I’m doing a lot this weekend Part 2 of 2

If I'd put everything I'm doing in one post, it would have been way too long so here's the rest of the stuff I'm up to! Saturday I'm getting back together with the #Vamily over at Qeueu Times for a double header of a panel and VtM game with the illustrious B. Dave Walters presiding. … Continue reading I’m doing a lot this weekend Part 2 of 2

My #GenConOnline Events

I'm doing a couple things for #GenCon Online this year. There will be a short clip of me talking about INDG during the opening session. Using Tabletop Gaming for Charity Fundraising Friday 1:30pm - 3:00pm CDT/2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT twitch.tv/extralife4kids “Using Tabletop Gaming for Charity Fundraising” is open to EVERYONE! When viewing the page you may … Continue reading My #GenConOnline Events

A mystery package from @LevelUpDice arrived! Let’s see what it is! #Sponsored

I got a mystery package from #Sponsor Level Up Dice! We checked inside and there was a lovely note from Diana M as well as the following! D20 - Dark Blue Aluminium D20 - Serpentine Jade (discontinued?) D12 - Snowflake Obsidian D10 - Bloodstone D8 - Amethyst D6 - Hematite (frontier font) D4 - Pink … Continue reading A mystery package from @LevelUpDice arrived! Let’s see what it is! #Sponsored

I’m not heading to #PAXEast after all

After some thought, and a lot of stress I decided to cancel attending PAX East this year. Trying to do both PAX and C2E2 in addition to that other opportunity (that didn't come through) was stressing me out. Self care is the mood for 2020 y'all, so I'm just doing C2E2 this year. See y'all … Continue reading I’m not heading to #PAXEast after all

Random Loot Crate… loot up for grabs – Updated

So I got Loot Crate Gaming and forgot to cancel it, then they went under in bankruptcy. I am finally getting the last of the crates I'm owed, and there's a lot of stuff I literally have no interest in or isn't my fandom. So I'm putting it all up for grabs. Catch? You cover … Continue reading Random Loot Crate… loot up for grabs – Updated

My final @OrcaCon schedule!

It's time again for OrcaCon in Bellevue, WA! Join us January 10-12 for this awesome event. I'm there in my capacity as programming and diversity coordinator, as well as a panelist. Friday, January 10th GM'ing for New Players 4:30pm - Vancouver Room How do you give new players the best experience possible? Hear from several … Continue reading My final @OrcaCon schedule!

I’m speaking on the internets & and in person this weekend! I’m speaking at @Gen_Con and @americanart

So, Thursday I am giving one of two Insights talks at GenCon! Along with Steve Kenson, of Green Ronin Publishing we'll talk about Diversity by Design! image courtesy of GenCon Me and Steve Kenson Launched in 2018, Insights is an initiative committed to sharing important stories & ideas in tabletop. This year, our theme is … Continue reading I’m speaking on the internets & and in person this weekend! I’m speaking at @Gen_Con and @americanart

Here’s my Dublin 2019: An Irish WorldCon Programme schedule!

As some of you know, I'm nominated for a Hugo as part of the fine crew at Fireside Fiction! Thanks to the amazing generosity of a friend, I am able to attend WorldCon and the Hugo awards ceremony in Dublin next month! Here is my programme schedule, all times are local Dublin time. Creating wonderful … Continue reading Here’s my Dublin 2019: An Irish WorldCon Programme schedule!

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…

(I originally posted this on Medium, but I wanted to share it on my main site as well) I’m not beautiful… never have been and never will be. Not in the sense most people think of beauty anyway. The word makes me uncomfortable when applied to me. Especially when I try to talk about how … Continue reading Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…

My current #PAXDev and #PAXWest panel schedule

Here's my current PAX Dev and PAX West panel schedule. Will be updated with panelist and links once they go up on the PAX Site. Who can I designate to make sure I am fed and watered that Saturday? INDG will also be in the Diversity Lounge on the 6th floor. I might also be … Continue reading My current #PAXDev and #PAXWest panel schedule

Heading off to @BlerdConDC this weekend!

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!

TwitchCon Vods!!

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!!

My #PAXUnplugged 2018 schedule

My PAX Unplugged panel schedule so far... Not Having Racism in Your Campaign, Settings, or Table Friday 1:30 pm Leviathan Theatre Tabletop is growing and expanding, and with it there’s an increased need for diversity at the table. Let’s talk frankly about why racism at the table shouldn’t be a thing you do as a … Continue reading My #PAXUnplugged 2018 schedule

Some convention etiquette since @TwitchCon is around the corner…

A tweet from @curlyfro about folks not inviting themselves along put me in the mind of convention etiquette and how that happens a lot. Since TwitchCon is coming, have a post no one asked for! 😇 First some basic stuff: Take a shower, change clothes and have gum or mints on you. Brush your teeth, … Continue reading Some convention etiquette since @TwitchCon is around the corner…

ICYMI – I’m giving the Saturday Keynote at @DifferentGames conference!

I'm honored to give the Saturday Keynote address at this year's Different Games Conference.  Why Inclusion is Required, and Diversity is Not Enough Tanya DePass Often times we talk about diversity and inclusion but we don’t grasp what it means beyond the 101 level conversation. Diversity has been reduced to a meaningless buzz word to many, and inclusion is not … Continue reading ICYMI – I’m giving the Saturday Keynote at @DifferentGames conference!

Thoughts on TTRPG, D&D and Me…

I couldn't sleep so a wee thread (inspired by KrystinaArielle) on D&D. Photo by Gregtito and missing from our crew is StubbyStan who was away this week. D&D is and has been important to me in a way videogames aren’t. It let my wild imagination run free and helped me form worlds & stories where … Continue reading Thoughts on TTRPG, D&D and Me…

My @BlerdConDC schedule!

My next convention I'm paneling at is BlerdCon in VA. Here's where you can find me on panels that weekend of July 27-29, 2018 Friday July 27th How to Stream Your Tabletop Sessions - Friday 5:30 to 6:30 pm Tabletop sessions are full of “you had to be there” roleplaying moments, so why not share them as … Continue reading My @BlerdConDC schedule!

It’s that time again – Ways you can support my work

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

Game Devs and Others: Tales from the Margins – Publishing 11 June 2018 from CRC Press

  Why is this anthology necessary? Because too often voices of those society marginalizes are left out of the bigger conversation around gaming, the industry, those that cover it and discuss it. Those that live, eat and breathe gaming are often ignored in favor of the assumed default. This is a chance for people to … Continue reading Game Devs and Others: Tales from the Margins – Publishing 11 June 2018 from CRC Press

Updates, news and stuff

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

A bunch of @farcrygame 5 clips from my community

Streaming Far Cry 5 has been fun, especially co-op'ing with Kahlief. Here have some clips: https://clips.twitch.tv/embed?clip=YummyDaintyOpossumSwiftRage&autoplay=false&tt_medium=clips_embed Snagged by @urbanbohemian https://clips.twitch.tv/embed?clip=HedonisticWiseNewtJebaited&autoplay=false&tt_medium=clips_embed Well it's not a bayou... clipped by @ravingsockmonkey https://clips.twitch.tv/embed?clip=LachrymoseShakingPepperoniChefFrank&autoplay=false&tt_medium=clips_embed Today on Learning with Cypheroftyr by @ravingsockmonkey https://clips.twitch.tv/embed?clip=GentleLachrymoseSaladCurseLit&autoplay=false&tt_medium=clips_embed /facepalm /facepalm clipped by @ravingsockmonkey https://clips.twitch.tv/embed?clip=BlushingPricklyPanPeanutButterJellyTime&autoplay=false&tt_medium=clips_embed Oops, sorry Bear by DianaMoon https://clips.twitch.tv/embed?clip=ChillySourMooseCopyThis&autoplay=false&tt_medium=clips_embed Kahlief, you monster. Clipped by DianaMoon … Continue reading A bunch of @farcrygame 5 clips from my community

This week’s travel is for @Official_GDC and the @Bawgames Conference!

COMMENCE PRE-GDC FLAILING ABOUT HOW I'M NOT READY YET I'm actually getting into town a little early for the Bay Area Womxn in Games Conference where I'll be talking about being safe online and dealing with harassment as a broadcaster.  Here's what I'm speaking about at GDC Diversity Advocates Roundtable Day 1: Maintaining Community Initiatives, … Continue reading This week’s travel is for @Official_GDC and the @Bawgames Conference!

Announcing the Romance Option Podcast!

Announcing the Romance Option Podcast! Sex, Love, and Geekery. Two queer black women giving you frank talk about relationships. Hosted by @biancajand & @cypheroftyr See, if you leave me and Bianca alone for a few days, we come up with ideas! Romance Option will be a monthly podcast where we take your relationship questions and get … Continue reading Announcing the Romance Option Podcast!

My @norwescon schedule!

I just can't stay away from Seattle it seems! I'm a Gaming Pro Guest for Norwescon 41, March 29-April 1, 2018. Here's where you can see me talk about stuff! Thursday March 29 Fandom and the New Meta  3:00 - 4:00pm @ Cascade 9 Berlynn Wohl (M), Dame Ruth, Tanya DePass Captain Kirk is a … Continue reading My @norwescon schedule!

ICYMI – A Whole lot has happened this week, goodness!

Hello lovely friends! This week has been pretty damn surreal cause it's been such a wild week of good news in Cyphervania. So here in one bundle (HA!) is all that's happened this week that I have spread around on various social sites. Adult Swim shoutout! A couple friends captured that I got shouted out … Continue reading ICYMI – A Whole lot has happened this week, goodness!

My @OrcaCon Schedule!

Here's what I'm doing for OrcaCon, Jan 12-14, 2018! Creating Inclusive Gaming Groups and Events, Friday 4:30 pm, Vancouver Room  Tanya DePass [M], Bianca Anderson, Gabriel de los Angeles, Jeanette Bushnell, and Jonathan S. Tomhave Enjoy board games? Love the idea of painting miniatures? Want to know how to find inclusive groups for gaming? How … Continue reading My @OrcaCon Schedule!

So about that Patreon eh?

Video from my Twitch Stream on December 7th talking about all these changes. https://www.twitch.tv/videos/207579418  I have been talking about these changes today on Twitch, and in other places. Above is a link the highlighted portion of my stream where we went in depth into the changes coming in January and how they will hurt the … Continue reading So about that Patreon eh?

Ways to support my work, and keep me doing this diversity thing as a FT gig

As it's near the end of the month, and things are a bit tight around chez Cypher, here's a reminder thread on 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! … Continue reading Ways to support my work, and keep me doing this diversity thing as a FT gig

It’s my last con of the year! #PAXUnplugged is this weekend!

Super excited that my last for convention for 2017 is this weekend. I'll be at PAX Unplugged in Philadelphia November 17-19. It'll be easiest to find me in the Diversity Lounge, Room 201B from 10am to 6pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Like at other PAX's this year there will be a raffle going for some … Continue reading It’s my last con of the year! #PAXUnplugged is this weekend!

On roleplaying the “Other”

This was originally posted on Patreon on October 30, 2017 and is possible through the generosity of my Patrons. So, a good friend Joseph Carriker posted a link to this Kickstarter project, which features an afro-centric add on as a stretch goal. The begat a question about roleplaying a POC character when the player is … Continue reading On roleplaying the “Other”

Off I go to @TwitchCon!

I'll be going to TwitchCon for the first time tomorrow and I'm on a panel Sunday. If you're around or can watch, I'll be moderating "Being Political On Twitch" 3:30 pm Pacific US timezone in the GivePlz Theatre. Joining me are Adam Koebel (adamkoebel on Twitch/Skinnyghost on twitter), Jennasaisquoi (same on Twitch and Twitter), and … Continue reading Off I go to @TwitchCon!

Off to Big Bad Con, then TwitchCon next week!

In a few hours I'll be headed back to Cali, Cali... I'm only on one panel, ONE! for Big Bad Con, the rest of my time will be spent rolling dice, meeting cool folks (hopefully) and seeing old friends. If you're around the con, I'm on "You Don't Look Like a Geek" Friday at 8pm … Continue reading Off to Big Bad Con, then TwitchCon next week!

It’s Subtember on Twitch! 50% off new subscriptions

Going on now through October 2nd (11:59PM PDT, 10/2), the first month of any new subscription to any channel offering a recurring subscription on Twitch is half off for you. Streamers still get the same payout as if the subscription was purchased at full price, but you’ll only pay half rent for the first month! Subscribing is a … Continue reading It’s Subtember on Twitch! 50% off new subscriptions

Diversity Tools and Takeaway’s deck

Diversity Tools and Takeaways August 29, Grand 1 3:45 pm Diversity tools and takeaways Instead of another “diversity is good” type of talk, let us give you tools to make your games and workplace more inclusive. This panel focuses on giving people who are beyond a 101 level of understanding of inclusion concrete things to … Continue reading Diversity Tools and Takeaway’s deck

Wooo PAX Dev and PAX West is next week!

              I'm doing all the things! Including speaking at PAX Dev and PAX West next week and co-sponsoring an event with Blacks at Xbox! If you want to catch panels I'm on, here's my full schedule for PAX  Dev (both panels are on 8/29) and then PAX West panels … Continue reading Wooo PAX Dev and PAX West is next week!

Woo @gen_con is this week!

I'll be heading to GenCon in a couple days for my first timer there and as an Industry Insider Featured Presenter!  I'll be on a few panels and the rest of the time I'll be wandering around the show floor, hitting up free play games and also decompressing a lot cause it looks like there will … Continue reading Woo @gen_con is this week!

On pointing out things & being critical of media

I really wish people would understand pointing out things does not equal looking to be offended. Or crying racism for lol's. For example, I shared this image from Hellblade on the I Need Diverse Games tumblr as well as on twitter, along with follow up text & table flip gif: Everyone is talking about the perma-death … Continue reading On pointing out things & being critical of media