My final @OrcaCon schedule!

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!

ICYMI – my talk from @PixelPopFest

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 @GeekGirlCon 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!

My current #PAXDev and #PAXWest panel 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

Heading off to @BlerdConDC this weekend!

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!

Who am I seeing at @SXSW next 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?

Final #PAXEast Schedule

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

My MAGFest 2019 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

TwitchCon Vods!!

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 #PAXUnplugged 2018 schedule

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

Some convention etiquette since @TwitchCon is around the corner…

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…

Updated @TwitchCon schedule!

                                                                                                I Need Diverse Games is part of … Continue reading Updated @TwitchCon schedule!

Why Representation matters in #TTRPG spaces

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

My #PAXDev & #PAXWest 2018 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

My @Gen_Con 51 schedule

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 @BlerdConDC 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!

It’s that time again – Ways you can support my work

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

Updates, news and stuff

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

My @norwescon schedule!

I just can't stay away from Seattle it seems! I'm a Gaming Pro Guest for Norwescon 41, March 29-April 1, 2018. Here's where you can see me talk about stuff! Thursday March 29 Fandom and the New Meta  3:00 - 4:00pm @ Cascade 9 Berlynn Wohl (M), Dame Ruth, Tanya DePass Captain Kirk is a … Continue reading My @norwescon schedule!

My @OrcaCon Schedule!

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!

My @MAGFest 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!

My @GaymerX East Schedule

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

Off I go to @TwitchCon!

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!

Off to Big Bad Con, then TwitchCon next week!

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!

Wooo PAX Dev and PAX West is next week!

              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!

Woo @gen_con is this week!

I'll be heading to GenCon in a couple days for my first timer there and as an Industry Insider Featured Presenter!  I'll be on a few panels and the rest of the time I'll be wandering around the show floor, hitting up free play games and also decompressing a lot cause it looks like there will … Continue reading Woo @gen_con is this week!

PAX Dev and PAX West Panels are a go!

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!

Hot off the press, @Gen_Con Industry Insider panels are posted

It's a bit of a way off but I do have some of my GenCon 50 schedule sorted for Industry Insider Panels! Full listing of Industry Insider sessions  which you can add to your wishlist until registration opens. Livestreaming Your Table Thursday 3pm Room 245 Aljernon Bolden, Kat Kuhl and Tanya DePass How to best utilize … Continue reading Hot off the press, @Gen_Con Industry Insider panels are posted

My @WisconSF3 schedule for #Wiscon41

So many panels, much moderation, oh Andraste kick me in the ass now. But if you wanna see the whole shebang, here's the full Wiscon Schedule [Grid format] Panel moderators are denoted with [M] below. Destroying the Mythos Around Female Gamers and Games for Women Friday 2:30 pm University B / Ann Lemay, Ceri Young, … Continue reading My @WisconSF3 schedule for #Wiscon41

Woot! @GXAustralia videos are up!

This year all the panels at GX Australia were recorded! Now they're all up on YouTube for your viewing pleasure.  Footage is uploaded into six playlists; one for each panel room on each day. The schedule from the weekend is here in case you're trying to look up a specific panel. Day 1 (Auditorium) Day … Continue reading Woot! @GXAustralia videos are up!

My Updated @GXAustralia schedule!

In a couple days I head over to Sydney Australia for the second, and sadly last GX Australia. 🙁 We're gonna make it a great time despite that y'all. I also promise not to fall for the whole Drop Bears thing 😉 Anyway, here's my schedule for GX Australia, panels and talks in the auditorium … Continue reading My Updated @GXAustralia schedule!

Heading down to @C2E2 later! Who’s around?

My C2E2 schedule! The 2017 C2E2 schedule is finally live! So here’s an updated and accurate schedule of panels I’ll be on with links. You Have Died From Exposure: The Importance Of Compensating Geeky Marginalized Creators Jennifer Cross [M], Michi Trota, Suzanne Walker, Charlie Hawkins April 21, 6:45 – 7:45 pm S405a “Do It for … Continue reading Heading down to @C2E2 later! Who’s around?

Up next for me, @ecgconf

Why stereotypes and tropes are not representation of the "Other" 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Tuesday April 18th  We’ve all seen and played games where People of Color (POC) are often stereotypes, or LGBTQIA characters are one-dimensional, and other identities don’t even get to exist for long. These portrayals are often flattened versions of what … Continue reading Up next for me, @ecgconf

Catch @qgcon panels via Livestream this weekend!

Folks are always asking me if panels will be streamed when I go to conventions and conferences. Well luck is with you, as Queerness and Games Conference has you covered! They have two twitch channels: twitch.tv/qgcon twitch.tv/qgcon2 If you want to catch a specific speaker over the weekend, the schedule is below. Remember all times … Continue reading Catch @qgcon panels via Livestream this weekend!

Next weekend kicks off a super busy month for me!

I'm doing sooo much stuff in April, but it's cool and I'm excited even if I'm a little tired just thinking about it. That means streams will be sporadic and not on the usual Tues/Thurs/Saturday schedule. Here's what I'm up to starting next Friday: April 1 & 2: Queerness and Games Conference  Los Angeles, CA … Continue reading Next weekend kicks off a super busy month for me!

My updated @C2E2 schedule!

The 2017 C2E2 schedule is finally live! So here's an updated and accurate schedule of panels I'll be on with links. You Have Died From Exposure: The Importance Of Compensating Geeky Marginalized Creators Jennifer Cross [M], Michi Trota, Suzanne Walker, Charlie Hawkins April 21, 6:45 - 7:45 pm S405a “Do It for the Exposure!” “Aren’t … Continue reading My updated @C2E2 schedule!

My @C2E2 Schedule!

  April 21 You Have Died From Exposure: The Importance Of Compensating Geeky Marginalized Creators Jennifer Cross [M], Michi Trota, Suzanne Walker, Ariela Housman “Do It for the Exposure!” “Aren’t you just grateful to have this opportunity?” Too often, marginalized creators are thrown these adages as compensation for their hard work and creativity in lieu … Continue reading My @C2E2 Schedule!

My @PAX East Schedule

It's that time of year again, for shenanigans in Boston! Here's my panel schedule and for the first time, I Need Diverse Games will be in the Diversity Lounge! Why It's Awesome Being an LGBTQ Ally Friday March 10th,  8pm Arachnid Theatre 2017 with a new goal: bringing folks together and speaking on the importance … Continue reading My @PAX East Schedule

My @anomalycon schedule!

One of my other guest gigs this year is at the final Anomalycon held in Denver, CO March 17-19, 2017. If you're able to join for this great con, it would be awesome. Really affordable steam punk y'all. Come through. Registration is still open.  Long schedule is long, so it goes under the cut. Defense … Continue reading My @anomalycon schedule!

My @qgcon schedule!

I'm excited to give a talk at this year's Queer Games Conference in LA! Gaming as POC: Where the Industry Has Failed Us, Where It Hasn’t and What to Hope For Abstract: The games industry has not done POC players, or characters well since the first square smacked a paddle in Pong. As the industry … Continue reading My @qgcon schedule!

.@OrcaCon is in a few days!

Ahhh it's finally almost here! OrcaCon is this weekend in Everett, WA! It's my first time being a Guest of Honor and I'm super excited.  Here's my schedule: Friday, January 13th, 2017 AVOIDING RACE FAIL AT YOUR TABLE – 8:00 PM A brief primer aimed at players in case they want to RP a character … Continue reading .@OrcaCon is in a few days!

My @OrcaCon schedule!

Here's the panels I will be for OrcaCon next January 13-15, 2017. It's my first Guest of Honor gig and I'm excited and nervous for it. Friday, January 13th, 2017 Avoiding Race Fail at your Table - 8:00 pm A brief primer aimed at players in case they want to RP a character outside their … Continue reading My @OrcaCon schedule!

On the expectation of free labor to diversify your spaces

[Copy/Pasted from an early AM twitter vent this morning 12/21/16] I'm in a mood, and I'm irritated. I want to talk about value of work, specifically diversity work & people's expectation of free labor. So I'm lucky, and in a good position where sometimes people come out the gate with what are your rates & fees? This … Continue reading On the expectation of free labor to diversify your spaces

Marking a year of…changes.

Today is the 1 year anniversary of getting canned from my day job. At 1 pm this day last year, I was in tears, unsure about everything. I'd not been back one day from GX3, before I got that call to come into a conference room. Where I was given a bullshit reason & let go. … Continue reading Marking a year of…changes.

On the value of black women’s work

So yesterday I couldn't sleep and twitterpated all over about the Safetypin box and the reactions to it. Notably that some dude bro who didn't know anything about the creators (Leslie Mac and Marissa Johnson) I collated those over on Medium for anyone who wants to peep  that first. On paying black women for the work … Continue reading On the value of black women’s work

Asking for a little help to extend my trip after @GXAustralia next year

I'm a Boss of Honor at the second GX Australia taking place in Sydney, 29 & 30 April, 2017! It's my second time begin a guest of honor at a convention and will be my first time in Australia! Donate help me spend some extra time in Sydney GX Australia is covering my flight and hotel. So I've … Continue reading Asking for a little help to extend my trip after @GXAustralia next year

Hey y’all @GXAustralia 2017 KS needs a bit of love, just 3 days left!

Hey, hey you awesome person reading this post! Psst, come here. Did you know about GX Australia? That it's returning in 2017 to Sydney? Well it is and the KS could use some love. They're over the 50% point, but need to reach $60K AUD to roll over! Full details in this very long post, … Continue reading Hey y’all @GXAustralia 2017 KS needs a bit of love, just 3 days left!

Hey I’m at @bigbadcon this weekend!

I’m pretty excited to go to Big Bad Con and get back to my tabletop roots y’all. I’m doing three panels, all with people I admire and love to collaborate with. Also here is my ever useful and handy guide to interacting with me at conventions! Still 110% free 😛 Friday, October 14th Real talk … Continue reading Hey I’m at @bigbadcon this weekend!

Streaming schedule through 10/18

Time to get back to Masquerada! I'll start at 10am CST hopefully until the end, take a little break and get back to Mafia III! Join me at twitch.tv/cypheroftyr for more Masquerada: Songs and Shadows then really switching gears to Lincoln Clay in New Bordeaux after a break. Then no stream on Thursday October 13th, or … Continue reading Streaming schedule through 10/18

My Day 2 of @GaymerX aka I’m on ALL THE PANELS

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 … Continue reading My Day 2 of @GaymerX aka I’m on ALL THE PANELS