It’s been a very long time since Out of Tokens did anything but hey, times change, motivation returns and other things. First off, the show is returning in 2019 but in a different format! We’ll be on Twitch instead of audio only and just bi-weekly instead of weekly. The show will be on twitch.tv/indg, exact day of the week is still being worked out as our EIC streams regularly on her own channel. Follow us on twitter for updates and announcementson the shows return!
Secondly, there’s a new episode for you all to enjoy. Not an interview, but audio from the PAX Unplugged panel that our EIC did on racism in TTRPG’s.
Audio of the PAX Unplugged panel I moderated about not having racism in your TTRPG settings, games or in your table.
Tabletop is growing and expanding, and with it there’s an increased need for diversity at the table. Let’s talk frankly about why racism at the table shouldn’t be a thing you do as a GM or player. Also, let’s get real about racism in our settings and campaigns, talk about what we can do to stamp it out as much as possible in a land where elves, orcs, and dragons roam but racism seems to be a neverending boss battle.
Moderator: Tanya DePass ~ @cypheroftyr
Omari Akil ~ @OmariAkil
Adam Koebel ~ @skinnyghost
Nadja Otikor ~ @Trist_Chi
Carlos Luna ~ @CarlosCrits
Surena Marie ~ @SurenaXMarie
APoisal ~ @APoisal
Our fabulous guests! Katherine Cross, our dapper scholastic games critiquer extraordinaire whose work appears in Feministing and Gamasutra, next we have Tauriq Moosa, who loves the Witcher 3 while giving it a critical side eye, is wicked smart and writes for Polygon, Guardian, Daily Beast, Mary Sue, an and quite a few other places. Last but certainly not least, we have Austin Walker, who recently joined Giant Bomb, congrats on the newish gig! Apologies in advance for some audio issues. Technology turned on us mid-recording so there’s been some editorial finagling done to bring you this episode.
POC in gaming critique that people should be reading, listening to and hiring to write?
Where to find our guests online:
Where to find your hosts online:
Tanya D. – @cypheroftyr // @INeedDivGms
Twitch: twitch.tv/cypheroftyr // twitch.tv/INeedDivGms
Patreon: patreon.com/INeedDiverseGames // patreon.com/cypheroftyr
David L. Reeves – Patreon, @RedConversation, twitch [twitch.tv/red_conversation]
We chatted with Anthony Burch about his #GX3 talk, diversity in AAA spaces, dug deep into some Borderlands lore for listener questions, and he convinced Tanya to re-up her Hulu sub for RocketJump.
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Image for this week’s episode taken from tweet posted by [tonitonirocca] from Anthony’s panel at GX3
This episode guest edited by Kahlief Adams of the Spawn On Me podcast
Questions for Anthony:
- What is the one game you think everyone should experience, and why?
- Hey Anthony, whatcha reading?
- Was Borderlands 2 made for Bronies, and am I an honorary Brony because I enjoyed it? (maybe explain context of that being a thing during your GX3 panel?)
- Handsome Jack is a polarizing figure in that so many people felt empathy for him, even going so far as to defend his actions. What was the thought process in creating such a nuanced villain that plays the gamer as much as the Vault Hunters?
- I have heard conflicting things about Axton. I know that because of the reviving glitch that made him hit on male as well as female teammates he was then made bi in canon. But I have also heard that he was initially supposed to be written as gay, but gearbox decided not to. My question is: which came first?
from @jessicadennis: Tell us more about Ellie; how involved were you with her story, and how do you feel about the message of her character and story, particularly the Positive Body Image quest? What was the inspiration? Obviously it’s super unusual to have an obese character in a game other than to be the butt of stupid jokes, so it would be interesting to hear more about how Ellie came about.
Todd Harper’s Polygon article Anthony referenced in answering this question
What we’re playing/reading:
Tanya: Dragon Age Inquisition, AC Syndicate
Where to find your hosts online: