YouTube video of the C2E2 Panel – Through Brightest Days and Blackest Nights: A Black Nerd Girls Journey


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Through Brightest Days and Blackest Nights: A Black Nerd Girls Journey panel at C2E2. Video courtesy of Michi Trota

Description: 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.

Please join Tanya DePass (#INeedDiverseGames), Karlyn Meyer (CNSC, Board Member), Mikki Kendall (Salon, Guardian, Washington Post), Keidra Chaney (The Learned Fangirl) and Jennifer Cross as we ruminate on black women who have always nerded hard, nerded strong and nerded proud as anyone else.

Crowdfunding for convention travel and attendance. Signal boost please?

So, I’m doing a bit of crowdfunding to help me get to conventions I’m speaking at. There’s a GoFundMe page up for this. I’ve set the goal at $1200 due to fare costs. Anything extra after airfare purchases, will go towards expenses such as transit, food (eating at cons is NEVER CHEAP), and other doing business costs.

Help Cypher get to conventions!

Hi all, so I’m paneling at Geek Girl Con and GaymerX this year, YAY! The not so yay part? Airfare is really expensive, especially from ORD or MDW to SEA. In pricing out flights, it’s looking dodgy to get a round trip for under $400 – $600 just for GGC.

I’ve looked at flights for San Jose which is more doable but buying two flights in two months is a strain on the budget with other expenses like food, rent etc.

So if you can spare a couple of bucks to help with travel expenses to these two conventions, I’d greatly, greatly appreciate it!

In going to these conventions, I’ll be speaking on diversity, gaming, and other topics. I’ll keep you all up to date on fund raising, post when I buy airfare, and such.

Thank you in advance for any support you can provide.

Cheers,
Tanya

Please… direct from Tauriq’s blog

Please

Lots of folks are trying to show me support. I really appreciate it, but what I would appreciate it more if you took your energy in fighting battles with people who don’t care about me to raise the voices of minority folk. Maybe use this time to try get more people employed who aren’t straight white men.

Instead of the collective being one that shouts down marginalised folk, let the default collective be one that raises us up and doesn’t let us be drowned out by bizarrely angry and dismissive others. The status quo is broken and solidarity for marginalised voices should be a constant for progress, for looking and moving forward; solidarity shouldn’t only exist for when things dissolve. Things are already broken and supporting one another is how we continue.

Who cares what they’re saying about me? You know who I am. There’s nothing for you to defend, but there’s plenty for you to promote. I’m not going to tell you who that is, you should know. I’m thankful for the volume of support, but please use this energy to get us jobs, get us recognised, get us safe and able to feed ourselves in industries we love but are told we’re not allowed in.

I might return to social media. I might not. I want to be there for my friends. Again: I’d rather not make this about me. Please, help everyone so that no one ever has to go through what I did.

PS: Please stop talking about me in any relation to Gamergate. Talk about abusers, harassers, unwelcoming environments, and so on. Most of us have experienced this long before any hashtag movements.

PPS: People asking for evidence don’t care about evidence. The fact I left a key source of income and employment, where I was able to get pitches, writing gigs, etc., you would think would be sufficient – but, again, they’re not interested in evidence. Please: Don’t debate them, help promote us.

Updates from Tauriq for y’all.

HI all, Tauriq has asked me to pass on some info and since my WP cross posts everywhere I figured it would be easier to post anything he wants me to send on from here. So first off:

Here’s a GamerGhazi Reddit thread that outlines the sustained, planned attack against him that he wanted me to forward on to y’all.

Tauriq also asked that  “the Witcher 3 was only the beginning of them stalking me, it’s too simplistic to say it was just that Polygon piece.”  Also, please stop talking about GG and him. It wasn’t purely GG that drove him off of twitter finally.

It was a sustained harassment campaign. Stop giving GG credit and credibility for him leaving Twitter.

Second, his own comment on that GamerGhazi thread: 

[–]TauriqM 2 hours ago

Thank you for outlining this. And I appreciate the support.

I will more than likely be writing about it later, but more than anything, I just want those people to leave me and my friends alone – I also want more attention given to the work minority voices are doing to make gaming inclusive; instead of talking about how they drove me away, we should talk about the support I’ve got, how amazing games have progressed and start using the energy we have not after someone’s gone, but while they’re still on social media – and support the hell out of their work. We shouldn’t feel isolated, but so often, given the nature of this culture, we do and we need to do better.

The collective shouldn’t be one that manages to drive someone away; but one that manages to support us against any tides of harassment.

Thank you for all the support, but please let us use this as a reason to support all minority voices.

I’m happy to pass on messages from Tauriq. He’s not going to stop writing about games! He’s not leaving entirely ok?

I’m so fucking happy today…

I’m so fucking happy, I don’t know if anyone understands how much it means to me to see people wearing their #INeedDiverseGames gear. Especially people who are fighting the good fight to make gaming better.

I’m floored, I’m excited, I can’t stop crying. It’s just…thank you all so, so much. This means the world to me, you don’t even know it.

So thank you all so, so much. I know we can make a difference, join me in doing so?

If you do want a shirt, hoodie or other #INeedDiverseGames gear, you can head over to our spreadshirt shop; ineeddiversegames.spreadshirt.com

Excited Muppet Flailing activate! The #INeedDiverseGames panel for @GaymerX has been accepted!

In case you missed my excited muppet flailing last night! Found out our panel for is approved!  Please note the schedule is NOT final. So the final time/date could/might change.

The title is: We Need More Diverse Games, How do We Get there?

Some of the points we’ll cover:

  • Why it’s important to have representation
  • What games are doing this well
  • What games aren’t doing this well
  • Diverse games mean X to me
  • What we’re doing to improve that diversity or lack thereof

My co-panelists are Gil Almogi, DJ Kirkland and Rachel Keslensky!! I’ve linked to their speaker bio’s on the GaymerX site. Here’s my speaker Bio.

OK I KEEP GRINNING ABOUT THE FACT THAT I have a speaker bio!

More on the panel as it shapes up. I really hope to see many of my friends there! For now I’m gonna go flail more.

#SupportSmallStreams! It’s Time to Boost Let’s Players With Inclusive Communities

cypheroftyr:

Signal boosting for some of my fave people, @FemHype! <3

Originally posted on FemHype:

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A few days ago, we received an interesting anonymous ask through our Tumblr account that ultimately gave us pause.

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It’s no secret that the Let’s Play community at large has a toxic culture problem, both on Twitch and YouTube. Many popular channels are rife with casual racism, homophobia, misogyny, and harmful language of similar ilk simply by nature of being related in some way to the games industry—and that just isn’t cool. It was obvious to us that the eager response to our Tumblr message meant the industry is sorely lacking in inclusive, friendly environments where every gamer can feel safe. Well, shit! Obviously, that means we have some work to do. In an effort to boost the small streaming communities working hard to offer a safe space for all gamers, we asked our creative friends in the FemHype community to share their own channels, whether big or small. That’s what this post will serve as: your list of safe…

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Game Enthus #230, Hella Lean Pockets or Out of Tokens

I revisited Aaron of the GameEnthus Podcast for their 230th Episode! We also had Alladin (@MrGlasco on twitter) for his very first time being on a Podcast!

GameEnthus Podcast ep230: Hella Lean Pockets or Out of Tokens Show Length:  136 minutes

Listen on the Game Enthus Site // Direct Download

This week Aaron (@Ind1fference) is joined by Tanya (@Cypheroftyr) from #INeedDiverseGames and Fresh out of Tokens and Aladdin (@MrGlasco) from MrGlasco.tv to talk about a hella lot of things.

Show Links

 Community Info  

@GameEnthus   @GeeksGoneRaw   @SingleSimulcast

Show Music

  • Intro  1 – Paul McCartney – Live and Let Die
  • Break 2 – A Tribe Called Quest – 1nce Again instrumental
  • Break 3 – Raekwon – Glaciers of Ice instrumental
  • Break 4 – Tears for Fears – Everybody Wants to Rule the World
  • Break 5 – A Tribe Called Quest – Luck of Lucien instrumental
  • Break 6 – Ghosts ‘n’ Goblins Theme
  • Break 7 – Killer 7 Soundtrack –  Dissociative Identity
  • Break 8 – NERDs – She Wants to Move Remix instrumental
  • Break 9 – Lenny Kravitz – Again
  • Break 10 – Bee Gees – How Deep Is Your Love
  • Outro/Showcap – Nas – Nas Is Like instrumental

If you like the show please leave us an itunes/Zune review, a tweet, an email or a voicemail(202-573-7686). Download the GE iOS / WP apps and check out GameEnthus.

ICYMI , My first piece in Paste Magazine – 10 POC Twitch Streamers You Should Be Following

Disclaimer: I am lucky enough to call some of these fine streaming folks friends, but that doesn’t detract from them being awesome POC Twitch streamers you should be watching! You can find other POC streamers in this directory, put together by the Spawn On Me podcast in collaboration with #IneedDiverseGames. If you are a streamer and want to get listed, you can add your info via this handy form!

If you enjoyed this list, and want more information on diversity, streaming and how that can be improved, there will be a companion article coming soon on this important topic.

Get the full list on PasteMagazine

I’m on this week’s Match 3 Podcast – Episode #4 Retromancy

I got a chance to hang out with awesome local game folks Gita Jackson and Patrick Klepek on Match 3 Podcast where we discussed the women of E3, nostalgia’s vice grip on our culture, and avoiding the hype machine.

Listen on the site // Download the MP3

The News This Week

What We Played This Week

  • Patrick: The Witcher 3
  • Gita: Threes
  • Sam: The Witcher 3, Life is Strange, Prism Shell

Feedback? Questions?
Send any and all to matchthreepodcast@gmail.com or yell at us on Twitter at @match3podcast.

I revisited @JusticePoints for their #99th Episode – No More Tokens

Our ninety-ninth episode features us talking to return guest, Tanya DePass. We talk to Tanya about her new podcast, Fresh Out of Tokens, as well as the continuing conversation about how to approach diversity in games, brought up recently by the debut of Witcher 3.

Our ninety-ninth episode features us talking to return guest, Tanya DePass. We talk to Tanya about her new podcast, Fresh Out of Tokens, as well as the continuing conversation about how to approach diversity in games, brought up recently by the debut of Witcher 3.

If you see any news that you want us to cover, let us know via e-mail or Twitter.

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Rate, comment and subscribe to us on iTunes and now Stitcher Radio! Support our podcast on Patreon! Join our Steam Group and curation page!

I’m on the Slovenly Gamer podcast!

I had a chance to sit and talk with the Slovenly Gamer, about‪ #‎GamesSoWhite‬, Vivienne of ‪#‎DragonAgeInquisition‬ and other awesome things. Take a listen and subscribe to the show

Thanks for having me on the show :D

Further thoughts on the masculinazation in marketing PC’s to “gamers”

So looking at “gaming” computers vs PC’s marked as just desktops is turning into an odyssey. Computers marked as “gaming” PC’s are often bigger, light up, have extreme and or monster in the description. It’s an unintentional reminder (for me) of the masculinization of marketing to entice who they are buying their products. Yes when I look at just desktops utility and functionality is highlighted as a feature to make you want to buy that particular model. Shouldn’t my “gaming” PC have those same requirements? Hyping up how boss you’ll be with your rig seems over functionality is silly.

Look at these things *~*

             

It looks like a Cylon is gonna pop out of it or it’s gonna take over your network when you sleep.

But look at this sleek beauty of a desktop with similar specs to the machines above but its built for function, not form. It also costs the same as the “gamer” rigs but doesn’t look like it’s going to eat me in my sleep.

Since I’ve built my own computers for years, I’ve missed out on this culture of “gaming” pc builds and marketing that helps enable dude-bro and PC Master Race culture (I cringe even typing that) with form over function being the criterion of your next rig. It’s just ridiculous really. It shows the pervasive and wrongheaded idea that gaming is still a boys club. Hopefully marketing will catch up and realize that everyone games and pushing these overpriced, style over substance rigs as hallmarks of gaming cred is divisive and maintains the status quo.

For now, I’ll dive back into the BYO pool, maybe get a starter rig or a decent priced tower, upgrade the PSU and use the videocards sitting on the coffeetable and go on from there. More later as I get inevitably get annoyed with the all flash, no function world of buying an off the shelf PC once more.

Tech problems… at the worst time

So apparently my desktop has decided to try and give up the ghost at the worst.fucking.time possible. So I’m throwing my GoFundMe link back out there. Now I’m looking at a new PSU, two hard drives, and video cards that can do better graphics.

ETA: A generous benefactor donated the remainder of my goal so when the funds clear I’ll be pricing out a new computer. #happycreys

Secondly, my computer had crashed out twice this week, both times while watching Twitch streams at the same exact time of night. Technical details, and error reports under the cut. If you can help me figure this out and keep me from getting CTD or BSOD on this damn thing I will be your friend forever. Even though the crashes happened yesterday and today, I still got these error logs dated October 2014.

Google fu has failed me multiple times on trying to resolve these errors and the sudden crashes could be either:

  • PSU failure
  • HDD Failure
  • CPU Failure
  • OS Corruption
  • A combination of the above to create a clusterfuck of fail.

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Fresh Out of Tokens Feed back, podcasting upgrades

So, the podcast is out in the wild and so far it’s gotten good reception with the exception of my audio quality. Apparently I come across at very low volume? So with some of the Patreon monies, which will also go towards paying the $12 a month Simplecast fee, I ordered some equipment.

A new mic, recommended by applecidermage of Justice Points podcast.

  CAD U37 USB Studio Condenser Recording Microphone

NEEWER Microphone Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stand &  Neewer Studio Microphone Mic Wind Screen Pop Filter

We’re already approved for iTunes, so you can subscribe there and there’s a Stitcher link available, that works, but we haven’t gotten an official welcome to Stitcher email yet.

So, I’m gonna play around with the new stuff and Audacity this weekend. In the meantime; if you have feedback, have topics you’d like to see covered or have suggestions for guests you can reach us by:

  • Email at freshoutoftokens@gmail.com
  • Tweet us at @OutOfTokensCast
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OutOfTokensCast
  • Subscribe on RSS: http://simplecast.fm/podcasts/1208/rss

You can also reach your hosts on twitter cypheroftyr and RedConversation

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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So on top of everything else I’m doing, I finally started a podcast

I’ve been pondering a podcast for a while, and the chance to chat with Chris Algoo of Brooklyn Gamery gave me the excuse I’ve been needing to finally get off my ass and do the damn thing.

Fresh Out of Tokens podcast is a bi-weekly show focusing on the issues of diversity, intersectionality, representation and feminism. Co-Hosted by me! and David Reeves, also known as RedConversation on Twitter and twitch.

Our first episode will be live today approximately 10:30 am CDT. We talked with Chris Algoo from Brooklyn Gamery about Prism Shell, E3  and the current foolishness over historical (in)accuracy going on in the gaming sphere.

If you want to come and chat with us, drop us a line at freshoutoftokens@gmail.com with the subject “Be Your Guest” either David or I will get back to you within 1 – 2 business days.

We’ve also got a twitter account, @OutOfTokensCast so come over, follow, tweet at us too.

Today is the first episode, so have a listen to us, please give feedback so we can improve and we look forward to this venture

More on #GamesSoWhite

Well the internet moves swiftly, and thus many articles on the trending hashtag #GamesSoWhite:

Twitter Is Pretty Much Done with Constantly White Games Protagonists

It’s pretty much agreed upon that representation in video games is really lacking in protagonists that aren’t white dudes. The amount of games that let you play hard locked as someone who’s not a white dude are painfully slim, and even the games that let you customize your character will more often than not have a white dude used in their marketing. This is starting to grate on people’s nerves, especially aroun 1d E3 time, and Twitter user Desertfox899 decided to start a hashtag, not unlike the OscarsSoWhite one from last year.

New #GamesSoWhite Hashtag Discusses Diversity In Gaming

Elves and blue aliens are fine but POC? THE HORROR
by ( ) Thursday, June 4th 2015 at 4:01 pm

The hashtag gained a lot of its momentum when Tauriq Moosa published a piece on Polygon titled “Colorbind: On Witcher 3, Rust, and Gaming’s Race Problem” which discussed how Rust recently decided to assign avatars, forcing white players to play as people of other races, an act one player called “forced politics.” In response, Moosa points out that people of color are often forced to play as straight white men and notes that Witcher 3, which has received tons of praise, doesn’t feature a single character of color. It’s a thoughtful piece that draws attention to a huge blindspot in video games and calls for thoughtful analysis and dialogue.

Or, well, tries to.

Reactions to the hashtag and article include the classic “I’m not racist, you’re racist,” “But look at these three exceptions,” “That’s how it was in that non-specific time period,” (Moosa discusses why “historically accurate” is a ridiculous defence for lack of diversity in his piece) “Why do I have to identify with someone who doesn’t look like me” and other variations of the same excuses that all just look like one big misinformed blur to me now.

#GamesSoWhite y’all, just y’all

#GamesSoWhite hashtag attempts race in games convo, goes as well as you’d expect

By at 6:33 am Thu, Jun 4, 2015

People on Twitter are using the #GamesSoWhite hashtag to start conversations about whiteness as “default” in video games and fantasy in general, particularly the idea that while dragons and super-weapons are usually embraced with an easy suspension of disbelief, the presence of people of color in these worlds is “just not historically accurate”.

Tanya DePass, creator of the #INeedDiverseGames Twitter hashtag and Tumblr community, is just one of the people who’s led this conversation—she did a great piece here at Offworld on the “historical accuracy” argument as regards her favorite franchise, Dragon Age, and spoke to Arthur Chu at Salon about her diversity activism: “It’s more common to see a blue hedgehog than a person of color as a protagonist in a game,” she said. “And it wears on you.”

Read more at Offworld 

Why #INeedDiverseGames Wiscon 39 Panel – Audio

Audio of the Wiscon 39 panel on Why #INeedDiverseGames.

Featuring:

  • shareefjackson –  Shareef’s work on STEM diversity, including video games, has appeared in sources such as Scientific American, NPR, and Jet Magazine.His work can be found at ShareefJackson.com.  He also hosts the Operation Cubicle podcast with JP Fairfield, and is a frequent guest on the Spawn On Me podcast..
  • lifeinneon –  Autumn is the creator of Player 2, a game that helps players resolve real-life interpersonal conflicts, and Reset, an interactive fiction game about cyborg kink in a transhuman future. She wanted to participate because as a gamer since childhood, Autumn has never seen games reflect her own experiences.
  • quinnae_moon – Katherine Cross  Katherine is a scholar-critic who writes about online culture and video gaming for various academic and popular publications, from Women’s Studies Quarterly to Polygon and Offworld. She wanted to be on the panel because she believes games should be for everybody.
  • raevenx is a long time member of the gaming community playing a variety of console games and MMOs over the years. She is an avid member of many aspects of fandom and an active cosplayer. Renee wanted to participate in this discussion because the community is in trouble and also because she greatly respects the work that Tanya is doing on our behalf.

  • Ajit George – Ajit is the co-founder of the emerging advocacy group “Gaming as Other” that consults with game design companies and conventions on diversity, safety and inclusion in geek interests and spaces.
  • Spawn point of the hashtag Tanya D. aka cypheroftyr. whose work has appeared in Offworld BoingBoing, coming soon to MOTD Media, as well as multiple guest appearances on gaming and diversity related podcasts.

How to support #INeedDiverseGames

Ways to support #INeedDiverseGames Initiatives:

Money wise: Post on passing the hat and transparency re: donations

Social Media:

  • Follow on twitter and @ us when you find diverse game info
  • Follow us on Facebook, send us links and articles relevant to diversity in gaming
  • If you make games, send us a note! We love hearing from you! We want to promote game makers that are widening the pool
  • Submit links and articles you see on gaming, diversity, gender and lgbtqia issues. We can’t do everything by ourselves. This is a group effort
  • Be a force for good in the world, seriously. Spread the word on kickstarters, indiegogo’s and other diverse projects

Be an INDG Ambassador when you go to conventions:

  • If you plan to attend geek/gaming centric cons, let us know so we can send you swag to distribute. We can’t go to every convention so we need folks to spread the word for us!
  • If you buy #INeedDiverseGames merchandise please wear it at cons & take photos that are spread around social media.
  • Talk about this at cons, go forth and panel on diversity in gaming, please!

@NYMGamer #102 – Tedium In Games

Episode 102: Elfroot, Bells, and Potato Crops, or Pick, Plant, Repeat Forever: Tedium in Games

The #FeministDeck is seeking more WOC participants

So the #FeministDeck kickstarter is fully funded, but it’s looking a bit…pale so to speak. The lovely KivaBay is seeking more WoC to highlight and note with having them in the deck.

There’s no secret to being included, nor should anyone think they aren’t feminist enough or not important enough to be a part of the deck. So if you are interested, or want to nominate someone please drop Kiva a note at:

feministdeck@gmail.com and include your information or the best way to contact the person you are nominating for inclusion in the deck.

Note: Kiva is aware that not everyone is on board with this project or interested or what have you. But she is also aware of the lack of WOC in the list of folks participating. So this is an attempt to recognize more WOC for their work.

Libations for Wiscon 39 – Some gaming themed drinks, #MassEffect, #DragonAge

So the Ladies Home Slaughter Your Enemies Auxilliary (LHSYEA) has been tossing around drink ideas for Wiscon, which is next week. Here’s some drink ideas that we might try to make happen.

#MassEffect Blood Vision, version 1.0

  • 2 parts whiskey (of your choice)
  • 1 part spicy pear liqueur (optional, I just added it cause I have it and like it)
  • 1 shot Grenadine ( for additional colour)
  • 1 12 oz can Blood Orange soda (your brand of choice)
  • -or- Ginger beer/mixer of choice.
  • 1 squirt lemon or lime

Tastes sweet but not overly so, it’s smooth so be careful, you could wind up with a couple in you then go oh, shit I’m drunk.

ME Blood vision, Version 1.5

  • 2 parts whiskey (of your choice)
  • 1 dash spicy pear liqueur (optional, I reduced it to a tiny bit because the ginger beer is spicy)
  • 1 shot Grenadine ( for additional colour)
  • 1 16 oz bottle of WBC Spicy Ginger Beer
  • -or- other mixer of choice.
  • 1 squirt lemon or lime

Version 1.5 has a kick to it, but it’s still really smooth so be careful, you could also wind up with a couple in you then go oh, shit I’m drunk.

There’s also the Joining but it’s a pain in the ass to make and expensive. But if anyone wants the recipe, here’s the complex one, which includes Absinthe. There’s also the one from the Drunken Moogle with is just half Hypnotiq and half dark rum. SaveGame has some DA themed ones, and Mass Effect as well.

Accountability post – Mostly a note to myself but feel free to nag me

A bunch of shit I need to do, should do and want to do in no particular order. Under a “read more” to spare you my own overscheduling and oh-shit I have to do a lot this month

Continue reading Accountability post – Mostly a note to myself but feel free to nag me

Adventures in Coffee Roasting on a Sunday

So I am out of pre-ground coffee ready for the Gevalia machine I’ve had for ages. All I have is this unroasted, green coffee, purchased at Ethiopian Diamond.

I really, really want coffee so I looked up how to roast them beans, and found Ye Olde Skillet Method. Let’s   see how this shakes out yeah?

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So I got the skillet ready, heated it up, dropped the beans in and started! Yay right?

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Well, not so yay! the handle snapped off the skillet mid-roast :(

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But luck was with me! I had another skillet on hand. So I finished roasting, transferred the beans to a small pot to cool and get the chaff off:

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Tip: Also lightly blow on the beans to get chaff off and do it over the trash can so you don’t have it all over the floor or yourself.  So after cooling for 15 minutes */- they went into the grinder, fine grind, 12 cups. The final product was lighter than I expected but it’s my first attempt at this.

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So lessons learned: Roast longer until the beans are darker for a darker end product, let the coffee mature a day or two for more flavour and make sure the pan is in good shape! Overall the final cuppa is weaker than I like, but it’s not bad for a first attempt. (Note I put a lot of cream into an already light brew so it’s more cafe’ au lait than I usually take it)

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Wiscon 39 POC Dinner – Update w/Menu and other info!

via ktempest’s tumblr post on the POC Dinner at Wiscon 39

POC Dinner at WisCon 39

This is just a note to let everyone know that there WILL be a POC Dinner at WisCon this year. It will be on Friday, May 22nd at 5:30pm going until 7pm. It’s in the Concourse Hotel, room 629. So mark that on your calendars!

Kids are welcome at this event.

At this time we’re still getting prices from caterers. We’re hoping to keep the cost down around $15 per adult this year. The menu will take multiple dietary needs into account, including those of you who are vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten intolerant.

However, if you want to bring your own food to the POC Dinner that is just fine. The point is for us to gather and hangout and meet people and have community time, not to make you eat certain food!

Folks on a limited food budget, we will have some comped meals this year just as we did last year.

The first full week of May we’ll put up the menu and pricing and start selling tickets. I’ll publish the link here on Tumblr and on Twitter (@tinytempest).

UPDATE! Here are the details:

$18 Dinner ticket (Adult)
$10 Dinner ticket (Kids 4 – 13)
Free ticket for people bringing their own food (BYOF)
Free ticket for those who cannot afford to pay
$10 or more Donation so folks can help out those who can’t afford to pay

To purchase a ticket and to see our menu (which includes options for vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free folks), go to the event page.

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Come to #SPNDePaul for a panel on Representation and Fandom!

I’m on a panel on race & fandom tomorrow at DePaul University during A Celebration of Supernatural.

Event page is at:  No cost to attend, but space is limited. The panel is 11am – 12pm, Rm 1137, 14 E Jackson, I’ve been asked to join this panel on race and fandom, along with Jennifer Cross, Michi Trota, Alyne Connie & a couple other folks. 

Please note that while is free, but they are expecting a large crowd, so room can’t be saved. Info at: You can also get information via the Facebook event page.

You can see the full day’s schedule via the event page.

#INeedDivGms and AlterConf Chicago

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This Campaign is running for 3 weeks, ending on May 24th, 2015. Please signal boost if you cannot buy a shirt.

Hello! We at #INeedDiverseGames love what AlterConf is doing and we want to be a sponsor of their Chicago event on August 8th.

To fully sponsor a city event, we’ll need to raise at least $500. That means about 145 +/- in apparel. So that means we need a lot of help to make that happen.

This is a different design than we’ve previously offered in our last campaigns. This features our banner art graciously donated by Sylvie R. There’s also the AlterConf logo on the back.

So please consider buying a shirt to help us reach our goal of being a sponsor of AlterConf Chicago on August 8th. If you can’t buy a shirt, please, please signal boost this campaign.

If you need a larger size, please let us know so we can be sure it’s available to you. We currently have on offer:

  • Tee shirt
  • Hoodie
  • Tank Top* (we’ll contact tee spring to get a more unisex not just a women’s cut tank available).
  • Long Sleeved tee
  • Gildan Tee (in larger sizes) * coming soon!

Thank you in advance for any support you can give either by purchasing a shirt, or spreading the word.

#INeedDiverseGames @INeedDivGms

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.

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Wiscon POC Safer Space Continual Teapotluck & POC Dinner for Wiscon 39!!

Attention all POC who are attending Wiscon 39!

One! There is a POC Safer Space at Wiscon every year, and we want to be sure you know about it, especially if this is your first time attending the convention.

Safer Space hours and location are as follows:

Rooms 612 & 613

Friday: 1 pm–2 am
Saturday & Sunday: 8:30 am–2 am

Monday: 8:30 am–1 pm

If you’re coming to WisCon and foresee yourself coming to hang out in the POC Safer Space, bring your favourite tea(s)! We’ll have a microwave oven for heating up food and a kettle for continual teapotluck.

We’re in 612 – 613 once more, with a couple changes: one room won’t have beds anymore, and chairs instead.

If you know POC who will be going and have questions about the Safer Space, feel free to send them to Jaymee Goh, our Safer Space liaison.

She can be reached at her twitter @jhameia, via email at jhameia.goh@gmail.com or via tumblr ask

Two!  There is an annual POC Dinner, held on Friday evening.

POC Dinner at WisCon 39

This is just a note to let everyone know that there WILL be a POC Dinner at WisCon this year. It will be on Friday, May 22nd at 5:30pm going until 7pm. It’s in the Concourse Hotel, room 629. So mark that on your calendars!

Kids are welcome at this event.

At this time we’re still getting prices from caterers. We’re hoping to keep the cost down around $15 per adult this year. The menu will take multiple dietary needs into account, including those of you who are vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten intolerant.

However, if you want to bring your own food to the POC Dinner that is just fine. The point is for us to gather and hangout and meet people and have community time, not to make you eat certain food!

Folks on a limited food budget, we will have some comped meals this year just as we did last year.

The first full week of May we’ll put up the menu and pricing and start selling tickets. I’ll publish the link here on Tumblr and on Twitter (@tinytempest).

So check back with Tempest on twitter or her tumblr for that link and more info. But there will be a POC Dinner this year!

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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How do people get Patreon Support? I’m still struggling with it so if you have advice I’d love to hear it

So I posted this over at the #INeedDiverseGames tumblr and wanted to pitch this out to other avenues as well. Advice from folks who are successful on Patreon or other crowdfunding ways to do this work full time is wanted and welcomed.

So an inquiry for you fine folks who support us…

So,#INeedDiverseGames is doing well, and is getting to the point where its becoming almost a second full time gig for mod cypheroftyr. She wants this to be her full-time gig, to give all her energy and resources to #INeedDiverseGames and do so much with it. The problem is as always money. Living in Chicago isn’t cheap, moving isn’t an option because there aren’t  many places that are cheaper anyway.
So that leaves Patreon as an option to support this work full time, pay bills, go to conventions, conferences, speaking gigs, writing articles, etc.We have a Patreon, but we’re not pulling in much. So the question is how do folks with significant patronage do it? How do you get enough support to do this via Patreon, and survive?
Advice, tips, suggestions, are all welcome.
If you want to email instead; whyineeddiversegames@gmail.com
Thank you in advance for any support, or advice you can give.

A very quick, run by post-C2E2 update

So both panels went well, both:   “Through Brightest Days & Blackest Nights – A Black Nerd Girl’s Journey” where I had the honor of sitting alongside Keidra Chaney, Mikki Kendall, Karlyn, and moderated by the wonderful Jennifer Cross. We had a full-house and, and also, Gail Simone attended & live tweeted! Mikki ran off the stage to hug her. It was so gratifying to see so many POC in that room.

Then I was asked to sit on #YesAllTrolls: When Trolling goes too Far, moderated by Mikki Kendall, along with TheWayoftheId, Jennifer Cross, Molly E, and PDilla. It wasn’t a packed house but that’s ok. There was a high percentage of white dudes that were getting up and leaving the panel room. I don’t know what they expected from the panel, but clearly we weren’t giving them what they wanted.

Sunday was a day to roam around the exhibitor hall and get stuff. I missed out on the talking Elcor plush, but I did get an N7 scarf. I got to see awesome people too. I got to hug Lauren Jankoswski! She is a sweet person and I’m glad I’m her friend. Met the awesome, awesome person behind the KeystrokeBlog who was livetweeting many of the panels I went to as well.

All was not 100% awesome in C2E2 land however. I did spot a “Basic Bitches Read Marvel” shirt in the artist alley which I have tweeted at C2E2 (as of yet no response). So yeah, that’s not really making me feel welcome at what should be a local, welcoming, happy place of geekery among my folks. More on that in it’s own post.

But day$job beckons and I must away from the blogosphere for a bit. A full write up of panels I went to  and was on as well as a requisite loot-haul photoset.

My Wiscon schedule, Maker help me

I’m on a lot of panels. O_o; so they are under a cut. Names of my fellow panelists redacted to maintain the gap between meat space, fan space and online handles. Come see me talk, a whole lot. Also, someone keep my flask full. :|

Continue reading My Wiscon schedule, Maker help me

My @C2E2 Schedule – aka I’m talking about things! In front of a lot of people!

cypheroftyr:

Just a reminder, I’ll be on two panels at C2E2 on Friday, April 24th and Saturday, April 26th!

Originally posted on The random musings of a 1973 Original:

So these two panels will be my first C2E2 speaker appearances ever! Thanks to @ANerdCalledRage & @Karnythia for inviting me to be on panels with them. The Blerd panel will be live-streamed AFAIK, once I get a link I’ll post it!

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.
Speakers:

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Heroine’s Journey #10 – LC Brown and I talk about Rat Queens!

EPISODE #10: RAT QUEENS

Tanya DePass, creator of #INeedDiverseGames, once again joins LC Brown to discuss Rat Queens, the Image Comics title by Kurtis J. Wiebe, including:

  • What Rat Queens and D&D have in common
  • Women getting ugly: Why it matters
  • Is Rat Queens getting women back into comics?
  • The power of word of mouth: Which other comics are we picking up?

Plus: Resident Evil Revelations 2; why LC should never got a record contract; Parks and Recreation; Elizabeth Moon & Wiscon: because the third time’s a charm; demi-divinity, biraciality and bisexuality – being in-between; how to see Tanya at C2E2, and your emails!

Main topic starts at: 11:34
Emails start at: 27:55

Cohost info: Tanya DePass, I Need Diverse Games on Tumblr and Twitter,#INeedDiverseGames

Intro and Outro music: “Snow World Under the White Moon“, EeL

If you’d like to leave us a comment, question, or maybe just some good old-fashioned hatemail,send us an email at info (at) hjcast [dot] com.

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

Plus 10 Personals – Ep 003 #INeedDiverseGames

#INeedDiverseGames is all about promoting diversity in the gaming industry, mostly through dialogue / conversation / re-blogging / community organizing.

Today’s guest in Tanya, the person in charge of #INDG.

So, listen up. She’s a wise one.

Download the episode here, or listen on Plus 10 Personals

Or, wait. Do you like Soundcloud more? I do.

Go there. To that sweet link. And get it.

Follow Tanya around the wonderful Internet:

Twitter
Tumblr
Twitch

I think the internet needs more social media platforms that start with /t/.

A while back I had the chance to chat with David Russell Gutsche of the Plus 10 Damage podcast. We had a great time talking and I look forward to chatting with him again!

Catch me and @biancajand on @nerdgasmnoire Live tonight at 8:45 pm CST!

Tonight! 04-14-2015

On  we invite & to discuss gender/racial Identity in gaming community @ 8:45pm CT.

Listen at: 

Me for Feminist Deck  & biancajand for feminist deck

Art by the lovely and talented KivaBay! Please donate and support her work on the #feministdeck

Check out Nerdgasm Noire online at nerdgasmnoire.net, on twitter at @nerdgasmnoire

Can’t listen in tonight? Check out the show on Stitcher later!

Check ebooks-tree for your fanworks! They might be there as PDF’s w/o your ok

So there’s a site that is bot-scraping Archive of Our Own (AO3.org) for fics, uploading them as PDF’s and selling them (I could be wrong on that, someone feel free to correct me). They have a DMCA take down page which is BS, and has language to make it seem like you need legal assistance to get your works taken down.

Many folks over on tumblr have seen their works there, including yours truly. This post has great info on how to get your works taken down from the site, including sending a notice to their hosting company and their Info page instead of their BS DMCA page. 

AO3 is aware of the issue as well, as noted in this tweet reply to a user who pinged them.

So if you see your works, please contact them and request your fan works be removed from their page.

The lovely Kiva Bay did more #feministdeck art of me!

I’m so humbled that Kiva did more art of me for the #FeministDeck.  This time I’m a Paladin!

You can see more of Kiva’s work at twitter @Kivabay & on tumlbr atmostlypretty or her website kiva-bay.com

You can support her art over at Patreon, or find out more about Kiva on herAbout page.

#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.

My @C2E2 Schedule – aka I’m talking about things! In front of a lot of people!

So these two panels will be my first C2E2 speaker appearances ever! Thanks to @ANerdCalledRage & @Karnythia for inviting me to be on panels with them. The Blerd panel will be live-streamed AFAIK, once I get a link I’ll post it!

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.
Track: Diversity
This Panel is sponsored in part by the Chicago Nerd Social Club.
FYI: I was added to this panel as a replacement for Mary Robinette Kowal, however the C2E2 site isn’t updated yet. So here’s the panel details.

#YesAllTrolls What Happens After the Trolling Goes Too Far?

Sat. April 25| 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Room S403

Harassment in geek spaces extends beyond cosplayers at cons, or online harassment that can be hidden with a block button. Sometimes it turns into offline danger ranging from doxxing to SWATting to credible death threats.
How do we break the cycle? What can be done to protect yourself and your community? Speaking up against these things can be dangerous, but what message does silence send? We’ll talk about internet security, being marginalized in geek spaces and more.
Panel may contain triggers!
Track: Cosplay, Diversity, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Women in Comics

Chicago Nerd Social Club – Pre-C2E2 Meet-n-Greet! (via @geekbarchicago blog)

Hey local nerdy friends! There will be a pre-C2E2 meet and greet at Geek Bar Beta in Chicago!! You should go, meet other nerdy types and if you don’t yet have a C2E2 pass, there’s a chance to win one! Details below

Chicago Nerd Social Club’s Pre-C2E2 Meet ‘n Greet

April 18 @ 3:00 pm5:00 pm

| Free

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C2E2 is almost here, so Chicago Nerd Social Club is hosting its annual Pre-C2E2 Meet ‘n Greet! Whether you’ve been a part of the CNSC community for a while or are curious and want to find out what we’re about, all are welcome! Come mingle with your fellow nerds and maybe make new friends with which to explore C2E2.

Geek Bar Beta’s selection of games will be available, but feel free to bring any you’d like to share with other CNSCers! There will also be some fun activities, including the traditional round of “Name Your Nerd Sin in a Judgment-Free Zone,” and nerd trivia.

AND THERE ARE PRIZES! ** CNSC will hold a drawing for **4 weekend passes to C2E2.

This is a FREE event, but you MUST RSVP through Geek Bar’s event listing & be present at the time of the drawing to claim your ticket/pass.

So come out and join CNSC to meet others in Chicago’s awesome, nerdy community!

This event is sponsored by C2E2.

I gathered some early AM tweets on power, responsibility and pedestals on Storify

On power, falling from pedestals and responsibility for the weight of your words

I had some thoughts on what it means to have the ear of people, to know the weight of your words and realizing that it’s s short drop from great heights should you fall.

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Tech Upgrades for #INeedDiverseGames ~ GoFundMe update, signal boost request

So, under the #INeedDiverseGames  hashtag we’ve been doing some great things! However, keeping on with those great things requires some tech upgrades that don’t come cheap.

In order to do things like stream games, write reviews and get some future initiatives going, upgraded and new tech is needed.

As the creator of the hashtag, as someone who wants to keep the conversation & work about diversity in gaming going, I ask that you help out with some of these upgrades/new tech so that the work can continue and improve.

So far, we’ve received$650 of the $1100 goal.  I’d love to reach it soon so a laptop can be purchased that will meet our needs, and a good mic for podcasting.

If you can signal boost this, or if possible drop a few bucks, we’d really appreciate it.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us, signal boosted, donated. We couldn’t do a lot of this work without your support.

Continue reading Tech Upgrades for #INeedDiverseGames ~ GoFundMe update, signal boost request

I got a chance to chat up the lovely folks at @CastletoCastle! Disney Podcast :D

Episode 55: Emily, Mike and Tanya Need Diverse Disney (and Games)

I HAD SO MUCH FUN Chatting with Mike and Emily! I can’t wait to come back and visit, hang out and talk about Disney, diversity and everything in-between. Listen, subscribe, say hello to the hosts. They are lovely folks and you should follow them on twitter and catch up on the podcast.

Another full episode!,

This time around, Emily and Mike are honoured to be joined by the originator of the I Need Diverse Games hashtag initiative, Tanya! We do, of course, discuss videogames and diversity – there is some Disney in there, too – as well as the un-reality of some holiday destinations, the loveliness of Chicago, the strange fear some folks have of diversity, and why YOU should go ahead and do a podcast.

Yes, YOU.

Only if you want to, y’know.

If you enjoyed our discussion as much as we enjoyed having it – and Tanya WILL return to the nebulous Castle to Castle studio – you can let us know through a Like on Facebook, a Follow on Twitter and Tumblr, a (100% free!) subscription on iTunes, and/or an email, to disnerds@gmail.com – and, as always, enjoy!

Links ‘n’ Stuff:

#INeedDiverseGames on Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook

Tanya on TwitterTwitch and Offworld (a fantastic article on the lie of ‘historical accuracy’ in fantasy)

Some of Tanya’s favourite folks:

Emily on TwitterTumblr  Mike on Twitter

Direct download: Episode_55_-_Emily_Mike_and_Tanya_Need_Diverse_Disney_and_Games.mp3
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I got to hangout with the fine folks over at the Dialogue Wheel Podcast!

I recently had a chance to join the folks over at the Dialogue Wheel podcast to talk about #diversity in #DragonAge. This is a short episode, Part 2 will be about an hour long.

Welcome to Date Night with the Dialogue Wheel episode 25, “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.

A big thanks to Allan Schumacher for pointing me to the Dialogue Wheel. I had a great time hanging out with everyone and can’t wait to revisit with the cast. :D

I’ll post Part 2 when it’s up!

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