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ICYMI – #SwordsOfSorrow & Magical Cupcakes with @karnythia

Mikki Kendall

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We chatted with Mikki Kendall about her debut comic, #SwordsOfSorrow, breaking into the industry, speaking at AlterConf Chicago, diversity in conventions and more.

We’re part of the Geeked.fm network along with Geeks in Sneaks, Chromatic Life and More than Bits. We have tees, and other items in the #INeedDiverseGames spreadshirt shop. We’re splitting the profits 50/50 with Chachibobinks. Thanks to Shareef Jackson for posting a pic with his mug!

We’ve got a blog to compliment the show! Follow us at outoftokenscast.wordpress.com If you have questions, compliments, hate mail feel free to drop a note here as well.


Mafia III trailer released, has black man who is a vet, set in NOLA in 1968

What we’re playing/reading:

  • Mikki: Reading for Hidden Youth, Fifth Season by NK Jemisin, Colors In,
  • Tanya: Witcher 3, Dragon Age Inquisition
  • David: Shadowrun: Dragonfall, Star Trek Online

Where to find our guest online:

Where to find your hosts online:

You can listen to the show at freshoutoftokens.simplecast.fm, email us at freshoutoftokens@gmail.com and follow us on twitter at @OutOfTokensCast.

Who do you want to hear on the show next year?

We’re thinking ahead to 2016 and would love to know some folks you want to hear on the show! Reply to this post, @ us on Twitter at @OutOfTokensCast or email freshoutoftokens@gmail.com

Here’s our guest wishlist so far, in no particular order:

  • DJ Benhameen, Tatiana Ali & Chico Leo from the Fan Bro’s Show
  • Manveer Heir – Mass Effect Andromeda
  • Gail Simone
  • Sam Maggs
  • Aisha Tyler
  • Allegra Clark
  • Kieran Strange
  • Karin & Patrick Weekes
  • Quinn Murphy
  • Chris Chinn & Na’amen (Yellow Peril & Magical Negro podcast)
  • Emily Care Boss
  • Ann Lemay – Mass Effect Andromeda
  • Parris and Danny from Gamertag Radio
  • Nelson – Videogames and the Bible
  • Game Enthus Crew
  • Mafia III Devs

Guest updates, thank you all so much for your support of the show!

Have some guest updates!

We’re pretty much booked through the end of 2015! We couldn’t have done this without your support. Thank you!

We’ll also be taking Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s weeks off recording. Please listen, rate and review! We’re on iTunes, Stitcher or nab the RSS link to add us to your favorite podcast listening app.

Current Episode as of this post:

#SwordsOfSorrow and Magical Cupcakes with Mikki Kendall

Prior to this post:

Ladies Night: AKA Hawke Feels

Future Episodes (already recorded):

  • Matt Conn & Toni Rocca; air date 9/30
  • Kirsty Connor; air date 10/7
  • Allan Schumacher 10/14
  • Katriel Page; air date 10/21
  • David Gaider; air date 10/28
  • Megan Condis; air date 11/4
  • Timothy Lewinson; air date 11/11

Future Guests:

  • Chachi Bobinks; recording 9/30
  • Deborah Budding; recording 10/7
  • Cicero Holmes & Kahlief Adams; Spawn on Me; recording 10/14
  • Carolyn VanEseltine; recording 10/21
  • BrothaDom; recording 10/28
  • Veerender Jubbal; recording 11/4
  • Jeremy Yoder; recording 11/11
  • Brianna and Frank Wu; recording 11/17
  • Rachel Kronick; recording 12/2
  • PyunPyun Chan; recording 12/16

While you wait for new content, enjoy past episodes via Stitcher.

ICYMI ~ @OutOfTokensCast #11 – Ladies Night – AKA HAWKE FEELS!


So we’re doing things a little differently this time around, David gets the night off as we have a ladies night to spill all our Hawke feels on the table, the floor, everywhere.

Tanya is joined by Sylvia Monreal and LC Brown to have a night of Hawke FEELS! This happened because of a question LC asked of Sylvia before she joined us for the first time on Fresh Out of Tokens.

Also! We had our first fanmail relevant to both Dragon Age and Sylvia’s time with us, so we added that into the show 🙂 Full text is below:


Hello! I just wanted to say that I really loved your discussion on Dragon Age and the Hawke Immigration piece! I was really pleased that other people put as much personal stuff onto their Hawkes/Inquisitors as I do. I’ve had issues with masculinity in general and as a queer man, something that playing Mass Effect and Dragon Age have helped me with. I just wanted to say that I really loved this episode and I think that Fresh Out of Tokens is really fantastic and you all are doing great work and through this podcast I’ve been introduced to great people in the industry. (Also, if you do ever get the urge to do a Dragon Age feels podcast, I would be glad to lend my voice!)

Thank you so much for everything you guys are doing! From Tyler Pollock, cyberpunkwarlok on Twitter

Points of discussion for this episode:

•LC: DA2 as a story of grief, mothers in Dragon Age, female friendships (which ones work, which ones don’t) – just some ideas

•Sylvia: Controlling versus being Hawke – how does playing Hawke differ from nameless heroes like the Warden or the Inquisitor? Was your Hawke their own person or an avatar, and how did that affect the game for you? Who is your Hawke’s best friend? DA2 as an immigrant story – Sylvia on FemHype

•Tanya: Fenris and Tevinter, the way in which his trauma as a former is ignored, and the way in which the fandom seems to ignore/coddle/fails to acknowledge lyrium addiction, by Templars, and also vilifies Anders w/o accepting the abuse he faced in the Circle.

What we’re playing:

  • LC: Guacamelee (new edition), Fibbage, Hatoful Boyfriend
  • Sylvia: Assassin’s Creed: Liberation, No Pineapple Left Behind (Alpha)
  • Tanya: Dragon Age Inquisition

Where to find our guests online:

Where to find Tanya Online:

You can listen to the show at freshoutoftokens.simplecast.fm, email us at freshoutoftokens@gmail.com and follow us on twitter at @OutOfTokensCast.

ICYMI – Feminist gaming fight club with Amy Isaac

Amy picture for FOOT

We chatted with Amy about gender disparity in voice acting, queer indie games research, WoW Raid design and starting a feminist gaming club at her college among lots of things!

Listen on Fresh Out Of Tokens site // Download the MP3

We were featured in FemHype’s Sunday Loot on August 2nd! They had a piece every Sunday about a different topic or highlighting folks in the gaming space. We got a lovely write up along with our Brookago bro’s Spawn on Me, AppleCider Mage and Tzoefit on Justice Points, Anna Tarkov and Jessica Dennis from Unconsoleable, BTAPodcast Network, along with a few other podcasts we didn’t know about.

Question for Amy:

David had a question about the game Amy made: There’s a Bee in Here


What we’re playing:

  • Amy: Heroes of the Storm, World of Warcraft, Transistor, Chibi-Robo, Alpha-Bear
  • Tanya: Witcher 3, Dragon Age Inquisition
  • David: Shadowrun: Dragonfall, Cookie Jam, Star Trek Online

Where to find our guest online:

Where to find your hosts online:

You can listen to the show at freshoutoftokens.simplecast.fm, email us at freshoutoftokens@gmail.com and follow us on twitter at @OutOfTokensCast.


The intro is from Magical Girls Can Trap by MGC.

The song at the end is Cold Like Metal (sinyk x juliustherobot) by MGC.

Both are from the album Magical Girls Run the World.

Date Night with the @DialogueWheel #38: Fresh Out of Tokens Podcast

We got a chance to hang out with the fine folks of the Dialogue Wheel podcast and talk about @outoftokenscast!

Published on Sep 5, 2015

Welcome to Date Night with the Dialogue Wheel episode 38, wherein we kick back with Tanya (@cyperoftyr) and David (@RedConversation) from the Fresh Out of Tokens podcast. 

FOoT Podcast Page: https://freshoutoftokens.simplecast.fm/
Tanya’s Patreon: patreon.com/INeedDiverseGames
David’s Patreon: patreon.com/redconversation

Tonight’s cast includes Chachi (@ChachiBobinks) & our PA, Andrew (@abakern7).

We totally ship this conversation. 

The Dialogue Wheel theme song is “Please Mind the Dubstep” by Bitbasic. Channel art by Chachi. All other Dragon Age-related information is property of @BioWare.

September is #Bioware month on Fresh Out of Tokens!

This month we’re lucky enough to have not one, but two guests from Bioware joining us behind the mic!

On September 9th, we’re recording with Allan Schumacher, SDET on #MassEffect:Andromeda. We’ll talk about gaming, diversity and things he’s seen changing in the industry in his time at Bioware.

Then on September 23rd, we’ll talk with David Gaider, who’s moved on from being Lead Writer on the Dragon series; specifically this IGN piece on making Dorian Pavus for Dragon Age Inquisition. We’ll also talk about diversity in gaming and other topics.

Really looking forward to both of them on the show.

Get your #AltGames fix with Jason Vega


Listen on freshoutoftokens.simplecast.fm // or // Download the MP3

We talk about Indie to AAA games marketing, get a lesson on #AltGames from our guest Jason Vega, aka @vegapedia everywhere and a lot more.

We had a great time with Jason and look forward to more from him in the #AltGames space.

Question for Jason:

Via @Comosedicenerd on twitter: I’ve read a bit about #altgames and want to learn more – any recommendations on what to play/read? Thanks!

What we’re playing:

  • Jason: Strawberry Cubes, Journey
  • Tanya: Witcher 3, Mortal Kombat X, Journey
  • David: Shadowrun: Dragonfall

#AltGames folks you should follow:

Where to find our guest online:

Where to find your hosts online:

You can listen to the show at freshoutoftokens.simplecast.fm, email us at freshoutoftokens@gmail.com and follow us on twitter at @OutOfTokensCast.