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 in Chicago in a few weeks! <3
Never fear, I Need Diverse Games will still be in the Diversity Lounge, helmed by our own WingedLioness. If you missed buying a D20 pin at PAX Unplugged or PAX South, we’ll have more for sale there!
You all should still check out the listed panels!
Thursday 6:30 – 7:30 pm Cuttlefish Theatre
Being bad is good, at least when it comes to being a horrible goose, yet the majority of gamers choose to Always Play Nice. Our panel revisits some classic gaming moral dilemmas, and some new ones invented by your chaotic neutral host, and the audience. From slapping a reporter in Mass Effect to harvesting little sisters for Adam, via the trolley problem, geese, and Vault 34. Will the renegades see the light and go good? How virtuous can you be when you’ve been bitten by a zombie? Battling for the souls of the audience, and indeed all of PAX East, our panellists debate the merits of being evil, being a goody-two-shoes, and where the shades of grey lie. Between each debate the goose’s bell shall toll – which side will you choose, Renegade, or Paragon? And can you shift the panel’s alignment with your own gaming moral dilemmas? It’s morality meets gaming, via a horrible goose!
Robin Bates [Overlord & Founder, Coaching for Geeks], Anya Combs [Director of Games Outreach, Kickstarter], Tim Ludy [Podcast Host and Cosplayer, Under the Capes], Kyle-Steven Porter [Board Member, PAX Diversity Lounge Manager, Geeks OUT], Victoria Tran [Communications Director, Kitfox Games]
Thursday 8:30 – 10:00 pm BumbleBee Theatre
Join GaymerX and friends for “Make It Queer, You Cowards!”, a game show where contestants are challenged to add queer content to games, with adorable, heartwarming, and/or hilarious results. Our host will randomly select famous video games (with or without already existing LGBTQIA+ story lines) and challenge the contestants to queer it up in the most entertaining ways possible. Each round, we’ll throw in a special twist to keep our panel of contestants on their toes. It all culminates in a super secret lightning round! Who will get the most points? Do the points even matter? What does that rainbow narwhal have to do with all of this?! You’ll have to join us to find out!
Katie Kaitchuck [Executive Director, GaymerX], Chris Lam [Host/Contributor, Nerdist], Kyle-Steven Porter [Board Member, GeeksOUT], Anya Combs [Director of Games, Kickstarter]
Friday 11:30am – 12:30 pm BumbleBee Theatre
Do you allow evil characters at your table? Should you? Join our panel of professional, therapeutic, and amateur Dungeon Masters for a discussion of this controversial topic. We’ll be debating the pros and cons of allowing evil characters in each context and provide tips for setting ground rules to keep your table happy.
Jared N. Kilmer, PhD [Psychologist, Game to Grow], Adam Davis [Executive Director / Therapeutic GM, Game to Grow], Elizabeth D. Kilmer, MS, LPA [Doctoral Candidate, Game to Grow, University of North Texas], Shawna Spain [Accessibility Consultant, The Spoon Conservatory]
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Tanya DePass is the founder and Director of I Need Diverse Games, a non-profit organization based in Chicago, which is dedicated to better diversification of all aspects of gaming. I Need Diverse Games serves the community by supporting marginalized developers attend the Game Developer Conference by participating in the GDC Scholarship program, helps assist attendance at other industry events, and is seeking partnership with organizations and initiatives.
Tanya is a lifelong Chicagoan who loves everything about gaming, #INeedDiverseGames spawn point, and wants to make it better and more inclusive for everyone. She founded and was the EIC of Fresh Out of Tokens podcast where games culture was discussed and viewed through a lense of feminism, intersectionality and diversity. Now she’s a co-host on Spawn on Me Podcast. Along with all of that, she’s the Programming Coordinator for OrcaCon, she often speaks on issues of diversity, feminism, race, intersectionality & other topics at multiple conventions throughout the year. Her writing about games and games critique appears in Uncanny Magazine, Polygon, Wiscon Chronicles, Vice Gaming, Paste Games, Mic, and other publications.
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