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Sunday, October 2 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
'Fans vs. Creators: Is There a Better Way?'

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Whether we're talking about the 100, Ghostbusters, or your favorite video game series, there's a sense that fandom spaces have become armed camps rather than spaces for discussion. Creators are suddenly backed against a wall feeling as if they must now justify their choices. Is that justification truly necessary? Where does the line exist between listening to one's audience and caving to their demands? Is there such a thing as a 'good fan' and a 'bad fan', and how does one walk that line in order to participate in a healthy conversation with creators about things like representation? Is that even possible anymore?"

Moderators
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Tanya DePass

Founder/Director, I Need Diverse Games
Tanya DePass is the founder and Director of I Need Diverse Games, a not-for-profit foundation based in Chicago, that is dedicated to better diversification of all aspects of gaming. She is a lifelong Chicagoan who loves everything about gaming, #INeedDiverseGames spawn point, and wants to make it better and more inclusive for everyone. She’s the Founder and EIC of @OutofTokensCast, the Diversity Liaison for GaymerX and often speaks on issues... Read More →
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David Gaider

Creative Director, Beamdog Studios
David worked for BioWare as narrative designer on such games as Baldur’s Gate 2, Knights of the Old Republic, Neverwinter Nights, and was lead writer on the Dragon Age series: Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age 2, and (most recently) 2014’s Dragon Age: Inquisition. This year he moved onto Beamdog Studios as their Creative Director, and is currently working on an unannounced project.

Speakers
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Katherine Cross

Gamasutra
Katherine Cross is a gaming critic, sociologist, and feminist scholar who studies virtual worlds, particularly gender and the dynamics of online harassment. Her academic work has been published in Women's Studies Quarterly and in Loading: The Journal of the Canadian Games Studies Association. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Wired, Time, Boing Boing, Polygon, and numerous other outlets. She is also a weekly columnist at... Read More →
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Crystal Frasier

Developer, Paizo Publishing
Crystal Frasier is a writer, game developer, and graphic designer with eighteen years’ experience, best known for her work on the Pathfinder line of roleplaying games and adventures. She strives to make games worlds where everyone can see themselves reflected. She is a survivor of both the Art Institute of Seattle and New College of Florida, and pulls heavy inspiration for her work from European, Central American, and African history as... Read More →
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Donna Prior

Events Manager, Green Ronin Publishing
Donna “Danicia” Prior is the Sparkly Princess of Social Media & Community Management. Donna is the Organized Play Coordinator for Catan Studios. She is the Events Manager for Green Ronin Publishing and is the Executive Director of OrcaCon, the Inclusive Tabletop Games Convention in Everett, WA.  Donna is a gamer and a beer geek, often combining both hobbies while teaching new people to game and appreciate beer. She’s... Read More →


Sunday October 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Panels Room B