Why Game Dads Matter

I Need Diverse Games

By Tauriq Moosa

Male power fantasies have long focused on bulking up men, whether physically, or intellectually, and using their powers to defeat their enemies. Whether it’s a Stallone or a McClane, a Sherlock or a Dr House, portrayals of men in media has focused on providing them seeming immunity, due to some extraordinary quality primarily designed to defeat obstructions before them. Physicality provides immunity from death (Terminator, Conan, Die Hard) and intellect from consequences (Dr House MD, Sherlock, etc.).

Video games too have long had such no-necked, muscle men as heroes –who progressed primarily through defeating their enemies. But, after the horrific year that was 2017, I was delighted to see more games embrace alternatives to masculinity where progress wasn’t dependent on conquering.

In Assassin’s Creed: Origins, the lead character Bayek is a large, powerful warrior who can slaughter and kill entire garrisons. Yet, he is also a…

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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”

My @GaymerX East Schedule

So you don’t miss it, here’s my GaymerX East Schedule for this weekend! See some of you there 😀

The random musings of a 1973 Original

Saturday, November 4th

Compelling Combat 12:30 pm Panels B – 5411

Blaine Anderson (M), Alex Zandra Van Chestein, Rachel Bazelaise, Tanya DePass

Many games have combat in them as a gameplay device or a vehicle for the story to progress, but how many games actually need combat and how many could benefit more without? Let’s find out together. 

How to Get That Panel Like a Pro, Without Being One  2:00 pm Panels A – 6501

Tanya DePass (M), Pat Baer, Sammus Music, Benjamin Red

Too often people will say they can never be on panels, or that they have nothing good to say or contribute. Not true, and our panelists will dispel those myths, give you a few tips on submitting that panel & what to do if it’s accepted.

Eff You, Pay Me: I’m not Dying of Exposure   3:30 pm Panels A- 6501 *BoH Panel

Tanya DePass (M)…

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