Interested in interviewing me about  gaming, diversity, feminism, fandom or related subjects? Awesome! You can contact me here. I’m also available to speak at conferences and seminars, ask about my rates when you fill out the form.

Upcoming conventions/talks:

  • 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
  • PAX Unplugged – Panelist, Diversity Lounge – November 17 – 19, 2017, Philadephia, PA

 Recent podcast appearances:

NEW:  Polygamer #69 – Fresh out of Tokens Post Mortem

NEW: Skiffy and Fanty Signal boost #11

Our Turn Podcast #38 Two Player Games 

Cast a Day 2017 #9 Queen of Fighters with Matt Peters

Secret Sauce #3 – Powerful MTR Network & Black Woman Shoutout

Insanity Check – This is Not Normal (incl. Shout out for I Need Diverse Games)

First Person Scholar – Interview with Tanya DePass 

An Extra Fif – Fresh Out of Tokens 

Fansplaining #42 – Fresh Out of Tokens

 TANYA DEPASS ON CREATING D&D CHARACTERS – Dragon Talk, Wizards of the Coast

Media Mavens #21 – Alistair and Cullen Fanfic 

Upcoming Media stuff:

Popculture Coven – Recorded, air date TBA

Public Talks and Lectures:

NEW: How to Stay Safe in the Land of Twitch – Twitch Office September 12, 2017

NEW:  AlterConf Chicago – Hustle and Flow: Real Talk on Making it

Game Developers of Color Expo – Diverse Character Design & Representation

Roll20Con – I Need Diverse Games Spotlight

Roll20Con – Run Lola Run One Shot D&D 5th Ed

Articles: 

NEW: Dream Daddy has a problem with Bisexual Representation – and it’s name is Joseph

The Backlash to Far Cry 5 is Pure Hypocrisy – Mic.com

What Nintendo Gets Wrong with Twintelle; the new WOC fighter from ARMS – Mic

Apex Magazine #95, Guest Edited by Maurice Broaddus- Time to Get Serious about Diversity and Inclusion

Black Skin in Games is still a Radical Concept in Videogames – Waypoint, co-written with Yussef Cole

Racism in Watch Dogs 2 is Subtle, and that’s how it won me over – Polygon

Ride or Die Mafia III Review – Ontological Geek

 The Developer of ‘Moon Hunters’ Explains How Diversity Shaped the Game 

Ghostbusters is Still Haunted by Racial Tropes -What the Movie Got Wrong

 Book Review – Women in Game Development – Breaking the Glass Level Cap

Nine Games That Are Doing Diversity Right – Paste Games

Where Do We Find Community As Gamers? – Uncanny Magazine

United Nations: Firaxis on Diversity in XCOM 2  My latest for Paste  Games

Twitch and Diversity: How to Close the Gap

10 POC Streamers you should be following

In Fantasy Worlds, Historical Accuracy is a Lie – My first piece for Offworld

Interviews:

NEW: 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

Black Girl Nerds Leonardo Faierman interviewed me at GaymerX East about my work!

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:

Disruption FM -Episode #35: Killer Robot Toasters

 Nerds of Prey Quick CAW- Fallout 4 

 The Walk With Ricardo Brown – Regarding police violence against black people

 Nerds of Prey E3 Sound Off

 Cast A Day 2016: GCPD with Matt Peters – #13 Worldwide Appeal

Character Reveal #1 – Talkin’ with Tanya

 Can’t Talk Media #147 – Gamer Manifest Destiny

Creative Disruption Episode #4 – Diversity in Tech

 Game Enthus #263, No Batteries, No Strings, or Cypher’d

Ice Cream For Everyone Episode #16 – #INeedDiverseGames

Less Than or Equal #72 Where I talk about being Diversity Liaison for GaymerX, feminism and #INeedDiverseGames with Aleen Sims

I’m part of a two-fer episode over at @OneShotRPG where I talk about diversity in gaming, especially in RPG’s and tabletop.

 Double Tap Episode #6 The Power of Gaming Conventions – A UK Gaming podcast where I talked up GX3, diversity in games and more.

Justice Points #120 – Good looking Inquisitors for Bioware Month, where I visited with Applecidermage and Soefit about Bioware games, and gave love to our good looking Inquisitors.

 Unconsoleable #55 – Tanya is not the Outrage DMV – To celebrate the one year anniversary of #INeedDiverseGames, I hung out with Anna Tarkov & Jessica Dennis at Unconsoleable!

Hyrule Hyrulia podcast: Striving for Inclusiveness: w/Jillian from FemHype, Kiva Bay of #FeministDeck & 12  Hours and me! (YT Video)

Spawn on Me #78 – Thunder Anaconda’s and Bad Parking Jobs (in which I guest co-host with Kahlief Adams as he talks with Curtis Knight

Date Night with The Dialogue Wheel ~ Fresh Out of Tokens #38 w/RedConversation

Geek Cross #28 – The Accidental Activist

BTA Podcasts # 29 – I visited with Heroine Podcast to talk up #INeedDiverseGames!

Date Night with the Dialogue Wheel #33 – I spun the Dialogue wheel again along with BiancaJAnd about diversity, Mother Giselle and brown Fenris

10PlusClubbin’ – Talking about This War of Mine w/ Plus10David

An Extra Fif – I stop by the Three Fifs for a chat about diversity, gaming, Dragon Age and Final Fantasy!

Episode 58 (Part 1): The Inaugural Emily, Mike, Tanya and Kiva Disnerds Variety ‘Hour’

Match 3 Podcast with Gita Jackson & Patrick Klepek

Justice Point Episode #99! No More Tokens

Slovenly Gamer Podcast #4

GameEnthus #230, Hella Lean Pockets or Out of Tokens

Castle2Castle Disnerds with Kiva Bay! Episode 58, Part 1

Date Night with The Dialogue Wheel ~ Fresh Out of Tokens #38 w/RedConversation

Date Night with The Dialogue Wheel ~ Diversity in Dragon Age #25 – Part 1 & #26 – Part 2

Castle2Castle Disney PodcastEpisode #55 We Need Diverse Disney & Games!

Nerdgasm Noire w/@BiancaJAnd- Live on air 4/14/2015 8:45 CST/9:45 EST, will be uploaded to their site after live stream

Less Than or Equal Episode # 33 -Tanya DePass of #INeedDiverseGames

Heroine’s Journey Podcast #4 – Works of NK Jemisin, gaming, other topics

Heroine’s Journey Podcast #4 DLC – Where I chat up #INeedDiverseGames 

JusticePoints Episode # 83: Dragons Aren’t Real 

GameEnthus # 218 Gears of Bore? Or Mustard Stick

Hard NOC Life #028: Barbarians at the GamerGate (video podcast)

Spawn on Me Episode #36: WE Need Diverse Games

NNN Episode #174: #INeedDiverseGames Interview with @Cypheroftyr

Conventions & Events where I’ve spoken:

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

#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

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