My @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 will be streamed to Twitch ( All times are AEST [Australian Eastern Time Zone] Convert to your local time via this handy time zone converter

The full GX Australia schedule: 

FRIDAY 7pm – ?? VIP Event Buckley’s


“Harder. Better. Faster. Stronger. – Self-Care Tips for Diverse Peeps”


“Building Better Gamers”


“Diversity 404: What Next?”


“Why A Customisable Character Isn’t Diversity”


“Destroying Tropes and Stereotypes In Games”


“Writing the ‘Other’”


“How to Broadcast Safely as a PoC/LGBT/Female ID’d Streamer”

Now to get laundry done, make sure I have my ETS printed out and I try to get some sleep between now and Wednesday evening. Pics and such as I can because I’m going to try and get a SIM card once I’m there cause int’l data on my carrier is highway robbery y’all.

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:

If you want to catch a specific speaker over the weekend, the schedule is below. Remember all times are in PDT (Pacific Daylight Savings Time) so -2 hours from CDT, -3 hours from EDT, -1 hour from MDT.

Saturday, 4/1

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Opening session: “Queerness and Video Games Today” – 2017 QGCon Organizers – SCI 106

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Panel: “Getting Games Made (Right)” – moderator Adam Sulzdorf-Liszkiewicz – SCI 106
– Ashley Brown, “Cultural Differences in Creating and Financing a Serious Game for Sexual Health Project”
– Mo Cohen, “Navigating Self Care While Making Queer Quest
– Tanya DePass, “Gaming as POC: Where the Industry Has Failed Us, Where It Hasn’t and What to Hope For”

Panel: “Consent and Control in and around Gaming” – moderator Josef Nguyen – SCI 108
– Stephanie Boluk, “Feminist Killjoys and Magic Circle Jerks
– Josef Nguyen, “Reframing Consent through Debates on Control in Games”
– Amanda Phillips, “Unruly Bodies: The Queer Physics of Fumblecore”

Workshop:Making the LGBTQ Games Archive” – Adrienne Shaw, Alayna Cole, Evan Lauteria, Christopher Persaud – SCI 206

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Break (light lunch provided for speakers and volunteers in SCI 201)

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Panel: “Games and Community” – moderator Andreas Kratky – SCI 106
– Evan Conway, “Proud Labor: the Visual, Material, and Social Branding of a Queer Gaming Community”
– Amanda Cullen, “Who Watches the Overwatchmen? A Digital Ethnographic Case Study of Queer Overwatch Fans”
– Kate Ringland, “Minecraft as a Site of Sociality for Autistic Youth”

Post Mortems: “Making Queer Games” – moderator Archie Prakash – SCI 108
– Josie Noronha, “Consideration In Your Core: A robo-tea! Postmortem”
– Yifat Shaik, “Humor on Behalf of the Ridiculous”
– Kara Stone, “Ritual of the Moon Post-Mortem: Queer Narratives, Mental Health, and Time”

Workshop: “Creating Positive Queer Characters” – Michael Wilde – SCI 206

Round table: “People of Color in Game Development and Community” – facilitator Tanya DePass – SCI L114

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Design KEYNOTE: John Epler, introduced by Jasmine Aguilar – SCI 106

“The Privilege of Default: Unconscious Biases in AAA Games”

4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Panel: “Queer Movements through Space and Time” – moderator Alenda Chang – SCI 106
– Maureen Engel, “Go Queer: A Ludic, Locative Media Experiment”
– Miguel Penabella, “The Politics of Driving Queerly: Policing Movement and Urban Spaces in Roundabout
– Lisa Yamasaki, “Playing Queerness in Life Is Strange

Open microtalks: You! Any and all attendees are invited to sign up to speak for 5 minutes on the topic of their choice. – SCI 108

Workshop: “Pedagogy for Social Change” – Irene Chien, Jen Malkowski, Jane Pinckard – SCI 206

Workshop: “Make a Zine with the L.A. Zine Fest” – Rhea Tepp and Kenzo Martinez, L. A. Zine Fest – SCI L114

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Micro-talk session: “Out of Sheer Spite” – Kris Ligman, Tanya DePass, Innes McKendrick, Zoe Quinn, Dietrich “Squinky,” Squinkifer, Carli Velocci – SCI 106

Post Mortems: “Queer Game Creation” – moderator Gordon Bellamy – SCI 108
– J.C. Holder, “Jamming Along to Game Jams: An ILU Game Jam Post-Mortem”
– Emilia Yang, Downtown Browns: Diversifying Interactive Media and Mapping Oppression”

Info Session: “Getting into Queer Game Studies” – Bonnie “Beaux” Ruberg, Teddy Diana Pozo, Whitney Pow, Claudia Lo – SCI 206

Sunday, 4/2

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Post Mortems: “Gender, Identity, and Game Design” – moderator Allison Comrie – SCI 106
– Michael Annetta and Erin Reynolds, Nevermind Post-Mortem: How a Cis Team Approached a Trans Story”
– Steve Cha, “Design as Drag: Performing Identity via Autobiographical Game Design”

Talk: “Orcs and Bowsers and Bara, Oh My: The Complicated Case of Monstrous Queer Male Bodies,” Todd Harper – SCI 108

Round Table: “Invisible Gender and Sexual Identities in the Queer Community” – moderated by Dietrich “Squinky” Squinkifer – SCI 206

11:15 am – 12:30pm

Academic KEYNOTE: T. L. Taylor – SCI 106

“Play as Transformative Work”

12:30 – 1:00pm

Break (light lunch provided for speakers and volunteers – SCI 201)

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Panel: “Representation and Character Creation” – moderator Melinda Stang – SCI 106
– Dan Gardner and Josh Tanenbaum, “Charting Performative Possibilities in Games: A Large-Scale Census of Characters and Representation”
– Rebecca Stimson, “Beautiful Monsters: Building Space for Queer Gaming in Monster Factory”
– Aaron Trammell and Nicole Crenshaw, “The Damsel and The Courtesan: A History of Gendered Game Design”

Panel: “How Queerness (and its Intersectional Themes) have Shaped our Experiences as Student Game Developers,” Ryan Bobell, Jocelyn Kim, Heather Robertson – moderator Margaret Moser – SCI 108

Workshop: “Imagining LGBTQ History through Games: A Game Design Workshop in Collaboration with the ONE Archives” – Loni Shibuyama and Chelsea Howe – SCI 206

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Panel: “Identity and Resistance” – moderator Richard Lemarchand – SCI 106
– Gabriela Aveiro-Ojeda, “Resistance through Play: Latinx Indigenous Culture”
– Niamh Schönherr, “Cute Games: Using Icelandic Krútt Music to Understand Revolution and Resistance in Alt/Queer Games”

Panel: “Academic Perspectives on Development, Industry, and Code” – moderator Derek Burrill – SCI 108
– Eric Freedman, “Engineering Queerness in the Game Development Pipeline”
– Aleah Kiley, Cheerleaders and Martyrs: Feminists and Queer Women in the Indie Industry
– Claudia Lo, “How RimWorld‘s Code Defines Strict Gender Roles”

Workshop: Supporting Queer Students as Game Makers & in Games Studies in the Age of Trump, Amanda Phillips, Alexandrina Agloro, Rachel Burton, Jezz Lucena, Hong-An Wu, Klew Williams, Josef Nguyen – SCI 206

4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Panel: “New Queer Perspectives” – moderator Vicki Callahan – SCI 106
– Emily Marlow, “Subverting the Heteronormative (?) Jesus in Video Games”
– Kaelan Doyle Myerscough, “I’m Taking Care of You: Pharmercy and Sensation in Video Game Romance”
– Whitney Pow, “I’m sure your woman-arms will be able to lift it: Queering affect, interface and phenomenologies of privilege in Anna Anthropy’s Realistic Female First-Person Shooter

Panel: “Queer Design” – moderator Virginia Kuhn – SCI 108
– Matthew Balousek, “Racist Bridges and Smelly Horses: What Is a Queer Game?”
– Heidi McDonald, “Don’t Fear the Queer: Audiences Are Ready”
– Klew Williams, “Trojan Horse Narratives: Sneaking in Queer Stories”

Workshop: “Diversity Backwards and Forwards” – Sarah Schoemann – SCI 206

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Closing Session: The Future of Queerness and Games2017 QGCon Organizers – SCI 106

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

I’m doing three things!

1) Gaming as POC: Where the Industry Has Failed Us, Where It Hasn’t and What to Hope For 

2) Microtalks: Out of Sheer Spite

3) Facilitating a round-table on POC in the industry

April 8: GenVidCon, Gender and Videogames  Keynote speaker, San Jose, CA

April 12: Let’s Talk Gaming!  Montreal, CAN

April 17: Guest Lecturer at NCSU

April 18-20: East Coast Games Conference, Speaker in Career track. Raleigh, NC

April 21-23: C2E2, Panelist  Chicago, IL 

My panel schedule for C2E2

29 & 30 April: GX Australia, Boss of Honor , Sydney, Australia

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 you just grateful to have this opportunity?” Too often, marginalized creators are thrown these adages as compensation for their hard work and creativity in lieu of financial redress like their privileged counterparts. We will be discussing the importance of equal compensation for equal work, the benefit of outreach, and how it’s led to opening the geek culture markets for creators & consumers who don’t look like or think in “mainstream”.

Behind The Parable And The Power: A Celebration Of The Black Women Creators Of The ‘Verse

Jennifer Cross [M], Mikki Kendall, Keidra Chaney

April 22, 4:15-5:15pm S405a

The ladies from A Black Nerd Girl’s Journey and More Than Warriors And Weather Witches are back! This year, we’re going to celebrate the black women behind the pages and productions of our favorite stories from the ‘Verse. We will laud the history of their influence, analyze how far we still need to go, and hopefully hear from the audience how their favorite black women creators have inspired them to pursue their own geeky paths.

How to Twitch safely as a POC/LGBTQIA/Female ID’d Streamer

Tanya DePass [M], LethalJugular and Coco_The_Louder

April 22, 5:15 – 6:15 pm, S503

Streaming on Twitch can be fun, but it can also be perilous for some of us. This panel will bring you some tips and tricks such as using bots, human mods and other methods to make your experience as stress free as possible.

Reblog, Retweet, Resist! Hashtag Movement and Fan Activism

Presented by with Gabriel Canada, Michi Trota, Mikki Kendall and me

April 22, 1:30 – 2:30 pm Room S405b

You reblog, retweet and resist! Social media has transformed pop culture fans into popular movements through fan activism and Hashtag campaigns

Streaming slump

Not what you think, I’m not quitting! But I have been really unhappy with my streams of late. I’ve either had a lot of fail with what I’m playing, unable to get past missions or having a lot of technical problems that led to me stopping the stream prematurely.

I don’t know what it is lately, but I’ve been really bad at games when I’m on cast. The exception being getting past a Watch Dogs 2 mission I’d been stuck on for a while that I finally get through on Saturday’s stream.

Otherwise, I’ve been really bad at things. Got wrecked by a Mantis Shrimp in the Noodle quest in FFXV. It was a few levels higher but that was ridiculous. Couldn’t get past some other stuff in the game so it was really frustrating. Last time I touched Mafia III on stream I got killed repeatedly in the same mission.  Same with today’s cast of the Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone DLC. Came close to defeating a boss, if by close you meant getting about 30% of it’s health whittled away.

It’s really annoying and I’m sure not fun for the folks watching to see me fail over and over again. If it is fun for them? I really don’t want that in my stream, that’s not my jam and I’m not out here to entertain people by failing.

So I dunno what to do about streaming lately. More and more it’s becoming a thing that could go really well, or really badly and I hate being someone who winds up quitting out on games or rage quitting a mission after failing several times. So IDK if I need a break, maybe using my upcoming travel as a reason to take a few days off, but I actually like streaming and miss it when I’m not on because of the community.

What do stream fam, what do?

Long stream to celebrate 800 + Twitch Followers on Saturday 11/26

So tomorrow is gonna be Ubisoft Saturday at chez Cypher on twitch! I’ve hit 830+ followers so I promised a long stream (12 hours total) to celebrate. Thanks to Escoblades at Ubisoft Montreal, I’ve got two Evie figures to give away.


Obviously, you’ll have to be OK with giving me your address, and if you’re international I might need a little help with postage.

I’ll also have a Deluxe Edition of Dragon Age Inquisition for PS4 to give away on stream as well. Again, you’ll have to be cool with me having an address to ship it to, since it’s a physical copy, never opened.

The first half of the stream will be Watch Dogs 2 for 5-6 hours, a short break to swap games.

happy hacker fam WD2.jpg

I’ll finish up with Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, both played on #PS4


So join me at 10 am CST, for celebratory shenanigans

November Streaming updates!

Ok, so I’m doing a LOT of travel in November, so it’s gonna throw my streaming schedule off this month.  However I hit a milestone! So gotta figure out what to do to celebrate it.


Games I am playing on stream right now:

  • Mafia III – PS4
  • CIV VI
  • Skyrim: Special Edition
  • Witcher 3 (replay to get a better build and level up for DLC)

As far as my November stream schedule here’s what I know I’ll be doing:

Thursday 11/3 & Saturday 11/5 – No streaming due to travel

Tuesday 11/8 – Streaming, post voting US Election time TBA. Either Mafia III Skyrim:SE on PC

Thursday 11/10-Wednesday 11/23 – No streaming at all as I’ll be in NYC and Montreal.

Thursday 11/24 – No stream due to Thanksgiving holiday

Saturday 11/26 – Long stream to celebrate 800 Twitch followers! I’ll put a twitter poll up closer to the date. Maybe even a 12 hour stream!

Tuesday 11/29 – Shorter stream due to travel the next day, Time and Game TBD

December is up in the air due to holidays and such.

Follow over at!



I’m doing Extra Life with Team Outpost!

The stream team I’m on, N7 Outpost has an Extra Life team! My goal is $150  and our overall team goal is $1000


Since I’ll be traveling on November 3rd – 5th, all my streams between now and then will be Extra Life Streams. I’ve added a command to give a link for donations and when I stream from PC I’ll be using the Extra Life overlay.

So if you can spare it, drop a couple bucks for a good cause!  or please share our team link/my link.


Streaming schedule through 10/18


Time to get back to Masquerada! I’ll start at 10am CST hopefully until the end, take a little break and get back to Mafia III!

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Mafia III

Join me at for more Masquerada: Songs and Shadows then really switching gears to Lincoln Clay in New Bordeaux after a break.

Then no stream on Thursday October 13th, or Saturday October 15th as I’ll be away at a convention. Regular stream schedule will resume on Tuesday, October 18th with more Mafia III

A few Twitch Streamers I recommend you follow

For whatever my two cents is on folks to follow 😛

SimplyUndrea, variety streamer on PS4 Friday – Sunday 11am PST – ?? with special streams. Follow her on twitter to keep up with her schedule.

UGRGaming, variety streamer, lots of horror, Resident Evil. Follow on twitter for his schedule.

SpawnOnMe, Twitch channel by the Spawn on Me crew, follow on twitter for stream announcements.

LSeekrL, variety streamer sometimes with Destiny or other games. Follow on twitter for stream announcements. Also, check out Thumb Stick Mafia

TheWoundGod, variety streamer, sometimes with Destiny or other FPS, mostly on XB1. Also check out GATSpod!

ThePhenomQQ, variety PC streamer currently playing through the Witcher 3 follow on twitter for his schedule

Stephenkil, variety PC streamer on Mondays and Wednesdays, follow on twitter for what he’s playing. Usually it’s the Long Dark on Mondays, a Telltale title on Wednesdays.

Mike_Laidlaw, Wednesdays and Saturdays, occasional extra streams on the weekend or week nights. Indie game on Saturday, lately Persona 4 Golden on Wednesdays. Follow on twitter for a bunch of stuff and stream announcements.

Pokeyoureyesoutgames, Ed and Lola are partnered variety streamers who stream six days a week, with just taking Wednesdays off.

femfreq, Thursdays at 6pm PST, a variety of things and sometimes with devs as guests or other streamers. (I and simplyundrea mod at this channel too)

ehlien, variety from PC, XB1 and PS4. Some sports, some Overwatch or other FPS games. Also game dev podcast along with theFiddzz

TheFiddzz, variety from PC, XB1 and PS4. Some sports, some Overwatch or other FPS games. Also game dev podcast along with ehlien

DJSpectre, variety PC streamer. Some horror, some indie. Follow on twitter for his schedule

GameWithNikkivariety streamer, PC. Currently replaying DAO headcanon edition

Pringtellamostly Mass Effect, Dragon Age and sometimes Assassin’s Creed. Part of the N7 Outpost

Coco_The_Louder, dance and creative streamer. Check twitter for schedule

Streaming @MasqueradaGame today

The fine folks who made Masquerada were kind enough to share the build they showed at PAX West with me, so to celebrate the return of my voice and excitement over passing the 700 follower mark on Twitch, I’ll be doing two games today.

First, Masquerada: Songs and Shadows at 11:00 am CST through finishing it


Then some more FenQuisition!


I’ll figure out what I’m doing to mark 700+ Twitch followers before I head off for GaymerX!


Streaming update for July 16 – 24th

Hey y’all, streaming will be a bit disrupted after today’s DAI stream due to getting some paying work sent my way. Project will take up all of next week so no stream next Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday is iffy pending where I am in this project.

July 16th there will be more romancing of Sera by Herah Adaar! We’re able to unlock the Temple of Mythal in this playthrough, and there’s a whole lot of war table missions to clear off as well.


The stream will start a bit later than my usual weekend streams, which will be around 3pm CDT on I’ll try to make it a longer stream since I won’t be on for most of next week.

To Halamshiral we go!


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 approval I’m thinking?

Also letting Celene live probably nets disapproval. I’m not a fan of Gaspard either.  So it seems like all the options for Orlais will give you problems with Sera there and after.

Either way, I’m gonna struggle with court approval as a Vashoth Inquisitor and find out what happens with a romanced Sera at the Winter Palace.

Streaming update

Sadly, no stream tomorrow Saturday May 7th. I’ll be at #TrekDePaul all day.

I’ll do a brief make up stream probably Sunday morning or Monday during the day. Also, thoughts on what to play since I beat Unravel?

  • Dark Souls Sucking Tuesdays once I finish Fragments of Him?
  • FenQuisition (if I ever get my game installed on PC and modded again that is)
  • Seeking Sera on Saturdays or move to Sundays since I keep having stuff on Saturday lately?
  • Beyond Eyes (XB1)
  • AC: Syndicate (I have it on PS4 and XB1)
  • Fallout 4 (PC or PS4)
  • Replay Mass Effect (on PC, assuming that’s not broken too with this Origin issue)
  • Dragon Age II
  • Uncharted Collection (PS4)

Oh and there’s emotes now! If you have Better Twitch TV you can use the following emotes. Art by Becka Liz (commission her!)

emotes woo

  • cypherYAY
  • cypherGRR
  • cypherLOVE
  • cypherSHINY
  • cypherWUT (still pending review from BTTV)

Megaldons, Beasties and the high seas in @ManOWar_Corsair


I had a chance to dig into an Early Access version of Man O’ War: Corsair today, and some of the devs even dropped by the stream!

Early Access opens up on 15 April, 2016 on Steam!

The game is gorgeous, the sound is amazing, well timed and ambient for what you run into on the high seas. You can make a female captain of your ship, however you can’t be brown (hopefully this will change in the final version), but that’s a good start.

Other feedback I had was more technical, like the appearance of a Galleon was a bit early against your wee ship & crew. A+ naming of it though, extra credit to my stream crew for getting my DA references. Behemoth AI needs a tweak or tether zone to not chase player so far from spawn point. Seriously it chased me from it’s spawn zone all the way back to a mission location! Also giant sea monster is giant.


Clarity of how to do combat in intro/training mission would be good too. I really struggled with how to aim beyond mere left and right. It seems that the tutorial will be updated on the next Early Access build but that was bit of a learning curve. Last thing is more diversity in Captain choices. Nice that I can be a lady Pirate Cap’n! However being brown, or having some body diversity would be great!

Overall I loved it, it was great fun playing it. I got to shoot a giant shark, be adventurous and run from a beastie! I’ll be keeping my eye on this title and picking it up when it’s released in full.  Full Early Access info under the cut.

Continue reading “Megaldons, Beasties and the high seas in @ManOWar_Corsair”

I finished @unravel_game today… my heart

I finished @Unravel_Game today by Coldwood Studios so here’s a mostly complete playthrough.

XB1 early Access play – First 3 hours, pre-release


Playstation 4 Play – Exported to YT from Twitch:

and finally, the last few levels April 12th, including tears at the end.


Thank you Unravel team for a long, hard romp through a lot of feelings. Thank you for giving us Yarny and a wonderful story. Also for breaking my heart and putting it back together with a bit of red wool stitching.



Combo Birthday and Hitting 450+ followers on Twitch!

So, my birthday is next week omfg! It feels like it really snuck up on me this year because of all that is going on. So how to celebrate you might ask? Well I’m gonna do a relaxed, laid back stream of Dragon Age II. It’s my favorite game in the series and well, what better way to celebrate than with the fine folks of Kirkwall?


So birthday/reaching follower milestone shenanigans details!

When: Tuesday April 5th, 2016 11am CST – 5:00 pm CST


What: All the Dragon Age II feels you can shake a stick at

Anything else I should know?: There might be a few giveaways thanks to friends having spare Steam Keys from Humble Bundles, etc.



Do you want anything for your birthday? Well yes, it would be lovely to get stuff but that’s not the aim of the stream. Should you feel so inclined, you can drop a few coins in Paypal, or subscribe to my Gamewisp thinger. I’ve got an amazon wishlist too. Honestly what I really want is a 3DS XL and a couple of games or a RacerX chair. They aren’t cheap but damn if they are not comfortable. If I get it, that would be fab, if not, no big deal. Remember the point of the stream is not to get gifts but I won’t turn them away 😉

I don’t want to/can’t get you anything, but I want you to have a nice birthday: Honestly a tweet or a hello, happy birthday in the stream is enough. I’m not at a milestone birthday, and I’m not really fishing for gifts, I swear.

Ok I do want to get you something, but nothing on your list or I don’t know your steam name: I’m cypheroftyr pretty much everywhere. You can see a current list of my games library at 

Will you play a different game besides Dragon Age II, even if I ask nicely? No, my birthday stream, my rules, game of my choosing.

Can I be a mod? No sorry I am full up on human mods right now and Branebot/Twitch Alerts keep my stream humming along.

I’ve never been in your stream, do you have rules?

Yes, yes I do. Follow them or you’ll get bounced pretty quick. No fuckery is tolerated on the stream but I will really not have it on a special stream.


Some simple rules for making everyone’s experience here nice and fun! The channel is moderated, by myself and a few others.

1 – Profanity allowed, within reason

2 – No slurs, or hate of any kind, you get 1 time out, then the banhammer falls hard.

3 – No Backseat gaming! If I need/want help from those watching I’ll ask.

4 – No complaining that I’m not playing X game. If you want to watch a different game being played I’m sure someone is streaming it somewhere.

5 – Don’t spam the channel with promos for your channel. Again 1 timeout, then you’ll be banned

6 – Treat each other well in here. I want everyone to have fun and feel safe while watching me play.

Questions? Comments? Whisper during streaming or message me.

I have a question/comment you didn’t address here: Message me on twitter, or whisper during the stream.

Disruption in my usual streaming schedule this weekend!

Apologies for the short notice y’all but no stream today for two reasons. One  is reason is I have house guests through Monday morning. The other is because the XB1 Twitch app is a total PoS and is throwing an error when I try to stream from it. Twitch’s answer is to delete the app and date, reinstall, reauthorize and hard reset the XB1. That’s not really an acceptable answer, especially when your app randomly stops working. If they don’t fix this problem, I may restart the Sera romance on the PS4 or PC.

There will be a stream on Tuesday morning, starting at 11am CST, likely of Unravel so I can hopefully get Yarny out of the acidic pit of hell he’s currently stuck in. I’ll do an extra stream of Solstice game by MoaCube on Friday March 11th, then that will be it for streaming until I’m back and rested from GDC.

Hope everyone is well and having a good day out there!

Streaming stuff and an informal survey

So I’ve been doing a lot more streaming, at least three times a week and as such, I’ve got a spiffy new layout, done by Kessel_Runs!


I’ve got awesome new BRB, Offline, lobby, and shiny buttons! Since I’ve sunk some time and money into doing more Twitch stuff, I wanted to have an informal survey of sorts. I’ve embedded it below, or you can go here and take the survey.

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

Unravel Game by Coldwood Studios 


I’ve already streamed some Unravel via EA Access on the XB1 which you can see below.

Not Your Mama’s Gamer also published a great piece on the happiness Unravel and it’s wooly star, Yarny has brought already.

Firewatch by Campo Santo

Firewatch is a mystery set in the Wyoming wilderness, where your only emotional lifeline is the person on the other end of a handheld radio.


The year is 1989.

You are a man named Henry who has retreated from your messy life to work as a fire lookout in the Wyoming wilderness. Perched atop a mountain, it’s your job to find smoke and keep the wilderness safe.

An especially hot, dry summer has everyone on edge. Your supervisor, a woman named Delilah, is available to you

at all times over a small, handheld radio—and is your only contact with the world you’ve left behind.

But when something strange draws you out of your lookout tower and into the world below, you’ll explore a wild and unknown environment, facing questions and making interpersonal choices that can build or destroy the only meaningful relationship you have.


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 often too. When I’m streaming from PS4 or PC anyway. I don’t have a Kinect and don’t plan to get one.

I usually stream on Twitch: or over at which will get it’s own post over at that blog.

Twitch update image

In case the image is too small to fully read; here’s the Panel text for each one:

Where to find me!

Hello! you have stumbled across cypher’s twitch channel. When I broadcast, I’ll tweet out to @cypheroftyr

Want to drop me a line about a stream? You can do so at

Missed a stream and want to see what I played? I upload my sessions to my youtube channel:

Thanks for stopping by!


Some simple rules for making everyone’s experience here nice and fun! The channel is moderated, by myself and a few others.

1 – Profanity allowed, within reason

2 – No slurs, or hate of any kind, you get 1 time out, then the banhammer falls hard.

3 – No Backseat gaming! If I need/want help from those watching I’ll ask.

4 – No complaining that I’m not playing X game. If you want to watch a different game being played I’m sure someone is streaming it somewhere.

5 – Don’t spam the channel with promos for your channel. Again 1 timeout, then you’ll be banned

6 – Treat each other well in here. I want everyone to have fun and feel safe while watching me play.

Questions? Comments? Whisper during streaming or message me.

Tip Jar:

So I suddenly lost my job on December 15th, right after a convention and a few days before the holidays. Normally I wouldn’t ask for tips, but right now every little bit helps.

Thank you in advance for keeping me on air. Donations will go towards paying the internet, and game purchases for streaming.


So schedule, I’m going to try the following to see how it works out:

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: 11am CST – 3:00 pm CST

Special streams will be announced on Twitter and my site: before they happen.

Become my Patreon:

For those folks who may want to support my work as a streamer, game critic and maybe soon video blogger, on a monthly basis.

You can support for as little as $1 USD per month, and every single Patreon is deeply appreciated.

Thank you.