years, Patreon has enabled thousands of gamers to take their journalism, podcasts, and channels to the next level. It’s proven a popular alternative to the whims of Google’s “adpocalypse” — though Patreon’s had a few bumps of its own along the way. We’ll chat with Patreon creators to learn about their crowdfunding strategies, setting effective goals and rewards, building a community, and how artists and patrons can steel themselves against potential changes to Patreon’s model.

Panelists include:

  • Ken Gagne [Digital Content Developer, Gamebits]
  • Ian Danskin [Founder and Editor, Innuendo Studios]
  • Tanya DePass [Founder & Director, I Need Diverse Games]
  • Lon Seidman [Content Creator, Lon.TV]