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
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!
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 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!
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 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
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 Need Diverse Games is part of … Continue reading Updated @TwitchCon schedule!
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
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
COMMENCE PRE-GDC FLAILING ABOUT HOW I'M NOT READY YET I'm actually getting into town a little early for the Bay Area Womxn in Games Conference where I'll be talking about being safe online and dealing with harassment as a broadcaster. Here's what I'm speaking about at GDC Diversity Advocates Roundtable Day 1: Maintaining Community Initiatives, … Continue reading This week’s travel is for @Official_GDC and the @Bawgames Conference!
Announcing the Romance Option Podcast! Sex, Love, and Geekery. Two queer black women giving you frank talk about relationships. Hosted by @biancajand & @cypheroftyr See, if you leave me and Bianca alone for a few days, we come up with ideas! Romance Option will be a monthly podcast where we take your relationship questions and get … Continue reading Announcing the Romance Option Podcast!
Hello lovely friends! This week has been pretty damn surreal cause it's been such a wild week of good news in Cyphervania. So here in one bundle (HA!) is all that's happened this week that I have spread around on various social sites. Adult Swim shoutout! A couple friends captured that I got shouted out … Continue reading ICYMI – A Whole lot has happened this week, goodness!
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 … Continue reading My final #PAXEast 2018 schedule!
Happy holidays all, I'm am very pleased to announce the fine folks contributing to Game Devs and Others: Tales from the Margins: Alex Zandra Van Chestein Elizabeth LaPensee Hadeel al-Massari Jaym Gates JC Lau Jonathan Jennings Josh Boykin Kadeem Andrew Dunn Kaitlin Tremblay Kat Jones KN Granger Lauren Ashlee Comp Matthue Roth Maurice Broaddus Michael … Continue reading Tales from the Margin Anthology – Contributor announcement!
Here's what I'm doing for OrcaCon, Jan 12-14, 2018! Creating Inclusive Gaming Groups and Events, Friday 4:30 pm, Vancouver Room Tanya DePass [M], Bianca Anderson, Gabriel de los Angeles, Jeanette Bushnell, and Jonathan S. Tomhave Enjoy board games? Love the idea of painting miniatures? Want to know how to find inclusive groups for gaming? How … Continue reading My @OrcaCon Schedule!
What's your gamer identity? How we classify video game players in gaming culture Friday 11:30 AM, Forum Anne Marie Porter [M], Rhonda Moore, Tanya DePass We'll discuss how research, industry, and the gaming community categorizes different types of gamers, and how this impacts gaming culture. What characteristics do we use to create gamer categories? How … Continue reading My @MAGFest Schedule!
Super excited that my last for convention for 2017 is this weekend. I'll be at PAX Unplugged in Philadelphia November 17-19. It'll be easiest to find me in the Diversity Lounge, Room 201B from 10am to 6pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Like at other PAX's this year there will be a raffle going for some … Continue reading It’s my last con of the year! #PAXUnplugged is this weekend!
Saturday, November 4th Compelling Combat 12:30 pm Panels B - 5411 Blaine Anderson (M), Alex Zandra Van Chestein, Rachel Bazelaise, Tanya DePass Many games have combat in them as a gameplay device or a vehicle for the story to progress, but how many games actually need combat and how many could benefit more without? Let's … Continue reading My @GaymerX East Schedule
I'll be going to TwitchCon for the first time tomorrow and I'm on a panel Sunday. If you're around or can watch, I'll be moderating "Being Political On Twitch" 3:30 pm Pacific US timezone in the GivePlz Theatre. Joining me are Adam Koebel (adamkoebel on Twitch/Skinnyghost on twitter), Jennasaisquoi (same on Twitch and Twitter), and … Continue reading Off I go to @TwitchCon!
In a few hours I'll be headed back to Cali, Cali... I'm only on one panel, ONE! for Big Bad Con, the rest of my time will be spent rolling dice, meeting cool folks (hopefully) and seeing old friends. If you're around the con, I'm on "You Don't Look Like a Geek" Friday at 8pm … Continue reading Off to Big Bad Con, then TwitchCon next week!
Hey y'all, I'm visiting Twitch HQ and giving a talk on staying safe as a marginalized streamer. Details below. Twitch's Inclusivity guild is hosting a Twitch Talk with Tanya DePass, who will be discussing the challenges and best tools for streaming safely as a woman, person of color, or LGBT creator on Twitch. Tanya is … Continue reading How to Keep Safe in the Land of Twitch – talk on Tuesday, 9/12
I'm doing all the things! Including speaking at PAX Dev and PAX West next week and co-sponsoring an event with Blacks at Xbox! If you want to catch panels I'm on, here's my full schedule for PAX Dev (both panels are on 8/29) and then PAX West panels … Continue reading Wooo PAX Dev and PAX West is next week!
These are the PAX Dev and PAX West panels I'm doing. Schedule and participants subject to change. Fans and Devs: Where's the Middle Ground? August 29, Grand 1 2:30 pm Whether we're talking about a nostalgic favorite game, or a beloved game series, online spaces have become hostile territory where devs have to tread lightly … Continue reading PAX Dev and PAX West Panels are a go!
Here's my GenCon 50 schedule sorted for Industry Insider Panels! Full listing of Industry Insider sessions I am unsure what panels have tickets left cause I don't know how it works to get tickets to panels at GenCon. Livestreaming Your Table Thursday 3pm Room 245 Aljernon Bolden, Kat Kuhl and Tanya DePass How to best utilize twitch or … Continue reading Here’s my #GenCon50 panel schedule!
I’m excited to announce that I am part of OrcaCon staff as the Programming Coordinator as of OrcaCon 2018! What does this mean exactly? Well, I’m helping to review programming in order to make sure that panels have a diverse range of speakers, and also that the convention’s programming is good, diverse and doesn’t turn … Continue reading Announcement: I’m now part of @OrcaCon’s staff as the Programming Coordinator!
I can finally share the news I've been sitting on for a while! I'm super excited to announce that I've been asked to edit a collection of essays from marginalized game developers and folks adjacent to the industry by CRC Press. The book will be available in 2018, exact date to be determined. Submission information … Continue reading I’m editing an anthology!