So I've gotten a bit of press recently and wanted to share it with y'all. I was fortunate enough to be invited to Ubisoft Toronto to be part of the second Black Game Pros Mixer event in early February! Check out some of the coverage and when the video of the panel is available Games … Continue reading A bunch of neat coverage of the #UbiBGP Mixer & a highlight by @XBoxAmbassadors
The diversity conversation you need, but don't want Diversity is now a checkbox on a lot of lists rather than being about inclusion and making sure everyone is included. Let’s get into the nitty gritty of why we need to actually be inclusive and stop checking off boxes and calling it a done deal. https://youtu.be/s6378DxI8Uw
My PAX Unplugged Schedule - 2019 edition! Also, I Need Diverse Games is back in the Diversity Lounge! This year we're going to have an exclusive D20 pin designed and made by Geekify, Inc to purchase! All proceeds keeps INDG alive and kicking. Pins will be $15, cash or card accepted. Not Having Racism in … Continue reading My #PAXUnplugged 2019 Schedule!
I'm returning to BlerdCon this weekend for their 3rd event! I'm only doing two panels this time, both on Sunday morning! You can see the full panel lineup here #BlackTwitter: Navigating and Making Social Media Work for you as a Black Nerd 10:00 am Eastern, Jefferson Room Twitter is the new watercooler, and Black Twitter … Continue reading Heading off to @BlerdConDC this weekend!
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
I’m pleased to share I’m eligible for consideration for the Hugo Awards in a few categories for works created in 2018. I edited Game Devs & Others: Tales from the Margins a collection of essays in which POC, LGBTQIA, and other gamers with marginalized identities, shared their personal stories about what it’s like being part … Continue reading My 2018 @TheHugoAwards eligibility post
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!!
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 bunch of stuff has happened lately, or rather that NDA life has eased up a little. First off, Game Devs and Others: Tales from the Margins has a cover! Done by Alex Croft (who you should totally support on Patreon) The release date has changed on Amazon from June 8 to June … Continue reading Updates, news and stuff
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!
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”
Hey y'all, I'm visiting Twitch HQ and giving a talk on staying safe as a marginalized streamer. Details below. 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 … Continue reading How to Keep Safe in the Land of Twitch – talk on Tuesday, 9/12
These are the PAX Dev and PAX West panels I'm doing. Schedule and participants subject to change. Fans and Devs: Where's the Middle Ground? August 29, Grand 1 2:30 pm Whether we're talking about a nostalgic favorite game, or a beloved game series, online spaces have become hostile territory where devs have to tread lightly … Continue reading PAX Dev and PAX West Panels are a go!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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
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!
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
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!
Finally Halamshiral for real this time on stream! 11:00 am CST, all of the Winter Palace with Sera, Dorian, & Blackwall as my party along with Herah Adaar. So I have questions; Obviously siding with Briala will probably net me massive disapproval cause she’s an elf. But what about Celene and Gaspard? Neither would give … Continue reading To Halamshiral we go!
Hey y'all, I want to share the love for other Patreon creators that you may not be aware of. This is a combination of the two signal boosting posts I did over April and May, along with some new names. Repeating this caveat , because well people. I took in names and suggests from all … Continue reading Patreon round up as it nears the beginning of June
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
Women do a whole lot of work that goes unrecognized in geek, tech, gaming, comics, SFF and other areas. So I want to shine a light on some of these women who don't get a lot of visibility. This part of celebrating women's work is the Patreon edition. Caveat , because well people. I took in … Continue reading Celebrating the work of women, Part 1
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…
The lovely Joy E. has entered an MLK Day essay contest and she's a semi-finalist. Please go here and vote for her essay! It's number five. The $500 prize money will go a long way in helping complete her graphic novel about Tuwani. I've posted her essay from her blog under the cut. Please vote … Continue reading Signal boosting for my friend Joy – Vote for her essay!
So... Joy E. came up with a nifty idea. A project where LGBTQIA youth, straight allies, adults and others could share their stories to encourage and strengthen youth who may be getting bullied, harassed and otherwise mistreated for being who they are. This project will make sure that lgbtqia of color, bisexual and transgendered folks … Continue reading Introducing… The We Got Your Back Project
Help SamuraiKo move to Seattle! SamuraiKo is an awesome City of Heroes videographer, fan and wonderful person. She and her hubby have decided to go West! and they could use a hand. If you can't chip-in, please pass on this link? If SamuraiKo has ever brough a smile to your face with her CoH vids … Continue reading SamuraiKo needs a little boost…