I’m editing an anthology!

I can finally share the news I've been sitting on for a while!  I'm super excited to announce that I've been asked to edit a collection of essays from marginalized game developers and folks adjacent to the industry by CRC Press. The book will be available in 2018, exact date to be determined.  Submission information … Continue reading I’m editing an anthology!

My @WisconSF3 schedule for #Wiscon41

So many panels, much moderation, oh Andraste kick me in the ass now. But if you wanna see the whole shebang, here's the full Wiscon Schedule [Grid format] Panel moderators are denoted with [M] below. Destroying the Mythos Around Female Gamers and Games for Women Friday 2:30 pm University B / Ann Lemay, Ceri Young, … Continue reading My @WisconSF3 schedule for #Wiscon41

When the faux oppressed whine, they look ridiculous

Originally posted on Patreon on 8 May, 2017 So, there's been a lot of whining online by older white dudes about how conventions, especially geek and nerd centered ones are no longer welcoming to them. How do they come to these conclusions? Because of the Guests of Honor asking for their safety to be considered, … Continue reading When the faux oppressed whine, they look ridiculous

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 … Continue reading Listen to me trying out #TorgEternity by @USNAGames on @OneShotRPG!

Heading down to @C2E2 later! Who’s around?

My 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 … Continue reading Heading down to @C2E2 later! Who’s around?

Up next for me, @ecgconf

Why stereotypes and tropes are not representation of the "Other" 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Tuesday April 18th  We’ve all seen and played games where People of Color (POC) are often stereotypes, or LGBTQIA characters are one-dimensional, and other identities don’t even get to exist for long. These portrayals are often flattened versions of what … Continue reading Up next for me, @ecgconf

ICYMI – I was interviewed over at @FPSWeekly!

Banner image courtesy of: alamarri.tumblr.com INTERVIEW WITH TANYA DEPASS ACTIVIST, WRITER, DIVERSITY LIASION MARCH 30, 2017ALEXANDRA ORLANDO Tanya DePass is the founder and Director of I Need Diverse Games, a lifelong Chicagoan, founder and Editor In Chief of the Fresh Out of Tokens podcast and she’s also the Diversity Liaison for GaymerX. Listen on SoundCloud! … Continue reading ICYMI – I was interviewed over at @FPSWeekly!

Hey Montreal friends, Let’s Talk Gaming!

Join the Canada Science and Technology Museum and the Technoculture, Art and Games (TAG) lab for an evening of thought-provoking discussions about representation in video games. Invited speakers from academia and the gaming industry will explore gender, culture, and race in video games, and some interesting movements working to improve representation. The session will end … Continue reading Hey Montreal friends, Let’s Talk Gaming!

ICYMI – I was interviewed about @INeedDivGms by the @chicagotribune!

I Need Diverse Games works to give minorities and women a louder voice in gaming  Amina ElahiContact ReporterBlue Sky Innovation An Xbox. Two PlayStations. A gaming PC. A Nintendo 3DS. These are the tools of a gamer's kit, but this is no ordinary gamer. This is a gamer looking to shake up the system. Tanya … Continue reading ICYMI – I was interviewed about @INeedDivGms by the @chicagotribune!

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: twitch.tv/qgcon twitch.tv/qgcon2 If you want to catch a specific speaker over the weekend, the schedule is below. Remember all times … Continue reading Catch @qgcon panels via Livestream this weekend!

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 … Continue reading Next weekend kicks off a super busy month for me!

TONIGHT: Fight Hate. Drink Geek Cocktails with Bellydancing Super Mario

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

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 … Continue reading My updated @C2E2 schedule!

My @C2E2 Schedule!

  April 21 You Have Died From Exposure: The Importance Of Compensating Geeky Marginalized Creators Jennifer Cross [M], Michi Trota, Suzanne Walker, Ariela Housman “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 … Continue reading My @C2E2 Schedule!

Almost time for @Official_GDC! Here’s all the things I’m up to

Here's things what I am doing at GDC & Adjacent spaces! Monday - Attending the Gaming Accessibility Conference! #GAConf About the conference: Disability is a mismatch between a person and their environment, resulting in barriers performing day-to-day tasks, including gaming. These barriers are often unnecessary. Accessibility simply means avoiding those unnecessary barriers. This often means … Continue reading Almost time for @Official_GDC! Here’s all the things I’m up to

.@WISCONSF3 41 PANEL SIGN-UP & INTEREST SURVEY IS OPEN! DEADLINE is MARCH 13

snagged from today's post on the Wiscon blog FEBRUARY 20, 2017 CHRIS W Programming Panel Surveys are open until March 13. Now’s the chance to give YOUR feedback on what panels will run during WisCon 41. The survey is a big part on how programming is decided every year! If you want to more about … Continue reading .@WISCONSF3 41 PANEL SIGN-UP & INTEREST SURVEY IS OPEN! DEADLINE is MARCH 13

ICYMI – I was on @Wizards_dnd to talk about diversity, D&D and more!

  TANYA DEPASS ON CREATING D&D CHARACTERS Tanya DePass (@cypheroftyr) has played D&D for years and she brings her experience in talking about diversity in gaming to creating D&D characters and her shared love of Dragon Age 2 with Greg Tito. Lore You Should Know – Matt Sernett (@Sernett) and Chris Perkins (@ChrisPerkinsDND) discuss the … Continue reading ICYMI – I was on @Wizards_dnd to talk about diversity, D&D and more!

My @PAX East Schedule

It's that time of year again, for shenanigans in Boston! Here's my panel schedule and for the first time, I Need Diverse Games will be in the Diversity Lounge! Why It's Awesome Being an LGBTQ Ally Friday March 10th,  8pm Arachnid Theatre 2017 with a new goal: bringing folks together and speaking on the importance … Continue reading My @PAX East Schedule

Not today Satan for @ChuckWendig’s flash fiction challenge

Not Today, Satan Hell was a busy place ever since November 9th 2016. Lots of damnation, sudden death, other rather grim requests from North America, a few from around the globe, but mostly from people who wished any and all manner of early demise upon the PEOTUS. Many of these requests came from people who … Continue reading Not today Satan for @ChuckWendig’s flash fiction challenge

I’m part of the Fireside chats happening at the Blacks in Gaming event during @Official_GDC

If you'll be at GDC, I'm speaking at the Blacks in Gaming event, sponsored by Xbox! details and RSVP link in this post. Excited to have Kahlief Adams host this event and chat with him again! Xbox is once again proud to partner with the Blacks in Gaming (BiG) organization to host the 12th annual … Continue reading I’m part of the Fireside chats happening at the Blacks in Gaming event during @Official_GDC

My @anomalycon schedule!

One of my other guest gigs this year is at the final Anomalycon held in Denver, CO March 17-19, 2017. If you're able to join for this great con, it would be awesome. Really affordable steam punk y'all. Come through. Registration is still open.  Long schedule is long, so it goes under the cut. Defense … Continue reading My @anomalycon schedule!

My @qgcon schedule!

I'm excited to give a talk at this year's Queer Games Conference in LA! Gaming as POC: Where the Industry Has Failed Us, Where It Hasn’t and What to Hope For Abstract: The games industry has not done POC players, or characters well since the first square smacked a paddle in Pong. As the industry … Continue reading My @qgcon schedule!

Fire and Flow at #ORDCamp 2017

One thing I was really looking forward to at my first #ORDCamp was learning to firespin, taught by Michi Trota!  She gave us basics and let those who felt comfortable doing so try it out. Photos by Anne Petersen, Under Creative Commons License (some rights reserved) pictured;me solo and me with Mikki Kendall. Quick video … Continue reading Fire and Flow at #ORDCamp 2017

ICYMI – I hung out with the @_MediaMavens podcast to talk up Dragon Age!

Listen to "Alistair and Cullen Fanfic" - Ep #21 on the Media Mavens site // Download the MP3   Today's Topics: We invited Tanya DePass of I Need Diverse Games and the Fresh Out of Tokens Podcast to chat with us about Dragon Age and answer a whole lot of listener questions. Guest and Topic … Continue reading ICYMI – I hung out with the @_MediaMavens podcast to talk up Dragon Age!

.@OrcaCon is in a few days!

Ahhh it's finally almost here! OrcaCon is this weekend in Everett, WA! It's my first time being a Guest of Honor and I'm super excited.  Here's my schedule: Friday, January 13th, 2017 AVOIDING RACE FAIL AT YOUR TABLE – 8:00 PM A brief primer aimed at players in case they want to RP a character … Continue reading .@OrcaCon is in a few days!

My @OrcaCon schedule!

Here's the panels I will be for OrcaCon next January 13-15, 2017. It's my first Guest of Honor gig and I'm excited and nervous for it. Friday, January 13th, 2017 Avoiding Race Fail at your Table - 8:00 pm A brief primer aimed at players in case they want to RP a character outside their … Continue reading My @OrcaCon schedule!

A review of my year in writing

On occasion folks pay me to write for them! Here's some of my faves from 2016 in no particular order: Ride or Die: Mafia III Review - Ontological Geek  Ghost Busters is still Haunted by Negative Racial Tropes - Polygon Where do we find Community as Gamers? - Uncanny Magazine Racism in Watch Dogs 2 … Continue reading A review of my year in writing

My talk at @UbisoftMTL !!

Ubisoft Montreal Diversity Tuesdays https://youtu.be/hD5elQmZ6Os I had a chance to speak at Ubisoft's Montreal studio last month. They were kind enough to get me a copy of the video so here you go! Here's the deck I used, in PDF format. Note the YouTube link is unlisted. It makes me really happy that they gave … Continue reading My talk at @UbisoftMTL !!

On the expectation of free labor to diversify your spaces

[Copy/Pasted from an early AM twitter vent this morning 12/21/16] I'm in a mood, and I'm irritated. I want to talk about value of work, specifically diversity work & people's expectation of free labor. So I'm lucky, and in a good position where sometimes people come out the gate with what are your rates & fees? This … Continue reading On the expectation of free labor to diversify your spaces

Signal Boosting Black Women & NB work!

So this post is to highlight the work of black women & non-binary folks since some people out there want to act as if we're not doing anything out here. Allie Bustion is a fledgling tabletop game designer and illustrator working to create inclusive games and supplementary materials (like character portraits). Current projects are a … Continue reading Signal Boosting Black Women & NB work!

Excited to visit University of Oregon this week!

It's my last speaking gig where I have to travel in 2016! Excited to visit with Edmond Chang at his campus. Keywords for Video Game Studies: Diversity   Speaker series Date: November 30, 2016 Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm “Why Diversity and Intentional Inclusion Is Needed in Our Games” with Tanya DePass A brief talk … Continue reading Excited to visit University of Oregon this week!

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

MY @GaymerX East schedule!

Not long until GaymerX East in NYC!  Here's my panel schedule which is much lighter than it was at GX4!! Saturday November 12th 1:oo pm: Gaming Journalism from an LGBTQ Perspective TimesOUT the LGBTQIA affinity network for The New York Times would like to moderate a discussion about the LGBTQIA perspective in gaming journalism. 2:30 … Continue reading MY @GaymerX East schedule!

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 … Continue reading I’m doing Extra Life with Team Outpost!

Hey y’all @GXAustralia 2017 KS needs a bit of love, just 3 days left!

Hey, hey you awesome person reading this post! Psst, come here. Did you know about GX Australia? That it's returning in 2017 to Sydney? Well it is and the KS could use some love. They're over the 50% point, but need to reach $60K AUD to roll over! Full details in this very long post, … Continue reading Hey y’all @GXAustralia 2017 KS needs a bit of love, just 3 days left!

ICYMI, I’m a Boss of Honor at @GXAustralia!

About this project Want to spend an incredible weekend hanging out with the friendliest bunch of geeks you'll ever meet? Are you passionate about video games, or dreamed of making one yourself? Do you like to cosplay? Or are you an avid fan of card or board games? Well listen up, because we've got some … Continue reading ICYMI, I’m a Boss of Honor at @GXAustralia!

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 … Continue reading Hey I’m at @bigbadcon this weekend!