Interested in interviewing me about  gaming, diversity, feminism, fandom or related subjects? Awesome! normally, you can contact me via my form. However, I am full up on projects for the next few months. Please reach out to another consultant or sensitivity reader. I’ll update this page when I have space to take on new work again, thank you. 

Upcoming conventions I plan to attend:

  • QuakeCon At Home August 7-9, 2020, Remote
  • PAX Online September 12-20, 2020 Remote
  • PAX Unplugged Nov 20-22, 2020, Philadelphia, PA 
  • OrcaCon January 8-10, 2021, Bellevue, WA 

 Recent podcast appearances:

Articles and Interviews I’m in:

New!  Polygon One of Tabletop gaming’s Biggest Awards celebrates Black Creators

New! XSplit Blog Catching up with Tanya DePass; Streaming, Tabletop and Inspiration 

Go Magazine GO Proudly Presents: 100 Women We Love, Class of 2020 

Eurogamer Pride Week: LGBT+ Streamers and the Importance of Communities

TechCrunch Confronting Racial Bias in Video Games

ComicBook.com Rivals of Waterdeep is Dungeons & Dragons Flagship Show 

ComicBook.com Animal Crossing: New Horizons Stream Raises over $150,000 for the Bail Project

Dual Shockers 10 Hour Animal Crossing Stream Brings in Over $150,000 in Support of Black Lives Matter

Associated Press Dear White People: Being an Ally Isn’t Always What you Think 

Kotaku (US) Black Streamers Are Grateful For the New Twitch Viewers, but Heartbroken It Took Police Violence to Make it Happen

Kotaku (AUS) How You Can Support Black Gamers

Extra Life United Six Black Streamers to Follow Today 

Extra Life UnitedThe Past, Present and Future of Blackness in Tabletop 

Games Industry Biz –  Black Game Pros Assess Industry’s Diversity Efforts 

Ubisoft TorontoBlack Game Pros Mixer coverages (twitter)

But Why Tho’ PodcastSo Here’s What Happened at the Ubisoft’s Toronto Black Game Pros Mixer

Andie GbinigieBlack Game Pros Mixer Vlog (EscoBlades on YouTube)

Andie Gbinigie#UbiBGP Mixer clip from the Q&A (twitter) 

XBox Ambassador BlogCelebrating Black History Month 2020 by Celebrating Black Industry Professionals

Chicago Creator#INeedDiverseGames Creator – Tanya DePass

The Guardian‘It’s Cool Now’: Why Dungeons & Dragons is Casting its spell again 

The New York TimesIn a Chaotic World, Dungeons & Dragons is Resurgent : The Roleplaying game has made a surprising return to mainstream culture (Online 11/13, print edition 11/15)

Adweek – How Dungeons and Dragons is Finding New Life on Twitch & Beyond  (Video filmed during D&D Live 2019)

AV ClubStorylines and Life Lessons Learned from D&D (Video interview)

Smithsonian American Art Museum Blog (Eye Level) SAAM Arcade: Breaking Barriers

Geek Girl Con Interview – Featured Contributor Q&A with Tanya DePass

D&D Beyond @ D&D Live 2019 – The Artificer: Archivist at D&D Live (with Jeremy Crawford)

D&D Beyond: Todd Talks – Tanya DePass Talks D&D Tips, Race and Representation (video)

Ozy – Black Female Gamers are Reclaiming Their Space at Last

The Mary Sue – D&D Streamers and Creators Discuss the Game’s Evolution of Representation

Sugar Gamers Blog – Fighting for A Forward Moving Game Industry

Patreon Blog – 10 Creators that Inspire Us Daily with #BlackGirlMagic

Forbes – Six Storytelling Lessons we Can Learn from D&D  

Paste Magazine – Learning The Shape Of Dungeons & Dragons in 2019 at A Livestream Event

Geek and Sundry – There’s No Better Time to Catch up on Rivals of Waterdeep

Public Talks and Lectures (Videos):

My Articles: 

Interviews:

Black SciFi – Interviewed March 2018, Published March 2018

Facebook Women in Gaming #SheTalks interview (see interviews already posted here: https://www.facebook.com/business/m/women-in-gaming/stories

 TWITCH GAMERS HOPE NEW COMMUNITY GUIDELINES WILL COMBAT ONLINE HARASSMENT – Medill Reports Chicago

Popculture Coven – Recorded, air date TBA

Black Streamers are Here to Save the Gaming Community – Andray Domise, FanBros

9 Black Twitch Streamers You Should Be Following – Andray Domise, FanBros

Chicago Tribune Interview w/ Michi Trota – Progress for some women doesn’t mean progress for all in TV

Autostraddle – 11 Women Gamers Who Let you Watch Along on YouTube and Twitch 

Chicago Tribune Interview –  I Need Diverse Games works to give minorities and women a louder voice in gaming

First Person Scholar – Interview with Tanya DePass 

A Fresh Narrative in Gaming – NYT, Justin Porter

Being Black While Gaming and Developing – Raine Scott

Black Girl Magic Magazine – Interview by Denny Upkins

Jetspace Magazine – Eric Starker interviewed me

 Black Women are Already Super Heroes; Sidney Fussell, Offworld

GX Australia Panels & my BOH Talk:

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.

Thumbstick Mafia profiled me and my streaming! Check out this awesome space for women of color in gaming.

VsThe Universe: Geek Show: I talked up #INeedDiverseGames, did Bioware Tinder and talked up my Diversity Liaison duties with GayxmerX with Aaron Amendola of the Geek Show

Interview with Meggan Scavio on GDC Conference Planning – ReMeshed

I spoke with Dark Matters about #INeedDiverseGames and going forward with doing the work full time!

 Autostraddle Interview by Al Rosenberg: We All Need Diverse Games

Gadgette Interview ~ UK Gaming site Gadgette interviewed me about #INeedDiverseGames 

Diversify Tabletop: Finding Diverse Designers Among the d20s (Interview with Emily Care Boss & I on the #DiversifyTabletop initiative)

10 LGBTQ Let’s Players to Watch – PasteGames by Riley MacLeod

 Why #INeedDiverseGames: Brainstorming about Diversity in the Games Industry ReSpawn 2015 Sabine Han (Video)

These 6 Women are Whipping the Gaming Industry into Shape – Playboy (online only) by Katriel P.

These 5 Podcasts Led by Black Women Keep Me Company…and Give Me Life The lovely Inda Lauryn gave me props in this XOJane piece!

#GamesSoWhite Hashtag attempts conversation about race in games, and goes as well as you’d expect (the above article is mentioned and linked as well as me)

Struggles for Women in the Gaming Industry – [a]List Daily (companion article w/Bianca Anderson)

Why We All Need Diversity in Gaming (and how you can start) – Write up of the #INeedDiverseGames panel at #Capricon by Neal Litherland

University of Minnesota Press Blog: #INeedDiverseGames and why representation in games matters

Seeking Racial Justice in Real Life and in Games

The Call for More Diversity in Video Games (WPR audio)

It’s More Common to see a blue hedgehog than a person of color as a protagonist: Inside the Whitewashed world of video games

Why #INeedDiverseGames is vital to the Future of Gaming | Arsenal for Democracy

I Need Diverse Games and We Need Diverse Books because…anything else is shitty writing

New Hashtag Alert – #INeedDiverseGames ~ The Geek Spot

In Regards to #INeedDiverseGames (vlog by Kellmachine)

Why the hashtag #INeedDiverseGames matters to us (HelloGiggles)

Older Podcast appearances:

Conventions & Events where I’ve spoken:

  • C2E2 Feb 28 – March 1, 2020, Chicago, IL
  • Emerald City Comi-Con, March 12-15, 2020, Seattle, WA (Postponed until further notice)
  • The Black Game Pros Mixer, Feb 6, 2020, Ubisoft Toronto, Canada
  • BlizzCon, Nov 1 & 2, 2019, Anaheim, CA (Press)
  • GeekGirlCon ~ Featured Guest! November 17 & 18, 2019, Seattle, WA
  • Big Bad Con, October 10-13, 2019, Walnut Creek, CA
  • Bungie Speaking engagement, October 17, 2019, Seattle, WA
  • WorldCon Dublin 14-18 August, 2019 Dublin, Ireland
  • PAX Dev Aug 27 & 28, 2019 Seattle, WA
  • PAX West August 30 – September 2, 2019 Seattle, WA
  • PixelPop Festival, September 14th, St. Louis, MO
  • TwitchCon September 27-29, 2019, San Diego, CA
  • GenCon July 31 & August 1, 2019, Indianapolis, IN
  • SAAM Arcade August 3 & 4, 2019, Washington, DC
  • BlerdCon July 12-14, 2019, Crystal City, VA
  • SXSW March 11, 2019 Austin, TX
  • Game Developers Conference, March 18-22, 2019 San Francisco, CA
  • PAX East March 28-31, 2019, Boston, MA
  • OrcaCon, Jan 11-13, 2019 Bellevue, WA
  • PAX Unplugged Nov 30 – Dec 2, 2018,  Philadelphia, PA
  • MAGFest, Jan 3-6, 2019 National Harbor, MD
  • Streamlabs: Expanding The Stream, October 3rd, San Francisco 
  • Different Games, October 12-14, Worcester, MA
  • TwitchCon October 27-29, 2018 San Jose, CA
  • Patrecon, Nov 1-3, 2018, Los Angeles, CA 
  • GameholeCon Nov 8-11, 2018, Madison WI
  • PAX Dev, August 28 & 29, 2018, Seattle, WA
  • PAX West, August 31 – September 3, 2018, Seattle, WA
  • BlerdCon July 27-29, Crystal City, VA
  • GenCon August 2-5, 2018, Indianapolis, IN
  • Wiscon 42, Panelist, May 25-28, 2018 Madison, WI
  • Stream of Many Eyes – Rivals of Waterdeep, June 1-3, Los Angeles, CA
  • E3, attending as Media, June 09-14, Los Angeles, CA
  • \#CauseAScene – May 19, 2018 Oak Park, IL
  • CWU Panel, Diversity and Gaming, February 23rd, 2018, Ellensberg, WA
  • Emerald City ComiCon, Panelist, March 1-4, 2018 Seattle, WA
  • Bay Area Womxn Gaming Conference, Speaker March 17, San Francisco, CA
  • Game Developer Conference, Speaker, March 19-23, 2018, San Francisco, CA
  • Norwescon, Gaming Professional Guest, March 29-April 1, 2018, SeaTac, WA
  • MAGFest, Panelist, January 4-7, 2018, National Harbor, MD
  • OrcaCon, Panelist & Programming Coordinator, January 12-15, 2018, Seattle, WA
  • PAX Unplugged – Panelist, Diversity Lounge – November 17 – 19, 2017, Philadephia, PA
  • Google Summit – Diversity & Inclusion in Games – September 26, Remote
  • Big Bad Con – Panelist/Attendee October 13-15, Walnut Creek, CA
  • TwitchCon – Panelist, October 20-22, Long Beach, CA
  • GaymerX East – Staff/Panelist – November 4 & 5, 2017 NYC, NY
  • GenCon – Industry Insider Featured Presenter (IIFP), August 17-20, Indianapolis, IN
  • PAX Dev – Speaker, August 29 & 30, 2017 Seattle, WA
  • PAX West – Speaker & Diversity Lounge, September 1-4, 2017 Seattle,WA
  • TwitchOffice – Speaker, September 12, 2017
  • AlterConf June 10th, Chicago, IL Speaker
  • Game Developers of Color Expo, June 24, 2017, Speaker
  • Concordia University TAG Speaker Series, “Let’s Talk Gaming!” April 12, 2017 Montreal, CAN, Guest Speaker
  • East Coast Games Conference (ECGC) April 18-20, Raleigh, NC, Speaker
  • C2E2 April 21-23, 2017 Panelist, Chicago, IL
  • GenVidCon – April 8, 2017 San Jose, CA Keynote speaker
  • Queer Games Conference (QGCon) – April 1 & 2, Los Angeles, CA Speaker
  • AnomalyCon – March 17-19th, 2017 Denver, CO – I’m an author Spotlight Guest
  • Game Developers Conference (GDC) – Feb 27-March 3, 2017, Speaker, San Francisco, CA
  • PAX East – March 10-12, 2017 Panelist, Boston, MA
  • ORDCamp – January 27 & 28, 2017, Chicago, IL Attendee/Speaker
  • Game On February 1, 2017  University of Washington – Speaker
  • OrcaCon – January 13-16, 2017 Everett, WA – Guest of Honor
  • GaymerX 4 – September 30 – October 2, 2016, Santa Clara, CA – Panels and staffing
  • Big Bad Con – October 14-16, 2016, Walnut Creek, CA – I’m going to be a guest!
  • A Celebration of Trek – May 7, Chicago, IL – Paneling
  • Nebula’s – May 12-15, Chicago, IL – Paneling
  • Wiscon 40 – Programming Co-Chair, GoH Liaison for Nalo Hopkinson, Paneling
  • PAX East – April 22-24, Boston, MA – Paneling
  • Penguicon – April 29 – May 1, Detroit, MI – Paneling, Featured Guest
  • GaymerX – San Jose, CA December 11 – 13, 2015
  • “We Need More Diverse Games: How to Get There”  with Gil Almolgi, Katherine Cross, DJ Kirkland, Rachel Keslenski, and Arthur Chu Friday December 11th, 2:00 pm GXTalks A
  • NEW: “Streaming your Queerness” DJ Kirkland, Dylan Zaner (M) & Me. Friday, December 11th, 6:00 pm GXTalks B
  • Unheard Voices: Diversity in Podcasting”; Ken Gagne Moderating, with Shawn Alexander Allen, Anna Tarkov & Me! Saturday December 12, 11:00 am GXTalks A
  • “Diversity in Games – What’s Next?” , Mathew Anderson (M), Joe Perez, Donna Prior, David Gaider, and me. Saturday December 12, 12:00 pm GXTalks A
  • “How to Work on What You Want & Get Paid Doing it: A Patreon Panel” with Soraya, Zach Weiner, Brianna Wu, Alex Woolfson & me. Sunday December 13th, 10:00 am GXTalks B
  • “All your Culture are belong to us: Appropriation, Erasure and RPG’s”with Mario Raul (M), Shawn Alexander Allen, Donna Prior, Arthur Chu, and me!, Sunday December 13th, 1:00 pm, GXTalks A
  • Q&A Feedback with the GX staff, Sunday December 13th, 7:00 pm w/Matt Conn, Toni Rocca, Brian Kunde, Soraya, Me and Philip Jones. GXTalks B

#IndieCade15 – I’ll be at the Intel sponsored #GamingForEveryone Diversity Pavilion at #IndieCade15 along with my Fresh Out of Tokens co-host David L. Reeves to rep for the show  and it’s parent org, #INeedDiverseGames

Journalism for Everyone – with Jillian of @FemHype! – October 25th, 2pm PST. Now with video!

GeekGirlCon – Seattle, WA October 10 & 11, 2015 “Stealing White People’s Superheroes” Sunday October 11th, 2pm, Room 301/302

Wizard World Chicago – August 22nd, 2015  “So You Want to be a Nerd Organizer” 3:30 – 4:15 pm

Wizard World Chicago – August 23rd, 2015  “The Most Racist Panel Ever” 1:00 – 1:45 pm 

AlterConf Sessions Chicago – August 8th, 2015 “Why We Need Diverse Games”

Black Girl Nerd Panel  panel at C2E2 2015

#YesAllTrolls What Happens when the Trolling Goes Too Far?  panel at C2E2

Wiscon39 ; various panels on gaming, feminism, etc. 5/22-5/24/2015