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

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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 iconic Tomb of Horrors adventure in Tales from the Yawning Portal. Plus, guest host Bart Carroll joins the podcast to talk about Dragon+.

Here’s a guide to when each segment on the podcast begins:

00:00 – Intro with Greg Tito and Bart Carroll

05:35 – Lore You Should Know – Today’s Topic: Tomb of Horrors

20:37 – Interview with Tanya DePass

01:13:08 – Outro with Greg and Bart

Take a listen!

It’s Fucking Tea Time! Star Wars Force Awakens

I had the pleasure of chatting with Ashley Barry (Hyrule Hyrulia), Emma Kidwell (FemHype) and Sophie Turner (Geeky Merch) about Star Wars Force Awakens!

Published on Apr 18, 2016

In today’s episode, we discuss the dvd/blu ray release of The Force Awakens.

Show Notes:

Ajiri Tea (www.ajirifoundation.org)

Oscar Isaac gif (http://45.media.tumblr.com/3916b77a61…)

Behind the Scenes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8qXj…)

Rey’s parentage? Maybe?
(http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/18/mov…)

– Rey and Obi Wan
(http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ben-ost…)

Tanya at PAX East
(http://ineeddivgms.info/post/14276277…)

Tanya at Penguincon (nothing to do with real penguins)
(https://cypheroftyr.com/2016/04/02/my…)

Contact Info:

Emma Kidwell
http://emmkid.wix.com/portfolio
@EmmaKidwell

Tanya DePass
https://cypheroftyr.com/
@cypheroftyr

Sophie Turner
http://geekymerch.com/
@sophvturner

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: twitch.tv/cypheroftyr or over at twitch.tv/INeedDivGames 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 cypher.of.tyr@gmail.com

Missed a stream and want to see what I played? I upload my sessions to my youtube channel: http://bit.ly/1vqk3u8

Thanks for stopping by!

Rules:

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.

Schedule: 

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: cypheroftyr.com 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.

A handy dandy guide to interacting with me @ Conventions

Have one handy guide to interacting with me at conventions, totally 110% free of charge. 😛

Overall I am pretty friendly but I do not like strangers touching me, especially my hair. If you try to pet my hair or touch my locs without express permission or invitation it will not end well for you. So just don’t, especially if you like having fingers.

If we are tumblr/LJ/DW friends but have not met IRL, feel free to say hello and if you ask first I’ll likely give you a hug/want a hug. I’m actually quiet and introverted in real life so if you see me fleeing for a quiet space, it’s not  you I am just feeling overwhelmed and need some quiet time. I have a terrible memory so if we have met just once or twice at previous events I might not remember you immediately, please don’t be offended.

I like to take photos, but I will always ask permission before taking them and again before posting them on tumblr, LJ/DW, flickr etc. I don’t mind being in photos, but ask me first before posting them online.

This weekend I’ll be paneling at Wizard World Chicago, on two panels as well as going to BitBash Chicago for the first time ever!

Saturday, August 22, 2015
So You Want to Be a Nerd Organizer, 3:30-4:15pm, Room 14
#NerdOrganizer
Whether you’re starting a podcast, a meet-up group, an online community, a con, a magazine, or a social movement, being a nerdy organizer of any kind means figuring out a lot of logistics. How do you choose who to work with? Where do you get started? How do you implement rules? How do you choose guests? On this panel, nerd con runners, community organizers, editors, and producers will share their experiences and advice about what’s worked, and what hasn’t.

Panelists include Megan Byrd (Graham Cracker Comics Ladies Night), Sondra de Jong (Nebula Awards), Tanya DePass (I Need Diverse Games), Thomas Glen (ValorCon), Matthew Peters(Mighty Ink Comics), and Michi Trota (Uncanny Magazine).

Sunday, August 23, 2015

THE MOST RACIST PANEL EVER! 1:00-1:45PM ROOM 14

Got your attention now?! So much has changed in our pop culture world- however, there are still many obstacles when it comes to experiencing ethnic or other marginalized heroes in media. Join us for this challenging topic as multicultural nerds discuss the cultural barriers, systemic problems, and the artistic gaps, that keep us from seeing diverse representation in comics, TV, and film.

Moderated by Tony Kim (“Crazy 4 Comic Con” on Con Radio”)
Panelists include Shareef Jackson #ScienceLooksGood, #GamingLooksGood, Spawn on Me podcast, Dawn Xiana Moon RaksGeek & Tanya DePass, I Need Diverse Games

My badge name will be my full name, and I’ll probably add my twitter handle (@cypheroftyr) once I’m there. if you want to chat me up afterward, please ask.

I’ll have business cards with me if one of us needs to dash off after  a panel. Saturday I’ll be wearing a burgundy #INeedDiverseGames tee and on Sunday at Wizard World I’ll be wearing some kind of gaming related tee, IDK yet. A sort of recent pic of me under the cut.

I’m going to Bitbash Chicago just chill and check out the #AltGames festival here. Also get to see friends and hopefully make news friends too!

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The Chromatic Life #3 – Hola! Como Estas @qh_murphy

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     Listen on Geeked.fm // Download the MP3

Show Notes:

The Chromatic Life (a podcast where we hit high notes on topics in diversity)

  • Javier Payano – Teacher, Streamer, and now joining the podcasting game
  • Matthew Lancaster – #TokenWhiteGuy from the More than Bits Podcast and brainchild behind Geeked.FM.
  • Tanya DePass – From Fresh out of Tokens (Creator of the #INeedDiverseGames hashtag and organization)

GUEST!  – Quinn Murphy

Show TIME

  • Tanya in Playboy
  • Pixels – What a piece of frosting covered shit served up as an attempt to bank on nostaliga.
  • Stop trying to inspire me Internet!
  • #SandraBland #SarahLeeCircleBear
  • #EmptyChair, Cosby’s accusers on cover New York Magazine

    What are we playing?

  • Quinn: ESO, Skull Girls, MKX, Watching Hannibal
  • Tanya: Witcher 3, Journey, Bastion, MKX
  • Javier: Fable Trilogy, Saints Row 4, Crusader’s Quest, Destiny, Watching Steven Universe
  • Matthew: Forza Horizon 2, Witcher 3, Angry Birds 2, Installing Windows 10 on all his Machines

Shout out to JP Fairfield from Nerdgasmnoire and Operation Cubicle

E-mail us @ chromaticlifefm@geeked.fm if you’d like to guest, ask a question, or suggest a topic!

Your hosts can be found at:

  • Tanya: @cypheroftyr
  • Matthew: @Lanksalot81
  • Javier: @JavierPayano

The Chromatic Life – Ep 02, with @isitis

Episode 02 – Bronies Ain’t My Homies,

The Chromatic Life with our first guest

JP Fairfield!

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Listen on the site // Download the MP3

Who We Are:

  • Javier Payano – Teacher, Streamer, and now a Podcaster
  • Matthew Lancaster from the Geeked.FM Network
  • Tanya DePass from Fresh out of Tokens (creator of the #INeedDiverseGames hashtag and organization)

Guest: We have a guest for our second episode!  JP Fairfield of Nerdgasm Noire and Operation Cubicle!

  • Twitter: @isitis
  • Website: jpfairfield.me
  • Nerdgasm Noire: @nerdgasmnoire / nerdgasmnoire.net
  • Operation Cubicle: @operationcube / operationcubicle.net
  1. Brianna Wu tweeted about Splatoon’s non-violent game design.  Splatoon is a masterpiece of inclusive, non-violent game design.  And it’s sold 1 million copies in under a month!!  
  2. PC Master Race Hates Batman! 
  3. I, Racist by John Metta
  4. Taking over spaces designed and meant for children – Steven Universe, Bronies, etc

What are we playing/watching?

  • J.P.: Monster Hunter 3U, Splatoon, Heirs (Korean Drama)
  • Tanya: Witcher 3, Mortal Kombat X
  • Javier: Batgirl: A Matter of Family, Super Time Force, So Many Me, What happened, Miss Simone?
  • Matthew: Forza Horizon 2 – ALWAYS Minecraft, Rayman, Skylanders (KIDS ARE OBSESSED)

Social Media Business:

You can find the show on Twitter @ChromaticLifeFM

Send your questions and feedback to chromaticlifefm@geeked.fm

Your hosts can be found at:

  • Tanya: @cypheroftyr
  • Matthew: @Lanksalot81
  • Javier: @JavierPayano

I got to spin the @DialogueWheel again! This time @BiancaJAnd joined me :D

Date Night with the Dialogue Wheel #33 – Crit Tokens

Chachi and Tyler chat with special guests Tanya (@cypheroftyr) and Bianca (@biancajand) about diversity in Dragon Age, namely the handling of Mother Giselle. Other discussed topics include Fenris fanart, Miles Morales, and much more.

http://www.podbean.com/media/player/wdc9j-5771cb?skin=2

Thanks to ChachiBobinks and Tyler for having me back, and for welcoming Bianca to chat along with me! I always have fun with the fine folks on the show. I also get to have awesome Dragon Age conversations! 😀

The Chromatic Life – Episode 01

The Chromatic Life

Chromatic life is a podcast where the hosts are as diverse as the the topics. Our aim is to highlight and reflect on issues that affects our society including the representation of marginalized communities in media.

Listen over at Geeked.fm // Download an MP3

Show Notes:

Javier Payano – Teacher, Streamer, and now joining the podcasting game

Matthew Lancaster – Host of More Than Bits! Podcast, Geeks In Sneaks, and owner of the Geeked.FM network

Tanya DePass – Fresh out of Tokens host and creator of the I need Diverse Games hashtag and organization

Topics

Nintendo’s President Satoru Iwata has passed away

Confederate Flag- Bree Newsome, South Carolina takes down the flag 

Jay Smooth’s Classic “You are a racist’ vs ‘What you said was racist’

Church Burnings 

Donald Chump, I mean Trump! 

Critical Game Lab Call for Papers 

What are we playing or watching?

Tanya – Witcher 3
Javier – Fall out New Vegas, Crusaders Quest
Matthew – Forza Horizon 2 and Minecraft/Rayman/Skylanders with the kids

Social Media Business:

@ChromaticLifeFM
chromaticlifefm@geeked.fm

Hosts on Twitter: 

Tanya: @cypheroftyr
Matthew: @Lanksalot81
Javier: @JavierPayano

ICYMI – I stopped by @3FifsPodcast for an Extra Fif!

An Extra Fif feat. Tanya (@CypherOfTyr) – Historical Accuracy

Tanya stops by to talk about her work with #INeedDiverseGames, her new podcast, as well as “historical accuracy”.

Help Tanya get to conventions!

Some things we talked about:

Intro – Mae Jemison by Sammus

First Episode of Fresh Out of Tokens!

Prism Shells, Tres Witchers and E3 predications!

Our first episode! Join us as we talk with Chris Algoo of Brooklyn Gamery about Prism Shell, the continued foolishness over historical (in)accuracy in the Witcher 3, how people flipped out over not being able to choose their avatar’s race in Rust; and what we’re excited for at E3 this year.

Listen // Download

A little about the show: so we’ve been sitting on doing a podcast for a whole and decided to run with it. The title actually came to about due to a comment when I was on Justice Points earlier in the year. I made a crack about tokens belonging in the arcade, and when I was trying to think of a name for the show fresh out of tokens came to me.

We’ll bring you a new show every other week, sometimes with a guest sometimes not depending on how things shake out. Since this is the first episode, please feel free to give feedback, topic ideas or if you want to come and hang with us let us know at freshoutoftokens@gmail.com or on twitter at @OutOfTokensCast.

Show notes under the cut
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A handy guide to interacting with me @ Wiscon

I did this when I went the first time luckily I was able to find the damn post where I wrote a handy guide to interacting with a roving cypheroftyr, so here it is for Wiscon 39.

Overall I am pretty friendly but I do not like strangers touching me, especially my hair. If you try to pet my hair or touch my locs without express permission or invitation it will not end well for you. So just don’t, especially if you like having fingers.

If we are tumblr/LJ/DW friends but have not met IRL, feel free to say hello and if you ask first I’ll likely give you a hug/want a hug. I’m actually quiet and introverted in real life so if you see me fleeing for a quiet space or my room, it’s not  you I am just feeling overwhelmed and need some quiet time. I have a terrible memory so if we have met just once or twice at previous Wiscon’s I might not remember you immediately, please don’t be offended.

I like to take photos, but I will always ask permission before taking them and again before posting them on tumblr, LJ/DW, flickr etc. I don’t mind being in photos, but ask me first before posting them online.

My badge name will be cypheoftyr, and I’ll probably add my twitter handle (@cypheroftyr) once I’m there. I’m on seven panels O_o! so if you want to chat me up afterward, please ask. Sunday is a ridiculously long day for me, so by the end of it I might not be the most gracious person if asked to chat after panels.

I’m also on the ConCom, so I might be a little more frazzled than usual this year in addition to a heavy panel schedule. I don’t bite, really. A pic of me below, taken a couple months ago. It’s the basis for my #FeministDeck artwork by KivaBay.

locs from 020715     Me for Feminist Deck

WISCON 39 Schedule is now LIVE on wiscon.info

Hello all you lovely Wiscon folks out there! I am beyond happy to announce that the final schedule for Wiscon 39 is now live on the Wiscon website!

This link will get you the panels that are running, their locations, etc. If you need a list view;  here is a link if you need a grid view.

Handy info for moderators and panelists is beneath the Read More. You should also be receiving emails from program@wiscon.info if you are scheduled to moderate and/or participate on panels.

If you are scheduled for programming and do not recieve an email, please send a note to us at program@wiscon.info

ETA to clarify what email you should have received:

If you are moderating panels as well as being on a panel(s), then you will only get the moderator email.

If you are only participating on panels and not moderating anything, then you will get the panelist email.

You may also tweet at me (@cypheroftyr) for Programming questions, but sending it to the program email may get a faster response. The official Wiscon Twitter is @wiscon39

Thank you!

Tanya D. aka Cypheroftyr (programming demon, er deputy)
Wiscon 39

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Nerdgasm Noire #195 – #PantsOfThePatriarchy with @biancajand & me!

In case you missed it live, you can now listen to Bianca and I on The Nerdgasm Noire Network!

Episode #195 – Pants of the Patriarchy!

Listen on nerdgasmnoire.net or download the MP3 below

#FeministDeck art of us by the lovely and talented KivaBay

[Download MP3]

Topics: On Nerdtastic News, Wonder Woman movie loses director, Michelle MacLaren and this doesn’t bode well for the project.  We have two Black Owned Businesses of the Week. The first is an Indiegogo campaign for Paralysis movie; a horror film with a Black Woman protagonist who’s experiencing very weird possibly supernatual events. The other is Kickstarter campaign for De La Soul’s new album.

This week we welcome guests, Tanya D. (@cypheroftyr) and Bianca Anderson(@biancajand).  They talk about their experience in the [A]List Daily interview. Bianca told a great story on how interview series came to be.   We discuss gender and racial identity in video games and gaming community, shirtless guys in comic books tv shows and decided a game about stealing the pants of patriarchy is greatly needed.

Other topics include a Black Steampunk Sherlock Holmes, 12 year old girl researching why mobile app games don’t have characters that look like her, and Tanya D.’s article on historical accuracy in fantasy worlds.

– See more at: http://www.nerdgasmnoire.net/blog/2015/4/17/nnn-episode-195-pants-of-the-patriarchy.html#sthash.CV5tjVwM.dpuf

#Datenight with The Dialogue Wheel – Part 2 where we continue the convo about Diversity in DAI!

So when I was on The Dialogue Wheel podcast, we had a lengthy convo that wound up being a part 2 episode! So here’s the second half of that great convo. Part 1 is here in case you missed it.

Date Night with the Dialogue Wheel #26: Diversity in Dragon Age Inquisition 

Welcome to Date Night with the Dialogue Wheel episode 26, “Diversity in DAI.”

Chachi, Tyler, Evan, and guest Tanya D (@cypheroftyr) discuss diversity in the Dragon Age series of games. This is the first of two installments.

Tanya D’s art is done by the wildly talented @KivaBay as part of her #FeministDeck series. The article mentioned in our podcast can be found here:http://boingboing.net/2015/03/23/in-f…

Tonight’s cast includes Chachi (@ChachiBobinks), Tyler (@Remilbus1138), and Evan (@KllrMannequin).

The Dialogue Wheel theme song is “Please Mind the Dubstep” by Bit Basic. Channel art by Chachi. Original cast art comissioned by @Dinomyte203. All other Dragon Age-related information is property of @BioWare.

I’m going to be on a panel at C2E2 this year!! So excited!

Thanks to the fabulous @ANerdCalledRage asking me to join her, I’ll be on this panel at this year’s C2E2:

Through Brightest Days & Blackest Nights – A Black Nerd Girl’s Journey

Fri. April 24| 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM | Room S405b

This is no longer Heinlein’s Nerdom. The white-skinned, flowing haired Damsel in Distress is more likely to be the dark-skinned, kinky haired Reluctant Hero. The chiseled, blue-eyed avatar is more likely to have brown eyes and rounded features. As the Geekverse grows, so do representations of black women within it. Unfortunately, black women still face many barriers towards being accepted as “real nerds.” Our discussion will focus on the past, present and future of the black nerd girl and her place in the ‘Verse. This Panel is sponsored in part by the Chicago Nerd Social Club.

@ANerdCalledRage (Mod), @karnythia, @kdc, @karlyn_darlin & me! @cypheroftyr

Full Schedule is now live at C2E2’s website