Hot off the press, @Gen_Con Industry Insider panels are posted

It’s a bit of a way off but I do have some of my GenCon 50 schedule sorted for Industry Insider Panels! Full listing of Industry Insider sessions  which you can add to your wishlist until registration opens.

Livestreaming Your Table Thursday 3pm Room 245

Aljernon Bolden, Kat Kuhl and Tanya DePass

How to best utilize twitch or other streaming platforms to best utilize sharing your game, your system, & bringing in new players to the hobby.

The Heroes We Deserve – Representation in Games Friday 12 pm Room 245

Joseph Carriker, Tanya DePass, Anna Meade, Darcy Ross, Liz Splain & C.A Suleiman

Who do we want to play games? How do you create characters, artwork, & worlds that appeal to a broad audience? What can you do to help people feel welcome & encourage new people to play more?

Black Knights: Growing RPG Space Among Minorities Saturday 10 am Room 244

Aljernon Bolden, Tanya DePass, Katherine Cross & Anna Meade

A discussion on how to make modern gaming communities more welcoming to a minority audiences & future creators of color.

Tabletop in the Transmedia Age Saturday 4pm Room 244

Tanya DePass, James Lowder, Paul Peterson, Harrison Pink, C.A Suleiman

Discussion of the transmedia trend & how it applies to tabletop gaming, with a focus on how tabletop & other forms of media are starting to inform & even help define each other.

By Our Powers Combined: Technology and Tabletop Sunday 12pm

Jake Alley, Liz Courts, Tanya DePass, BJ Hensley

Technology isn’t going anywhere, so why not use it to your advantage? Learn about all the cool sites, programs, & more to make your game mastering life easier.

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 1 (Big Ant Panel Room)

Day 1 (Developer Panel Room)

Day 2 (Auditorium)

Day 2 (Big Ant Panel Room)

Day 2 (Developer Panel Room)

Here’s the panels I was on and my Boss of Honor Talk (video is linked on the title)

HARDER. BETTER. FASTER. STRONGER. — SELF-CARE TIPS FOR DIVERSE PEEPS
Emilie Poissenot Wren Brier Snow McNally Tanya DePass Dameyon Bonson

As part of an underrepresented group in the games industry, our careers are harder than the norm. Our actions and words may be used as a blanket representation of our whole group. The knowledge of biases against us can lead to increased self-doubt and distrust of our coworkers. All these experiences take their toll on our well-being. How can we get better at recognizing these side-effects and alleviating them faster? The panelists discuss experiences and tips that have helped them get stronger to broaden your own set of tools for similar situations.

BUILDING BETTER GAMERS
Ashton McAllan, Tanya DePass, Dr. Jennifer Hazel, Alayna Cole, Adam Koebel & Mavis Chan

Can games be used to build better gamers? Can game design improve the outlooks and behaviours of the people that play them? Can we utilise this power to make our gaming spaces and communities safer and more inclusive? Come along and see our panelists discuss who is already doing this in their games, what they are actually doing, and how we can work this kind of magic in our own games.

DIVERSITY 404: WHAT NEXT? (PRESENTED BY THE IGDA FOUNDATION)  

Tanya DePass,Felix Kramer, Katherine Cross & Rami Ismail

Diversity and inclusion is at a crossroads, with lots of performative diversity and well-intentioned-yet-ineffective strategies being touted as the Big Thing. But where are we, really? And what’s next?

My Boss of Honor talk! ❤  WHY A CUSTOMISABLE CHARACTER ISN’T DIVERSITY (PRESENTED BY THE IGDA FOUNDATION)
Tanya DePass


One of the responses that calls for better representation is often, you can customize your character in GAME! Well that’s not actually diversity, nor inclusion or an acceptable response to not thinking about inclusion in the first place. Through examples, and discussion let’s dispel this notion that customization characters = diversity.

DESTROYING TROPES AND STEREOTYPES IN GAMES
Tanya DePass, Lee Flores, Adam Koebel & Ken Wong

A look at the harm that using stereotypes and tropes does to games narratives, and why they need to be stopped.

WRITING THE “OTHER”
Anna Irwin-Schutze, Jody Toomey, Katherine Cross, Tanya DePass

At first glance, it seems obvious; Writers need to write about people and places they haven’t experienced directly for themselves. Most crime writers have not personally killed their victims. This panel is all about discovering how can write diverse and interesting characters while at the same time respecting where they come from. How do we be inclusive without having to save the whole world with every game narrative we design? What can we do to write the other to actually make a positive impact on the world and keep our stories awesome and engaging and inclusive at the same time?

HOW TO BROADCAST SAFELY AS A POC/LGBT/FEMALE ID’D STREAMER
Tanya DePass, Lee Flores, Adam Koebel

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.

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 online: https://t.co/Qe4ALjKM5Z  

James hosts Eric Simon and some friends to preview Torg Eternity which will be up on Kickstarter soon.

After earth has been invaded by a host of hostile dimensions a braves group of heroes has banded together across timelines and realities to defend humanity: The Storm Knights. Thier resistance to extradimensional influence is small yet determined.

Recently a group of their operatives went missing in the domain of the tyrannical Cyber Pope. Command has put together a colourful crew of operatives to tray and rescue their missing team.

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Torg Eternity Part 1: After earth has been invaded by a host of hostile dimensions a braves group of heroes has banded together across timelines and realities to defend humanity: The Storm Knights. Thier resistance to extradimensional influence is small yet determined.

Recently a group of their operatives went missing in the domain of the tyrannical Cyber Pope. Command has put together a colourful crew of operatives to tray and rescue their missing team.

Torg Eternity Part 2After a slightly rocky demon-summoning start to their covert search and rescue mission, our Storm Knights head further into the domain of The Cyber Pope to gather information and allies.

Torg Eternity Part 3: The storm Knights go on a wild chase through the domain of the dreaded Cyber Pope. What should be a simple task grows drastically out of control as ill-timed failed rolls compound. Will our knights make it to their safe house in time, or will the game take a drastic turn?

Torg Eternity Part 4: All that stands between our Storm Knights and rescuing their comrades is an army of police, cyber papacy drones, and a massive holographic angel with a flaming sword. It actually doesn’t seem so insignificant when I lay it all out there. Well, let’s hope they don’t all unexpectedly die!

Hey I’m at @bigbadcon this weekend!

I’m pretty excited to go to Big Bad Con and get back to my tabletop roots y’all. I’m doing three panels, all with people I admire and love to collaborate with.

Also here is my ever useful and handy guide to interacting with me at conventions! Still 110% free 😛

Friday, October 14th

Real talk on Tabletop toxicity

4-6pm

Tabletop has a toxicity problem and it should be discussed, like adults in an open forum so we can move forward to fixing rather than having the same old is there a problem or not, it’s you not the community BS we see crop up over and over. Join our discussion for an open discussion on what to do. If you think there is no problem in the table top community and think this is the time for 101 discussion? This won’t be for you.

Saturday, October 15th

Destroying The Fake Geek Girl Fallacy

10am – 12pm

Tanya DePass, Donna Prior, and Jessica Price will tear apart the fallacy of the Fake Geek Girl. We’ll spend a bit of time on why this trope is harmful to women and to the gaming community at large. Panelists will be from a variety of backgrounds, experiences and knowledge of geekdom. Find out if it is ever ok to question someone’s geek cred.

Diversity in Gaming Discussion

2-3 pm

A discussion on why diversity in gaming is important and needed. This will be more of a conversation between Special Guest Tanya DePass of I Need Diverse Games alongside Katherine Cross, and participants.

Those attending should understand that this is not going to be a 101 conversation about diversity, i.e. “what is diversity?”. Participants should be there to discuss this topic in good faith with the speaker and other attendees.

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 an open forum so we can move forward to fixing rather than having the same old is there a problem or not, it’s you not the community BS we see crop up over and over. Join our discussion for an open discussion on what to do. If you think there is no problem in the table top community and think this is the time for 101 discussion? This won’t be for you.

Saturday, October 15th

Destroying The Fake Geek Girl Fallacy

10am – 12pm

Tanya DePass, Donna Prior, and Jessica Price will tear apart the fallacy of the Fake Geek Girl. We’ll spend a bit of time on why this trope is harmful to women and to the gaming community at large. Panelists will be from a variety of backgrounds, experiences and knowledge of geekdom. Find out if it is ever ok to question someone’s geek cred.

Diversity in Gaming Discussion

2-3 pm

A discussion on why diversity in gaming is important and needed. This will be more of a conversation between Special Guest Tanya DePass of I Need Diverse Games alongside Katherine Cross, and participants.

Those attending should understand that this is not going to be a 101 conversation about diversity, i.e. “what is diversity?”. Participants should be there to discuss this topic in good faith with the speaker and other attendees.