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




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 iconic Tomb of Horrors adventure in Tales from the Yawning Portal. Plus, guest host Bart Carroll joins the podcast to talk about Dragon+.

Here’s a guide to when each segment on the podcast begins:

00:00 – Intro with Greg Tito and Bart Carroll

05:35 – Lore You Should Know – Today’s Topic: Tomb of Horrors

20:37 – Interview with Tanya DePass

01:13:08 – Outro with Greg and Bart

Take a listen!

ICYMI – I hung out with the @_MediaMavens podcast to talk up Dragon Age!


Listen to “Alistair and Cullen Fanfic” – Ep #21 on the Media Mavens site // Download the MP3


Today’s Topics:

We invited Tanya DePass of I Need Diverse Games and the Fresh Out of Tokens Podcast to chat with us about Dragon Age and answer a whole lot of listener questions.

Guest and Topic Intro (00:01:19)

A brief intro to our guest, Tanya DePass along with the non-profit she created, I Need Diverse Games . If you’re interested in supporting I Need Diverse Games or Tanya you can do so on Patreon.

What we’ve been up to (00:07:28)

Tanya (@cypheroftyr)

  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Skyrim Special Edition
  • Watch Dogs 2
  • Hip Hop Evolution
  • NK Jemisin’s The Fifth Season

Riley (@kaleri_)

  • Overwatch
  • Heroes of the Storm
  • Descendents of the Sun
  • Rogue One
  • Princess Mononoke
  • The Weeknd Starboy album
  • It’s Our Turn Podcast

Pam (@jasyla_)

  • Dead Rising 4
  • Epistory: Typing Chronicles
  • Black Closet
  • The Ghost Girl in the Corner

Dragon Age (00:28: 05)

  • What is Dragon Age?
  • How did we get into Dragon Age?
  • How the series progresses
  • Templars vs Mages
  • Thoughts in representation of PoC in DA? The character creator is certainly getting better but the only NPCs of color seem to be human (unless I’m misremembering). Why not dwarves and elves? @The_Doc_Webb
  • Tanya’s article on representation in Dragon Age
  • Which secondary character have you been the most sad not to be able to smooch? @mk_patter
  • Varic writes books. Mordin sings in plays. What hobbies or side jobs do you envision your other DA and ME buds having? @OrkChop
  • Best party composition for entertaining banter? Love the party members snarking at each other while we’re roaming around! @thornmallow
  • DA is a series with really high stakes and where humanity (unlike in Mass Effect) is not that special. Do you appreciate that about it? @MtoAllPro
  • Is there a moment in any DA that always makes you cringe (for any reason) playing through it? @TimpoAdante
  • DA:O’s Deep Roads, “A good way to spend an afternoon” or “Is there an end to this”? What did you think? @estelliaslair
  • In your mind are the Wardens good guys, bad guys, neither, and why? I see them more as a necessary evil than anything else. Thus why my warden was super evil and a jerk. @MtoAllPro
  • Are you disappointed that we never get to experience the Warden’s adventures in DA:I (as seen in Leliana quests)? @estelliaslair
  • Is the Inquisition set to be good for later games or will it be corrupted like the Wardens, Templar, Circles and every other organization. @MtoAllPro
  • Which DA do you feel has the best story? Does it also have the best characters? @TimpoAdante
  • Most bittersweet romance? My vote is for a devout Inquisitor romancing Cassandra as she becomes Divine. @The_Doc_Webb

If you’ve got any feedback, questions, people or topics you’d like to hear on future episodes of the show, you can reach out at MediaMavensCast@gmail.com or on Twitter @_MediaMavens. If you like the show, please give us a review on iTunes or Stitcher.

Music: Vivacity by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

My #PodcastSetup, Updated!

So ages ago I posted my Podcast set up,and recently someone asked me for a link. Which made me realize I haven’t updated this since I upgraded equipment! So here’s what I use now.


MicBlue Yeti Pro, with Blue Radius Shock Mount II, on Rode Pro-Swivel Boom Arm (can be mounted with C-Clamp or through desk, kit comes with both type of mounts) Pictured but not used for podcasting are my Logitech G933 Surround Sound Headset. I use those for streaming on PC/PS4/XB1


Sennheiser CX-300 ii in-ear noise canceling earbuds (ordered via Dell but also available at most electronics retailers)

We ask each person to record their own audio track in Audacity, in Mono at the default value of 44100 Hz, and we usually meet over Skype. David mixes all the audio for those sessions.

On occasion, we’ve used Ringr, which records the audio for both sides of the call; and mixes it into an MP3 for downloading. There is a free 30 day trial, Basic for $7.99 a month and Premimu for $18.99 a month. The only downside to Ringr is that for now, it can only support a two person call. We’ve also got an affiliate link so you can get Ringr for 25% off.


If you need a service that supports multiple people per call, Zencastr could be an option. Our podcast fam Spawn On Me has been using it. 

As for hosting, we use simplecast.fm, which has been pretty good. Only $12 a month for hosting. You can post date episodes so it’s great if you might be traveling or away from a computer when you normally post episodes.

Oops, never shared my Podcast Movement thoughts, here you go

I posted this for my Patrons a while ago but never cross posted this here. Since it came up on a podcasting panel I did recently, I was reminded to post it publicly. Enjoy!


So I attended Podcast Movement in Chicago last week and it was … a thing. I only went because they had a payment plan for registration and it was in my city. I can tell you that I wouldn’t travel for this convention and I definitely would not pay what they ask for registration costs.

It wasn’t that the session titles were bad, but for the money (I got the early bird rate but it was still over $300) there weren’t a lot of vendors, some of the panels/talks were not so hot. There was one that was a thinly veiled pitch for the speakers services, but it wasn’t anything I didn’t know.

I mean, maybe some people need common sense before they need lessons on how to be a good podcast guest, but the ‘advice’ she was giving was very 101, like promote the episode when it airs, talk up the show you’re going to be on, come prepared to record, make sure you give the hosts your full attention!

Who doesn’t know such basic stuff? The thing that baffled me the most by her talk was the advice of go write a book to be a podcast guest. I repeat, her advice was go write a book to be on a podcast. That just kind of made me want to walk out. Yes, let’s spend time writing books to be on a podcast.

Let’s be honest, getting to guest on a podcast is not like being on a network tv show or likely something that will make or break your career. Yeah it’s cool, it’s fun but let’s be real here. There are very few shows with enough reach to make you better known.

The other thing that bugged me was that a lot of the ‘experts’ on these panels or giving talks were folks who have corporate backing or had money to spare and acted as if they had such a damn hard time getting where they are. There was no practical advice for small podcasters really.

Just mostly white dudes and white women talking about their corporate sponsored shows that struggled oh-so-much. There was only one diversity panel, and it was almost derailed by the first audience question, or I should say rant. One of the panelists made the very salient point that ok, we’re having this panel and what then?

It was refreshing to hear that from someone on a diversity panel, but the audience member who came back to that point for his ‘question’ went on a whole other level with his ranting about how it means nothing in the end. So that happened 😐

Bad panels, talks and lack of representation aside there were some cool things about going. I got to meet Godfrey of Gamertag Radio, see Cicero H of Spawn on Me again and meet a lot of other cool podcasters. There was good networking to be had and that has some value but not $300+ worth IMHO.

So yeah, if I could ever get a speaker gig (HAHAHAHA) for this and it comes back to Chicago, I may return to it once it’s grown into itself more. For a three year old convention it was slick and pretty but very, very shallow at the end of two and a half days.

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, and a selection of games that deal with often taboo topics for the 18+ audience. We’ve also got C418 (Minecraft) and Chipzel (Super Hexagon) as part of our amazing music line up.

You can check out the full list of games here: bitbashchicago.com, and also feel free to watch our trailer for a taste of the festival: https://vimeo.com/173723080

Sunday, August 14th, I’ll be at #ChiNerdFest for the first time!

Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival

Come see me talk about podcasting, I’ll talk up Fresh Out of Tokens & podcasting 101 along with Aaron Amendola of the Geek Show, James D’Amato of One Shot RPG and Cody Melcher of Tomefoolery at 5pm, Theatre 773

You should come earlier for the great comedy and other panels going on with some really cool folks that I recommend you see on stage. Best of all? These are free panels, so come on through, get some good information and see awesome folks.

4:00-5:00 pm LGBTQ+ in Nerd Culture & Media Panel moderated by Cody Melcher – Jackson Bird, Brittany Meyer, Devon Maggie
6:00-7:00 pm Building Communities moderated by Jackson Bird – Matt Peters, Michi Trota, Tamara Lynn Chambers

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 thought leaders, speakers, experts and consultants, all available via live, two-way video broadcast.

The Geniecast marketplace has almost 1,000 different programs led by more than 800 “Genies” who are experts in a variety of topics ranging from customer service and business best practices to leadership and other trending industry topics. Genies include individuals who are members of the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame and speakers who were named to Inc.com’s list of Great Leadership Speakers for Your Next Conference. Former Yahoo! Executive Tim Sanders, sales guru Jack Daly and New York Times best-selling author Dan Buettner are among the Genies available on Geniecast.com. With Geniecast, education, board meetings and business development become more affordable and accessible.

Tanya is offering several programs on Geniecast including: Why Diversity Done Right is Important to your Clients and Podcasting 101 Learn more at Geniecast.com

About Tanya DePass

Tanya DePass is a lifelong Chicagoan who loves everything about gaming, #INeedDiverseGames spawn point, and wants to make it better and more inclusive for everyone. She’s the Founder and EIC of @OutofTokensCast, the Diversity Liaison for GaymerX and often speaks on issues of diversity, feminism, race, intersectionality & other topics at conventions.

The mission and purpose of her community, I Need Diverse Games:

-Provide a safe space for gamers of color and of any other marginalized identities (including race, gender, sexual orientation, neurodiversity, disability etc)

-Provide a safe space to promote the work of creators in the gaming industry, including journalists, developers, artists that are marginalized and would otherwise go unheard.

-To encourage and defend diversity in all forms of gaming, and most importantly, make sure it is done right by creating conversations that invite both critique and praise for the art of gaming.


Next up on the convention go-round, SFWA Nebula Conference

nebulaspostcardfront20161-360x257 For the first time ever, even with the Nebula’s being in my back yard, I’ll be paneling at the SFWA Nebula conference.

Thanks to Mary Robinette-Kowal for inviting me to attend and be on panels this year.

Schedule below, and I’ll be wandering around all three days as well. I have panels on Thursday and Friday

Thursday, May 12th, 3:00 pm

The Future of Racism

The past’s virulent racism against the Irish has now faded to linguistic artifacts like “paddy wagon” and “red-headed stepchild.” What traces will present-day racism leave behind, and what new forms of racism will emerge?

Jennifer Cross [M], Me, Liz Argall, Michael R. Underwood

Friday, May 13th

Social Medial Puzzle Pieces 11:00 am

There are approximately 12 billion social media sites, blogging platforms, and other online tools that someone, at some time or another, has told writers they must be on or must be involved in. How do you avoid letting social posting tke over your life? There are tools that make automatic cross-posting easy and/or give you the flexibility to set up multiple updates and schedule them. Learn which of these tools is most effective, best practices for cross-posting, and what behaviors to avoid.

Tanya DePass [M], Mikki Kendall, Shane Halbach, Althea Kontis

Podcasting for Writers 4:00 pm

Have you been asked to be a guest on a podcast? Appearing on popular podcasts is a powerful marketing asset, especially if you sound as good as the hosts. Which tools do you need to sound your best when calling in via Skype, Google Hangouts, or over the phone? And if you’re interested in starting your own podcast, what should you use to record, edit, and distribute?

Tanya DePass [M], K. Tempest Bradford, Kate Baker, Tina Connolly


It’s Fucking Tea Time! Star Wars Force Awakens

I had the pleasure of chatting with Ashley Barry (Hyrule Hyrulia), Emma Kidwell (FemHype) and Sophie Turner (Geeky Merch) about Star Wars Force Awakens!

Published on Apr 18, 2016

In today’s episode, we discuss the dvd/blu ray release of The Force Awakens.

Show Notes:

Ajiri Tea (www.ajirifoundation.org)

Oscar Isaac gif (http://45.media.tumblr.com/3916b77a61…)

Behind the Scenes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8qXj…)

Rey’s parentage? Maybe?

– Rey and Obi Wan

Tanya at PAX East

Tanya at Penguincon (nothing to do with real penguins)

Contact Info:

Emma Kidwell

Tanya DePass

Sophie Turner

I’m on @lessthanorequal #72

I had the honor of visiting with Aleen Sims of Less Than or Equal once more!

#72: Tanya DePass

December 22nd, 2015 · 50 minutes

Tanya and Aleen talk about what’s involved in putting together panels for a diverse conference, how feminism should be for everyone, and podcasting.

Guest Starring: Tanya DePass

Listen on Relay.fm/LTOE or Download the MP3

Links and Show Notes

Tanya on Twitter
Tanya DePass on Patreon
I Need Diverse Games on Patreon
Fresh out of Tokens
Less Than or Equal #33: Tanya DePass
GaymerX: Everyone Games
Dear White People, You Suck At Diversity | TechCrunch
Accidental Tech Podcast
#I Need Diverse Games
Gen Con

I visited with @JusticePoints again for @bioware month!

Ep. #120 – “Good Looking Inquisitors”

We chat with about Bioware games!

JP Max Trevelyan

Our hundred-and-twentieth episode features Tzufit and Apple Cider talking to Bioware fan and #INeedDiverseGames creator Tanya DePass. We go over what tickles Tanya’s fancy about Dragon Age and Mass Effect, as well as why the inquisitor’s story is so important.

What We’re Playing:


If you see any news that you want us to cover, let us know via e-mail or Twitter.

Rate, comment and subscribe to us on iTunes and now Stitcher Radio! Support our podcast on Patreon! You can also buy our shirts at Spreadshirt!

Music used in our episode is “Carefree” by Kevin McLeod, courtesy of Incompetech.com.


@NYMGamer #102 – Tedium In Games

Episode 102: Elfroot, Bells, and Potato Crops, or Pick, Plant, Repeat Forever: Tedium in Games

Heroine’s Journey #10 – LC Brown and I talk about Rat Queens!


Tanya DePass, creator of #INeedDiverseGames, once again joins LC Brown to discuss Rat Queens, the Image Comics title by Kurtis J. Wiebe, including:

  • What Rat Queens and D&D have in common
  • Women getting ugly: Why it matters
  • Is Rat Queens getting women back into comics?
  • The power of word of mouth: Which other comics are we picking up?

Plus: Resident Evil Revelations 2; why LC should never got a record contract; Parks and Recreation; Elizabeth Moon & Wiscon: because the third time’s a charm; demi-divinity, biraciality and bisexuality – being in-between; how to see Tanya at C2E2, and your emails!

Main topic starts at: 11:34
Emails start at: 27:55

Cohost info: Tanya DePass, I Need Diverse Games on Tumblr and Twitter,#INeedDiverseGames

Intro and Outro music: “Snow World Under the White Moon“, EeL

If you’d like to leave us a comment, question, or maybe just some good old-fashioned hatemail,send us an email at info (at) hjcast [dot] com.

Catch me and @biancajand on @nerdgasmnoire Live tonight at 8:45 pm CST!

Tonight! 04-14-2015

On  we invite & to discuss gender/racial Identity in gaming community @ 8:45pm CT.

Listen at: 

Me for Feminist Deck  & biancajand for feminist deck

Art by the lovely and talented KivaBay! Please donate and support her work on the #feministdeck

Check out Nerdgasm Noire online at nerdgasmnoire.net, on twitter at @nerdgasmnoire

Can’t listen in tonight? Check out the show on Stitcher later!

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.

Welcome to Date Night with the Dialogue Wheel episode 25, “Diversity in DAI.”

Chachi, Tyler, Evan, and guest Tanya D (@cypheroftyr) discuss diversity in the Dragon Age series of games. This is the first of two installments.

Tanya D’s art is done by the wildly talented @KivaBay as part of her #FeministDeck series. The article mentioned in our podcast can be found here: http://boingboing.net/2015/03/23/in-f…

Tonight’s cast includes Chachi (@ChachiBobinks), Tyler (@Remilbus1138), and Evan (@KllrMannequin).

The Dialogue Wheel theme song is “Please Mind the Dubstep” by Bit Basic. Channel art by Chachi. Original cast art comissioned by @Dinomyte203. All other Dragon Age-related information is property of @BioWare.

A big thanks to Allan Schumacher for pointing me to the Dialogue Wheel. I had a great time hanging out with everyone and can’t wait to revisit with the cast. 😀

I’ll post Part 2 when it’s up!