September 19, 2020

Tanya DePass () – Founder/Director of

, , , , , , I’m doing a lot this weekend.
Part 1 of 2.
So, I’ve already kicked off the weekend with being one of the recipients of the Diana Jones Award 2020 for recognizing Black Excellence in Games.
The full awardee list is here, .

And there’s also a neat piece in Polygon by Charlie Hall about this years awardees

Next up is a WorldCon [CONZealand] panel on Worldbuilding with lovely folks

You can watch it on YouTube already!

Worlds that Breathe: Interactive Worldbuilding in Games

Games like Horizon Zero Dawn, Dark Souls, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Dragon Age immerse us in rich, interactive worlds.
What makes worldbuilding in games unique and challenging when players can interact, explore, and miss things.
How do game creators balance storytelling with the world itself needing to be a legible interface.
How are players influenced to explore or ignore.
How do biases on the part of the creators limit world building, and conversely, how do fans react to them.
Panel: Noria Reads (M), Avery Delaney, Helen Gould, Tanya DePass, Elsa Sjunneson You can find our panelists across various social media.

Avery Delany: Twitter: @redrocketpanda


Tanya DePass:  Youtube:

Twitter: @cypheroftyr.
Helen Gould: Twitter: @Alecto101 Elsa Sjunneson: Twitter: @snarkbat Website: Friday, 7/31 I am doing a panel on Charity streaming & fundraising at #GenConOnline!.
7/31/2020  1pm Eastern Where?:   Join Extra Life and tabletop experts in a conversation that explores best practices and experiences in charity fundraising.
Something for fundraisers of all levels.
Tanya DePass () – Founder/Director of , Producer of , Diversity, Equity and & Inclusion Consultant Vanessa Brasfield ()  – Content Creator, Graphic Designer, Charity Event Specialist Ivan Van Norman () – Host/Producer, Head of Publishing and Media at  – Extra Lifer and Program Director at   – Admin for (Discord)(@jointheorder)   Extra Lifer, Content Creator.
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Tanya DePass is the founder and Director of I Need Diverse Games

a non-profit organization based in Chicago, which is dedicated to better diversification of all aspects of gaming.
I Need Diverse Games serves the community by supporting marginalized developers attend the Game Developer Conference by participating in the GDC Scholarship program, helps assist attendance at other industry events, and is seeking partnership with organizations and initiatives.

Tanya is a lifelong Chicagoan who loves everything about gaming

#INeedDiverseGames spawn point, and wants to make it better and more inclusive for everyone.
She founded and was the EIC of Fresh Out of Tokens podcast where games culture was discussed and viewed through a lense of feminism, intersectionality and diversity.

Now she’s a co-host on Spawn on Me Podcast

Along with all of that.

She’s the Programming Coordinator for OrcaCon

she often speaks on issues of diversity, feminism, race, intersectionality & other topics at multiple conventions throughout the year.
Her writing about games and games critique appears in Uncanny Magazine, Polygon, Wiscon Chronicles, Vice Gaming, Paste Games, Mic, and other publications.
My #GenConOnline Events I’m doing a lot this weekend Part 2 of 2.
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