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Thursday, September 29
 

6:00pm

7:00pm

VIP Pre-GX4 Party (VIP Tickets Only)
Speakers
avatar for Toni Rocca

Toni Rocca

President, GaymerX
Toni Rocca is a feminist and an activist for creating inclusive spaces in gaming and other fandoms. As a trans woman, her expertise tends to revolve around queer issues and creating safer environments to foster creativity and enrich the culture of a space. She is known mainly for running the LGBTQ themed gaming convention GX (formerly GaymerX) in San Francisco alongside Matt Conn. Toni has most recently taken to consulting for various companies... Read More →


Thursday September 29, 2016 7:00pm - 11:00pm
TBD
 
Friday, September 30
 

8:00am

Badge Pickup (F)
Friday September 30, 2016 8:00am - 10:00pm
Registration (General) Sonoma Room

9:00am

D&D Adventurers League - A Great Upheaval (Session 1)
Limited Capacity seats available

The Nightstone Inn is renowned for its food and cozy guest rooms. The dwarf innkeeper, Morak Ur’gray, has a fondness for adventurers and a nose for lucrative adventuring opportunities. Level 1-2

Friday September 30, 2016 9:00am - 1:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

9:00am

Iserta
Limited Capacity seats available

Iserta is a table top role playing game which draws inspiration from many popular turn based table top games. This game is meant for first time role players. Come explore the contintent of Iserta and become it'seems champions.

Friday September 30, 2016 9:00am - 1:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

9:00am

Tabletop and Card Gaming Open (F)
Moderators
avatar for Tim Mottishaw

Tim Mottishaw

Tabletop/RPG Coordinator, GaymerX
Tim (Tabletop/Roleplaying Game Coordinator for GaymerX) is the founder of Dawson Creek Pride, and a regular volunteer at Pride in his home of Vancouver British Columbia, Canada. He is the Western Canadian Regional Coordinator for the D&D Adventurers League and is a Judge at GenCon. A contributor to the Commentist Network, he hosts/GMs a Star Wars liveplay Podcast and a D&D vidcast. Outside of gaming, Tim studies Communication & Cultural Studies... Read More →

Friday September 30, 2016 9:00am - 11:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

9:00am

GaymerX Social Lounge Open (F)
Friday September 30, 2016 9:00am - 11:30pm
GaymerX Social Lounge Magnolia Room East

10:00am

Opening Ceremonies
Moderators
Friday September 30, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Panels Room A

10:00am

Exhibitor Set Up
Moderators
avatar for Philip Jones

Philip Jones

Bear Cub, MidBoss
Con co-chair and Expo Hall & Indie Space Director

Friday September 30, 2016 10:00am - 11:45am
Expo Hall Grand Ballroom

10:00am

Quiet Space Open (F)
Need a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the con? GaymerX is happy to provide a quiet space off the main run of the convention floor.

Friday September 30, 2016 10:00am - 11:00pm
Quiet Lounge Bayshore Room East

10:00am

Unicorn Booty Press Lounge (Open for Press) (F)
Combined with Donor Lounge for Today Only

Friday September 30, 2016 10:00am - 11:00pm
Unicorn Booty Press Lounge Tasman Room

11:00am

Pokémon GO Snap Contest
Pokémon GO Snap Contest

The GBPL wants to see your best Pokémon GO pictures! Throughout GX4, find a Pokémon and take a picture! Upload it to our Facebook Page and on Sunday afternoon, we will name the best picture in three categories: Funniest, Most Artistic, and Most Lifelike!

Winners Announced Sunday - 2pm

Moderators
Friday September 30, 2016 11:00am - 5:00pm
Golden Bay Pokemon League Magnolia Room West

11:00am

Pokémon Scavenger Hunt
Pokémon Scavenger Hunt

Gym Leader Nicole is sending you on a scavenger hunt around GX4 to find Pokémon throughout the con! Come get a list of clues and search around, take pictures, and return with your list filled out to win a fabulous prize!

Ends Sunday at 3pm

Moderators
Friday September 30, 2016 11:00am - 5:00pm
Golden Bay Pokemon League Magnolia Room West

11:00am

Golden Bay PKMN League Gym Battles (F)
Golden Bay Pokemon League Gym Battles:
The eight gym leaders of the Golden Bay Pokemon League are ready to take you on! 

Each leader has their own battle style and it is up to you and your Pokemon to defeat each one! Defeating a gym leader will earn you one of the eight unique Pokemon Badges for GX4. 

Anyone can participate, as our goal is to have fun and play Pokemon with everyone of every skill level! Earn all eight badges and you will be able to enter the Champions Tournament, where the best of the best battle for the title of Champion! 

Whether your goal is to be champion or just hang out with other Pokemon fans, the Golden Bay Pokemon League is the place for all trainers!

Friday September 30, 2016 11:00am - 5:00pm
Golden Bay Pokemon League Magnolia Room West

11:00am

MAGFest GaymerX Arcade Open (F)
Friday September 30, 2016 11:00am - 11:00pm
Arcade Alley Grand Ballroom Hallway

11:00am

Safe Space Open (F)
11am - 1pm: Ace Safe Space
1pm - 3pm: POC Safe Space
3pm - 5pm: Trans Safe Space
5pm - 7pm: Disabled Safe Space
7pm - 9pm: Women's Safe Space
9pm - 11pm: Nonbinary Safe Space

Friday September 30, 2016 11:00am - 11:00pm
Safe Space Lounge Bayshore Room West

12:00pm

Video Games Made Me Gay! (And Other Happy Endings)
This panel discusses how media (video games, comics, movies, etc) can help people with their identity in a variety of ways, what representation in media meant to you, and how we can continue to make it better for future generations.

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Comp

Lauren Comp

Associate Producer, Voltage Entertainment USA
Lauren "Sailor Scooby" Comp. Associate Producer at Voltage Entertainment USA Inc. Hella Queer. All about Story and Character driven narratives.


Friday September 30, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Panels Room B

12:00pm

Video Gaming Law

Video Gaming Law for the Non-Lawyer.   Are you a video game developer looking to protect your intellectual property? A game publisher concerned with limiting your liability? Or perhaps a gamer intrigued by the latest celebrity suing a game company for ripping off their likeness?  Then this program is perfect for you!

The presentation will consist of a panel of top attorneys in the gaming industry discussing legal news and trends in video games, including recent video gaming lawsuits, how the right to publicity and copyrights affect the gaming industry, potential risks for Augmented Reality games, and other legal issues impacting both gamers and game developers.


Speakers
avatar for Ben Esplin

Ben Esplin

Partner, Sheppard Mullin
My practice focuses on intellectual property law including patent, trademark, and copyright law. Technical areas and industries of focus include social media, video games, social networks, virtual worlds, augmented reality, virtual reality, and computer software. My favorite video games include, but are not limited to: NHL 16, Civilization, and Contra.
avatar for Christian J. Martinez

Christian J. Martinez

General Counsel, Svitla Systems, Inc.
I specialize in intellectual property and commercial transactions with a modern practice as outside counsel to tech companies and also General Counsel to Svitla Systems, Inc., a software development company headquartered in San Francisco. I love to work on gaming projects, and welcome any discussions about the challenges presented by developing games. | | I earned a Master’s in Law & Technology from U.C. Berkeley School of Law and a JD... Read More →
avatar for Spencer Martinez

Spencer Martinez

Attorney, Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley
Spencer Martinez is an attorney at Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Las Vegas, and a member of the Firm’s business litigation group. His practice includes counseling and litigation relating to business contracts, business partnerships and other commercial collaborations, intellectual properties including trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets, online advertising and commerce, domain name disputes, and... Read More →
avatar for E. Lacey Rice

E. Lacey Rice

Attorney, Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley
E. Lacey Rice is a senior associate in the Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Litigation Practice of Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley.  Ms. Rice focuses her practice on a wide range of entertainment and litigation matters involving film and television production, video gaming, copyrights, trademarks, First Amendment and contract disputes. | Ms. Rice has extensive experience in all facets of federal and state court litigation.  She... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Panels Room C Camino Real

12:00pm

Dave Fennoy Reveals ALL!!! (Or at least, he'll answer your questions)
Speakers
avatar for Dave Fennoy

Dave Fennoy

Dave Fennoy is one of the most sought after and versatile voices in the market today. | Although he regularly voices commercials, narrations, and TV promos, he has become a celebrity voice in world of video games. IMDB named Dave Fennoy “one of the 20 best male video game voices of all time”. He has been nominated and won several awards for his work as the iconic character LEE EVERETT, in the highly acclaimed and awarded Telltale... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Panels Room A

12:00pm

Pokémon Trivia - Pub Quiz
Join Gym Leader Maestro and the rest of the GBPL as we test your knowledge of all things Pokémon in our trivia contest!  Friday is up to 4-player team Pub Quiz!

Prizes for all the winners, so join us and put on those Pokémon thinking caps!

Moderators
Friday September 30, 2016 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Golden Bay Pokemon League Magnolia Room West

12:00pm

How to be a Game Master
The most common reason given why not to run a game is, "I don't know how." This workshop will give you the tools and coaching so that you do know how.

Moderators
avatar for Tim Mottishaw

Tim Mottishaw

Tabletop/RPG Coordinator, GaymerX
Tim (Tabletop/Roleplaying Game Coordinator for GaymerX) is the founder of Dawson Creek Pride, and a regular volunteer at Pride in his home of Vancouver British Columbia, Canada. He is the Western Canadian Regional Coordinator for the D&D Adventurers League and is a Judge at GenCon. A contributor to the Commentist Network, he hosts/GMs a Star Wars liveplay Podcast and a D&D vidcast. Outside of gaming, Tim studies Communication & Cultural Studies... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Strix Beltrán

Strix Beltrán

Narrative Designer, Writer, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant
Whitney Beltrán, AKA “Strix” is a writer and narrative designer for analogue and video games, scripts and features, and transmedia IP. She has written for studios including Undead Labs, Onyx Path, and Crackhorse Films. She is an expert in world building and narrative design, and holds a Master’s in Mythological Studies. She has published peer reviewed academic papers on psychology and narrative play, contributed a chapter... Read More →
avatar for Joseph  Carriker

Joseph Carriker

Developer, Green Ronin Publishing
Joseph Carriker is the developer for Green Ronin's A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying, as well as the adjunct Chronicle System line of game supplements. He has been writing in the gaming industry for fifteen years now, and has worked on a variety of game lines over those years, including most of White Wolf/Onyx Path's game lines, as well as being a contributor to Wizards of the Coast's recent "Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide," as well as work on... Read More →
avatar for Steve Kenson

Steve Kenson

Designer, Green Ronin Publishing
Steve Kenson has been writing and designing in the tabletop RPG industry since 1995. He has written for such diverse games as Shadowrun, Earthdawn, Aberrant, Dungeons & Dragons, and White Wolf’s World of Darkness. Three of his novels for Shadowrun focused on a gay male protagonist. Steve designed the Mutants & Masterminds Superhero RPG for Green Ronin Publishing and served as its developer for several years. He has also developed... Read More →
avatar for Levi A. Miles

Levi A. Miles

Costume Technician, Cirque du Soleil
Levi A. Miles is a freelance game designer, Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Venture Agent, and a game culture blogger based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. | Levi received a BFA in Costume Production for Theatre (translation: a degree is super-fancy cosplay), and a BA in Religious Studies from UW-Milwaukee in 2015. Levi currently works for Cirque du Soleil as a costume & wardrobe technician. | For the latest on Levi's antics, be sure to... Read More →
avatar for Donna Prior

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 →


Friday September 30, 2016 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

12:00pm

Expo Hall & Indie Space Open Hours (Friday)
Moderators
avatar for Philip Jones

Philip Jones

Bear Cub, MidBoss
Con co-chair and Expo Hall & Indie Space Director

Friday September 30, 2016 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Expo Hall Grand Ballroom

1:00pm

Breaking into Gaming with Unity
Have you ever wanted to create your own games, but don’t know where to start? In this workshop we’ll teach you everything you need to know to create your first game using the popular Unity game engine. No experience required!

Speakers
avatar for Kat Harris

Kat Harris

Game Evangelist, Microsoft
Kat Harris is a Microsoft Technical Evangelist with expertise in game, virtual and augmented reality development based out of Los Angeles. As an evangelist, Katherine is a frequent public speaker and runs a developer blog about how to develop interactive 3D applications with the Microsoft Platform. She is the co-host of ImagineThis, a web series for students to learn about the tech industry, and The Game Dev Show on MSDN’s Channel9 network. Kat... Read More →
avatar for Adina Shanholtz

Adina Shanholtz

Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
Adina Shanholtz (aka the Fey Technologist) is a Technical Evangelist for Microsoft. She graduated from Oberlin College with a double major in Computer Science and East Asian Studies. She has a passion for Game Development, Internet of Things/Wearable technology, and empowering others through programming. In her spare time Adina likes to knit, practice her Japanese, and perform hoop and poi circus arts.
avatar for Tobiah Zarlez

Tobiah Zarlez

Game Evangelist, Microsoft
Tobiah Zarlez has been an independent game developer since 2009, and is most famous for the physics based puzzle game "Blast Monkeys". | | Tobiah started working for Microsoft in 2013 as a Game Evangelist, helping developers make better games.


Friday September 30, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Panels Room C Camino Real

1:00pm

BioWare and Beyond: My Perspective
Until recently, David Gaider worked with famed RPG developer BioWare on such titles as 'Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn', 'Knights of the Old Republic', and the `Dragon Age` series with `Dragon Age: Inquisition` being his most recent release in 2014. BioWare is well-regarded for the strides it's made on the issue of representation, but it's also had its share of criticism on the subject and encountered its share of setbacks. While David can't talk about where BioWare will be going in the future, he can talk frankly about how it got to where it is now and what those problems were - and maybe offer some observations on how they parallel issues in the industry at large."

Speakers
avatar for David Gaider

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.


Friday September 30, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Panels Room A

1:00pm

Overcoming Personal Inertia: Do That Thing You Want To Do
Sometimes the desire to do something is offset by the weight of what's required to complete it, but once we get going, it gets easier to pick up speed. Let's look at strategies that can help start AND finish that thing we've always wanted to do!

Speakers
avatar for mint

mint

developer, mintchipleaf
Mint is a nomadic, full-time indie developer. She travels & works with various teams on games such as Read Only Memories and Ladykiller In A Bind, while writing about her journeys. She doesn't use the third person outside of speaker bios.
avatar for Ayla Arthur

Ayla Arthur

Freelance Game Designer
avatar for Alex Zandra Van Chestein

Alex Zandra Van Chestein

Game Designer, Independent
I've been a game designer, writer and artist for the past 20 years, the last 6 of which were with a large studio where I worked on many PC, console and mobile games, with teams ranging from handfuls to hundreds. Having recently returned to independent work, I now create prototypes and games (havochq.itch.io), stream gameplay and game analysis (http://tinyurl.com/zandrayoutube), and produce online comics and art... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Panels Room B

1:00pm

Donor Lounge (Open for Donor Tickets) (F)
Combined with Press Lounge for Today Only

Friday September 30, 2016 1:00pm - 11:00pm
Donor Lounge AV Office

1:30pm

INTEL Session
TBD

Friday September 30, 2016 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Diversity Theater

2:00pm

Finding Identity in Gaming Community
As a panel we'll discuss the ways in which games have allowed us to explore our identities. Through the discussion with panelists, we'll discuss the ways individuals can have a safe space within gaming also.

Speakers

Friday September 30, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Panels Room B

2:00pm

Rice Specific Content
A queer Filipino cosplay nerd wants to share his experiences growing up with video games/electronic media that excluded people like himself and continuously perpetuated tired tropes. May contain puns and/or social commentary.

Speakers
avatar for Rhadamus

Rhadamus

Co-Host, The Dialogue Wheel
Newest addition to The Dialogue Wheel Podcast, occasional contributor for I Need Diverse Games, cosplayer, and person who is all-around dissatisfied with the current and past treatment of Asian folks in media, gaming, and politics. Day job involves industrial engineering, or something. Not your model minority.


Friday September 30, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Panels Room C Camino Real

2:00pm

'Your Princess is in Another Castle: Being a Trans Woman in the Nerdy Music Industry.'
Steffeny "Steffo" Messinger (My Parents Favorite Music) has been creating music since the year 2000. She is also a video game nerd. She is also a transgender woman. This particular trinity makes for some interesting stories. Join Steffo as she discusses her experiences with gender, privilege, and sexism in the video game music industry.

(PG-13, mild language and adult themes)

Speakers
avatar for Steffeny Messinger

Steffeny Messinger

Musician, My Parents Favorite Music
Steffeny “Steffo” Messinger a.k.a. “My Parents Favorite Music”, is the world’s most attractive, funny, smart, kind, humble, not to mention attractive chiptune hip hop transgender musician. She creates video game and nerd culture influenced songs, paired up with nostalgia-heavy pixelated soundtracks. She’s amazeballs. | | Releasing albums as map pieces to a mysterious video game island, she tours the country bringing fun... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Panels Room A

2:00pm

Bitten in the Big Apple
Limited Capacity full

You don't know what happened to your classmate Darren during your school trip to New York, but *something* is off. You would know, being a werewolf. Or a vampire. Or ghost. Whatever happened, the bodies are piling up in your small town and you don't want to be next.

Speakers
avatar for J. C. Holder

J. C. Holder

Owner, Biggest Robot Productions
Creator of Anthrotari, the queer furry visual novel set in the 90s Internet (http://www.anthrotari.com). | | Software developer. Game developer and producer. Co-author of Beautiful Senshi Hearts, the mahou shoujo tabletop roleplaying game Powered by the Apocalypse (http://bsh.moe).


Friday September 30, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

2:00pm

BATdev Playtesting - One Last Job
Members of the Bay Area Tableop Dev group will bring their games for playtesting! The games on display will change every hour and will cover a wide range of genres and styles. All games will have been created by local designers of the bay area.

Speakers
B

Brian

Designer, Independent


Friday September 30, 2016 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

2:00pm

BATdev Playtesting - Nightlife: Swing the Deal
Members of the Bay Area Tableop Dev group will bring their games for playtesting! The games on display will change every hour and will cover a wide range of genres and styles. All games will have been created by local designers of the bay area.

Friday September 30, 2016 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

2:00pm

Black Water (Pathfinder Society Scenario #6)
Limited Capacity seats available

A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for 1st to 5th level characters (Tiers: 1–2, 4–5).

The Pathfinder Society seeks the ancient ruby ring of the salamander and it falls to a team of Pathfinders to find it. Last seen in the Tri-Towers Yard, a once elite academy for the youth of Absalom, the ruby ring is now lost in the Drownyard, all that remains of Tri-Towers after it was destroyed a decade ago in the great quake. The Pathfinders must risk the strange black ichors and salty brine to find their prize—will they risk their very souls as well?

Level 1 Pathfinder RPG characters will be provided, but feel free to bring your own Pathfinder Society compatible characters! 

Speakers
avatar for Levi A. Miles

Levi A. Miles

Costume Technician, Cirque du Soleil
Levi A. Miles is a freelance game designer, Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Venture Agent, and a game culture blogger based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. | Levi received a BFA in Costume Production for Theatre (translation: a degree is super-fancy cosplay), and a BA in Religious Studies from UW-Milwaukee in 2015. Levi currently works for Cirque du Soleil as a costume & wardrobe technician. | For the latest on Levi's antics, be sure to... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

2:00pm

Ghost Town
Limited Capacity full

Mutants & Masterminds - Even four-color heroes sometimes journey into darkness! The simple robbery of an artifact from an Emerald City Museum leads the heroes to one of the city’s hidden secrets – a frontier colony hidden in darkness behind a mystical veil. There they find lost heroes, an awakened evil, and a threat that sends shock waves across Emerald City to shake the heavens!

Speakers

Friday September 30, 2016 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

2:30pm

Patreon Session: Gamers on Patreon
Join us for a discussion with 3 creators who are making a sustainable income doing what they love. We'll share strategies for launching and sharing your pageJoin us for a discussion with 3 creators who are making a sustainable income doing what they love. We'll share strategies for launching and sharing your page

Moderators
CD

Christine Donaldson

Christine Donaldson works on the marketing team at Patreon. Over the past year, Christine has launched and advised over 100 top creators who are now making a sustainable income on the platform. She is also a musician and content creator on Patreon.

Speakers
avatar for Katherine Cross

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 →
BL

Ben Lehman

Game Designer, Ododon Games
Ben Lehman is the designer of Polaris, Bliss Stage, Hot Guys Making Out, and many other role-playing games. Starting from the 2000s, he has been on the cutting edge of new techniques and theory for tabletop role-playing, writing essays and giving lectures on the theory and structure of RPGs in the United States and Europe. His current projects include: Adventures in the Land of a Thousand Kings, a self-insert fantasy adventure game; Rise of... Read More →
ES

EMi Spicer

Photographer, GaymerX


Friday September 30, 2016 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Diversity Theater

3:00pm

Accessibility in Gaming
Why video gamers are important for people with disabilities, and why you should be working to include them, even if you are not disabled.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Barlet

Mark Barlet

Founder / Executive Director, The AbleGamers Charity
Mark Barlet is the Founder and Executive Director of the AbleGamers Charity. Winner of the 2012 Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award and considered one of the founding-fathers of game accessibility, Mark has used games for over a decade to breaking down the walls of social isolation that having a disability can bring. He is the co-author of the award winning "Includification - A Practical Guide to Game Accessibility" that has been widely adopted... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Panels Room A

3:00pm

MidBoss Update Hour
What's going on with MidBoss? Come find out!

Moderators
avatar for Matt Conn

Matt Conn

CEO, MidBoss
Matt Conn is the founder and CEO of MidBoss, through which he is the executive producer for the annual GaymerX gaming convention. Matt also produces LGBTQ focused gaming media, including the the cyberpunk story adventure game 2064: Read Only Memories (2016), and the 'gaymer' documentary Gaming in Color (2014). Conn is a major leader of the fight for inclusion of queer themes and developers in the video games industry and works out of San... Read More →
avatar for Philip Jones

Philip Jones

Bear Cub, MidBoss
Con co-chair and Expo Hall & Indie Space Director

Friday September 30, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Panels Room B

3:00pm

Failure is (Not) An Option: Tearing out the roots of Get Good culture
This panel explores the cultural ideas that relegate legitimacy within videogames to only those above a certain defined skill threshold. It will also discuss how it relates to societal structures such as meritocracy and toxic masculinity.

Speakers
avatar for Amr Al-Aaser

Amr Al-Aaser

Co-Editor in Chief || Editor-in-Chief, Deorbital.media
Editor-in-Chief at Deorbital and Clickbliss, two very different sites about games and media. Egyptian-Filipino. Writes about games, media, Godzilla, Gundam and scrolling shoot-em-ups. They/Them
avatar for Ayla Arthur

Ayla Arthur

Freelance Game Designer
avatar for Dante Douglas

Dante Douglas

Editor, Deorbital
Dante Douglas is a writer, editor, poet, and occasional gamedev. He's one of the founders of Deorbital, a games writing website for deep games crit and new voices in the scene.


Friday September 30, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Panels Room C Camino Real

3:30pm

LinkedIn Session: LinkedIn Rock Your Profile (RYP)
Your Linkedin profile represents your professional brand and gives you a way to tell your story. Rock Your Profile will help you build a profile that quickly tells an impactful, professional story, giving viewers a glimpse into who you are and getting them excited to learn more. In this training, you will learn how to best express your professional passions, aspirations and achievements by reviewing the various sections of your LinkedIn profile, and providing tips on how to make your profile catch the viewers attention.

Speakers
MJ

Marcques Johnson

Snr. Provisioning Specialist & Founder/Global Chair - out@in


Friday September 30, 2016 3:30pm - 4:20pm
Diversity Theater

4:00pm

Navigating the Intersection of Videogames & Tabletop
This panel will look at the intersection between video games and pen & paper RPGs, and how to draw strength and learn from both sides.

Speakers
avatar for Strix Beltrán

Strix Beltrán

Narrative Designer, Writer, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant
Whitney Beltrán, AKA “Strix” is a writer and narrative designer for analogue and video games, scripts and features, and transmedia IP. She has written for studios including Undead Labs, Onyx Path, and Crackhorse Films. She is an expert in world building and narrative design, and holds a Master’s in Mythological Studies. She has published peer reviewed academic papers on psychology and narrative play, contributed a chapter... Read More →
avatar for Katherine Cross

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 →
avatar for Crystal Frasier

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 →
avatar for Steve Kenson

Steve Kenson

Designer, Green Ronin Publishing
Steve Kenson has been writing and designing in the tabletop RPG industry since 1995. He has written for such diverse games as Shadowrun, Earthdawn, Aberrant, Dungeons & Dragons, and White Wolf’s World of Darkness. Three of his novels for Shadowrun focused on a gay male protagonist. Steve designed the Mutants & Masterminds Superhero RPG for Green Ronin Publishing and served as its developer for several years. He has also developed... Read More →
avatar for Donna Prior

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 →
avatar for Patrick Weekes

Patrick Weekes

Writer, EA BioWare
Patrick joined BioWare’s writing team in 2005. Since then, he’s worked on all three games in the Mass Effect trilogy, where he helped write characters including Mordin, Tali, and Samantha Traynor, (along with krogan poets, hanar Spectres, and foul-mouthed asari matriarchs). After moving to the Dragon Age team for Dragon Age: Inquisition, Patrick wrote characters including Cole, Solas, and the Iron Bull, and locations like that part of... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Panels Room B

4:00pm

Reducing Unintended Bias Through Games User Research
Psychological biases can lead developers to unintentionally exclude players. Learn from Xbox user researchers about how games user research can counteract biases, enhance creativity, and lead to more inclusive gaming experiences for all players!

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Boone

Melissa Boone

User Researcher, Xbox (Microsoft)
I have a PhD in social-health psychology! Before coming to the games world, I conducted research on the social and psychological factors that impact the health of LGBTQ people and people of color. Since entering the gaming industry in 2015, I've worked in user research on games in the Halo and Minecraft franchises; I've also investigated people's experiences of social and multiplayer gaming as part of Xbox's Gaming for Everyone program. I'm... Read More →
avatar for Jerome Hagen

Jerome Hagen

Senior User Researcher, Microsoft
Jerome Hagen is an 18-year game industry veteran who has led user research on game franchises including Minecraft, Halo, Fable, Crackdown, Project Gotham Racing, Phantom Dust, and Kinect Sports. He has a background in social and cognitive psychology, currently leads Team Xbox LGBTQ, and is part of Xbox's focus on Gaming for Everyone to help make Xbox a place where everyone is welcome, respected, and supported.


Friday September 30, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Panels Room C Camino Real

4:00pm

Things Got Better: Thirty-five Years Of Industry Changes
Having been in the game industry for thirty five years, I will give personal examples of the wide range of things that have changed in that time, including increasing diversity in gender, race and sexual orientation, increasing budget and team sizes (paired with developer specialization), technological change and its effect on games, and social acceptance of gaming and a game development career.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Cain

Tim Cain

Game Director, Obsidian Entertainment
Tim Cain is a video game developer best known as the producer, lead programmer and designer of the 1997 computer game Fallout. He has developed games since 1981, both in award winning series such as Bard’s Tale, Star Trek, D&D, Vampire: The Masquerade, and South Park, and the original works Fallout, Arcanum and Pillars of Eternity. His games have won numerous Editor’s Choice and Best RPG awards, and in 2009, Tim was chosen by... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Panels Room A

4:30pm

Microsoft Session: Overview of the ID@Xbox Program and Challenges in Independent Development
Becoming an independent developer and shipping games is easier than it ever has been, but finding success as a developer is as challenging as ever. In this talk, you'll learn about Microsoft's ID@Xbox program for independent developers, as well as our take on essential issues that developers need to address during development to maximize your chances for commercial success with your game.

Friday September 30, 2016 4:30pm - 5:20pm
Diversity Theater

5:00pm

Podcasting for a Gamer Audience
Podcasts are as varied as the wind, but what about those of us who want to address other gamers? You'll get some basic how to start a podcast tips, then more focus on crafting your podcast for a gaming audience.

Moderators
avatar for Tanya DePass

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Laura Kate Dale

Laura Kate Dale

Laura Kate is an awesome person who certainly makes the rounds in the media and you may have heard of her! She's the Co-Host of the very popular Podquisition podcast, UK Editor at Destructoid, Freelancer for The Guardian, Polygon, Kotaku UK, and Rock, Paper, Shotgun. She is also the developer of Acceptance, a game intended to teach people some of the issues that trans people face. We're excited to have... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Panels Room B

5:00pm

Gaming To Achieve Mindfulness And Self-Care
Psychologists will demonstrate how gaming can actually be a form of self-care! Using gaming to manage symptoms of depression, anxiety and other mental health concerns; gaming to battle stress from stigma, prejudice and biases towards LGBTQ gamers.

Speakers
avatar for Joey Hannah

Joey Hannah

Psychologist, University of Texas
Life-long gamer and licensed psychologist (Counseling Psychology PhD) interested in exploring intersections of identities, gaming, and mental health. You can contact me by email (joeyhannahphd@gmail.com), on Twitter (@joeyhannahphd) or LinkedIn if you'd like :)
avatar for Serenity Sersecion

Serenity Sersecion

Professor, PhD Clinical Psychology, Palo Ato University
Dr. Serenity Serseción is from Puerto Rico and started gaming at a young age. They have a BS in psychology, an MS in counseling: marriage and family therapy, an MS in clinical psychology and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. The first game they remember playing was Bonk on the TurboGrafx-16, then moving on to the original Gameboy, Nintendo, and Sega. Gaming helped them get through school, life on the island and helped them learn and eventually... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Panels Room C Camino Real

5:00pm

Kitty Powers' Fabulous Nerdy Game Show!
Come and join the fun as Kitty Powers hosts the most fabulous and nerdiest game show you've ever seen! Two teams battle it out to see who can win the Trophy!

Moderators
avatar for Kitty Powers

Kitty Powers

Director, Magic Notion Ltd
Kitty Powers is the world’s first drag queen game developer, and star of ‘Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker’ and the upcoming ‘Kitty Powers’ Love Life’. | She is the alter ego of game dev Richard Franke, a 20 year games industry veteran who has worked on many award winning titles such as the Burnout series, BLACK, Need for Speed and Tearaway. He founded his own independent studio, Magic Notion, in 2013... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mark Barlet

Mark Barlet

Founder / Executive Director, The AbleGamers Charity
Mark Barlet is the Founder and Executive Director of the AbleGamers Charity. Winner of the 2012 Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award and considered one of the founding-fathers of game accessibility, Mark has used games for over a decade to breaking down the walls of social isolation that having a disability can bring. He is the co-author of the award winning "Includification - A Practical Guide to Game Accessibility" that has been widely adopted... Read More →
avatar for Strix Beltrán

Strix Beltrán

Narrative Designer, Writer, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant
Whitney Beltrán, AKA “Strix” is a writer and narrative designer for analogue and video games, scripts and features, and transmedia IP. She has written for studios including Undead Labs, Onyx Path, and Crackhorse Films. She is an expert in world building and narrative design, and holds a Master’s in Mythological Studies. She has published peer reviewed academic papers on psychology and narrative play, contributed a chapter... Read More →
avatar for Tim Cain

Tim Cain

Game Director, Obsidian Entertainment
Tim Cain is a video game developer best known as the producer, lead programmer and designer of the 1997 computer game Fallout. He has developed games since 1981, both in award winning series such as Bard’s Tale, Star Trek, D&D, Vampire: The Masquerade, and South Park, and the original works Fallout, Arcanum and Pillars of Eternity. His games have won numerous Editor’s Choice and Best RPG awards, and in 2009, Tim was chosen by... Read More →
avatar for Matt Conn

Matt Conn

CEO, MidBoss
Matt Conn is the founder and CEO of MidBoss, through which he is the executive producer for the annual GaymerX gaming convention. Matt also produces LGBTQ focused gaming media, including the the cyberpunk story adventure game 2064: Read Only Memories (2016), and the 'gaymer' documentary Gaming in Color (2014). Conn is a major leader of the fight for inclusion of queer themes and developers in the video games industry and works out of San... Read More →
avatar for Laura Kate Dale

Laura Kate Dale

Laura Kate is an awesome person who certainly makes the rounds in the media and you may have heard of her! She's the Co-Host of the very popular Podquisition podcast, UK Editor at Destructoid, Freelancer for The Guardian, Polygon, Kotaku UK, and Rock, Paper, Shotgun. She is also the developer of Acceptance, a game intended to teach people some of the issues that trans people face. We're excited to have... Read More →
avatar for Mel Fox

Mel Fox

Operations Manager, GaymerX
Art Director, producer, occasional artist, and all around creative team superstar living in Seattle. They are a voice and supporter for sex, gender, body and just about every other sort of -positivity out there.
avatar for Steffeny Messinger

Steffeny Messinger

Musician, My Parents Favorite Music
Steffeny “Steffo” Messinger a.k.a. “My Parents Favorite Music”, is the world’s most attractive, funny, smart, kind, humble, not to mention attractive chiptune hip hop transgender musician. She creates video game and nerd culture influenced songs, paired up with nostalgia-heavy pixelated soundtracks. She’s amazeballs. | | Releasing albums as map pieces to a mysterious video game island, she tours the country bringing fun... Read More →
avatar for Karin Weekes

Karin Weekes

Lead Editor, EA BioWare
Karin is Lead Editor for BioWare’s three studios. She has worked at BioWare since 2006, editing Dragon Age: Inquisition, Mass Effect 3 Dragon Age II, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Mass Effect 2, Dragon Age: Origins and various DLCs for the Mass Effect and Dragon Age franchises. Karin holds an M.A. in Journalism from Stanford University, where she learned that she liked editing and writing punny headlines much more than interviewing story... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Panels Room A

6:00pm

Queer Superheroes in Comics, Gaming, and More
Superheroes have exploded into our cultural zeitgeist in the past decade, though it sometimes feels like the more visibility supers get, the less visibility our queer superheroes are afforded. Join us for a discussion of the heroes we can find in comics and in tabletop roleplaying gaming!

Speakers
avatar for Joseph  Carriker

Joseph Carriker

Developer, Green Ronin Publishing
Joseph Carriker is the developer for Green Ronin's A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying, as well as the adjunct Chronicle System line of game supplements. He has been writing in the gaming industry for fifteen years now, and has worked on a variety of game lines over those years, including most of White Wolf/Onyx Path's game lines, as well as being a contributor to Wizards of the Coast's recent "Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide," as well as work on... Read More →
avatar for Steve Kenson

Steve Kenson

Designer, Green Ronin Publishing
Steve Kenson has been writing and designing in the tabletop RPG industry since 1995. He has written for such diverse games as Shadowrun, Earthdawn, Aberrant, Dungeons & Dragons, and White Wolf’s World of Darkness. Three of his novels for Shadowrun focused on a gay male protagonist. Steve designed the Mutants & Masterminds Superhero RPG for Green Ronin Publishing and served as its developer for several years. He has also developed... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Panels Room B

6:00pm

Raising Geek Kids
On being parents in the game industry with kids who game, and the challenges in there – which range from dealing with parents who think all games are the devil to explaining to your nine-year-old why they don’t get to play GTA

Speakers
avatar for Karin Weekes

Karin Weekes

Lead Editor, EA BioWare
Karin is Lead Editor for BioWare’s three studios. She has worked at BioWare since 2006, editing Dragon Age: Inquisition, Mass Effect 3 Dragon Age II, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Mass Effect 2, Dragon Age: Origins and various DLCs for the Mass Effect and Dragon Age franchises. Karin holds an M.A. in Journalism from Stanford University, where she learned that she liked editing and writing punny headlines much more than interviewing story... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Weekes

Patrick Weekes

Writer, EA BioWare
Patrick joined BioWare’s writing team in 2005. Since then, he’s worked on all three games in the Mass Effect trilogy, where he helped write characters including Mordin, Tali, and Samantha Traynor, (along with krogan poets, hanar Spectres, and foul-mouthed asari matriarchs). After moving to the Dragon Age team for Dragon Age: Inquisition, Patrick wrote characters including Cole, Solas, and the Iron Bull, and locations like that part of... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Panels Room C Camino Real

7:00pm

Furoticon: How-to-play and Tournaments (Friday)
18+ Only Event

Furoticon TCG Tournament 

Speakers
avatar for Penelope Owl

Penelope Owl

Dealer, Panel Host, Furoticon
Lady owl fur from Southern California! I work for Furoticon as well! This will be my first Gaymerx and my 10th con!


Friday September 30, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Turing Room

7:00pm

The Cursed Mirror of Lots of Curses!
Limited Capacity filling up

Sakura found a strange artifact in the forest and accidentally captured Ami's soul in it! And now it's shaking and making funny noises! We have to go into the village and find a human who can fix this mess!

A game of supernatural beings helping others and making friends in rural Japan.

Speakers
avatar for J. C. Holder

J. C. Holder

Owner, Biggest Robot Productions
Creator of Anthrotari, the queer furry visual novel set in the 90s Internet (http://www.anthrotari.com). | | Software developer. Game developer and producer. Co-author of Beautiful Senshi Hearts, the mahou shoujo tabletop roleplaying game Powered by the Apocalypse (http://bsh.moe).


Friday September 30, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

7:00pm

Titansgrave: The Rust Wastes
Limited Capacity full

Your characters will explore the mysterious Rust Wastes, a technological graveyard in the city-state of Nestora that promises grave danger and wondrous rewards. What secrets do the Rust Wastes hide?

Titansgrave is the new RPG setting created for Wil Wheaton's RPG show, "Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana".  This 2-hour game is an introduction to Green Ronin Publishing's Fantasy AGE game system and the Titansgrave world.  Dice & characters will be provided. 

Want to know more about Valkana and the Fantasy Age system? Check out Episode 0 of Titangsrave: Ashes of Valkana: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWn6b8vi-PY

Speakers
avatar for Donna Prior

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 →


Friday September 30, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

7:00pm

BATdev Playtesting - One Last Job
Members of the Bay Area Tableop Dev group will bring their games for playtesting! The games on display will change every hour and will cover a wide range of genres and styles. All games will have been created by local designers of the bay area.

Speakers
B

Brian

Designer, Independent


Friday September 30, 2016 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

7:00pm

D&D Adventurers League - A Great Upheaval (Session 2.2)
Limited Capacity seats available

The Nightstone Inn is renowned for its food and cozy guest rooms. The dwarf innkeeper, Morak Ur’gray, has a fondness for adventurers and a nose for lucrative adventuring opportunities. Level 1-2

Friday September 30, 2016 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

7:00pm

D&D Adventurers League - Treasure of the Broken Hoard (Session 2)
Limited Capacity full

DDAL05-01 Treasure of the Broken Hoard

A famous relic hunter seeks adventurers to help her find caches of treasure hidden by the now-defeated followers of the Cult of the Dragon. Her maps and notes may lead the way to great wealth—or a terrible death. And do other parties have designs on the treasure as well?


Speakers

Friday September 30, 2016 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

7:00pm

BATdev Playtesting - Star Ascension
Limited Capacity full

Members of the Bay Area Tableop Dev group will bring their games for playtesting! The games on display will change every hour and will cover a wide range of genres and styles. All games will have been created by local designers of the bay area.

Friday September 30, 2016 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

7:00pm

BATdev Playtesting - Bloc by Bloc: The Insurrection Game
Bloc by Bloc: The Insurrection Game by Out of Order GamesLet’s start a riot! Bloc by Bloc is a semi-cooperative strategy board game inspired by 21st century urban insurrection. The game features hidden agendas, deep strategy, area control, asymmetrical player abilities, and a special method for randomly generating billions of unique city layouts. 
Each player controls a faction of revolutionaries—Workers, Students, Neighbors, or Prisoners—fighting against the authorities to liberate a city that changes with each game. To win, you must cooperate with other factions to defeat the State while carefully balancing your own secret agenda. Build barricades, clash with riot cops, occupy buildings, loot shopping centers, and liberate the city before time runs out and the military arrives!

Speakers
RL

Rocket Lee

Out of Order Games


Friday September 30, 2016 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

8:00pm

GaymerX Concert
Artists
avatar for Aethernaut

Aethernaut

Aethernaut returns to GaymerX! The chiptune violinist is back and with even more jams to get you moving! | | He is classically trained and video gamed, ready to share his sounds with all of you. Drum n bass, rock, electro, and more all laced with the sweet sounds of yesteryear. Be there and be square!
avatar for Steffeny Messinger

Steffeny Messinger

Musician, My Parents Favorite Music
Steffeny “Steffo” Messinger a.k.a. “My Parents Favorite Music”, is the world’s most attractive, funny, smart, kind, humble, not to mention attractive chiptune hip hop transgender musician. She creates video game and nerd culture influenced songs, paired up with nostalgia-heavy pixelated soundtracks. She’s amazeballs. | | Releasing albums as map pieces to a mysterious video game island, she tours the country bringing fun... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 8:00pm - 11:30pm
Panels Room A

9:00pm

Slumber Party Meet-Up
What is a queer gaming convention doing without a super comfy on-site slumber party?! Bring your pajamas, plushies, and pillows! Possible activities include:
-Making friendship bracelets
-Fun party games
-Making an epic pillow fort

Speakers
avatar for Angel Sera Nguyen

Angel Sera Nguyen

Angel Sera Nguyen is a queer non-binary POC game artist and musician from the Northwest. After attending her first GaymerX last year, she was inspired to be more involved in her local game development community and has since attended Global Game Jam '16, Cartoon Network Game Jam, and Ludum Dare. Her interests include making games about the power of friendship and community, creating a space in the game industry for diverse narratives and... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Turing Room

9:00pm

Titansgrave: The Rust Wastes
Limited Capacity full

Your characters will explore the mysterious Rust Wastes, a technological graveyard in the city-state of Nestora that promises grave danger and wondrous rewards. What secrets do the Rust Wastes hide?

Titansgrave is the new RPG setting created for Wil Wheaton's RPG show, "Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana".  This 2-hour game is an introduction to Green Ronin Publishing's Fantasy AGE game system and the Titansgrave world.  Dice & characters will be provided. 

Want to know more about Valkana and the Fantasy Age system? Check out Episode 0 of Titangsrave: Ashes of Valkana: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWn6b8vi-PY

Speakers
avatar for Donna Prior

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 →


Friday September 30, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

11:00pm

Pokétheater: Pokémon The Movie 2000
The GBPL Leaders are having another night of movie fun as this year we will show Pokémon the Movie 2000! Popcorn will be provided for this second Pokémon movie! Disturb not the harmony of fire, ice, or lightning...

Moderators
Friday September 30, 2016 11:00pm - Saturday October 1, 2016 12:30am
Golden Bay Pokemon League Magnolia Room West
 
Saturday, October 1
 

9:00am

Bitten in the Big Apple
Limited Capacity full

You don't know what happened to your classmate Darren during your school trip to New York, but *something* is off. You would know, being a werewolf. Or a vampire. Or ghost. Whatever happened, the bodies are piling up in your small town and you don't want to be next.

Speakers
avatar for J. C. Holder

J. C. Holder

Owner, Biggest Robot Productions
Creator of Anthrotari, the queer furry visual novel set in the 90s Internet (http://www.anthrotari.com). | | Software developer. Game developer and producer. Co-author of Beautiful Senshi Hearts, the mahou shoujo tabletop roleplaying game Powered by the Apocalypse (http://bsh.moe).


Saturday October 1, 2016 9:00am - 11:00am
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

9:00am

Kami Tale tabletop miniatures game demo
Demo games for Kami Tale, a tactical skirmish game with anthropomorphic characters based on Japanese myth. More info at https://www.facebook.com/KamiTale/

Saturday October 1, 2016 9:00am - 1:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

9:00am

D&D Adventurers League - DDEX 1-8 Tall Trees Tell (Session 3.2)
Limited Capacity seats available

Despite the shaky alliance that exists with the elves of the Quivering Forest, they do not suffer trespass in their realm lightly, especially from common folk from nearby Phlan. A woodworker’s recent blunder into the forest might set off a diplomatic incident. Can you help find him and mollify the aggravated elves? A four-hour adventure for levels 1-4.


Saturday October 1, 2016 9:00am - 1:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

9:00am

D&D Adventurers League - Treasure of a Broken Hoard (Session 3)
Limited Capacity seats available

DDAL05-01 Treasure of the Broken Hoard

A famous relic hunter seeks adventurers to help her find caches of treasure hidden by the now-defeated followers of the Cult of the Dragon. Her maps and notes may lead the way to great wealth—or a terrible death. And do other parties have designs on the treasure as well? Lvl 1-2


Speakers

Saturday October 1, 2016 9:00am - 1:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

9:00am

Death Saves: The Tomb of Horrible Death
Limited Capacity full

The Tomb of Horrible Death is an original adventure written by Dan Phipps and Josh Trujillo, with Ryan Nichols. It is the ultimate deadly dungeon adventure designed to create a terrifying experience for even the most tested tabletop gamers. It's silly, it's scary - but most of all ... it's deadly!

Level 3 characters will be provided, but feel free to bring your own Pathfinder RPG compatible characters!

Speakers
avatar for Levi A. Miles

Levi A. Miles

Costume Technician, Cirque du Soleil
Levi A. Miles is a freelance game designer, Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Venture Agent, and a game culture blogger based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. | Levi received a BFA in Costume Production for Theatre (translation: a degree is super-fancy cosplay), and a BA in Religious Studies from UW-Milwaukee in 2015. Levi currently works for Cirque du Soleil as a costume & wardrobe technician. | For the latest on Levi's antics, be sure to... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2016 9:00am - 1:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

9:00am

Iserta
Limited Capacity seats available

Iserta is a table top role playing game which draws inspiration from many popular turn based table top games. This game is meant for first time role players. Come explore the contintent of Iserta and become it'seems champions.

Saturday October 1, 2016 9:00am - 1:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

9:00am

BATdev Playtesting - Castell
Members of the Bay Area Tableop Dev group will bring their games for playtesting! The games on display will change every hour and will cover a wide range of genres and styles. All games will have been created by local designers of the bay area.

Saturday October 1, 2016 9:00am - 1:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

9:00am

BATdev Playtesting - Operation Dicestorm
Operation Dicestorm is a fast-paced 1 v 1 Fantasy War Game.

The intense combat of Dicestorm is a battle of wits (intelligence), physical skill (dexterity) and chance (fortune). Are you the kind of commander who uses his skill on the battlefield to defeat the enemy with a frontal assault? Or your keen tactical sense, capitalizing on the smallest opportunity? Perhaps the Gods of war will tilt the tides in your favour on the back of your well-balanced approach?
Get more info here: https://www.facebook.com/dicestorm/ and here: http://keerthik.github.io/dicestorm/game/

Part of the Bay Area Tabletop Dev Games
Members of the Bay Area Tabletop Dev group will bring their games for playtesting! The games on display will change every hour and will cover a wide range of genres and styles. All games will have been created by local designers of the bay area.


Saturday October 1, 2016 9:00am - 1:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

9:00am

Bay Area Regional Planner
I'll be running a couple sessions of Bay Area Regional Planner, a collaborative urban planning game where you work with other players to solve the find places to add new homes and solve the housing crisis. I'll also be talking about the research that went into the design of the game.

Saturday October 1, 2016 9:00am - 1:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

9:00am

Badge Pickup (Sa)
Saturday October 1, 2016 9:00am - 9:00pm
Registration (General) Sonoma Room

9:00am

Tabletop and Card Gaming Open (Sa)
Moderators
avatar for Tim Mottishaw

Tim Mottishaw

Tabletop/RPG Coordinator, GaymerX
Tim (Tabletop/Roleplaying Game Coordinator for GaymerX) is the founder of Dawson Creek Pride, and a regular volunteer at Pride in his home of Vancouver British Columbia, Canada. He is the Western Canadian Regional Coordinator for the D&D Adventurers League and is a Judge at GenCon. A contributor to the Commentist Network, he hosts/GMs a Star Wars liveplay Podcast and a D&D vidcast. Outside of gaming, Tim studies Communication & Cultural Studies... Read More →

Saturday October 1, 2016 9:00am - 11:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

9:00am

GaymerX Social Lounge Open (Sa)
Saturday October 1, 2016 9:00am - 11:30pm
GaymerX Social Lounge Magnolia Room East

10:00am

Queer Game Studies: Q&A w/ Scholars
This is a Q&A session with scholars in “queer game studies,” who analyze games with attention to LGBTQ issues. We will provide a brief overview of our academic fields and work, and then invite questions – broad or specific – from audience members.

Speakers
avatar for Juan Belmonte

Juan Belmonte

Lecturer in Game Studies and Cultural Studies, University of Murcia, Spain
I completed my Ph.D disseration on gender and sexuality in video games as a research associate at the University of Murcia, Spain. I was a Fulbright Scholar (2009-2011) at Indiana University, Bloomington and a visiting researcher at McGill University, Montreal, in 2012 and at the IT University, Copenhagen in 2013. My research focuses on the particular ways video games relate to ideology at different levels beyond their most direct audiovisual... Read More →
avatar for Edmond Chang

Edmond Chang

Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, University of Oregon
Edmond Y. Chang is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Oregon. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington, where he wrote a dissertation entitled “Technoqueer: Re/con/figuring Posthuman Narratives.” His areas of interest include technoculture, gender and sexuality, cultural studies, video games, popular culture, and contemporary American literature. He has recently published an essay... Read More →
avatar for Evan Lauteria

Evan Lauteria

PhD Student, University of California-Davis
Evan W. Lauteria is a PhD student in Sociology at the University of California-Davis, where he works in the UC-Davis “ModLab,” an interdisciplinary digital humanities and video games research lab. His primary research interests include production of culture, formal organizations, video games, gender and sexuality, and comparative-historical methods. He is the co-editor of Rated M for Mature: Sex and Sexuality in Video Games (Bloomsbury... Read More →
avatar for Bonnie Ruberg

Bonnie Ruberg

Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Southern California
Bonnie Ruberg is a postdoctoral scholar in the Interactive Media and Games Division at the University of Southern California and an incoming Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Games in the department of Informatics at UC Irvine. She received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in New Media and Gender & Women's Studies. Bonnie researches, teaches, and organizes community events around issues of gender and sexuality in video games. She is the... Read More →
avatar for Jordan Wood

Jordan Wood

Graduate Student, Syracuse University
I am a Ph.D candidate at Syracuse University studying queer embodiment and politics in video games. I have a particular interest in the capacity for video games to generate a diverse range of pleasures that have political value for queer theorization of the body, sex, and gender. My fav Overwatch character is Zenyatta right now, but it changes basically every day.


Saturday October 1, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Panels Room C Camino Real

10:00am

Gods & Monsters: Beyond Body Art
The world of cosplay and body art can be a mystery. Lets explore this exciting craft, as Brandon McGill takes you on a journey through his techniques. This year he will show you how he built Cthulhu, Cheshire Cat, and other memorable creations. Please join us for this informative (AND FUN!) session. Mature Content.

Speakers
avatar for Brandon McGill

Brandon McGill

Artist, Art By Brandon McGill
Brandon McGill has made a name for himself by tackling the unconventional. From the bright and bold, to the dark and mysterious; he is drawn to creating interesting extremes. Primarily known for his body painting work, he recently directed a music video called Notes from Wonderland which features a gender-swapped Alice. This debuted online to positive reviews, and will be shown at Phoenix Comicon in June. His next major project involves... Read More →
avatar for Brendan Miller

Brendan Miller

Front Desk Agent, Starwood Hotels


Saturday October 1, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Panels Room A

10:00am

It's Dangerous to Go Alone! Take This: Safe Sex for Gaymers
Geek/Gaymer are now some of the most popular categories on queer dating apps/sites; it's no surprise we're more sexually active than ever! In this panel of sexual health nerds, we'll discuss safe sex, HIV, PrEP, STIs, trans sex, and more!

Speakers
NC

Nate Cedilla

Program Supervisor, API Wellness
avatar for Denmark Diaz

Denmark Diaz

Program Specialist, API Wellness
RM

Reed Milliard

Program Specialist, API Wellness
avatar for Tapakorn Prasertsith

Tapakorn Prasertsith

PrEP Case Manager, Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center
PrEP! Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, the daily pill that helps prevent HIV up to 99%!


Saturday October 1, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Panels Room B

10:00am

GX4 GBPL Meetup Speedup
GX4 Meetup Speedup
Registration Saturday- 10am; Starts Saturday - 11am

Gym Leader Geo loves helping trainers and non-trainers alike find friendships that connect people through their love of gaming! In only a couple of minute sessions, Geo will help you find new friends...and maybe more!

Moderators
Saturday October 1, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Golden Bay Pokemon League Magnolia Room West

10:00am

Safe Space Open (Sa)
10am - 12pm: Nonbinary Safe Space
12pm - 2pm: Women's Safe Space
2pm - 4pm: Disabled Safe Space
4pm - 6pm: Trans Safe Space
6pm - 8pm: POC Safe Space
8pm - 10pm: Ace Safe Space

Saturday October 1, 2016 10:00am - 10:00pm
Safe Space Lounge Bayshore Room West

10:00am

Donor Lounge (Open for Donor Tickets) (Sa)
Saturday October 1, 2016 10:00am - 11:00pm
Donor Lounge AV Office

10:00am

MAGFest GaymerX Arcade Open (Sa)
Saturday October 1, 2016 10:00am - 11:00pm
Arcade Alley Grand Ballroom Hallway

10:00am

Quiet Space Open (Sa)
Need a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the con? GaymerX is happy to provide a quiet space off the main run of the convention floor.

Saturday October 1, 2016 10:00am - 11:00pm
Quiet Lounge Bayshore Room East

10:00am

11:00am

Queer as a Three-Sided Die: Tabletop Gaymers
Join our tabletop Bosses of Honor to talk about queer issues, themes, and experiences in the tabletop gaming hobby and industry. We want to hear from you!

Moderators
avatar for Tim Mottishaw

Tim Mottishaw

Tabletop/RPG Coordinator, GaymerX
Tim (Tabletop/Roleplaying Game Coordinator for GaymerX) is the founder of Dawson Creek Pride, and a regular volunteer at Pride in his home of Vancouver British Columbia, Canada. He is the Western Canadian Regional Coordinator for the D&D Adventurers League and is a Judge at GenCon. A contributor to the Commentist Network, he hosts/GMs a Star Wars liveplay Podcast and a D&D vidcast. Outside of gaming, Tim studies Communication & Cultural Studies... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Strix Beltrán

Strix Beltrán

Narrative Designer, Writer, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant
Whitney Beltrán, AKA “Strix” is a writer and narrative designer for analogue and video games, scripts and features, and transmedia IP. She has written for studios including Undead Labs, Onyx Path, and Crackhorse Films. She is an expert in world building and narrative design, and holds a Master’s in Mythological Studies. She has published peer reviewed academic papers on psychology and narrative play, contributed a chapter... Read More →
avatar for Joseph  Carriker

Joseph Carriker

Developer, Green Ronin Publishing
Joseph Carriker is the developer for Green Ronin's A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying, as well as the adjunct Chronicle System line of game supplements. He has been writing in the gaming industry for fifteen years now, and has worked on a variety of game lines over those years, including most of White Wolf/Onyx Path's game lines, as well as being a contributor to Wizards of the Coast's recent "Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide," as well as work on... Read More →
avatar for Crystal Frasier

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 →
avatar for Steve Kenson

Steve Kenson

Designer, Green Ronin Publishing
Steve Kenson has been writing and designing in the tabletop RPG industry since 1995. He has written for such diverse games as Shadowrun, Earthdawn, Aberrant, Dungeons & Dragons, and White Wolf’s World of Darkness. Three of his novels for Shadowrun focused on a gay male protagonist. Steve designed the Mutants & Masterminds Superhero RPG for Green Ronin Publishing and served as its developer for several years. He has also developed... Read More →
avatar for Donna Prior

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 →


Saturday October 1, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Panels Room A

11:00am

The Hidden Alphabet - Erasure, Phobia, and Invisibility In Video Games and Fandom
For ace, pan, and bi members of the queer community, acceptance and inclusion in games can feel a long way off. We’ll examine stereotypes and the phobia faced externally and internally, along ideas for representation and change in the future.

Moderators
avatar for Bianca Anderson

Bianca Anderson

Independent Media Critic and Diversity Advocate
Bianca Anderson is a long time gamer, amateur media critic, and salty black lady. She spent six years working in recruiting and user experience for Electronic Arts, before leaving to work on personal projects. Her focus and interest is in promoting PoC in gaming, and supporting intersectional feminism in the gaming industry and gaming culture. She loves diverse video games, (some) comic books, and yelling on the internet. She would really... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rhadamus

Rhadamus

Co-Host, The Dialogue Wheel
Newest addition to The Dialogue Wheel Podcast, occasional contributor for I Need Diverse Games, cosplayer, and person who is all-around dissatisfied with the current and past treatment of Asian folks in media, gaming, and politics. Day job involves industrial engineering, or something. Not your model minority.
avatar for Gabriela Aviero-Ojeda

Gabriela Aviero-Ojeda

Animator/Designer
I specialize in game animation, storytelling & narrative, I like to talk about latinx/mestiz@/indigenous identities in media, mysticism, & donuts. I love to think critically about the mediums I love so they grow into an experience everyone can enjoy. I also think videogames don't exist.
avatar for Margaret Staples

Margaret Staples

Game Developer, Aesop Games
I am a primitive cyborg game dev looking forward to my future robot body. I'm generally happy to talk about programming, the gaming industry, disability, education, space colonization, the internet, and favorite books.


Saturday October 1, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Panels Room C Camino Real

11:00am

Latinx, Queer & Gamer Chat
A panel of LGBTQ Latinx will speak about being a Latinx gamer today, what has helped and what has made them feel more invisible in gaming communities. For example, the lack of representation of this inersectionality in many mainstream games.

Speakers
avatar for Roberto Ibarra

Roberto Ibarra

Marriage and Family Therapist Intern
I am a Gay Latino that was born in San Jose, CA but raised in San Jose, CA and Mexico. As a child and a teenager I was that kid that would pretend to want to live in a video game world because for me it was much easier to control a video game then my own life. Video games were an outlet for me and I would always pretend that I was the superhero in the video games. One point in my life I made a decision to start a career in psychology and help... Read More →
avatar for Mario Raul

Mario Raul

Mario is a Mexican-American healthcare professional, gamer and hobbyist. He hosts a podcast called La Palanca, a light hearted gay gaming podcast in Spanish. He is in interested in health care, queer issues, tech, games and how all of these areas intersect with each other.
avatar for Victor Rios

Victor Rios

Graduate Student, Palo Alto University
Victor is currently a third year Ph.D. student at Palo Alto University, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology. Some of his earliest memories include playing various Mario titles with his siblings and cousins. He had a particular fondness for Princess Peach Toadstool and his love of Nintendo led him to work at GameStop for a little while. Currently, Victor just completed his second year practicum in a speciality clinic for gender and sexual... Read More →
avatar for Serenity Sersecion

Serenity Sersecion

Professor, PhD Clinical Psychology, Palo Ato University
Dr. Serenity Serseción is from Puerto Rico and started gaming at a young age. They have a BS in psychology, an MS in counseling: marriage and family therapy, an MS in clinical psychology and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. The first game they remember playing was Bonk on the TurboGrafx-16, then moving on to the original Gameboy, Nintendo, and Sega. Gaming helped them get through school, life on the island and helped them learn and eventually... Read More →
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Cassidy Todd

Graduate Student, Palo Alto University
I am currently a graduate student in clinical psychology, specializing in research and clinical practice with adolescents, families, gender minorities, sexual minorities, and multicultural identities.


Saturday October 1, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Panels Room B

11:00am

Alternate Controllers: Designing for the Real World
The world of digital design can benefit from the study & exploration of games that take place in physical, real world environments--encompassing everything from escape room games, to field games, to sports. 

Speakers
avatar for Laura E. Hall

Laura E. Hall

Co-Founder, Society of the Six
Laura E. Hall is an artist, writer, puzzle-maker, and environmental narrative designer living in Portland, Oregon. She is a co-founder of Portland's first escape the room game company, the award-winning 60 Minutes to Escape, and the author of Katamari Damacy for Boss Fight Books.


Saturday October 1, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Turing Room

11:00am

Pokémon GO Snap Contest
Pokémon GO Snap Contest

The GBPL wants to see your best Pokémon GO pictures! Throughout GX4, find a Pokémon and take a picture! Upload it to our Facebook Page and on Sunday afternoon, we will name the best picture in three categories: Funniest, Most Artistic, and Most Lifelike!

Winners Announced Sunday - 2pm

Moderators
Saturday October 1, 2016 11:00am - 2:00pm
Golden Bay Pokemon League Magnolia Room West

11:00am

Pokémon GO Snap Contest
Pokémon GO Snap Contest

The GBPL wants to see your best Pokémon GO pictures! Throughout GX4, find a Pokémon and take a picture! Upload it to our Facebook Page and on Sunday afternoon, we will name the best picture in three categories: Funniest, Most Artistic, and Most Lifelike!

Winners Announced Sunday - 2pm

Moderators
Saturday October 1, 2016 11:00am - 5:00pm
Golden Bay Pokemon League Magnolia Room West

11:00am

Pokémon Scavenger Hunt
Pokémon Scavenger Hunt

Gym Leader Nicole is sending you on a scavenger hunt around GX4 to find Pokémon throughout the con! Come get a list of clues and search around, take pictures, and return with your list filled out to win a fabulous prize!

Ends Sunday at 3pm

Moderators
Saturday October 1, 2016 11:00am - 5:00pm
Golden Bay Pokemon League Magnolia Room West

11:00am

Golden Bay PKMN League Gym Battles (Sa)
Golden Bay Pokemon League Gym Battles:
The eight gym leaders of the Golden Bay Pokemon League are ready to take you on! 

Each leader has their own battle style and it is up to you and your Pokemon to defeat each one! Defeating a gym leader will earn you one of the eight unique Pokemon Badges for GX4. 

Anyone can participate, as our goal is to have fun and play Pokemon with everyone of every skill level! Earn all eight badges and you will be able to enter the Champions Tournament, where the best of the best battle for the title of Champion! 

Whether your goal is to be champion or just hang out with other Pokemon fans, the Golden Bay Pokemon League is the place for all trainers!

Moderators
Saturday October 1, 2016 11:00am - 5:00pm
Golden Bay Pokemon League Magnolia Room West

11:00am

Expo Hall & Indie Space Open Hours (Saturday)
Moderators
avatar for Philip Jones

Philip Jones

Bear Cub, MidBoss
Con co-chair and Expo Hall & Indie Space Director

Saturday October 1, 2016 11:00am - 6:00pm
Expo Hall Grand Ballroom

12:00pm

LinkedIn Session: LinkedIn Rock Your Profile (RYP)
Your Linkedin profile represents your professional brand and gives you a way to tell your story. Rock Your Profile will help you build a profile that quickly tells an impactful, professional story, giving viewers a glimpse into who you are and getting them excited to learn more. In this training, you will learn how to best express your professional passions, aspirations and achievements by reviewing the various sections of your LinkedIn profile, and providing tips on how to make your profile catch the viewers attention.

Speakers
MJ

Marcques Johnson

Snr. Provisioning Specialist & Founder/Global Chair - out@in


Saturday October 1, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Diversity Theater

12:00pm

Re-centering Narrative in Animation
This talk will break down the 12 basic principles of animation while centering story and character-driven methods to animate. In examining each principle, there will also be examples of more inclusive ways to approach animation.

Speakers
avatar for Gabriela Aviero-Ojeda

Gabriela Aviero-Ojeda

Animator/Designer
I specialize in game animation, storytelling & narrative, I like to talk about latinx/mestiz@/indigenous identities in media, mysticism, & donuts. I love to think critically about the mediums I love so they grow into an experience everyone can enjoy. I also think videogames don't exist.


Saturday October 1, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Panels Room C Camino Real

12:00pm

Romance in Tabletop Games (A Qd3 Presentation)
Roleplaying romantic interactions is probably one of the most difficult of interactions in tabletop RPG campaigns. Join us for a discussion of the traps to avoid, the tricks that will help, and a discussion of what consent of both real players at the table and fictional characters in the story looks like.

Speakers
avatar for Joseph  Carriker

Joseph Carriker

Developer, Green Ronin Publishing
Joseph Carriker is the developer for Green Ronin's A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying, as well as the adjunct Chronicle System line of game supplements. He has been writing in the gaming industry for fifteen years now, and has worked on a variety of game lines over those years, including most of White Wolf/Onyx Path's game lines, as well as being a contributor to Wizards of the Coast's recent "Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide," as well as work on... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Panels Room A

12:00pm

When Fandom Ain't Fun - A frank talk by QPOC
Queer fans of color are often left out, pushed out and talked over in our chosen fandoms. A lot of times the discourse becomes more about hurt feelings than actually listening to those affected by the racism and racist actions.

Moderators
avatar for Tanya DePass

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Bianca Anderson

Bianca Anderson

Independent Media Critic and Diversity Advocate
Bianca Anderson is a long time gamer, amateur media critic, and salty black lady. She spent six years working in recruiting and user experience for Electronic Arts, before leaving to work on personal projects. Her focus and interest is in promoting PoC in gaming, and supporting intersectional feminism in the gaming industry and gaming culture. She loves diverse video games, (some) comic books, and yelling on the internet. She would really... Read More →
avatar for Katherine Cross

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 →
avatar for Royel "Rokashi" Edwards

Royel "Rokashi" Edwards

Narrative Designer/Developer, Rokashi Games
Rokashi is a weird guy who is really awkward, but takes diversity and inclusion seriously. He has published the first chapter of his game I'm Fine, and working on expanding the game. He has written for Gizmodo, Polygon and The National Post. He loves Sonic the Hedgehog, but is content that he'll never be *that* fast.
avatar for DJ Kirkland

DJ Kirkland

Comic Book Artist, OniPress
I'm the artist on the upcoming monthly comic series 'BLACK MAGE' published by OniPress. I work in Social Media and Community Management in the gaming industry as well!


Saturday October 1, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Panels Room B

1:00pm

INTEL Session: Who We Create - An Exploration of Characters

Join four developers to discuss what it means to create a character and the exciting ways in which they explore and express complex identities and topics through these characters in their games.

Shawn Alexander explores topics of culture, history, and urban decay in Treachery in Beatdown City.

Aevee Bee will discuss three catholic school girls in a story about the occult, being left out, and teens being teens in We Know The Devil.

Anita Tung will discuss exploring a feeling of being amorphous and vague, and the creeping fear of the other and the unknown in Shard.

Royel "Rokashi" Edwards explores themes of social tension, awkwardness, depression, even suicide in I'm Fine. 

Presenters: Shawn Alexander Allen, Aevee Bee, Anita Tung, Royel "Rokashi" Edwards


Speakers
avatar for Shawn Alexander Allen

Shawn Alexander Allen

Director, Nuchallenger
Artist. Writer. Designer. Activist. Critic. Speaker. Thinker. Philosopher. Wannabe poet. Occasional demagogue. Working on Treachery in Beatdown City. Support #blackgamedev
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Aevee Bee

Queen Bee, Mammon Machine
avatar for Royel "Rokashi" Edwards

Royel "Rokashi" Edwards

Narrative Designer/Developer, Rokashi Games
Rokashi is a weird guy who is really awkward, but takes diversity and inclusion seriously. He has published the first chapter of his game I'm Fine, and working on expanding the game. He has written for Gizmodo, Polygon and The National Post. He loves Sonic the Hedgehog, but is content that he'll never be *that* fast.
avatar for Anita Tung

Anita Tung

Artist, Glug Glug LLC


Saturday October 1, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Diversity Theater

1:00pm

Butts in Gaming - The Art of Charactertisation
Content Warning - This talk will feature numerous pictures of butts. Most of these will be clothed, a couple may not be. Butts will be presented in a purely academic and non sexual context. These butts are for learning.

Butts are kind of silly right? They only seem to get discussed when they've been over sexualised, and we rarely go into detail about what we like or what bothers us about them. Well, this panel is designed to demystify the design choices behind video game butts.

Which video game character butt tells us about a woman's sense of body positivity and how she learned to love her own weight? Which video game character is wearing a helmet to hide that their forehead is actually a butt? Which video game character used a butt to save the world? All these questions and more will be answered in this very serious, totally not silly, talk about the art of butts.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Kate Dale

Laura Kate Dale

Laura Kate is an awesome person who certainly makes the rounds in the media and you may have heard of her! She's the Co-Host of the very popular Podquisition podcast, UK Editor at Destructoid, Freelancer for The Guardian, Polygon, Kotaku UK, and Rock, Paper, Shotgun. She is also the developer of Acceptance, a game intended to teach people some of the issues that trans people face. We're excited to have... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Panels Room A

1:00pm

Game Dev For Everyone: Modern Interactive Fiction
This talk is geared for would-be gamemakers who don't know where to start. I'll discuss modern IF engines (Twine, Choice of Games, Inform 7, Ren'Py, etc) including each one's strengths, how to get started, and where to find help, plus Q&A.

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn VanEseltine

Carolyn VanEseltine

Game developer, Sibyl Moon Games
Carolyn VanEseltine (@mossdogmusic) is a professional game developer and award-winning interactive fiction author with over 14 years of experience at studios including Harmonix, Simutronics, and Giant Spacekat. She's also on the Board of Directors for the Interactive Fiction Technology Foundation (IFTF), a nonprofit which supports free IF technology and platforms such as Twine. She has previously spoken on game development topics at GaymerX... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Panels Room B

1:00pm

Brewing 1cup of Robo-Tea
Let's go over the development journey of robo-tea:1cup! Join me in a talk about consideration, connection, and lots of chai. (Also take home some tea packets and character cards!) 

Speakers
avatar for Josie Noronha

Josie Noronha

Creative Overseer, jo-robo
my favourite things are robots and masala chai!


Saturday October 1, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Panels Room C Camino Real

1:00pm

IGDA Mentor Cafe
Industry vets and those interested in the game industry meet at this Mentor Cafe presented by the IGDA!

Industry vet and interested in mentoring? Contact staff@igda.org

Interested in the game industry and want to meet with a mentor? Apply here! -http://bit.ly/2duiBAj

Speakers
avatar for Jillian Mood

Jillian Mood

Partner & Member Relations Manager, IGDA
Jillian Mood has been working as an HR Leader for over 11 years, specializing with entertainment companies and the game industry. Along with all things talent, she played a key role in keeping game companies culture exciting and positive and was also a brand ambassador. The last couple years she began getting very involved in the industry by co-founding the very successful Ottawa Game Jam (OJAM), advising and working on game conferences... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2016 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Turing Room

2:00pm

Patreon Session: Tips for Running a Patreon
Patreon Creator Soraya Een Hajji from the Extra Credits gives an insiderrs view on what has and hasn't worked with her audience for their Extra History Patreon.

Saturday October 1, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Diversity Theater

2:00pm

CANCELLED:There's a Blastoise at this Rally
-PANEL CANCELLED-

Exploring augmented reality and social gaming as a platform for organizing meetings, rallies, and protests; and the intersectionality between game world "teams" and movement identities such as #IdleNoMore and #BlackLivesMatter.

Speakers
avatar for Jean-Luc Pierite

Jean-Luc Pierite

Logistics & Communications Manager, The Fab Foundation
Jean-Luc Pierite is an activist, graphic artist, game designer, and maker. Jean-Luc currently is the Logistics & communications Manager for The Fab Foundation which supports the growth of the International Fab Lab Network. Jean-Luc has run two campaigns for public office in his tribal government. Jean-Luc's favorite game of all time is Chrono Trigger.


Saturday October 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Panels Room C Camino Real

2:00pm

Good Lil' Trans Girl: Tackling Transmisogyny Through Humor.
Good Lil' Trans Girl (@respectabltrans) is a parody blog by 3 trans women who are Totally Okay with the transmisogyny they deal with on a regular basis! This panel is about the ways that trans women can use humor to deal with painful situations.

Speakers
avatar for Jenn Kaplan

Jenn Kaplan

“jokes”
jenn kaplan is slowly transitioning to her authentic self: a gallon sized zip loc bag full of gas station hot dogs. she enjoys eating at taco bell and spending time with her cat and girlfriends. she made a game called gay farmer.
avatar for Ellen McGrody

Ellen McGrody

writer, anthrotari.com
I'm Ellen McGrody. I'm a trans woman, a cat mom, a huge Sonic the Hedgehog fan, a music lover, and a freelance writer. I'm currently a writer on Anthrotari, an upcoming visual novel for PC, Mac, and Linux. I'm the chairwoman of Run for Our Rights, a 24-hour live marathon in November to celebrate the 10th anniversary Sonic '06 and raise money for the Transgender Law Center. I'm working on a zine celebrating weird fan fiction called Someone... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Panels Room C Camino Real

2:00pm

Playing with Pride
Join us for a one-of-a-kind group discussion with game industry insiders and fans about coming out, finding community, creating avatars, hosting inclusive events, & more. The conversation will also feature video clips of diverse LGBTQ gamers sharing their stories from across the country.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Baume

Matt Baume

Writer and storyteller. Creator of the podcast The Sewers of Paris (http://SewersOfParis.com), on which gay men tell personal stories about the entertainment that changed their lives. Author of Defining Marriage (http://DefiningMarriage.com), a book about people who fought to change marriage, and about how fighting for marriage changed them. Twitch streamer at http://twitch.tv/matthewbaume.
avatar for Lauren Comp

Lauren Comp

Associate Producer, Voltage Entertainment USA
Lauren "Sailor Scooby" Comp. Associate Producer at Voltage Entertainment USA Inc. Hella Queer. All about Story and Character driven narratives.
avatar for Tanya DePass

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 →
avatar for DJ Kirkland

DJ Kirkland

Comic Book Artist, OniPress
I'm the artist on the upcoming monthly comic series 'BLACK MAGE' published by OniPress. I work in Social Media and Community Management in the gaming industry as well!


Saturday October 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Panels Room B

2:00pm

Gaming Identity
Games allow us to step into another life and find solace, wisdom, or empowerment we don’t find in our own. But for many of us, they also offer a safe space to explore a part of ourselves we keep deeply hidden.

Many modern queer gamers first began exploring their gender or sexuality in the freedom of tabletop gaming, or in the anonymity of video games. This panel looks at how games have been used by queer people to become more comfortable with who they really are, and how we can create more opportunities for that same exploration to everyone, whether gay, trans, straight, or cis.

Speakers
avatar for Katherine Cross

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 →
avatar for Crystal Frasier

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 →


Saturday October 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Panels Room A

2:00pm

BATdev Playtesting - Nightlife: Swing the Deal
Members of the Bay Area Tableop Dev group will bring their games for playtesting! The games on display will change every hour and will cover a wide range of genres and styles. All games will have been created by local designers of the bay area.

Saturday October 1, 2016 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

2:00pm

Magic the Gathering Tournament: Commander
Limited Capacity seats available

This 4v4 commander tournament is for fun. After each round you will vote on who you enjoyed playing against the most so bring a fun deck or a deck you have always wanted to try out! Tons of prizes to give away.


Saturday October 1, 2016 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

2:00pm

Relic Knights
Limited Capacity full

The universe is dying.

One by one the Darkspace Calamity has consumed the galaxies of our universe. Now, only a single galaxy remains—The Last Galaxy. Only the mighty champions known as Relic Knights possess the strength to overcome the Calamity and save us all from total destruction.

Relic Knights brings the frenetic energy and over-the-top action of anime and video games straight to your tabletop. In this dynamic miniatures battle game you control a heroic Knight and their enigmatic cypher. Fighting at their side are the warriors, psychics, and soldiers of The Last Galaxy. Pit two or more players against one another in an epic conflict to decide the very fate of the universe!

Speakers

Saturday October 1, 2016 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

2:00pm

D&D Adventurers League - A Great Upheaval (Session 4.2)
Limited Capacity full

The Nightstone Inn is renowned for its food and cozy guest rooms. The dwarf innkeeper, Morak Ur’gray, has a fondness for adventurers and a nose for lucrative adventuring opportunities. Level 1-2


Saturday October 1, 2016 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

2:00pm

D&D Adventurers League - Treasure of the Broken Hoard (Session 4)
Limited Capacity seats available

DDAL05-01 Treasure of the Broken Hoard

A famous relic hunter seeks adventurers to help her find caches of treasure hidden by the now-defeated followers of the Cult of the Dragon. Her maps and notes may lead the way to great wealth—or a terrible death. And do other parties have designs on the treasure as well?


Speakers

Saturday October 1, 2016 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

2:00pm

Human Intelligence Playtest
Limited Capacity full

Help playtest a new single-session story game about espionage, exploration, and arcane areas of expertise!

Human Intelligence is a game of mistaken identity. Due to miscommunication and cunning disguise, you and your fellow players are all alien infiltrators, unaware of each other’s real selves, on the same deep space exploration team. Your team contains no actual humans. Your goal is to survive the dangerous conditions of this mission and get back to your ship still alive, still friends-- and undiscovered.

Characters will be generated on the spot. The game runs for 2-3 hours, so multiple sessions may be possible. Participants will get a free PDF copy of the game on launch.

Saturday October 1, 2016 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

2:00pm

The Keys of Hate
Limited Capacity full

Mutants & Masterminds - The Freedom City Pride Parade and Festival is one of the largest in the world, and this year, a special celebration is planned: Pride Grand Marshall, and heroic member of the Freedom League, Johnny Rocket is teaming up with the Gatekeeper, mystic guardian of San Francisco, for a parade that will span two cities and an entire continent! With the aid of Johnny’s super-speed and the Gatekeeper’s mystical portals, of course. Parade plans may be threatened, however, by unknown forces. Strange notes, bearing the scrawled message “The keys of hate will unlock the gates of Hell” turn up in the most inaccessible of places, but are they are threat...or a warning? 4 hours. Game rules will be taught and pre-generated characters provided.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Kenson

Steve Kenson

Designer, Green Ronin Publishing
Steve Kenson has been writing and designing in the tabletop RPG industry since 1995. He has written for such diverse games as Shadowrun, Earthdawn, Aberrant, Dungeons & Dragons, and White Wolf’s World of Darkness. Three of his novels for Shadowrun focused on a gay male protagonist. Steve designed the Mutants & Masterminds Superhero RPG for Green Ronin Publishing and served as its developer for several years. He has also developed... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2016 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

2:00pm

BATdev Playtesting - Bloc by Bloc: The Insurrection Game
Bloc by Bloc: The Insurrection Game by Out of Order GamesLet’s start a riot! Bloc by Bloc is a semi-cooperative strategy board game inspired by 21st century urban insurrection. The game features hidden agendas, deep strategy, area control, asymmetrical player abilities, and a special method for randomly generating billions of unique city layouts. 
Each player controls a faction of revolutionaries—Workers, Students, Neighbors, or Prisoners—fighting against the authorities to liberate a city that changes with each game. To win, you must cooperate with other factions to defeat the State while carefully balancing your own secret agenda. Build barricades, clash with riot cops, occupy buildings, loot shopping centers, and liberate the city before time runs out and the military arrives!

Speakers
RL

Rocket Lee

Out of Order Games


Saturday October 1, 2016 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

2:00pm

Phantom Knight Games Demo Session
Come try out what Phantom Knight Games has to offer! Running Happy Daggers, Tiny Trainwrecks (Even Tinier Edition), in-the-works superheroic party game Stand Back, Citizen!, and maybe some secret prototypes!

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Geist

Jeremy Geist

Lead Designer, Phantom Knight Games
I'm the lead designer for Phantom Knight Games! Check out HAPPY DAGGERS, the game of Shakespearean swordfighting, and TINY TRAINWRECKS, the frantic co-op game featuring obstacle courses you make yourself!


Saturday October 1, 2016 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

3:00pm

Sex in Games: How to Do It with Confidence
So, how *do* you, you know, *do* it? In-game sex has been at the heart of countless controversies over the years, from Hot Coffee, to hot Asari-on-Commander action, to sexualised protagonists like Bayonetta. Are games doomed to portray sex poorly? Will there ever be a Lady Chatterley's Lover or Story of O for videogames? Is Twine the only way forward? Most of these questions and more will be answered in this talk discussing how sexuality is portrayed in games, what lessons can be learned from existing titles, and what the next frontiers are.

Speakers
avatar for Katherine Cross

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 →


Saturday October 1, 2016 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Panels Room A

3:00pm

Ubisoft Session
TBD

Saturday October 1, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Diversity Theater

3:00pm

Beyond Spirits
A look at how the Manaque'to tribe views sexuality gender, the roles in our communities, and how those things translate into my daily life and game design.

Moderators
avatar for Shawn Alexander Allen

Shawn Alexander Allen

Director, Nuchallenger
Artist. Writer. Designer. Activist. Critic. Speaker. Thinker. Philosopher. Wannabe poet. Occasional demagogue. Working on Treachery in Beatdown City. Support #blackgamedev

Speakers
avatar for Gabriela Aviero-Ojeda

Gabriela Aviero-Ojeda

Animator/Designer
I specialize in game animation, storytelling & narrative, I like to talk about latinx/mestiz@/indigenous identities in media, mysticism, & donuts. I love to think critically about the mediums I love so they grow into an experience everyone can enjoy. I also think videogames don't exist.
avatar for Maneco (Nico) Marcano

Maneco (Nico) Marcano

Cacike, HurakanWorks
Maneco, better know as Hurakan or Nico, is a non-gendered Taino game designer, writer, and programmer raised in the "Alphabet City" slum in lower Manhattan. They have traveled extensively to reconnect with various tribal people and study history and worked for most of their career in AAA studios like Rockstar and 2k Games. Maneco has most recently been working on Treachery in Beatdown City, a tactical brawler, along with NuChallenger... Read More →
avatar for Karin Weekes

Karin Weekes

Lead Editor, EA BioWare
Karin is Lead Editor for BioWare’s three studios. She has worked at BioWare since 2006, editing Dragon Age: Inquisition, Mass Effect 3 Dragon Age II, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Mass Effect 2, Dragon Age: Origins and various DLCs for the Mass Effect and Dragon Age franchises. Karin holds an M.A. in Journalism from Stanford University, where she learned that she liked editing and writing punny headlines much more than interviewing story... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Panels Room C Camino Real

3:00pm

Bubblegum Cyberpunk
Let's chat about 2064: Read Only Memories.

Moderators
avatar for Matt Conn

Matt Conn

CEO, MidBoss
Matt Conn is the founder and CEO of MidBoss, through which he is the executive producer for the annual GaymerX gaming convention. Matt also produces LGBTQ focused gaming media, including the the cyberpunk story adventure game 2064: Read Only Memories (2016), and the 'gaymer' documentary Gaming in Color (2014). Conn is a major leader of the fight for inclusion of queer themes and developers in the video games industry and works out of San... Read More →
avatar for Philip Jones

Philip Jones

Bear Cub, MidBoss
Con co-chair and Expo Hall & Indie Space Director

Saturday October 1, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Panels Room B

4:00pm

Coca-Cola Session: '30 Under 30' LGBT Leaders
sponsored by Coca-Cola

Saturday October 1, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Diversity Theater

4:00pm

Creating Inclusive Gaming Groups & Events
Want to know how to find inclusive groups for gaming? How do you create your own gaming meet-ups? Many game groups play in public, but they're not welcoming.

You need anti-harassment policies, a game host welcoming the new players, and relationship building with the business owner. You can do it! Our panelists will give you tips on creating safe & welcoming spaces for new players in public places.

Speakers
avatar for Joseph  Carriker

Joseph Carriker

Developer, Green Ronin Publishing
Joseph Carriker is the developer for Green Ronin's A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying, as well as the adjunct Chronicle System line of game supplements. He has been writing in the gaming industry for fifteen years now, and has worked on a variety of game lines over those years, including most of White Wolf/Onyx Path's game lines, as well as being a contributor to Wizards of the Coast's recent "Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide," as well as work on... Read More →
avatar for Tanya DePass

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 →
avatar for Donna Prior

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 →


Saturday October 1, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Panels Room A

4:00pm

Jamming Along to Game Jams
Game jams are awesome but hard! Come learn practical advice about preparing for, participating in, and following up on game jams from a panel of experienced game jam developers and contributors. Sneak a preview of ILU Jam game Anthrotari!

Speakers
avatar for Lain Farlight

Lain Farlight

Magical Girl / CEO, Ikonoclast
Hi there! I'm Alyssia Lain Farlight, or just Lain for short! I work as a freelance UI designer and developer, as well as a design and writing consultant, alongside running my own game development collective at Ikonoclast
avatar for J. C. Holder

J. C. Holder

Owner, Biggest Robot Productions
Creator of Anthrotari, the queer furry visual novel set in the 90s Internet (http://www.anthrotari.com). | | Software developer. Game developer and producer. Co-author of Beautiful Senshi Hearts, the mahou shoujo tabletop roleplaying game Powered by the Apocalypse (http://bsh.moe).
avatar for Diana Liao

Diana Liao

Student, Princeton University
Hi there! I'm a writer, artist, and programmer, and games kind of involved all three, so that worked out nicely. I'm currently a solo dev who works on narrative fantasy weird games, and I tend to like ghosts and stars and dreams a little too much. | I'm always unreasonably excited about game dev and creating things in general, so talk to me about your projects (and I'll probably tell you about mine)! And anything involving graphics or... Read More →
avatar for Ellen McGrody

Ellen McGrody

writer, anthrotari.com
I'm Ellen McGrody. I'm a trans woman, a cat mom, a huge Sonic the Hedgehog fan, a music lover, and a freelance writer. I'm currently a writer on Anthrotari, an upcoming visual novel for PC, Mac, and Linux. I'm the chairwoman of Run for Our Rights, a 24-hour live marathon in November to celebrate the 10th anniversary Sonic '06 and raise money for the Transgender Law Center. I'm working on a zine celebrating weird fan fiction called Someone... Read More →
avatar for Emily E. Meo

Emily E. Meo

Audio Designer, Everi
Emily Meo graduated from the University of Texas Butler School of Music in 2013 with a degree in composition, and has been making audio for various games ever since, ranging from AAA to indie to casino. She currently lives in Austin, Texas where she designs audio for casino games during the day and writes music for small-scale indie games at night. She'll be at GaymerX to talk about her game jam experiences through the lens of a game audio... Read More →
avatar for Tobiah Zarlez

Tobiah Zarlez

Game Evangelist, Microsoft
Tobiah Zarlez has been an independent game developer since 2009, and is most famous for the physics based puzzle game "Blast Monkeys". | | Tobiah started working for Microsoft in 2013 as a Game Evangelist, helping developers make better games.


Saturday October 1, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Panels Room C Camino Real

4:00pm

Selfies As Self-Love
This panel is all about healing through selfies and learning to love yourself on your own terms. It sounds mega cheesy, but feelings are good and hardcore. Being able to present yourself on your own terms is revolutionary. Try it!

Speakers
avatar for Royel "Rokashi" Edwards

Royel "Rokashi" Edwards

Narrative Designer/Developer, Rokashi Games
Rokashi is a weird guy who is really awkward, but takes diversity and inclusion seriously. He has published the first chapter of his game I'm Fine, and working on expanding the game. He has written for Gizmodo, Polygon and The National Post. He loves Sonic the Hedgehog, but is content that he'll never be *that* fast.
avatar for Jessica Hayley

Jessica Hayley

Game Programmer, MidBoss
avatar for Dina Abou Karam

Dina Abou Karam

Artist/Game Designer, Indie
Dina is a game artist and narrative designer from Lebanon with 8 years of industry experience in mobile and console games. She's worked in the German, Japanese and Middle Eastern games industry and is currently developing a VR game about being Arab in the aftermath of a bomb going off in your city. Ask her for a selfie together!
avatar for Skye Snell

Skye Snell

CEO, Mako Fury
I'm a trans woman who produces musical comedy and jokes. I'm available for your game soundtracks or performances. Oh I'm also strong both in the real way and in the literal sense.


Saturday October 1, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Panels Room B

4:00pm

Ladies of GaymerX Meetup
Come and meet other women gamers at the Ladies of GaymerX meetup! This event welcomes all women. We especially love our trans friends, and we'd love to meet you!

Speakers
avatar for Knave Murdok

Knave Murdok

Lead Artist, Para~Somnia Comics
Good Evening! My name is Knave Murdok and I am a cartoonist. Last year I began the series "TransCat", the chronicles of a young transgender superhero who has sworn to defend the weak and fight crime in her city using her powers of at-will gender changing, kung fu, and corny jokes.


Saturday October 1, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Turing Room

5:00pm

Gatekeeping & Geek Policing
Geek policing and gate-keeping happens when someone shows interest in something of the nerdy persuasion, and "true fans" chase them away or "cred check", especially towards marginalized groups.

You're not a REAL geek if you don't like Firefly" "FEMALES don't like strategy games" "OMG WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU LOVE 4TH EDITION, IT SUCKS". These are all examples of
gatekeeping & geek policing.

Moderators
avatar for Tanya DePass

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Donna Prior

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 →


Saturday October 1, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Panels Room B

6:00pm

From Birdo to Mizhena: Transgender and Fantasy
Transgender characters and themes seem to be the hot, new, modern topic, but gender variance—under a variety of names—is as old as humanity. But with the recent furor over trans characters feeling "forced" in various popular titles, how can you be inclusive without making your transgender characters feel out-of-place or insensitive?

This panel is a short overview on trans history (and prehistory), followed by discussion on how recognize the niche and importance of gender variance in your fictional worlds while avoiding anachronistic language.

Speakers
avatar for Crystal Frasier

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 →


Saturday October 1, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Panels Room B

6:00pm

How to Twitch Safely as a POC/LGBTQIA/Female ID'd Streamer
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.

Moderators
avatar for Tanya DePass

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 →

Speakers
avatar for DJ Kirkland

DJ Kirkland

Comic Book Artist, OniPress
I'm the artist on the upcoming monthly comic series 'BLACK MAGE' published by OniPress. I work in Social Media and Community Management in the gaming industry as well!
avatar for Carolyn Petit

Carolyn Petit

Managing Editor, Feminist Frequency
I spent four years as an editor at GameSpot, where my experiences as a publicly transgender woman in the games media informed my perspective on the state of games culture. I'm currently Managing Editor at Feminist Frequency, where I collaborate on the series Tropes vs. Women in Video Games and continue reviewing games from an unapologetically feminist perspective.
avatar for Simply Undrea

Simply Undrea

Twitch Broadcaster, Twitch.TV
I'm an avid gamer who was born and raised in Oakland, California. | | That passion for gaming has carried me throughout my childhood years into my adult life and said passion moved me to become a full-time Twitch streamer. | | I absolutely love the experience of cultivating my own community so I strive to make my chat a welcoming, inclusive and loving place for everyone to enjoy. | | When I'm not streaming or hanging out on Twitch... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Panels Room C Camino Real

6:00pm

GaymerX Drag Show
Featuring the performances of:

KaiKai Bee Michaels
Rock M. Sakura
Cash Monet
Chaka Corn
Scarlett Letters
Scroto T. Baggins 
Kitty Powers 

Moderators
avatar for Kitty Powers

Kitty Powers

Director, Magic Notion Ltd
Kitty Powers is the world’s first drag queen game developer, and star of ‘Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker’ and the upcoming ‘Kitty Powers’ Love Life’. | She is the alter ego of game dev Richard Franke, a 20 year games industry veteran who has worked on many award winning titles such as the Burnout series, BLACK, Need for Speed and Tearaway. He founded his own independent studio, Magic Notion, in 2013... Read More →

Saturday October 1, 2016 6:00pm - 7:15pm
Panels Room A

6:00pm

Pokémon Stadium Minigame Tourney
Gym Leader Radley is back with another round of Pokémon Stadium Minigames!

Come play in the tournament, battle your friends and foes alike in all the minigames found on Pokémon Stadium! And this year, we will include Pokémon Stadium 2! That’s over 18 minigames for you to be the best at!

Can you win the tournament and be the minigame master??

Moderators
Saturday October 1, 2016 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Golden Bay Pokemon League Magnolia Room West

7:00pm

Gaming In Color Screening
Moderators
avatar for Philip Jones

Philip Jones

Bear Cub, MidBoss
Con co-chair and Expo Hall & Indie Space Director

Saturday October 1, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Panels Room C Camino Real

7:00pm

Furoticon: How-to-play and Tournaments (Saturday)
Speakers
avatar for Penelope Owl

Penelope Owl

Dealer, Panel Host, Furoticon
Lady owl fur from Southern California! I work for Furoticon as well! This will be my first Gaymerx and my 10th con!


Saturday October 1, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Turing Room

7:00pm

Crazier Eights
Limited Capacity filling up

Crazier Eights is a fantasy card game with some similarities to Crazy Eights or Uno in that the first player to get zero cards in hand wins, but every card can be played for a unique effect. Players take turns drawing one card, playing up to one card, and discarding up to one card.

Speakers
JG

James Gray

Owner, Recoculous
Designer of Crazier Eights.


Saturday October 1, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

7:00pm

Kami Tale tabletop miniatures game demo
Limited Capacity seats available

Demo games for Kami Tale, a tactical skirmish game with anthropomorphic characters based on Japanese myth. More info at https://www.facebook.com/KamiTale/

Saturday October 1, 2016 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

7:00pm

D&D Adventurers League - Cloaks & Shadows (Session 5.2)
Limited Capacity full

The Cloaks of Mulmaster have taken an interest in your progress, and may be looking to sponsor adventurers for future work. You’ve been offered an interview with one of their ranking members at the Theater of the Stars, but you never know what to expect in the City of Danger.

Speakers

Saturday October 1, 2016 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

7:00pm

D&D Adventurers League - Treasure of the Broken Hoard (Session 5)
Limited Capacity filling up

DDAL05-01 Treasure of the Broken Hoard

A famous relic hunter seeks adventurers to help her find caches of treasure hidden by the now-defeated followers of the Cult of the Dragon. Her maps and notes may lead the way to great wealth—or a terrible death. And do other parties have designs on the treasure as well?


Speakers

Saturday October 1, 2016 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

7:00pm

Ghostbusters - When Halloween was Forever
Limited Capacity full

Fantasy AGE - With the ley lines of Manhattan newly charged, supernatural activity all around New York is on the rise. The restless dead have kept the Ghostbusters busy, especially as Halloween approaches and even the usual skeptics start to let their superstition show. But is the rise in paranormal reports just a side effect of the season, or are New York’s ghosts being emboldened by some unseen force? A haunting at the Manhattan Museum of Antiquities may hold the answers, and the potential to make things far, far worse.

When Halloween was Forever is a tabletop roleplaying adventure using the Fantasy AGE ruleset and based on the new Ghostbusters film released earlier this year. Step into the workboots of Erin Gilbert, Jillian Holtzmann, Patty Tolan, and Abby Yates, along with their loveable receptionist Kevin, as they investigate the rise in hauntings around New York and face an iconic Ghostbusters foe. Some familiarity with the Fantasy AGE rules would be helpful, but not necessary, and custom character sheets will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for Crystal Frasier

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 →


Saturday October 1, 2016 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

7:00pm

BATdev Playtesting - Star Ascension
Limited Capacity full

Members of the Bay Area Tableop Dev group will bring their games for playtesting! The games on display will change every hour and will cover a wide range of genres and styles. All games will have been created by local designers of the bay area.

Saturday October 1, 2016 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

7:00pm

BATdev Playtesting - Castell
Members of the Bay Area Tableop Dev group will bring their games for playtesting! The games on display will change every hour and will cover a wide range of genres and styles. All games will have been created by local designers of the bay area.

Saturday October 1, 2016 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

7:00pm

Bay Area Regional Planner
Limited Capacity filling up

I'll be running a couple sessions of Bay Area Regional Planner, a collaborative urban planning game where you work with other players to solve the find places to add new homes and solve the housing crisis. I'll also be talking about the research that went into the design of the game.

Saturday October 1, 2016 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

7:00pm

How to Succeed in Game Design Without Really Trying: Origins Edition
Limited Capacity full

One board game initially inspired by Mario Party, but as a table top, and with some deck building elements and rotating rule sets, and a point system that allows for a multitude of play styles. Revised many times over the last couple years for "balance" but breaking the game is always encouraged.
Also another new in progress game about fan fiction, cross-overs, and breaking the fourth wall. Cooperative or competitive play with mechanics inspired by Fire Emblem and a variety of fanfic tropes.

Speakers

Saturday October 1, 2016 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

8:00pm

The GaymerX Dance
The big fun wacky awesome party of GaymerX! We will drink and dance all night to our wonderful DJ Alanah Pearce!

Join us as we sit and eye the dance floor and only think to actually step on it once we've had enough drinks in us to have NO BUSINESS being on a dance floor. 

Speakers
avatar for Alanah Pearce

Alanah Pearce

Toys & culture editor/writer, presenter & podcaster @IGN, San Francisco. Also DJs. Australian!


Saturday October 1, 2016 8:00pm - 11:30pm
Panels Room A

9:00pm

Crazier Eights: Camelot
Limited Capacity filling up

Crazier Eights is a fantasy card game with some similarities to Crazy Eights or Uno in that the first player to get zero cards in hand wins, but every card can be played for a unique effect. Players take turns drawing one card, playing up to one card, and discarding up to one card.

Camelot has a theme around the King Arthur legends, and it will be on Kickstarter around October 11th. 

Speakers
JG

James Gray

Owner, Recoculous
Designer of Crazier Eights.


Saturday October 1, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room
 
Sunday, October 2
 

9:00am

The Arl's Ransom
Limited Capacity full

The Arl of Stenhold is hiring adventurers to escort his children home from an extended family visit in Denerim. The money's good; what could go wrong? Based on the hugely popular video games, the Dragon Age RPG brings the excitement of BioWare's rich fantasy world to the tabletop.

This 2-hour game is an introduction to Green Ronin's Dragon Age.

Dice & characters will be provided!

Speakers
avatar for Donna Prior

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 9:00am - 11:00am
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

9:00am

Kami Tale tabletop miniatures game demo
Limited Capacity seats available

Demo games for Kami Tale, a tactical skirmish game with anthropomorphic characters based on Japanese myth. More info at https://www.facebook.com/KamiTale/

Sunday October 2, 2016 9:00am - 1:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

9:00am

D&D Adventurers League - A Scream in the Night (Session 6)
Limited Capacity seats available

CORE 1-1 A Scream in the Night: The City of a Thousand Forges, Melvaunt, is one of the most prosperous and stable on the Moonsea. All that is about to change, as a series of strange murders perplexes local law enforcement agents. The threat of a crazed murderer might be the least of Melvaunt’s worries. A D&D Adventurers League adventure for character level 1 to 4 set in Melvaunt.

Speakers

Sunday October 2, 2016 9:00am - 1:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

9:00am

D&D Adventurers League - Sepulture (Session 6.2)
Limited Capacity seats available

PHLAN 1-1 Sepulture: Spirits in Phlan are high in the wake of Vorgansharax’s defeat. Reconstruction plans are finally in motion, yet one threat looms. The Doomguide of Kelemvor has descended into the shadows of the necropolis and gathers dark forces around him. There is little he won’t anticipate. One should have their affairs in order before accepting this mission. A D&D Adventurers League adventure for character levels 11 to 16 set in Phlan.

Sunday October 2, 2016 9:00am - 1:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

9:00am

D&D Adventurers League - Treasure of the Broken Hoard (Session 7)
Limited Capacity seats available

DDAL05-01 Treasure of the Broken Hoard

A famous relic hunter seeks adventurers to help her find caches of treasure hidden by the now-defeated followers of the Cult of the Dragon. Her maps and notes may lead the way to great wealth—or a terrible death. And do other parties have designs on the treasure as well? Lvl 1-2


Sunday October 2, 2016 9:00am - 1:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

9:00am

D&D Adventurers League - Treasure of the Broken Hoard (Session 7.2)
Limited Capacity seats available

Treasure of the Broken Hoard

Sunday October 2, 2016 9:00am - 1:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

9:00am

The Flight of the Snow Pearl
Limited Capacity full

Blue Rose Romantic Fanstasy - A secret agent of the Kingdom of Aldis, known only as “the Snow Pearl,” has infiltrated the sinister court of Sarn and has intelligence regarding the Shadowed Seven and their plans for Kern. This agent must be met and delivered from that benighted land, and so your team of the Sovereign’s Finest has been selected and sent on a perilous journey into the Ice-Binder Mountains to meet the Snow Pearl and see the agent safely back across the border into Aldis. Of course, surviving the perils of those frozen peaks is easier said than done, and there is the looming possibility corrupt agents of the Seven may know of the Snow Pearl’s mission, and try to stop you. For Aldis and the Queen! 4 hours. Game rules will be taught and pre-generated characters provided.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Kenson

Steve Kenson

Designer, Green Ronin Publishing
Steve Kenson has been writing and designing in the tabletop RPG industry since 1995. He has written for such diverse games as Shadowrun, Earthdawn, Aberrant, Dungeons & Dragons, and White Wolf’s World of Darkness. Three of his novels for Shadowrun focused on a gay male protagonist. Steve designed the Mutants & Masterminds Superhero RPG for Green Ronin Publishing and served as its developer for several years. He has also developed... Read More →


Sunday October 2, 2016 9:00am - 1:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

9:00am

To Catch A Flown Crow
Limited Capacity full

A Song of Ice & Fire Roleplay - What could force a small band of Wildlings from the Ice Wives Tribe to join forces with a small party of Night's Watch Rangers? Revenge, of course! These unlikely allies seek the turncloak from the Night's Watch who has wronged his wildling hosts.

Join forces with those who are your sworn enemies to catch someone much, much worse! No experience necessary.

Speakers
avatar for Joseph  Carriker

Joseph Carriker

Developer, Green Ronin Publishing
Joseph Carriker is the developer for Green Ronin's A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying, as well as the adjunct Chronicle System line of game supplements. He has been writing in the gaming industry for fifteen years now, and has worked on a variety of game lines over those years, including most of White Wolf/Onyx Path's game lines, as well as being a contributor to Wizards of the Coast's recent "Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide," as well as work on... Read More →


Sunday October 2, 2016 9:00am - 1:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

9:00am

Badge Pickup (Su)
Sunday October 2, 2016 9:00am - 4:00pm
Registration (General) Sonoma Room

9:00am

Tabletop and Card Gaming Open (Su)
Moderators
avatar for Tim Mottishaw

Tim Mottishaw

Tabletop/RPG Coordinator, GaymerX
Tim (Tabletop/Roleplaying Game Coordinator for GaymerX) is the founder of Dawson Creek Pride, and a regular volunteer at Pride in his home of Vancouver British Columbia, Canada. He is the Western Canadian Regional Coordinator for the D&D Adventurers League and is a Judge at GenCon. A contributor to the Commentist Network, he hosts/GMs a Star Wars liveplay Podcast and a D&D vidcast. Outside of gaming, Tim studies Communication & Cultural Studies... Read More →

Sunday October 2, 2016 9:00am - 6:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

9:00am

GaymerX Social Lounge Open (Su)
Sunday October 2, 2016 9:00am - 8:00pm
GaymerX Social Lounge Magnolia Room East

10:00am

MAGFest GaymerX Arcade Open (Su)
Sunday October 2, 2016 10:00am - 5:00pm
Arcade Alley Grand Ballroom Hallway

10:00am

10:00am

Quiet Space Open (Su)
Need a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the con? GaymerX is happy to provide a quiet space off the main run of the convention floor.

Sunday October 2, 2016 10:00am - 10:00pm
Quiet Lounge Bayshore Room East

11:00am

GaymerX Cosplay Pageant
Moderators
avatar for Kitty Powers

Kitty Powers

Director, Magic Notion Ltd
Kitty Powers is the world’s first drag queen game developer, and star of ‘Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker’ and the upcoming ‘Kitty Powers’ Love Life’. | She is the alter ego of game dev Richard Franke, a 20 year games industry veteran who has worked on many award winning titles such as the Burnout series, BLACK, Need for Speed and Tearaway. He founded his own independent studio, Magic Notion, in 2013... Read More →

Sunday October 2, 2016 11:00am - 1:00pm
Panels Room A

11:00am

The Arl's Ransom
Limited Capacity full

The Arl of Stenhold is hiring adventurers to escort his children home from an extended family visit in Denerim. The money's good; what could go wrong? Based on the hugely popular video games, the Dragon Age RPG brings the excitement of BioWare's rich fantasy world to the tabletop.

This 2-hour game is an introduction to Green Ronin's Dragon Age.

Dice & characters will be provided!

Speakers
avatar for Donna Prior

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 11:00am - 1:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

11:00am

Pokémon Scavenger Hunt
Pokémon Scavenger Hunt

Gym Leader Nicole is sending you on a scavenger hunt around GX4 to find Pokémon throughout the con! Come get a list of clues and search around, take pictures, and return with your list filled out to win a fabulous prize!

Ends Sunday at 3pm

Moderators
Sunday October 2, 2016 11:00am - 3:00pm
Golden Bay Pokemon League Magnolia Room West

11:00am

Golden Bay PKMN League Gym Battles (Su)
Golden Bay Pokemon League Gym Battles:
The eight gym leaders of the Golden Bay Pokemon League are ready to take you on!

Each leader has their own battle style and it is up to you and your Pokemon to defeat each one! Defeating a gym leader will earn you one of the eight unique Pokemon Badges for GX4.

Anyone can participate, as our goal is to have fun and play Pokemon with everyone of every skill level! Earn all eight badges and you will be able to enter the Champions Tournament, where the best of the best battle for the title of Champion!

Whether your goal is to be champion or just hang out with other Pokemon fans, the Golden Bay Pokemon League is the place for all trainers!

Moderators
Sunday October 2, 2016 11:00am - 3:00pm
Golden Bay Pokemon League Magnolia Room West

11:00am

Expo Hall & Indie Space Open Hours (Sunday)
Moderators
avatar for Philip Jones

Philip Jones

Bear Cub, MidBoss
Con co-chair and Expo Hall & Indie Space Director

Sunday October 2, 2016 11:00am - 4:00pm
Expo Hall Grand Ballroom

12:00pm

Pokémon Trivia - Scattegories
Join Gym Leader Maestro and the rest of the GBPL as we test your knowledge of all things Pokémon in our trivia contest! Sunday is single-player Scattegories!

Prizes for all the winners, so join us and put on those Pokémon thinking caps!

Moderators
Sunday October 2, 2016 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Golden Bay Pokemon League Magnolia Room West

12:00pm

Safe Space Open (Su)
12pm - 1pm: Disabled Safe Space
1pm - 2pm: Trans Safe Space
2pm - 3pm: POC Safe Space
3pm - 4pm: Ace Safe Space
4pm - 5pm: Nonbinary Safe Space
5pm - 6pm: Women's Safe Space

Sunday October 2, 2016 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Safe Space Lounge Bayshore Room West

1:00pm

Intel Session: Finding Duskers: Innovation Through Emergent Design Pillars
Traditionally, a game’s design pillars are defined before you start development. This works well with games in established genres, but not for games which are trying to push boundaries. Learn how Duskers created an innovative experience by erecting design pillars along the way, refining the game’s vision through experimentation.

Sunday October 2, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Diversity Theater

1:00pm

Donor Lunch
Speakers
avatar for Matt Conn

Matt Conn

CEO, MidBoss
Matt Conn is the founder and CEO of MidBoss, through which he is the executive producer for the annual GaymerX gaming convention. Matt also produces LGBTQ focused gaming media, including the the cyberpunk story adventure game 2064: Read Only Memories (2016), and the 'gaymer' documentary Gaming in Color (2014). Conn is a major leader of the fight for inclusion of queer themes and developers in the video games industry and works out of San... Read More →
avatar for Toni Rocca

Toni Rocca

President, GaymerX
Toni Rocca is a feminist and an activist for creating inclusive spaces in gaming and other fandoms. As a trans woman, her expertise tends to revolve around queer issues and creating safer environments to foster creativity and enrich the culture of a space. She is known mainly for running the LGBTQ themed gaming convention GX (formerly GaymerX) in San Francisco alongside Matt Conn. Toni has most recently taken to consulting for various companies... Read More →


Sunday October 2, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
that restaurant in the hotel

1:00pm

Stop Making Me Kill Myself: on Arab representation in games post 9/11
In this talk I dive in depth into gaming's relationship with arabness pre and post 9/11, drawing on my personal experience and that of other arab gamers from the Middle East's, and the brutal shift in the nature of these experiences post 9/11.

Speakers
avatar for Dina Abou Karam

Dina Abou Karam

Artist/Game Designer, Indie
Dina is a game artist and narrative designer from Lebanon with 8 years of industry experience in mobile and console games. She's worked in the German, Japanese and Middle Eastern games industry and is currently developing a VR game about being Arab in the aftermath of a bomb going off in your city. Ask her for a selfie together!


Sunday October 2, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Panels Room C Camino Real

2:00pm

Patreon Session: Four Games that Get in Your Head, and How They Work

Award-winning tabletop designer Ben Lehman will discuss four groundbreaking tabletop games: Polaris, Hot Guys Making Out, Amidst Endless Quiet, and A Real Game. Like all tabletop games, these games manipulate your emotions to draw you into their mechanics and story. But how do they work? We'll look at each in turn and analyze how it's trying to make you feel, and how the mechanics work to make you feel that way.


Speakers
BL

Ben Lehman

Game Designer, Ododon Games
Ben Lehman is the designer of Polaris, Bliss Stage, Hot Guys Making Out, and many other role-playing games. Starting from the 2000s, he has been on the cutting edge of new techniques and theory for tabletop role-playing, writing essays and giving lectures on the theory and structure of RPGs in the United States and Europe. His current projects include: Adventures in the Land of a Thousand Kings, a self-insert fantasy adventure game; Rise of... Read More →


Sunday October 2, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Diversity Theater

2:00pm

'Fans vs. Creators: Is There a Better Way?'
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
avatar for Tanya DePass

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 →
avatar for David Gaider

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
avatar for Katherine Cross

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 →
avatar for Crystal Frasier

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 →
avatar for Donna Prior

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

2:00pm

Neutral Game: LGBTQ+ Shaping the Future of Fighting Game Community
As esports continues to grow, it makes sense that there would be LGBTQ+ folks at the bleeding edge. Particularly, the fighting game community is one that has many at the forefront in various aspects. What is it about fighting games bring these numbers? How can the environment continue to be improved? What's the history with queer folks and representation in fighting games and how does it shape the future?

Speakers
avatar for Laura Kate Dale

Laura Kate Dale

Laura Kate is an awesome person who certainly makes the rounds in the media and you may have heard of her! She's the Co-Host of the very popular Podquisition podcast, UK Editor at Destructoid, Freelancer for The Guardian, Polygon, Kotaku UK, and Rock, Paper, Shotgun. She is also the developer of Acceptance, a game intended to teach people some of the issues that trans people face. We're excited to have... Read More →
avatar for Wynton

Wynton "Progducto" Smith

Wynton “Prog” Smith has been in the world of competitive gaming since 1999. While his roots were in Unreal Tournament and Age of Empires, he fell in love with fighting games, the most. After joining the Super Smash Bros. Melee community in 2005 as a player, he eventually became an esteemed commentator and leader in the scene. Currently, he is a contributor for ESPN’s esports subsect and documents some parts of Smash Bros... Read More →


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

2:00pm

Ctrl+Z for Git: How to undo (almost) anything
At some point we will all make a mistake. It’s a question of when, not if. Luckily, we have Git! But how exactly do you undo that snafu? This talk will teach you how to fix your problems with Git and get back to work like nothing bad ever happened.

Speakers
avatar for Tobiah Zarlez

Tobiah Zarlez

Game Evangelist, Microsoft
Tobiah Zarlez has been an independent game developer since 2009, and is most famous for the physics based puzzle game "Blast Monkeys". | | Tobiah started working for Microsoft in 2013 as a Game Evangelist, helping developers make better games.


Sunday October 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Panels Room C Camino Real

2:00pm

Indie Gaymer Podcast Supershow!
Hosts from your favorite indie gaming podcasts such as Orange Lounge Radio, Game Buoy and the Pokestop Podcast come together to talk about the hot topics in gaming and our love of audio broadcasting LIVE in this special super show!

Speakers
avatar for Rob Roberts

Rob Roberts

Editor-In-Chief, Content, VOGNetwork.com
ROB ROBERTS is an internet broadcasting veteran with over 13 years of broadcasting experience online. His first shows were a weekly Sunday show and a morning show at KCSC- California State University, Chico. After college, Rob was a part of the show Under Sedation Live! during its run as the #1 reality station on the Live365 network. | | In 2002, Rob co-founded the popular live weekly video game talk show Orange Lounge Radio with co-hosts... Read More →
CS

Captain Spike

Co-Host, GameBuoy.Org
JS

Jaime Summers

Art Director, VOGNetwork.com


Sunday October 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Turing Room

2:00pm

Crazier Eights
Limited Capacity full

Crazier Eights is a fantasy card game with some similarities to Crazy Eights or Uno in that the first player to get zero cards in hand wins, but every card can be played for a unique effect. Players take turns drawing one card, playing up to one card, and discarding up to one card.

Speakers
JG

James Gray

Owner, Recoculous
Designer of Crazier Eights.


Sunday October 2, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

2:00pm

Rise of the Townsvillains!
Limited Capacity full

The city of Townsville is in trouble, girls! The Mayor arranged a cultural exchange with our sister cities across the world, but he didn't realize we'd be swapping villains, too! You'll have to join forces with your cousins from Japan if we're going to have a chance of stopping them!

A playtest of Beautiful Senshi Hearts, the mahou shoujo storytelling game Powered by the Apocalypse.

Speakers
avatar for J. C. Holder

J. C. Holder

Owner, Biggest Robot Productions
Creator of Anthrotari, the queer furry visual novel set in the 90s Internet (http://www.anthrotari.com). | | Software developer. Game developer and producer. Co-author of Beautiful Senshi Hearts, the mahou shoujo tabletop roleplaying game Powered by the Apocalypse (http://bsh.moe).


Sunday October 2, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

2:00pm

Magic the Gathering Tournament: Pauper
Limited Capacity seats available

Pauper Format 1v1. Tons of prizes to give away 

Sunday October 2, 2016 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

2:00pm

2:00pm

D&D Adventurers League - Enemy of My Enemy (Session 8)
Limited Capacity seats available

PHLAN 1-2 Enemy of My Enemy: Something odd is happening to the citizens of Phlan. Some have inexplicably gone mad and must be restrained, while others have developed strange magical abilities. No one is immune as it has affected young and old, rich and poor, strong and weak. Opinions about the cause are plentiful, but some theories seem more solid than others. A D&D Adventurers League adventure for character levels 11 to 16 set in and around Phlan.

Sunday October 2, 2016 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

2:00pm

D&D Adventurers League - Treasure of the Broken Hoard (Session 8.2)
Limited Capacity seats available

DDAL05-01 Treasure of the Broken Hoard

A famous relic hunter seeks adventurers to help her find caches of treasure hidden by the now-defeated followers of the Cult of the Dragon. Her maps and notes may lead the way to great wealth—or a terrible death. And do other parties have designs on the treasure as well? Lvl 1-2


Sunday October 2, 2016 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

2:00pm

Ghost Town
Limited Capacity filling up

Even four-color heroes sometimes journey into darkness! The simple robbery of an artifact from an Emerald City Museum leads the heroes to one of the city’s hidden secrets – a frontier colony hidden in darkness behind a mystical veil. There they find lost heroes, an awakened evil, and a threat that sends shock waves across Emerald City to shake the heavens!

Speakers

Sunday October 2, 2016 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

2:00pm

Human Intelligence Playtest
Limited Capacity full

Help playtest a new single-session story game about espionage, exploration, and arcane areas of expertise!

Human Intelligence is a game of mistaken identity. Due to miscommunication and cunning disguise, you and your fellow players are all alien infiltrators, unaware of each other’s real selves, on the same deep space exploration team. Your team contains no actual humans. Your goal is to survive the dangerous conditions of this mission and get back to your ship still alive, still friends-- and undiscovered.

Characters will be generated on the spot. The game runs for 2-3 hours, so multiple sessions may be possible. Participants will get a free PDF copy of the game on launch.

Sunday October 2, 2016 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

2:00pm

How to Succeed in Game Design Without Really Trying: Origins Edition
Limited Capacity full

One board game initially inspired by Mario Party, but as a table top, and with some deck building elements and rotating rule sets, and a point system that allows for a multitude of play styles. Revised many times over the last couple years for "balance" but breaking the game is always encouraged.
Also another new in progress game about fan fiction, cross-overs, and breaking the fourth wall. Cooperative or competitive play with mechanics inspired by Fire Emblem and a variety of fanfic tropes.

Speakers

Sunday October 2, 2016 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

3:00pm

How to Make a Game without Coding
This presentation explains the 101's of game development and how easy it is to develop a game even without knowing how to code. We'll go over the major code(less) game engines: Construct2, Twine, and Game Maker and demo each.

Speakers
avatar for Kat Harris

Kat Harris

Game Evangelist, Microsoft
Kat Harris is a Microsoft Technical Evangelist with expertise in game, virtual and augmented reality development based out of Los Angeles. As an evangelist, Katherine is a frequent public speaker and runs a developer blog about how to develop interactive 3D applications with the Microsoft Platform. She is the co-host of ImagineThis, a web series for students to learn about the tech industry, and The Game Dev Show on MSDN’s Channel9 network. Kat... Read More →


Sunday October 2, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Panels Room B

3:00pm

Patrick, Karin, and You: What Do Your Dev Allies Need to Hear?
Speakers
avatar for Karin Weekes

Karin Weekes

Lead Editor, EA BioWare
Karin is Lead Editor for BioWare’s three studios. She has worked at BioWare since 2006, editing Dragon Age: Inquisition, Mass Effect 3 Dragon Age II, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Mass Effect 2, Dragon Age: Origins and various DLCs for the Mass Effect and Dragon Age franchises. Karin holds an M.A. in Journalism from Stanford University, where she learned that she liked editing and writing punny headlines much more than interviewing story... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Weekes

Patrick Weekes

Writer, EA BioWare
Patrick joined BioWare’s writing team in 2005. Since then, he’s worked on all three games in the Mass Effect trilogy, where he helped write characters including Mordin, Tali, and Samantha Traynor, (along with krogan poets, hanar Spectres, and foul-mouthed asari matriarchs). After moving to the Dragon Age team for Dragon Age: Inquisition, Patrick wrote characters including Cole, Solas, and the Iron Bull, and locations like that part of... Read More →


Sunday October 2, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Panels Room A

3:00pm

Audio Help for Poor, Insecure Queer Humans
Queer people & especially trans people face unique obstacles as musicians and audio engineers for games, and I want to provide both practical and technical advice to help them develop confidence and fight their limited financial means.

Speakers

Sunday October 2, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Panels Room C Camino Real

3:00pm

GBPL Champions Tourney
8 Badges Requires to Enter
Once you win 8 badges, you are eligible to enter the Champions Tournament! This tournament will pit the best of the best against each other in a single elimination tournament to name the Champion of the Golden Bay Pokemon League and GX4!
Prizes will be rewarded to the top two finishers along with honor and glory for the Champion! Do you have what it takes to be the best trainer at all of GX4?

Moderators
Sunday October 2, 2016 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Golden Bay Pokemon League Magnolia Room West

4:00pm

Wardrobe Policing and Objectification in Overwatch and at Work
Perspectives from a Queer Feminist Gamer and Cosplayer: I will cover self-censorship, empowerment, respect, healthy sensual desire, objectification, body image, and beauty norms.

Speakers
avatar for February Keeney

February Keeney

Engineering Manager, GitHub
February Keeney is passionate about building inclusive workplaces and online communities. Presently, she is furthering these goals in her role as the Engineering Manager for the Community & Safety team at GitHub. As a transgender woman in tech, February has seen both sides of male privilege. She leverages her experiences and perspective to foster greater understanding of privilege and intersectionality. Left unattended at conferences she will... Read More →


Sunday October 2, 2016 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Panels Room B

4:00pm

Over The Top Personas and Queer Acceptance
Jim Sterling and Laura Dale are two hosts of the Podquisition gaming podcast, a podcast where their over the top personas switch routinely between vulgar humour and open discussion of LGBT themes. In this panel, they discuss the effect they feel their over the top personalities have had on the audience they have built, and ways their actions led to an LGBT acceptant community.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Kate Dale

Laura Kate Dale

Laura Kate is an awesome person who certainly makes the rounds in the media and you may have heard of her! She's the Co-Host of the very popular Podquisition podcast, UK Editor at Destructoid, Freelancer for The Guardian, Polygon, Kotaku UK, and Rock, Paper, Shotgun. She is also the developer of Acceptance, a game intended to teach people some of the issues that trans people face. We're excited to have... Read More →


Sunday October 2, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Panels Room C Camino Real

4:00pm

Creating LGBTQIA Characters
Bosses of Honor Patrick and Karin Weekes, along with others discuss the creation of LGBTQIA characters in games

Speakers
avatar for David Gaider

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.
avatar for Karin Weekes

Karin Weekes

Lead Editor, EA BioWare
Karin is Lead Editor for BioWare’s three studios. She has worked at BioWare since 2006, editing Dragon Age: Inquisition, Mass Effect 3 Dragon Age II, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Mass Effect 2, Dragon Age: Origins and various DLCs for the Mass Effect and Dragon Age franchises. Karin holds an M.A. in Journalism from Stanford University, where she learned that she liked editing and writing punny headlines much more than interviewing story... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Weekes

Patrick Weekes

Writer, EA BioWare
Patrick joined BioWare’s writing team in 2005. Since then, he’s worked on all three games in the Mass Effect trilogy, where he helped write characters including Mordin, Tali, and Samantha Traynor, (along with krogan poets, hanar Spectres, and foul-mouthed asari matriarchs). After moving to the Dragon Age team for Dragon Age: Inquisition, Patrick wrote characters including Cole, Solas, and the Iron Bull, and locations like that part of... Read More →


Sunday October 2, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Panels Room A

4:00pm

Crazier Eights: Camelot
Limited Capacity seats available

Crazier Eights is a fantasy card game with some similarities to Crazy Eights or Uno in that the first player to get zero cards in hand wins, but every card can be played for a unique effect. Players take turns drawing one card, playing up to one card, and discarding up to one card.

Camelot has a theme around the King Arthur legends, and it will be on Kickstarter around October 11th. 

Speakers
JG

James Gray

Owner, Recoculous
Designer of Crazier Eights.


Sunday October 2, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Tabletop And Gaming Cypress Room

5:00pm

Breaking into VR with Unity and Google Cardboard
We’ll teach you everything you need to know to create your first VR game using the popular Unity game engine and Google Cardboard. No prior experience needed! You’ll be able to walk away from this class with a game built to your Android or iOS phone.

Speakers
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Kat Harris

Game Evangelist, Microsoft
Kat Harris is a Microsoft Technical Evangelist with expertise in game, virtual and augmented reality development based out of Los Angeles. As an evangelist, Katherine is a frequent public speaker and runs a developer blog about how to develop interactive 3D applications with the Microsoft Platform. She is the co-host of ImagineThis, a web series for students to learn about the tech industry, and The Game Dev Show on MSDN’s Channel9 network. Kat... Read More →
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Adina Shanholtz

Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
Adina Shanholtz (aka the Fey Technologist) is a Technical Evangelist for Microsoft. She graduated from Oberlin College with a double major in Computer Science and East Asian Studies. She has a passion for Game Development, Internet of Things/Wearable technology, and empowering others through programming. In her spare time Adina likes to knit, practice her Japanese, and perform hoop and poi circus arts.
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Tobiah Zarlez

Game Evangelist, Microsoft
Tobiah Zarlez has been an independent game developer since 2009, and is most famous for the physics based puzzle game "Blast Monkeys". | | Tobiah started working for Microsoft in 2013 as a Game Evangelist, helping developers make better games.


Sunday October 2, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Panels Room C Camino Real

6:00pm

Closing Ceremonies
Moderators
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Matt Conn

CEO, MidBoss
Matt Conn is the founder and CEO of MidBoss, through which he is the executive producer for the annual GaymerX gaming convention. Matt also produces LGBTQ focused gaming media, including the the cyberpunk story adventure game 2064: Read Only Memories (2016), and the 'gaymer' documentary Gaming in Color (2014). Conn is a major leader of the fight for inclusion of queer themes and developers in the video games industry and works out of San... Read More →
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Philip Jones

Bear Cub, MidBoss
Con co-chair and Expo Hall & Indie Space Director
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Toni Rocca

President, GaymerX
Toni Rocca is a feminist and an activist for creating inclusive spaces in gaming and other fandoms. As a trans woman, her expertise tends to revolve around queer issues and creating safer environments to foster creativity and enrich the culture of a space. She is known mainly for running the LGBTQ themed gaming convention GX (formerly GaymerX) in San Francisco alongside Matt Conn. Toni has most recently taken to consulting for various companies... Read More →

Speakers
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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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Mel Fox

Operations Manager, GaymerX
Art Director, producer, occasional artist, and all around creative team superstar living in Seattle. They are a voice and supporter for sex, gender, body and just about every other sort of -positivity out there.


Sunday October 2, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Panels Room A

7:00pm

GaymerX Q&A
Moderators
avatar for Philip Jones

Philip Jones

Bear Cub, MidBoss
Con co-chair and Expo Hall & Indie Space Director

Sunday October 2, 2016 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Turing Room

8:00pm

GaymerX Afterparty
Sunday October 2, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm
GaymerX Social Lounge Magnolia Room East