A reminder of why I’m on @Patreon

Hi y'all, just a quick post on why I'm on Patreon, and why support to do the work of I Need Diverse Games non-profit without a day job is important. I was working a full time, very demanding job for the first year and some months of #INeedDiverseGames going from a viral hashtag, to a … Continue reading A reminder of why I’m on @Patreon

My @GaymerX 4 Schedule

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 … Continue reading My @GaymerX 4 Schedule

Survived my first(?) PAX West (cross post from Patreon)

(originally posted on 6 September on my Patreon) So I did the thing, all the things at PAX West this year. Apparently it's the first year it's being called West instead of Prime in an official capacity. So I was on six panels! Four of them in one day and survived. if I ever, ever … Continue reading Survived my first(?) PAX West (cross post from Patreon)

Semi-infrequent reminders of how to support my work

Hey y'all! Here is a handy post on how you can support my work. A lot of people say they love what I do, and want me to keep doing it, but hey bills don't pay themselves, Comcast won't wait for their money and the cat needs kibble, I need food, y'all know how it … Continue reading Semi-infrequent reminders of how to support my work

Final @PAX West schedule!

Here's my final panel schedule for PAX West, which is next week! EEP! If you don't see me running around from panel to panel, then I'll be at the I Need Diverse Games table in the Diversity Lounge. As always, have a handy, 100% free guide to interacting with me in meat space at conventions. https://cypheroftyr.com/cypherinteractionguide/  … Continue reading Final @PAX West schedule!

I’ll be at @BitBashChicago and #ChiNerdFest this weekend!

I'll be around Bit Bash Chicago as a volunteer on Saturday, August 13th! If you haven't gotten a ticket yet you can snip $5 off with code INeedDiverseGames5 when you buy a ticket online. Learn more at BitBashChicago.com 2016’s event includes a selection of games created by Chicago developers, games dealing with socially relevant issues, … Continue reading I’ll be at @BitBashChicago and #ChiNerdFest this weekend!

Registration now open for @orcacon! I’m a Guest of Honor

I'm super, super excited for OrcaCon next January! This will be my first time being a guest of honor at a convention and it's all about gaming and diversity!! So if you can make it, I'd love to see you there! <3 There's so many cool GoH's too! Check out this line up and come … Continue reading Registration now open for @orcacon! I’m a Guest of Honor

PAX West Panels, oh my

PAX West Panel approvals are in and these are the ones that I'll be on! Friday September 2nd, 12:30 pm Sasquatch Theatre Ask the Game Masters Tell incredible stories. Host amazing games. Strike fear in the hearts of players. Veteran game professionals Tanya DePass (I Need Diverse Games), Amanda Hamon-Kunz (Pathfinder RPG), Ryan Macklin (Dresden Files, … Continue reading PAX West Panels, oh my

Upcoming Convention Shenanigans…

I'm finally slowing down, a bit on the convention circuit. In a couple of days I'll be on my way to CONvergence with GeekMelange & JesseLex for a few days of fandom, friends and tomfoolery. If you like seeing me on panels, or hey just want to see what these are about, here's a link to … Continue reading Upcoming Convention Shenanigans…

My @ConvergenceCON Schedule

So next week (OMG how did the time fly?!) I will be an Invited Guest at CONVergence! I've got a light schedule of panels (thank you Sigrid & Programming!) but I'll be there Thursday (6/30) - Monday (7/4) and these are the panels I'll be on: Resetting the Default - Friday July 1, 12:30 pm, … Continue reading My @ConvergenceCON Schedule

June Update – xposted from Patreon

Hey y'all,  hope everyone is well out there. First off thanks for the support especially those who stayed around through the ups and downs of end of May/beginning of June. Support was close to $1200 a month, then dipped dramatically after signal boosting some other folks, which I can't control but it's really saddening to … Continue reading June Update – xposted from Patreon

My @WisconSF3 schedule

Have one handy guide to interacting with me at conventions, totally 110% free of charge. Overall I am pretty friendly but I do not like strangers touching me, especially my hair. If you try to pet my hair or touch my locs without express permission or invitation it will not end well for you. So … Continue reading My @WisconSF3 schedule

Next week is @WisconSF3!

Time for another convention! This time it's my annual trip to Madison, WI for WisCon. It's also the 40th anniversary this year. So I'm on a lot of panels, still a programming Co-Chair and adding on GoH liaison duties for Nalo Hopkinson. Full public schedule is online Friday, May 27th HeQuisitor, SheQuisitor, TheyQuisitor: The Queer … Continue reading Next week is @WisconSF3!

My @Penguicon schedule, revision to interacting w/me guide

Have one handy guide to interacting with me at conventions, totally 110% free of charge. Overall I am pretty friendly but I do not like strangers touching me, especially my hair. If you try to pet my hair or touch my locs without express permission or invitation it will not end well for you. So … Continue reading My @Penguicon schedule, revision to interacting w/me guide

I’m a Spotlight Guest at @AnomalyCon in 2017!

You read that right, I'll be at AnomalyCon in 2017 as a Spotlight Guest! Check out the convention, see the other fine folks I'm going to be there with, and hang out in lovely Denver, CO with us next March 17-19, 2017 AnomalyCon Mission: AnomalyCon was formed by members of the Colorado Steampunk community, but … Continue reading I’m a Spotlight Guest at @AnomalyCon in 2017!

A delayed update on that #PAXEast Sexism in Gaming panel

So, this post came to my attention after I was already away from my computer for the last day of PAX. I (nor I'm guessing many who attended this panel) were aware the young lady on the panel is so young. She is all of 15 or 16, and as I said in many tweets … Continue reading A delayed update on that #PAXEast Sexism in Gaming panel

#trekDePaul –

I'll be speaking on panel "Debating the Future: Otherness and Privilege in Star Trek"! on Saturday, May 7th at a Celebration of Star Trek. Join us at this free event for a full day of panels discussions, screenings, games, events, masquerade, music, comedy, and hear from our special Keynote Speaker Brannon Braga! And more! This is … Continue reading #trekDePaul –

Updated guide to interacting with me at conventions

Have one handy guide to interacting with me at conventions, totally 110% free of charge. Overall I am pretty friendly but I do not like strangers touching me, especially my hair. If you try to pet my hair or touch my locs without express permission or invitation it will not end well for you. So … Continue reading Updated guide to interacting with me at conventions

My @Penguicon schedule!

April 29th, 7:00 pm - When Being 'On' Is what people Expect A panel where Mark Oshiro (Mark Does Stuff) and Tanya DePass (I Need Diverse Games) speak about the performative aspects of their work, including the need to entertain while doing blind reads and reactions to media and for Tanya; while streaming on Twitch/YT … Continue reading My @Penguicon schedule!

Doing all the things! March update [Reposted from Patreon]

Hi all, First off thank you for your support this past month, I appreciate every single Patreon, from everyone at the $1 and up helped keep me housed, the cat fed, internet and electricity on so I can do this work. So what have I been doing eh? A lot more streaming for one thing. … Continue reading Doing all the things! March update [Reposted from Patreon]

So #PAXEast… I’ll be there for two panels

The lovely Ashley Barry invited me and a few other people to panel her on "How I got into Games Journalism" at PAXEast. The panel will be at 11:30 am Saturday, April 23rd in the Bobcat Theatre. Are you interested in writing about games or pop culture? Do you have a unique perspective? Do you want … Continue reading So #PAXEast… I’ll be there for two panels

2016 Convention things…

I started to call it a schedule but changed my mind. A lot of the programming for cons I'm going to isn't finalized yet. So if you go to these cons; there's a damned good chance I'll be there.  Game Developers Conference March 14 - 18, San Francisco, CA. Attending and being point person for … Continue reading 2016 Convention things…

ICYMI – I was on Double Tap to talk up @GaymerX

[gigya src="https://d15mj6e6qmt1na.cloudfront.net/cdn/embed_player.swf" style="background-color:transparent; display:block; max-width: 700px;" flashvars="image_option=small&imgURL=https%3A%2F%2Fd15mj6e6qmt1na.cloudfront.net%2Fi%2F18710409%2F300x300%2Fc&link_color=%2358d1eb&mp3Author=Double+Tap&mp3Duration=1220360.0&mp3LinkURL=https%3A%2F%2Faudioboom.com%2Fboos%2F3970692-episode-6-the-power-of-gaming-conventions&mp3Time=03.13pm+18+Dec+2015&mp3Title=Episode+6%3A+The+Power+of+Gaming+Conventions&mp3URL=https%3A%2F%2Faudioboom.com%2Fboos%2F3970692-episode-6-the-power-of-gaming-conventions.mp3%3Fsource%3Dwordpress&player_theme=light&rootID=boo_player_1&show_title=true&waveimgURL=https%3A%2F%2Fd15mj6e6qmt1na.cloudfront.net%2Fi%2Fw%2F4123832" width="100%" height="150" allowFullScreen="true" wmode="transparent"] This week on Double Tap, Alice Taplin explores two fantastic gaming events. Firstly she talks to IGI eSports' founder James Cook about Insomnia56 and the sense of community conventions like this can create. She also talks to Tanya DePass, Diversity Liaison at GaymerX, about … Continue reading ICYMI – I was on Double Tap to talk up @GaymerX

It’s @GaymerX go time!

By the time this posts I'll be in San Jose, CA for GX3 aka GaymerX –  December 11 – 13, 2015 Here's my GX3 schedule! I'll be speaking briefly about my role as Diversity Liaison & on why it's important to GX to be diverse during the opening ceremonies, Friday, December 11th, 10:00 am GX … Continue reading It’s @GaymerX go time!

My Updated @GaymerX Schedule

So my GX3 schedule has changed a little bit, so here it is in it's final form. Changes noted in bold below GaymerX – San Jose, CA December 11 – 13, 2015 “We Need More Diverse Games: How to Get There”  with Gil Almolgi, Katherine Cross, DJ Kirkland, Rachel Keslenski, and Arthur Chu Friday December 11th, … Continue reading My Updated @GaymerX Schedule

Pondering diversity consulting for conventions as Patreon service…

I've been thinking about changing up my personal Patreon to offer diversity consultant services to conventions. That way you get a thing in return for the monies you/a convention committee gives me. I'm in no position to start a LLC on my own, but it's an idea. I just wonder if being a PT consultant on … Continue reading Pondering diversity consulting for conventions as Patreon service…

Very proud to announce that I’ll be at @IndieCade as part of the Gaming For Everyone Diversity Pavilion sponsored by @Intel

The Gaming For Everyone Pavilion presented by Intel So the news I've had to sit on for a bit is that #INeedDiverseGames/Fresh Out of Tokens have been selected as one of 10 participants for the Gaming For Everyone Pavilion at #IndieCade15!! We'll have a booth in the Pavilion, equipment set up by Intel and signage. … Continue reading Very proud to announce that I’ll be at @IndieCade as part of the Gaming For Everyone Diversity Pavilion sponsored by @Intel

A handy dandy guide to interacting with me @ Conventions

Have one handy guide to interacting with me at conventions, totally 110% free of charge. 😛 Overall I am pretty friendly but I do not like strangers touching me, especially my hair. If you try to pet my hair or touch my locs without express permission or invitation it will not end well for you. … Continue reading A handy dandy guide to interacting with me @ Conventions

I’m paneling at Wizard World Chicago with @geekmelange and other awesome folks :D

Wizard World Chicago - August 20-23, 2015 - Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL Thanks to the lovely @GeekMelange, I will part of the panel below! SATURDAY 8/22 3:30-4:15PM So You Want to Be a Nerd Organizer: Whether you’re starting a podcast, a meet-up group, an online community, a con, a magazine, or a social movement, … Continue reading I’m paneling at Wizard World Chicago with @geekmelange and other awesome folks 😀

Why #INeedDiverseGames Wiscon 39 Panel – Audio

Audio of the Wiscon 39 panel on Why #INeedDiverseGames. Featuring: shareefjackson -  Shareef's work on STEM diversity, including video games, has appeared in sources such as Scientific American, NPR, and Jet Magazine.His work can be found at ShareefJackson.com.  He also hosts the Operation Cubicle podcast with JP Fairfield, and is a frequent guest on the Spawn … Continue reading Why #INeedDiverseGames Wiscon 39 Panel – Audio