#BlackAF Roundtables & Sidetable in one spot

Get the #BlackAFRoundTable & #BlackAFSidetable vods in one handy spot. Aka this thread. Don't let these conversations be the only time folks in the #TTRPG space listen to Black creators and take us seriously, and act rather than claim we're just complaining over nothing. What we did was labor, both emotional and literal as we … Continue reading #BlackAF Roundtables & Sidetable in one spot

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!

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

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

Have a devishly good time with your community playing Book of Demons: Dungeons and Streamers

https://youtu.be/OvfpI6eeSLE I got a chance to play Thing Trunk's Book of Demons: Dungeons and Streamers thank you to Chris Priestly at Evolve PR for providing a review key. It's a fun Rogue-like dungeon crawler that uses Twitch integration well. Your viewers can help or hinder you as you make your way through each dungeon level. … Continue reading Have a devishly good time with your community playing Book of Demons: Dungeons and Streamers

Thoughts on TTRPG, D&D and Me…

I couldn't sleep so a wee thread (inspired by KrystinaArielle) on D&D. Photo by Gregtito and missing from our crew is StubbyStan who was away this week. D&D is and has been important to me in a way videogames aren’t. It let my wild imagination run free and helped me form worlds & stories where … Continue reading Thoughts on TTRPG, D&D and Me…

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 @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!

ICYMI – A Whole lot has happened this week, goodness!

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!

My final #PAXEast 2018 schedule!

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!

My Hugo Award eligibility post for 2018!

Hugo Award nominations are now open through March 16, 2018, and I’m pleased to share I’m eligible for consideration in a few categories. I am eligible for consideration for Best Fan Writer. Articles that I wrote in 2017 include: Dream Daddy has a problem with Bisexual Representation – and it’s name is Joseph The Backlash … Continue reading My Hugo Award eligibility post for 2018!

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!

On roleplaying the “Other”

This was originally posted on Patreon on October 30, 2017 and is possible through the generosity of my Patrons. So, a good friend Joseph Carriker posted a link to this Kickstarter project, which features an afro-centric add on as a stretch goal. The begat a question about roleplaying a POC character when the player is … Continue reading On roleplaying the “Other”

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!

ICYMI – My Talk at Twitch HQ “How To Keep Safe in the Land of Twitch”

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 the founder and director of I Need Diverse Games, a not-for-profit foundation that is dedicated to better diversification of … Continue reading ICYMI – My Talk at Twitch HQ “How To Keep Safe in the Land of Twitch”

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!

ICYMI – I was interviewed about @INeedDivGms by the @chicagotribune!

I Need Diverse Games works to give minorities and women a louder voice in gaming  Amina ElahiContact ReporterBlue Sky Innovation An Xbox. Two PlayStations. A gaming PC. A Nintendo 3DS. These are the tools of a gamer's kit, but this is no ordinary gamer. This is a gamer looking to shake up the system. Tanya … Continue reading ICYMI – I was interviewed about @INeedDivGms by the @chicagotribune!

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!

Almost time for @Official_GDC! Here’s all the things I’m up to

Here's things what I am doing at GDC & Adjacent spaces! Monday - Attending the Gaming Accessibility Conference! #GAConf About the conference: Disability is a mismatch between a person and their environment, resulting in barriers performing day-to-day tasks, including gaming. These barriers are often unnecessary. Accessibility simply means avoiding those unnecessary barriers. This often means … Continue reading Almost time for @Official_GDC! Here’s all the things I’m up to

ICYMI – I was on @Wizards_dnd to talk about diversity, D&D and more!

  TANYA DEPASS ON CREATING D&D CHARACTERS Tanya DePass (@cypheroftyr) has played D&D for years and she brings her experience in talking about diversity in gaming to creating D&D characters and her shared love of Dragon Age 2 with Greg Tito. Lore You Should Know – Matt Sernett (@Sernett) and Chris Perkins (@ChrisPerkinsDND) discuss the … Continue reading ICYMI – I was on @Wizards_dnd to talk about diversity, D&D and more!

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!

I’m a guest at @BigBadCon next week!

I'm pretty excited to go to Big Bad Con next week and get back to my tabletop roots y'all. I'm doing three panels, all with people I admire and love to collaborate with. Friday, October 14th Real talk on Tabletop toxicity 4-6pm Tabletop has a toxicity problem and it should be discussed, like adults in … Continue reading I’m a guest at @BigBadCon next week!

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

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)

ICYMI – I got to interview @tanyaxshort for @ViceGaming about Moon Hunters

When I first played Kitfox Games's Moon Hunters, it reminded me of the 16-bit games I'd grown up with, RPGs where you had to run for your life from wildlife, or duck into caves to find treasure, or save up to buy the best weapon in the game. But while I loved RPGs from a … Continue reading ICYMI – I got to interview @tanyaxshort for @ViceGaming about Moon Hunters

Announcement: I’ve joined @GenieCast!

I've been doing more and more consulting about Diversity issues, Podcasting and other topics; now you can sign up and get that content via GenieCast! Announcement/press release below. Professional speaker and author, Tanya DePass has joined the Geniecast marketplace to deliver Diversity Consulting & Podcasting expertise to global audiences. Geniecast is the world’s largest online marketplace of … Continue reading Announcement: I’ve joined @GenieCast!

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

So you want to describe a POC character…

Ok, so I get asked for advice and my thoughts on a lot of things relating to diversity and representation. Lately I've been getting asked about the proper/authentic/least offensive way to describe or write POC characters. There's been a tumblr post going around about not using food as descriptors for non-white characters. Some people don't … Continue reading So you want to describe a POC character…

Support the work of POC, bi, trans, non-binary, other LGBTQIA folks signal boosting edition

Cross Posted from my Patreon, where it originally appeared on 9 May 2016. Another signal boost post, this time to focus on the works of POC, Bi, non-binary, trans and other marginalized creators. Re-using my caveat from my women's work post because it is what it is. I lost some of my own Patreon support … Continue reading Support the work of POC, bi, trans, non-binary, other LGBTQIA folks signal boosting edition

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!

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]

Double the Streams on Tuesday 2/9!

So Tuesday is usually the day new releases drop. This week however there's two highly anticipated titles coming out! I'll do an AM Stream of Unravel Game; starting at 10am CST - 2:00 pm CST, take a break then stream Firewatch by Campo Santo from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm CST  at twitch.tv/cypheroftyr Unravel Game … Continue reading Double the Streams on Tuesday 2/9!

ICYMI – I’m in this @Offworld piece by @sangfroid_san

What can game developers do to better represent black women in games? “They need to get some fucking empathy,” says Tanya dePass, a campaigner for better representation inside game worlds and among those who create them. She curates websites, hosts podcasts, maintains the#INeedDiverseGames tag on Twitter, works as a diversity consultant andspeaks at conventions and … Continue reading ICYMI – I’m in this @Offworld piece by @sangfroid_san

Forced change is happening…

I got back to work from GX3 today to unpack my office, get everything settled and then was let go. I had no sense this was coming. After all who would be that low-down and dirty right? Well apparently my now former supervisor would be that's who. So I come to y'all humbly asking for … Continue reading Forced change is happening…

ICYMI – 13 Games Paste Games writers & Editors are thankful for

A lovely list where I am thankful for #DragonAgeInquisition & other Paste writers gave game thanks <3 http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2015/11/13-games-were-thankful-for.html The internet fuels negativity. There’s so much cynicism and pessimism about games online that it can be hard to remember why we play them in the first place. This Thanksgiving we asked some of the contributors to … Continue reading ICYMI – 13 Games Paste Games writers & Editors are thankful for

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

I got a chance to chat up the lovely folks at @CastletoCastle! Disney Podcast :D

Episode 55: Emily, Mike and Tanya Need Diverse Disney (and Games) I HAD SO MUCH FUN Chatting with Mike and Emily! I can't wait to come back and visit, hang out and talk about Disney, diversity and everything in-between. Listen, subscribe, say hello to the hosts. They are lovely folks and you should follow them … Continue reading I got a chance to chat up the lovely folks at @CastletoCastle! Disney Podcast 😀