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 @OrcaCon 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

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!!

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

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 @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!

Thoughts on Gaming, Identity and Cuphead

This was originally posted on Patreon on October 1, 2017 and is possible through the generosity of my Patrons. So I'm not really on the woooo Cuphead is amazing and the way, truth and light of gaming train. It looks amazing but it also looks like the racist ass cartoons I remember seeing in re-runs … Continue reading Thoughts on Gaming, Identity and Cuphead

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

Game Devs & Others: Tales from the Margins* – Call for Submissions is Open!

In case you missed the announcement, I am editing an anthology for CRC Press, due out in 2018. Submissions open on June 12, 2017 and end on August 15, 2017. Contributors whose work is selected for publication will be paid. I am writing/editing a book for Focal Press about marginalized folks in games. It will … Continue reading Game Devs & Others: Tales from the Margins* – Call for Submissions is Open!

I’m editing an anthology!

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!

Listen to me trying out #TorgEternity by @USNAGames on @OneShotRPG!

So I have been getting back into tabletop lately and with that came a chance to help test out Torg Eternity, by USNA Games! We recorded a session for One Shot RPG, which you can check out on the One Shot site, i.e a game in four parts. Check out USNA Games on twitter and … Continue reading Listen to me trying out #TorgEternity by @USNAGames on @OneShotRPG!

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!

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!

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!

Excited to visit University of Oregon this week!

It's my last speaking gig where I have to travel in 2016! Excited to visit with Edmond Chang at his campus. Keywords for Video Game Studies: Diversity   Speaker series Date: November 30, 2016 Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm “Why Diversity and Intentional Inclusion Is Needed in Our Games” with Tanya DePass A brief talk … Continue reading Excited to visit University of Oregon this week!

MY @GaymerX East schedule!

Not long until GaymerX East in NYC!  Here's my panel schedule which is much lighter than it was at GX4!! Saturday November 12th 1:oo pm: Gaming Journalism from an LGBTQ Perspective TimesOUT the LGBTQIA affinity network for The New York Times would like to moderate a discussion about the LGBTQIA perspective in gaming journalism. 2:30 … Continue reading MY @GaymerX East schedule!

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

I consulted on Paper Drumpf and I’d like you to try it out #indiegamedev

I was approached to be a consultant on Paper Drumpf by Buchanan productions a little while ago. I admit I had a split second of hmm, what's this then? When I got the DM. However, the game isn't simply a LOL Trump sucks, quick and easy game to run through in a few minutes. It's … Continue reading I consulted on Paper Drumpf and I’d like you to try it out #indiegamedev

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!

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

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…

Stream update for week of June 27, 2016

Just one stream this week, as I'll be away at a convention again. The awesome Vahn J gifted me with The Talos Principle on steam, so I'll be streaming it on Tuesday June 28th approx 7pm CDT. This will be a totally blind playthrough, never seen a stream of it or much game play. After that, … Continue reading Stream update for week of June 27, 2016

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

I’m going to be a guest at @BigBadCon!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1157274964/big-bad-con-2016/widget/video.html So, I was invited to be a guest at Big Bad Con and their Kickstarter is not just live but doing damned well! They've already blown their stretch goals out of the water, one of which was having me there 😀 There's still time to back the conventions Kickstarter and see what new stretch … Continue reading I’m going to be a guest at @BigBadCon!

ICYMI – How can we find Community as Gamers? – @UncannyMagazine

ICYMI, I've got an article in the May/June 2016 issue of Uncanny Magazine! You can read it in full at uncannymagazine.com! Gorgeous Cover art: “Bubbles and Blast Off” by Galen Dara Here's a snippet for you, please check out the rest on the site! Community is a word that doesn’t always come to mind when one … Continue reading ICYMI – How can we find Community as Gamers? – @UncannyMagazine

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

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!

The @Offworld Collection Kickstarter is live!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1315256652/the-offworld-collection/widget/video.html About this project The Offworld Collection is a beautiful hardcover book that contains some of the best and most insightful writing about video games ever printed on a page. It features a tremendously diverse roster of contributors, writing about everything from the fascinating world of women's pinball, to the lingo of Chinese games culture, … Continue reading The @Offworld Collection Kickstarter is live!

I’m going to be on The Geek Show! Videogames Edition 2/18/16!

A NEW CHALLENGER APPROACHES! ...and it is VStheUNIVERSE with their hit variety show "The Geek Show!" This month the VtU crew are celebrating everyone's favorite pastime: Video Games! Join VStheUNIVERSE as they welcome guests Tanya DePass from #INeedDiverseGames and local Robomodo studio developer Josh Tsui as they talk about the current gaming scene! VStheUNIVERSE will … Continue reading I’m going to be on The Geek Show! Videogames Edition 2/18/16!

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

I visited with the fine folks at @OneShotRPG!

128. Fool’s Journey/Tanya DePass by James D'Amato on December 28, 2015 in One Shot, The Podcast This week ONE SHOT is offering a double feature! Podcast Episode Podcast: Play in new window | Download First up Kat and James play Fool’s Journey with the game’s creator Cheyenne Wall-Grimes. For that you get three unique stories … Continue reading I visited with the fine folks at @OneShotRPG!

More streaming to come…

So with all this time on my hands, I'm going to do more streaming.  I've made some updates to my Twitch page and will work on some mod bots (Night!Bot/Moo!Bot) as well as try to get some things set up so donations can be acknowledged in stream. I'll probably even put myself on cam more … Continue reading More streaming to come…

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!

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

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

@NYMGamer #102 – Tedium In Games

Episode 102: Elfroot, Bells, and Potato Crops, or Pick, Plant, Repeat Forever: Tedium in Games BY SAMANTHA BLACKMON AND ALISHA KARABINUS · MAY 29, 2015 Episode 102: Elfroot, Bells, and Potato Crops, or Pick, Plant, Repeat Forever: Tedium in Games (Right click and save as to download, or hit us up on iTunes or Stitcher) … Continue reading @NYMGamer #102 – Tedium In Games

A very quick, run by post-C2E2 update

So both panels went well, both:   "Through Brightest Days & Blackest Nights – A Black Nerd Girl’s Journey" where I had the honor of sitting alongside Keidra Chaney, Mikki Kendall, Karlyn, and moderated by the wonderful Jennifer Cross. We had a full-house and, and also, Gail Simone attended & live tweeted! Mikki ran off the … Continue reading A very quick, run by post-C2E2 update

I got to hangout with the fine folks over at the Dialogue Wheel Podcast!

I recently had a chance to join the folks over at the Dialogue Wheel podcast to talk about #diversity in #DragonAge. This is a short episode, Part 2 will be about an hour long. https://youtu.be/FfKs3Y1J_xo Welcome to Date Night with the Dialogue Wheel episode 25, "Diversity in DAI." Chachi, Tyler, Evan, and guest Tanya D … Continue reading I got to hangout with the fine folks over at the Dialogue Wheel Podcast!

Repost – BGG (Black Girl Gamer)–LFG, PST!

Snagged from Geek Feminism's Blog. Reposting since it reached in and grabbed me by the heart. Women, feminism, and geek culture 2011 April 8 tags: Gaming, geek identity, gender, guest post, race, sexism, stereotyping, women in gaming by Guest Blogger Cori Roberts is founder of Gameinatrix.com and remaining founding member of Gamer Girls Radio, and … Continue reading Repost – BGG (Black Girl Gamer)–LFG, PST!

Second Skin – review of a gaming documentary

I wanted Second Skin* with friends tonight and I wrote up a Netflix review, under the cut. What are your thoughts? My thoughts on Second Skin So I watched this with a couple of friends who are gamers, and we came to the conclusion that this film only advanced negative stereotypes about gamers. There was … Continue reading Second Skin – review of a gaming documentary

Jack Thompson thinks Rockstar is trying to get people to kill him

Bwahahaha... this made me laugh. Jackie boy is at it again. This time he's accusing Take Two of encouraging people to kill him. Gamepolitics already covered this issue, so I'm a little late to the game. But this is freaking awesome! I now really want a 360 just so I can vicariously give Thompson something … Continue reading Jack Thompson thinks Rockstar is trying to get people to kill him

On the casual use of the word rape when playing MMO’s

I play City of Heroes and City of Villains, an online massively multiplayer game or MMO. Recenty while doing some PuG [Pick up Group] missions the word rape was tossed around quite casually as an equivalent of really kicking some ass in the game. Now as a female player, it really bothered me and for … Continue reading On the casual use of the word rape when playing MMO’s

What the hell is that supposed to mean?

I got my usual EB Games email newsletter today... someone explain to me what the hell the highlighted text is supposed to mean? [All emphasis is mine] Nariko, a fiery redhead with a cursed ancient sword, takes on thousands to save her clan. Although we wonder where she managed to find L'Oréal's Ruby Rush hair … Continue reading What the hell is that supposed to mean?

From today’s Washington post…about those illustrious game careers

  An Inside Play To Sway Video Gamers By Mike Musgrove Washington Post Staff Writer Tuesday, July 3, 2007; D01 In his career as a game reviewer, Ghislain Masson has been to Russia twice, and once to Chernobyl for a promotion of a computer game set in that area's nuclear meltdown zone. His other junkets … Continue reading From today’s Washington post…about those illustrious game careers