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Saturday, November 4
 

10:00am

Expo Hall Open
Saturday November 4, 2017 10:00am - 6:00pm
Expo Hall (6th Floor)

10:00am

Online SOS's "Safe Haven"
Online SOS is a platform that provides a safe haven to individuals experiencing online harassment. We provide mental health counseling, access to digital security and legal referrals, as well as assistance documenting and reporting online harassment. Join us to receive support and resources from one of the co-founders as well as participate in a variety of self-care activities. Our mental health professional will be present to answer any questions or say hello if you'd just like to stop by!

Saturday November 4, 2017 10:00am - 6:00pm
Community D - 5315

10:00am

Registration
Get your badge for GaymerX East 2017! Please have your ticket ready to be scanned, either on your mobile device or via a printout!

Moderators
Saturday November 4, 2017 10:00am - 6:30pm
Microsoft Technology Center (Entrance) 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

11:00am

Opening Ceremonies
Speakers
avatar for Matt Conn

Matt Conn

CEO, MidBoss
Matt Conn is the founder of Gaymer X and producer of Read Only Memories, Matt believes in making gaming accessible to everyone regardless of gender identity or sexual identity. He continues to strive to achieve equal representation in gaming for the LBGT community. He also likes... 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... 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... Read More →


Saturday November 4, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
* Panels A - 6501

11:00am

Certatus: Gladiatorial RPG (Tabletop Session)
Conquer your friends and advance your team in the gladiatorial arena! Personify a warrior inspired by ancient times - Vikings and Valkyries, Samnites and Secutors, Peltists and Pugulists. Let the crowd swing for or against you as you fight your way to valor and glory! In the backdrop of a world where magic is rare and the gods are petty. 2v2 or 3v3 vs GM team based PVP.

Presenters

Saturday November 4, 2017 11:00am - 2:00pm
Tabletop 1 - 5203

11:00am

Fall of the Last City (Tabletop Session)
Six person Real-time territory control. Intensely social, deeply thematic. Intensely strategic. A six player game where it's always your turn. 

Seats: 4-6

Saturday November 4, 2017 11:00am - 2:00pm
Tabletop 3 - 5305

12:30pm

Gay Physics
Speakers
avatar for Robert Yang

Robert Yang

video game professor, NYU Game Center
Tell me your best bathroom stories / favorite bathrooms


Saturday November 4, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
* Panels A - 6501

12:30pm

The Great Chasm of Nonbinary Content and How We Can Fill It
As nonbinary gender identities continue to gather more recognition in the world, media still trails with its portrayals of NB characters – leaving behind a great chasm of content. Why is this, and what can we do as creators to fix it?

Speakers
avatar for Wally S

Wally S

Games Writer
Wally-S is a games writer and designer who aims to tell sincere, character-driven stories that examine the relationship between a game's narrative and its players. And to also, y'know, just generally be as self-indulgent as possible.


Saturday November 4, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
* Panels C - 5412

12:30pm

Gaming for Everyone: Accessibility in the Current Gaming Landscape
This talk looks at accessibility in gaming, specifically current innovations being made to provide inclusion in gaming, specifically for those users that might be low- or no-vision, unable to hear, or physically restricted.

Moderators
avatar for Michael Cole

Michael Cole

Educational Accessibility Technologist, Wichita State University
Michael is the Educational Accessibility Technologist at Wichita State University, where he spends his days reviewing and testing software, hardware, curriculum, and the infrastructure of the school and making recommendations for implementing universal design that is accessible t... Read More →

Saturday November 4, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
* Panels B - 5411

1:30pm

Trans and Non-Binary Meetup
Saturday November 4, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Community A - 5112

2:00pm

Scrum is Dumb: Sustainable Project Management for Teams of all Sizes, Scopes, and Budgets
Project management can feel like wizardry when it magically gets a game done, but how can you even know what methods are right for your team? We’ll explore this question and others related to diverse teams in this talk about production methods.

Speakers

Saturday November 4, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
* Panels C - 5412

2:00pm

Subversive Games
Subversive games are games which break existing conventions and familiar concepts/mechanics in order to create a dialogue about those concepts (and possibly influencing how creator approach them).

Moderators
avatar for Yifat Shaik

Yifat Shaik

Game Designer, The Really Serious Game Company
Yifat is an acclaimed game designer and artist working on creating autobiographical games and subversive art. A Master of Design graduate of OCAD University, she is currently a professor of game design and 3D modeling at York University. Yifat organized of Different Games in Toro... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for JC Holder

JC Holder

Owner, Biggest Robot Productions
Creator of Anthrotari and Planet Oz. Professional software developer. Enthusiastic gamer and furry. They/them.
avatar for Alex Leitch

Alex Leitch

Lead Designer, artifact.digital
Alex Leitch is an award-winning game designer and technology consultant who lives and works in Toronto, Canada. Alex designs and builds interactive projects ranging from brain-controlled video games to high-end fintech applications for the consumer market. Recent notable projects... Read More →


Saturday November 4, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
* Panels B - 5411

2:00pm

How to get that Panel like a pro, without being one
Too often people will say they can never be on panels, or that they have nothing good to say or contribute. Not true, and our panelists will dispel those myths, give you a few tips on submitting that panel & what to do if it's accepted.

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... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Pat Baer

Pat Baer

Technical Director, UCB Theatre NY
Why hello! I'm the Technical Director at UCB NY. Across the country I perform the show/panel 404ing It, which is a comedy show aimed at shining a light on great stuff from the internet! | | I also stream at twitch.tv/patbaer I build Gundam Model Kits and LEGO!
avatar for Sammus Music

Sammus Music

Performer, NuBlack Music Group
SAMMUS (Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo) is an Ithaca, NY based rap artist, producer, and PhD student in the Department of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University. Known as much for her rousing stage presence as she is for her prowess as a beatmaker and lyricist, Sammus has spent the past several years cultivating a strong following of activists, hip hop heads, punks, and self-proclaimed nerds and geeks, among others. As noted by the Los Angeles Times, Sammus... Read More →
avatar for Benjamin Red

Benjamin Red

Product Manager
Benjamin Red worked at a major AAA studio for 6+ years before going full-time indie. He makes games to enrich the lives of those who play, focusing on themes of collaboration, crisis and personal growth. He likes queer stuff, subversive media, vegetables, dancing, and managing an... Read More →


Saturday November 4, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
* Panels A - 6501

2:00pm

Dungeons & Dragons (Tabletop Session)
Come play the 5th edition of the classic table top roleplaying game - Dungeons & Dragons

Seats 4-7

Presenters

Saturday November 4, 2017 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Tabletop 2 - 5201

2:00pm

The Commuters (Tabletop Session)
In the technomagical metropolis of New Washington, six strangers with intertwined fates board a subway car. Minutes later, it carries them out of reality as they know it.
The Commuters is a psychological horror game about the journey of self through hostile terrain. It is set in Caelyn Sandel's Age of Corporations universe.

Seats 5

Presenters

Saturday November 4, 2017 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Tabletop 1 - 5203

2:30pm

Read Only Memories: Signing and Chat Time with JJSignal and 2Mello!
Moderators
avatar for Matt Conn

Matt Conn

CEO, MidBoss
Matt Conn is the founder of Gaymer X and producer of Read Only Memories, Matt believes in making gaming accessible to everyone regardless of gender identity or sexual identity. He continues to strive to achieve equal representation in gaming for the LBGT community. He also likes... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Hopkins

Matthew Hopkins

Composer, Midboss
Hi! I'm a videogame music composer for Read Only Memories and the upcoming 2D fighter Cerebrawl, the creator of silly videogame and hip-hop remix albums for the Internet and an occasional rapper. Talk to me about a cool movie you saw, your favorite game soundtrack, or the last re... Read More →
JJ

John James

Art Director, MidBoss


Saturday November 4, 2017 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Community C - 5304

3:00pm

POC Meetup
Saturday November 4, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Community A - 5112

3:30pm

Eff you Pay Me, I'm not dying of exposure
It will be great exposure! Is something creators are often told when someone wants work for free. We'll discuss finding the value of your work, how to get paid, learning to say no, & give some basic tips on how to protect your ass(ets)


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... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mars Dixon

Mars Dixon

Vocals/Guitar, Aye Nako
Mars Dixon is a vocalist and guitarist of queer rock band, Aye Nako, in Brooklyn, NY. | | Formed in 2010, Aye Nako is a queer punk band comprised of four weirdos that write disorienting, but highly melodic punk songs while carving out a space to co-exist in the fold between... Read More →
MH

Manveer Heir

President/Creative Director, Unannounced
President and Creative Director of an unannounced video game studio. Spent 12 years working on AAA games such as Wolfenstein, Mass Effect 3, and Mass Effect: Andromeda as a gameplay designer.
avatar for Riley MacLeod

Riley MacLeod

Managing Editor, Kotaku
Riley MacLeod is the Managing Editor of Kotaku. Prior to working in digital media he taught writing workshops for trans writers and was the editor and co-founder of Topside Press, an award-winning small press focusing on trans fiction. His previous games writing has been seen at... Read More →
avatar for Sammus Music

Sammus Music

Performer, NuBlack Music Group
SAMMUS (Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo) is an Ithaca, NY based rap artist, producer, and PhD student in the Department of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University. Known as much for her rousing stage presence as she is for her prowess as a beatmaker and lyricist, Sammus has spent the past several years cultivating a strong following of activists, hip hop heads, punks, and self-proclaimed nerds and geeks, among others. As noted by the Los Angeles Times, Sammus... Read More →


Saturday November 4, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
* Panels A - 6501

3:30pm

Writing Game Rules
The rules of a game literally define it. What makes a good rulebook? How about a good rule? Do you need a reference sheet? A tabletop game can "crash" just like a videogame if your rules are ambiguous.

Moderators
avatar for Rym DeCoster

Rym DeCoster

Producer, GeekNights
GeekNights is a long-running (12 years) podcast for hobbyists, tinkerers, and, for lack of a better word, geeks. Hosts Rym and Scott delve into topics ranging from computer science to Eurogaming, anime to fantasy fiction, indie comics to gadgetry, two-four nights a week for yo... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Scott Rubin

Scott Rubin

Featured Panelist, GeekNights
GeekNights is a talk radio show for hobbyists, tinkerers, and, for lack of a better word, geeks. Hosts Rym and Scott delve into topics ranging from computer science to Eurogaming, anime to fantasy fiction, indie comics to gadgetry, twonights a week for your listening pleasure.


Saturday November 4, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
* Panels B - 5411

3:30pm

Larping the "Frivolously" Feminine
Three Larp (Live Action Roleplay) designers discuss the importance of making/playing games in settings often seen as 'frivolously' feminine (such as nail salons, sleepovers, or bachelorette parties).


Saturday November 4, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
* Panels C - 5412

4:30pm

2Mello's Extremely Chill DJ Sesh
Speakers
avatar for Matthew Hopkins

Matthew Hopkins

Composer, Midboss
Hi! I'm a videogame music composer for Read Only Memories and the upcoming 2D fighter Cerebrawl, the creator of silly videogame and hip-hop remix albums for the Internet and an occasional rapper. Talk to me about a cool movie you saw, your favorite game soundtrack, or the last re... Read More →


Saturday November 4, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Community B - 5106

4:30pm

Women's Meetup
Saturday November 4, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Community A - 5112

5:00pm

Compelling Combat
Many games have combat in them as a gameplay device or a vehicle for the story to progress, but how many games actually need combat and how many could benefit more without? Let's find out together. 

Moderators
avatar for Blaine Anderson

Blaine Anderson

Writer, Independent
I'm an enby trans girl with a passion for videogames and a proud Jewish girl to boot. I'm a writer of many subjects, both fiction and non-fiction, and I'm in the middle of getting my career off the ground and trying to get myself out there.

Speakers
avatar for Rachél Bazelais

Rachél Bazelais

Game Designer & Developer, Independent
Rachél is a front end web developer and game designer in pursuit of that sweet spot between interactivity and user centered design creating narratives through a multidisciplinary lens. She was a co-creator and co-host on the Games, Seriously Podcast. Rachél also teaches Intro t... Read More →
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 prototype... 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... Read More →


Saturday November 4, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
* Panels B - 5411

5:00pm

Working at an Indie Studio: How Different Is It?
What's the real difference between indie studios and bigger teams? A smaller team means more ownership, but more headaches too! We will talk about the personal and professional changes we experienced switching to Kitfox.

Moderators
avatar for Marcelo Perez

Marcelo Perez

Kitfox Games
Marcelo is one of the programmers at Kitfox Games (Moon Hunters). He previously worked at GEE Media where his contributions went into 100+ casual games delivered to dozens of Airline companies around the world. | Find him on Twitter @scientistsloth!

Speakers
avatar for Victoria Tran

Victoria Tran

Community Manager, Kitfox Games
Community gal with a penchant for exclamation marks and typing in all caps. | | Victoria is the community manager for Kitfox Games (creators of Moon Hunters and The Shrouded Isle) and a GameLoop Montreal co-organizer. Find her on Twitter @TheVTran!


Saturday November 4, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
* Panels A - 6501

5:00pm

Adapting Experiences for Virtual and Mixed Reality
The principles used for building a standard 3D experience fundamentally change when considering virtual and mixed reality. New devices such as the Microsoft HoloLens lets users interact with digital content in relation to the real world, disrupting the way we build experiences.  This session will explain how to consider these concepts during development as well as introduce the new medium of building 3D Mixed Reality applications and games using C#, Visual Studio, and Unity. Whether itching to build your own applications or enthusiastic about designing for these ever changing virtual mediums, you'll walk away with the tools to build your own.
 
GX EAST EXCLUSIVE: Get a chance to try the HoloLens after the talk!

Speakers
avatar for Adina Shanholtz

Adina Shanholtz

Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
Adina Shanholtz (aka the Fey Technologist) is a Technical Evangelist for Microsoft based out of New York City. She uses her passions for Virtual/Mixed Reality, Game Development, and Wearable Technology to empower others through programming. Adina has spoken in front of thousands... Read More →


Saturday November 4, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
* Panels C - 5412

5:00pm

The Commuters (Tabletop Session)
In the technomagical metropolis of New Washington, six strangers with intertwined fates board a subway car. Minutes later, it carries them out of reality as they know it.
The Commuters is a psychological horror game about the journey of self through hostile terrain. It is set in Caelyn Sandel's Age of Corporations universe.

Seats 5

Presenters

Saturday November 4, 2017 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Tabletop 1 - 5203

5:00pm

Yaoi Card Game Night (Tabletop Session)
If you like a bit of yaoi with your card games, this panel is for you. Come and sample our large selection of themed games, including boys-love flavored versions of such favorites as Fluxx, Cards Against Humanity, Superfight, and many others. PLEASE NOTE: These games is suitable for gaymers 18+ only!

Seats 3-7

Presenters

Saturday November 4, 2017 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Tabletop 2 - 5201

5:45pm

Special HoloLens Demo!
Speakers
avatar for Adina Shanholtz

Adina Shanholtz

Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
Adina Shanholtz (aka the Fey Technologist) is a Technical Evangelist for Microsoft based out of New York City. She uses her passions for Virtual/Mixed Reality, Game Development, and Wearable Technology to empower others through programming. Adina has spoken in front of thousands... Read More →


Saturday November 4, 2017 5:45pm - 6:30pm
Community B - 5106

6:00pm

Furoticon TCG: How to Play & Beginner Tournament
Presenters

Saturday November 4, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Tabletop 3 - 5305

6:30pm

RPGs and Self-Discovery
Playing an RPG is a great way to explore someone else's mindset for a few hours a week, but the characters we make can teach us about ourselves too. A bard might show you love helping people out, or a sorceress might help you realize you're a woman.

Moderators
avatar for Jake Alley

Jake Alley

Jake Alley is a game designer, writer, and activist who has never been particularly good at self-promotion, and instead tries to focus on uplifting, supporting, and providing more representation for people who thanks to marginalization don't have as much representation in games... Read More →

Saturday November 4, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
* Panels C - 5412

6:30pm

Building Care Networks Through Games: Notes about Play & Intimacy
Mattie Brice shares her research on building relationships through play and games that help us form communities in troubled times. Part artist talk part manifesto, this keynote is for emboldening players to take control of the games of life for social good.

Speakers
avatar for Mattie Brice

Mattie Brice

Mattie Brice is a play and games critic, designer, and activist. She previously wrote at publications like Kotaku, Paste Magazine, and PopMatters about design and social justice within the video game industry, and now writes independently. She also designs experimental games like... Read More →


Saturday November 4, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
* Panels A - 6501

6:30pm

Mental Health and Game Mechanics: Systems That Strike A Nerve
Game mechanics can, by design or chance, bring out aspects of our mental health. Whether it's dialogue systems that tap into social anxiety or narratives that echo depression, come discuss these experiences and more with our panel.

Moderators
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 prototype... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Paige Ashlynn

Paige Ashlynn

Coding Cutie, Bloom Digital
game dev. music fan. super queer.
avatar for Ophelie Bernard

Ophelie Bernard

Games Academic
I'm a game designer/academic, currently working towards a masters degree in game studies & design.
avatar for Jamie Johnson

Jamie Johnson

Exhibitor Coordinator, SPX
Developer, healer main, bad a games
AW

Amber Wolfer

Code Witch


Saturday November 4, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
* Panels B - 5411

7:30pm

MidBoss Update Hour!
Speakers
avatar for Matt Conn

Matt Conn

CEO, MidBoss
Matt Conn is the founder of Gaymer X and producer of Read Only Memories, Matt believes in making gaming accessible to everyone regardless of gender identity or sexual identity. He continues to strive to achieve equal representation in gaming for the LBGT community. He also likes... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Hopkins

Matthew Hopkins

Composer, Midboss
Hi! I'm a videogame music composer for Read Only Memories and the upcoming 2D fighter Cerebrawl, the creator of silly videogame and hip-hop remix albums for the Internet and an occasional rapper. Talk to me about a cool movie you saw, your favorite game soundtrack, or the last re... Read More →
JJ

John James

Art Director, MidBoss
avatar for Philip Jones

Philip Jones

VP of Creative, MidBoss
Con co-chair and Expo Hall & Indie Space Director


Saturday November 4, 2017 7:30pm - 8:30pm
* Panels A - 6501
 
Sunday, November 5
 

10:00am

Quiet Space
This room will be used for folks to sit and recharge!

Sunday November 5, 2017 10:00am - 6:00pm
Community D - 5315

10:00am

Expo Hall Open
Sunday November 5, 2017 10:00am - 6:00pm
Expo Hall (6th Floor)

10:00am

Registration
Get your badge for GaymerX East 2017! Please have your ticket ready to be scanned, either on your mobile device or via a printout!

Moderators
Sunday November 5, 2017 10:00am - 6:30pm
Microsoft Technology Center (Entrance) 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

11:00am

Seats at the Internet Table: Finding Room in RPGs With Friends
How online RPG play makes room for me, global friends (made through fandom), and you too! Tales from campaigns (including my queer Latina teen superhero, & a friend’s genderqueer hero with illusory powers), advice, community, & possibility.


Sunday November 5, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
* Panels A - 6501

11:00am

Life After Graduation
Are colleges giving students the skills and opportunities they need for careers in game development and design? We'll hear from several recent graduates about their first years in the industry and what they wish they'd known.

Moderators
avatar for Ken Gagne

Ken Gagne

Host, Polygamer
Host of the Polygamer podcast, a biweekly show celebrating equality and diversity in games and the gaming community.

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Jiao Hsia

Jenny Jiao Hsia

Independent
I like making stuffed animals in my free time!!!!! I just finished watching all of Breaking Bad and now I am on Season 3 of Game of Thrones. My favorite game is probably Animal Crossing and I am very excited for the new Animal Crossing coming out on mobile!!!!
avatar for Rejon Taylor-Foster

Rejon Taylor-Foster

Mad Scientist / Founder, Maximum Crash
Hey what's up? I'm Rejon. I'm a multi skilled creator of games, apps, and web stuff. I come from Mount Vernon, New York, but I've currently set up shop in Massachusetts. I like to experiment, travel, and build slick af experiences.


Sunday November 5, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
* Panels B - 5411

11:00am

Diversity Tools and Takeaways
Instead of another diversity is good type of talk, let us give you tools to work with in making your games and workplace more inclusive. This panel focuses on giving people who are beyond a 101 level of understanding inclusion concrete things.

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... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chris Barney

Chris Barney

Senior UI Engineer, Transperfect
Christopher Barney obtained undergraduate and graduate game design degrees in the days before such things were widely available. He contributed his game design and programming skills to Pearson’s web based MMO, Poptropica, for more than five years as well as serving as the lead internal game designer for the educational games website funbrain.com. Chris has been lecturing at Northeastern University's Masters in Game Design program for the past two years as well as developing games independently as Metahex Studio. Prior to breaking into the gaming industry, Chris worked as a live events writer for... Read More →
avatar for Catt Small

Catt Small

Product Designer, Etsy
Catt is a product designer, game maker, and developer. She is currently making awesome things at Etsy. | | With a design career spanning over ten years, she has done design work for companies of all sizes including SoundCloud, Bedrocket, and Nasdaq. She started coding around the age of 10 and designing at the age of 15. In 2011, she graduated from SVA with a BFA in Graphic Design and later received an MS in Integrated Digital Media from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering in 2016. | | An observer at heart, Catt focuses on ways to improve the lives of people through design. She is interested in ways to increase empathy through interactive media. Many of her personal projects center around the human experience and tackle issues related to interpersonal relationships, self-expression, gender, and race. | | In addition to her product design work, Catt makes video games by herself and with friends. She is one-third of Brooklyn Gamery, a Brooklyn-based game development studio that also organizes diversity-focused game jams and events. In her spare time, she organizes diversity and inclusion-focused events with Good for PoC. She sometimes draws comics... Read More →


Sunday November 5, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
* Panels C - 5412

11:00am

Game Session: Burgle's Bounty
Sunday November 5, 2017 11:00am - 2:00pm
Arcade 6203

11:00am

Certatus: Gladiatorial RPG (Tabletop Session)
Conquer your friends and advance your team in the gladiatorial arena! Personify a warrior inspired by ancient times - Vikings and Valkyries, Samnites and Secutors, Peltists and Pugulists. Let the crowd swing for or against you as you fight your way to valor and glory! In the backdrop of a world where magic is rare and the gods are petty. 2v2 or 3v3 vs GM team based PVP.

Presenters

Sunday November 5, 2017 11:00am - 2:00pm
Tabletop 1 - 5203

11:00am

Kingdom Death: Monster (Tabletop Session)
Kingdom Death: Monster is a cooperative "choose your own adventure" style journey through a nightmarish world where resources are scarce and death is always present. Designed to be a form of Dungeons and Dragons without a Dungeon Master, the group must make choices to control a fledgling settlement through its initial development, use resources and equipment to improve characters, and ultimately plan for the next difficult encounter. Warning: the game, through its horror / gothic elements, depicts significant violence and gore. Recommended for gaymers 18+.

Seats 4+

Sunday November 5, 2017 11:00am - 2:00pm
Tabletop 2 - 5201

11:00am

Game Session: Furoticon
Presenters

Sunday November 5, 2017 11:00am - 6:00pm
Arcade 6203

11:00am

Game Session: Ultimate Clap Back Game
Presenters

Sunday November 5, 2017 11:00am - 6:00pm
Arcade 6309 6309

12:30pm

These Cities Are Made Of More than Pixel Bricks and Asphalt
The entity that is the city has long been a curiosity for film, fine art, music, and even video games. The city attracts all types of people, throws them in a landscape of glass and brick and creates a space that feels uncomfortably unnatural and beautiful all at the same time.

Join Shawn, designer and artist of Corporate Vandals and the upcoming Treachery in Beatdown City as he talks about his path of getting reacquainted with New York City in person, on google maps, and in various media while building a city that aims to evoke that uncomfortable unnatural beauty in all its splendor.

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


Sunday November 5, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
* Panels A - 6501

12:30pm

Reclaiming my OoT: How Gaming Saved Me from Compassion Fatigue
What is Compassion Fatigue, and how did I find self-care in video games and gaming communities? We explore self-care through a trauma-informed lens, and how you can take care of yourself while navigating social justice movements and current events.

Moderators
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Raffy Regulus

Volunteer Coordinator, GaymerX East
Raffy Regulus (Pronouns They/Them/Theirs) has served the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-Affected communities for about 10 years. Currently, Raffy works as a Counselor/Advocate with the New York City Anti-Violence Project, where they focus on suppor... Read More →

Speakers
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Johnathan Gibbs

Founder, Edugaytion
Johnathan Gibbs - Founder of Edugaytion, QPOC online personality blasianFMA, past panelist and moderator for Pax East (3 Consecutive Years), Producer for The Koalition, contributing editor at King of Reads and former contributing editor at 2D-X.com (now defunct). Talk to me about... Read More →
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Asia Lyons

Counselor/Advocate, NYC Anti-Violence Project
Asia Lyons is currently a counselor advocate at the NYC Anti-Violence Project and has obtain a BA in Psychology and currently in her MSW program at Hunter college. Asia has worked with the LGBTG and HIV affected population for over ten years. Asia has a dog named Emmy and enjoys... Read More →
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Mia Mikowicz

MSW Intern, Client Services, New York City Anti-Violence Project
Mia is a queer trans writer and Student Social Worker hailing from Santa Rosa, CA. Their pronouns are she and her or anything gender neutral. Mia studies Clinical Social Work at Hunter with a focus on Global Social Work Practice and working with immigrants and refugees. She aspir... Read More →
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Albert Taveras

Albert Marine Taveras (Pronouns: He/Him/They/Them) is a rising star in the LGBTQ Community, having been featured recently in ad campaigns with Nike and Milk Makeup, as well as having appeared on the View to discuss fluidity in sexuality, gender, and relationships. For two years... Read More →


Sunday November 5, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
* Panels B - 5411

1:30pm

Women's Meetup
Sunday November 5, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Community A - 5112

2:00pm

Roleplaying Romance
How do you roleplay romance or sex? Can playing such roles teach us anything? Does fictional heartbreak hurt? This talk will explore how & why games do romance, and how imagined relationships can comment on and affect real ones.

Speakers
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Sharang Biswas

Sharang Biswas is a award-winning game designer, writer, and artist based in New York City. He has taught and lectured about game design for institutions such as NYU, Games for Change and the Museum of the Moving Image, and at conferences such as IndieCade and the Boston Festival... Read More →


Sunday November 5, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
* Panels C - 5412

2:00pm

404'ing It: Breaking (Down) the Internet
404ing It: Breaking (Down) the Internet is a comedy show that features a panel of experts who break down the best the internet has to offer. It's everything you love about the internet with none of the jerky YouTube comments.

Moderators
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Pat Baer

Technical Director, UCB Theatre NY
Why hello! I'm the Technical Director at UCB NY. Across the country I perform the show/panel 404ing It, which is a comedy show aimed at shining a light on great stuff from the internet! | | I also stream at twitch.tv/patbaer I build Gundam Model Kits and LEGO!

Speakers
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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 prototype... Read More →
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Danielle Riendeau

Managing Editor, Waypoint
Hi! I'm the brand-spanking new Managing Editor at Waypoint, Vice's new gaming site, formerly of Zam and Polygon! I also host the Idle Weekend Podcast on the Idle Thumbs network, teach game design at the Berklee College of Music, make tiny games, volunteer as an EMT, run many mile... Read More →


Sunday November 5, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
* Panels A - 6501

2:00pm

Nostalgia - formation of personal identity
This panel is a discussion between friends and colleagues about our video game nostalgia of childhood and how certain IPs, characters, and narratives helped us form our identities.

Speakers
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Nicolas Barriere-K

Senior Game Designer, Casa Rara
Nicolas is a game designer based in Montreal, Canada, with over seven years of experience in various design, creative, marketing and community management roles. | | He's currently working at Casa Rara on narrative-driven VR games, films and interactive experiences... Read More →
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Arden Ripley

Writer & creator of Date or Die, skeleton enthusiast, friendly gremlin
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Emperatriz Ung

Emperatriz is a Chinese-Colombian writer from Southern California’s Inland Empire. She is currently pursuing her MFA in game design at New York University. Find her on twitter at @mprtrzng.


Sunday November 5, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
* Panels B - 5411

2:00pm

Game Sessions: Tiny Swords
Sunday November 5, 2017 2:00pm - 5:00pm
TBA

2:00pm

Dungeons & Dragons (Tabletop Session)
Come play the 5th edition of the classic table top roleplaying game - Dungeons & Dragons

Seats 4-7

Presenters

Sunday November 5, 2017 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Tabletop 1 - 5203

2:00pm

Fall of the Last City (Tabletop Session)
Six person Real-time territory control. Intensely social, deeply thematic. Intensely strategic. A six player game where it's always your turn. 

Seats: 4-6

Sunday November 5, 2017 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Tabletop 3 - 5305

2:00pm

Kingdom Death: Monster (Tabletop Session)
Kingdom Death: Monster is a cooperative "choose your own adventure" style journey through a nightmarish world where resources are scarce and death is always present. Designed to be a form of Dungeons and Dragons without a Dungeon Master, the group must make choices to control a fledgling settlement through its initial development, use resources and equipment to improve characters, and ultimately plan for the next difficult encounter. Warning: the game, through its horror / gothic elements, depicts significant violence and gore. Recommended for gaymers 18+.

Seats 4+

Sunday November 5, 2017 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Tabletop 2 - 5201

3:00pm

POC Meetup
Sunday November 5, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Community A - 5112

3:30pm

Kitty Powers Love Life - The Difficult Second Video Game
Speakers
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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, releasing their first title, YouTube sensation... Read More →


Sunday November 5, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
* Panels A - 6501

3:30pm

Women in Competitive Gaming
Panelists have been in the competitive gaming/commentary field for years. As established female gamers who has witnessed the good and the bad, this panel will offer guidance, resources and support about how to make it in competitive gaming.

Moderators
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Kara Klaczynski

I am a competitive Catherine Player and commentator. BlueRisu (Super Smash Brothers Melee Player) and I met through competitive gaming and are here to share our stories, answer questions and discuss the topic of Women in Competitive Gaming.

Speakers

Sunday November 5, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
* Panels C - 5412

3:30pm

Grey Wardens: gaming, aging and building community
Gaymer culture is as diverse in age as it is in interest - but many of us grow into adults with little contact with those a generation ahead or behind us. Is ageism a thing? Let’s talk about games, careers, work/life balance and more.

Moderators
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Tod Companion

Gaymer, geek, recovering scientist. Buddhist. RPGs, FPS, 3DS, vida, xbox, xbone, ps3

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... Read More →


Sunday November 5, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
* Panels B - 5411

4:30pm

Trans and Non-Binary Meetup
Sunday November 5, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Community A - 5112

5:00pm

Dealing w/ my Feels: Navigating the Future as an Empath
Speakers
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Sammus Music

Performer, NuBlack Music Group
SAMMUS (Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo) is an Ithaca, NY based rap artist, producer, and PhD student in the Department of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University. Known as much for her rousing stage presence as she is for her prowess as a beatmaker and lyricist, Sammus has spent the past several years cultivating a strong following of activists, hip hop heads, punks, and self-proclaimed nerds and geeks, among others. As noted by the Los Angeles Times, Sammus... Read More →


Sunday November 5, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
* Panels A - 6501

5:00pm

It's Not You, It's Me: Depicting Your Personal Truth in Trans Characters
This isn't a panel telling cis people how to write trans people. This is me talking about writing trans characters through every stage of coming out & the power of putting your own experiences into your characters, as messy and imperfect as they are.

Moderators
avatar for Arden Ripley

Arden Ripley

Writer & creator of Date or Die, skeleton enthusiast, friendly gremlin

Speakers

Sunday November 5, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
* Panels C - 5412

5:00pm

Mindfulness for Game Devs: How to Survive Crunch Without Crushing Your Soul
Surviving crunch or a toxic work environment can be stressful, so here are a number of "mind tricks" and short, portable meditations to take your self care to SOUL care.

Speakers
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Amanda Gardner

Co-founder/Writer, The Deep End Games
Mindful meditation mama of four, indie dev, co-founder and writer at The Deep End Games (Perception, out for Switch/PS4/XB1/PC) Talk to me about yoga, veganism, geekery and raising kids while making games. :D


Sunday November 5, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
* Panels B - 5411

6:30pm

Closing Ceremonies
That's it, that's all for 2017! Come and celebrate another successful GaymerX event, give feedback on what worked and what didn't before we call it a night

Speakers
avatar for Matt Conn

Matt Conn

CEO, MidBoss
Matt Conn is the founder of Gaymer X and producer of Read Only Memories, Matt believes in making gaming accessible to everyone regardless of gender identity or sexual identity. He continues to strive to achieve equal representation in gaming for the LBGT community. He also likes... 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... Read More →
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Philip Jones

VP of Creative, 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... Read More →


Sunday November 5, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
* Panels A - 6501