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!

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!

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!

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

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!

TONIGHT: Fight Hate. Drink Geek Cocktails with Bellydancing Super Mario

https://youtu.be/61nmjdwfIBk Raks Geek: Ready Player Two Friday, March 24 at 8pm (Doors at 7:30pm) Uptown Underground 4707 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL Ages 21+ TONIGHT: Join firespinning Mortal Kombat fighters, bellydancing Wookiees, and a sword-wielding Sephiroth! Raks Geek presents an unforgettable night of nerdiness and dancing paying homage to The Last Starfighter, Final Fantasy, Super Mario … Continue reading TONIGHT: Fight Hate. Drink Geek Cocktails with Bellydancing Super Mario

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!

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

I’m part of the Fireside chats happening at the Blacks in Gaming event during @Official_GDC

If you'll be at GDC, I'm speaking at the Blacks in Gaming event, sponsored by Xbox! details and RSVP link in this post. Excited to have Kahlief Adams host this event and chat with him again! Xbox is once again proud to partner with the Blacks in Gaming (BiG) organization to host the 12th annual … Continue reading I’m part of the Fireside chats happening at the Blacks in Gaming event during @Official_GDC

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!

My talk at @UbisoftMTL !!

Ubisoft Montreal Diversity Tuesdays https://youtu.be/hD5elQmZ6Os I had a chance to speak at Ubisoft's Montreal studio last month. They were kind enough to get me a copy of the video so here you go! Here's the deck I used, in PDF format. Note the YouTube link is unlisted. It makes me really happy that they gave … Continue reading My talk at @UbisoftMTL !!

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

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!

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

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!

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!

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

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!

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

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

Can y’all believe @OutOfTokensCast is almost a year old!

It's been nearly a year since our little gaming podcast, Fresh Out of Tokens was released out in the wild for folks. For a show that started on a whim and a $50 mic, and Skype mp3 recorder, put together in 8 hours, we've done pretty good eh? So if you've enjoyed the show, have … Continue reading Can y’all believe @OutOfTokensCast is almost a year old!

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

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

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!