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Thursday, December 10
 

5:00pm

Badge Pickup (Th)
Thursday December 10, 2015 5:00pm - 10:30pm
San Jose Marriott 301 S. Market Street, San Jose CA

8:00pm

VIP Party featuring The Super Soul Bros! -- (VIP Ticket Required)
Limited Capacity seats available
You need this ticket from Eventbrite to sign up: GX3 VIP Ticket (21+) (VIP Party December 10) (or DONOR ticket) 
Come party with us at the pre-GX3 VIP Party featuring the sweet sounds of the SUPER SOUL BROTHERS!

Speakers
avatar for Robbie Benson

Robbie Benson

Musician & Filmmaker, Super Soul Bros. / UbseyMovies
Bandleader & keyboardist for Super Soul Bros. Filmmaker/actor of UbseyMovies currently producing EarthBound Saga and the upcoming documentary EarthBound USA.
avatar for Jeff Benson

Jeff Benson

Filmmaker, UbseyMovies & Fangamer LLC.
I AM JEFF I DO BUSINESS


Thursday December 10, 2015 8:00pm - 11:45pm
GX Ballroom A & B Marriott - Salon I + II + III
 
Friday, December 11
 

8:00am

Badge Pickup (F)
Friday December 11, 2015 8:00am - 10:00pm
San Jose Marriott 301 S. Market Street, San Jose CA

10:00am

Opening Ceremonies!
Limited Capacity seats available

Opening! Ceremonies!

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 →


Friday December 11, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
GX Ballroom A & B Marriott - Salon I + II + III

10:00am

Donor Lounge (Open for Donor Tickets) (F)
Friday December 11, 2015 10:00am - 11:00pm
Donor Lounge Donor Lounge (3rd Floor)

10:00am

Unicorn Booty Press Lounge (Open for Press) (F)
Friday December 11, 2015 10:00am - 11:00pm
Unicorn Booty Press Lounge (3rd Floor) Marriott (3rd Floor)

11:00am

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

Philip Jones

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

Friday December 11, 2015 11:00am - 6:00pm
GX Expo Hall Convention Center

11:00am

Tabletop & Card Gaming Open (F)
Looking for some of the organized games being scheduled? Visit our Warhorn site!

Email tim@midboss.com with any questions! 

Friday December 11, 2015 11:00am - 10:00pm
Tabletop & Card Gaming Room Marriott

11:00am

Golden Bay PKMN League Open (F)
The Golden Bay City Gym is back as the Golden Bay Pokemon League! This year we will have more games (trivia, pokemon stadium, etc.), more chances to battle for badges, a new setup, and a league championship! Year three is going to be awesome!

We will be doing some old events and new ones, including (many of these will have prizes!):

  • Trivia Contests 
  • Pokemon Stadium Minigames 
  • Pokemon Snap Minigame 
  • Battle Tournament
  • Pokemon Improv Show 
  • 8 new gyms (each with a new badge from last year) 
  • Pokemon League Championship Tournament

Thank you everyone! We all love GX and look forward to giving all the Pokemon Trainers of GX3 a place to hangout, have fun, and feel included and safe! :D

Speakers

Friday December 11, 2015 11:00am - 11:00pm
The Golden Bay PKMN Gym Marriott - The Boardroom

11:00am

GX Arcade Open (F)
Friday December 11, 2015 11:00am - 11:00pm
The Arcade Convention Center

12:00pm

How to Deal with Depression in the Games Industry
The games industry can be hard on those who comprise its core. Deadlines are missed, budgets are exceeded, sales aren't guaranteed, and the internet is not always kind. Depression is not uncommon in games; together, we will learn how to combat it.

Moderators
avatar for Zachary Snader

Zachary Snader

VP, Growth & Development, DUUL
Love and eSports | Cutest Baby in Phoenix, 1992 | Ambidextrous | VP, Growth & Development at @DUULNow | Let’s create! #yesphx #phxmade | | Life is awesome. Some of the finer things in life that I tend to purvey are relationships, entrepreneurship, games and their communities, and eSports. I've been a part of the games industry since 2010, developing a few games, managing a few properties, launching a few projects, and -- most recently... Read More →

Friday December 11, 2015 12:00pm - 12:45pm
GXTalks B Marriott - Salon V

12:00pm

Queer Gamers Coast to Coast
Can a game change someone's life? Do LGBTQ gamers see something in games that other players don't? Does it matter whether games feature same-sex relationships? How do LGBTQ gamers find each other, and what happens when they get together in one place?

What IS a queer gamer, anyway?

We've gathered video interviews with over 50 queer/ally gamers across the country addressing those questions, and we'll be sharing their personal stories here. Interviews touched on the importance of games, building community, and the value of events like GX3.

For more details, check out this video.

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 James Morris

James Morris

I'm sleepy.


Friday December 11, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
GX Ballroom 2 Marriott - Salon III

12:00pm

Sneaky Tips to Boost Downloads, Increase Sales, and... Get Banned
The game marketplace is exploding—how do you compete? There are shortcuts to success, but they come at a high cost. A damaged reputation, bad reviews, and outright bans hurt you in the long run. Hear anecdotes and best practices to succeed ethically.

Moderators
avatar for Peter Heinrich

Peter Heinrich

Developer Evangelist, Games, Amazon.com
I'm a Developer Evangelist with Amazon, specializing in mobile game development, user acquisition, and web services. I talk a lot about best practices for creating games on mobile platforms, game design, coding, marketing, and monetization. Before Amazon, I was a full-time game developer for fifteen years, working on desktop and console titles before moving to online and mobile games. I co-founded two indie game studios, Zero Entertainment and... Read More →

Friday December 11, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
GXTalks A Marriott - Salon IV

12:00pm

Cynical Reasons to Diversify Your Cast
There are hundreds of moral and philosophical reasons to increase diversity in your games and development teams. But how do you convince the people who don't care about any of that? How do you use dollar signs, and pragmatic thinking, and slightly gross social engineering to make your game more diverse? Anthony Burch, lead writer of Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, has a few ideas.

Speakers

Friday December 11, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
GX Ballroom 1 Marriott - Salon I + II

12:00pm

POC Safe Space

Because GX3 is a physical space that extends into the virtual spaces of twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc, one of the things we are providing is space for in-person networking and socialization for our POC attendees.


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 →

Friday December 11, 2015 12:00pm - 1:30pm
The Turing Room A & B Marriott (3rd Floor)

1:00pm

Gaymers: The Difference A 'Y' Makes
What do Gaymers want?  What makes them different?  How do we make games they will love (and why should we even try)?  These are the questions that Game Designer Paul S. Nowak sought to answer when he conducted the industry’s most-recent academically admissible research into the connection between sexual identity and video game playing preferences.  Here, for the first time, he presents the results of his international survey of gay gamers, including guidelines for making successful homosexual content in games and real-world case studies of their successful implementations from his own career.  

Moderators
avatar for Paul S. Nowak

Paul S. Nowak

Game Designer
Currently designing games in his new home of Los Angeles, CA, Paul is thrilled to be gaining valuable experience as a game designer. He is most proud of his accomplishments as Senior Game Designer/Producer on Team USA’s Pinsanity, a social/mobile game for the US Olympic Team, and for his design work on Disney’s Pixie Hollow (an online virtual world starring Tinkerbell and her fairy friends.) | | Having graduated as valedictorian from... Read More →

Friday December 11, 2015 1:00pm - 1:45pm
GXTalks B Marriott - Salon V

1:00pm

Make Your Own Damn Game
We've waited long enough for game characters that represent us. Don't keep waiting -- make your own damn game! Rob will show some diverse example games from folks who decided to tell their own personal stories in video game form. You'll also learn about some tools that make it easy to get started. In fact, if all goes well, we'll make a short game during the session! To top it all of, Rob will share his own secret strategies for making great queer games to help jumpstart your own creative ideas.

Moderators
avatar for Rob Jagnow

Rob Jagnow

Founder & CEO, Lazy 8 Studios
Rob currently works with the Cardboard team at Google prototyping new concepts in virtual reality. He's also the Founder and CEO of Lazy 8 Studios, best known for its award-winning indie games that include Cogs and Extrasolar. In this latter title, which launched in 2014, Rob served as the lead designer and also acted as one of the characters within a fictional space exploration company.

Friday December 11, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
GX Ballroom 1 Marriott - Salon I + II

1:00pm

Introduction to Unity Game Development
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 (and publish!) your first game using the popular Unity game engine. No experience required!

Moderators
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.

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.


Friday December 11, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
GX Workshop Marriott - Salon VI

1:00pm

Coming Out in the Game Industry
From last year's panel, we expand upon the struggles many have in coming out in the game industry, both on a personal level to friends and family, as well as a professional level to co-workers. If you are trying to find a way to be an open gaymer, come to this panel!

Moderators
avatar for Mathew Anderson

Mathew Anderson

Community Manager, Six Foot
Mathew "Berek" Anderson is currently a lead community manager at Six Foot studio in Houston, TX. Mathew began at Six Foot shortly after the game division was formed. For the past 15 years Mathew has led community programs from the ground up, including managing teams to develop community initiatives. | | Mathew also recently wrote a book that explores the asian game industry during his time teaching English in Shenzhen, China. You can keep... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joe Carriker

Joe Carriker

Developer: A Song of Ice & Fire Roleplaying, Green Ronin Publishing
Joseph Carriker is developer for A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying and the Chronicle System. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2000, and intends to keep doing that for the foreseeable future. He's an avid proponent of diversity in gaming spaces, and regularly runs LGBT-oriented panels at gaming conventions, including GenCon's "Queer as a Three-Sided Die." He recently sold a novel, Sacred Band, available this winter from Lethe Press... Read More →
avatar for David Gaider

David Gaider

Senior Writer, BioWare EA
David has worked as both a writer and designer for BioWare since 1999, on such titles as Baldur's Gate 2, Knights of the Old Republic, and Neverwinter Nights. He then acted as Lead Writer on the hit Dragon Age, including Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age 2, and most recently Dragon Age: Inquisition in 2014.
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 December 11, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
GXTalks A Marriott - Salon IV

1:00pm

How To Give Your Best Job Interview
Basic interview training plus attention to frequent LGBT issues: resume gaps, lack of related experience, terminations and sexual orientation/gender identity issues. Also covered: preparation, conquering jitters, salary negotiations, follow-up. 

Moderators
Friday December 11, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
GX Ballroom 2 Marriott - Salon III

2:00pm

Finding The Fun Via Rapid Development~~
An outline of our alternative work pipeline and how prioritizing making a game fun to play makes
it both more engaging to develop and scope, and gets the job done quicker.

1. Game development as a creative endeavor.
    A.) Ditching design docs and alternative approaches to design
    B.) Enjoying the process of development through learning and self-improvement.
    C.) If it isn't fun to make and test, it's probably not fun to play.
2. Rapid development process
    A.) Why is rapid development useful and how can I do it?
        i) a good product delivered quickly > a good product slowly
        ii) getting good at something feels good
        iii) having time for new things is healthy, don't dread working on the same project
        iv) game jams
    B.) The base (iterating and practicing making a genre of game over and over)
    C.) The hook (experimentation with interesting mechanics)
    D.) The polish (playing with the world and adding unnecessary amounts of detail)
        i. get the bullshit out of the way by this point.
    E.) The content (making levels, enemies, bosses, etc.--the rest of development is FUN)

Moderators
avatar for Britt Brady

Britt Brady

Wizard, Cowboy Color
I'm Britt, part of the two-man team, Cowboy Color. I am a community organizer, artist, and musician living in Eugene, Oregon. As an artist and musician, I focus on creating strong aesthetics over technical complexity. I have a strong focus on movement and player feedback in my game design, and try to capture enjoyment at the most basic levels of core gameplay. My team and I have just released ChargeShot on Steam... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cullen Dwyer

Cullen Dwyer

Warlock, Cowboy Color LLC
He/Him | I am Cullen, part of the two-man team, Cowboy Color. I spend pretty much all of my time thinking about and developing tiny curiosities which I usually never touch again. The ones that shine to me and my partner, Britt, are adopted to be our main projects. We recently finished a local-multiplayer space bounty-hunter deathmatch game called ChargeShot. | | Aside from games, I play guitar, banjo, and ukulele in my down time... Read More →


Friday December 11, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
GXTalks B Marriott - Salon V

2:00pm

Make Your Body The Controller
This workshop teaches developers how to use Microsoft Kinect as a controller in their games as well as touch on VR UX with Kinect. 

Moderators
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 →

Speakers
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 December 11, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
GX Workshop Marriott - Salon VI

2:00pm

We Need More Diverse Games, How To Get There?
-Why it's important to have representation
-What games are doing this well
-What games aren't doing this well
-Diverse games mean X to me
What we're doing to improve that diversity or lack thereof

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 Gil Almogi

Gil Almogi

Writer
I've played video games most of my life, but I've only been writing about them for a few years proceeding a small mid-life crisis. I also like cats and food.
avatar for Arthur Chu

Arthur Chu

A lifelong video game enthusiast who now makes a living writing about race, politics, and geek culture
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 Rachel Keslensky

Rachel Keslensky

User Experience Developer, Last Res0rt Studios
UX Designer + Comic Book Illustrator.
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!


Friday December 11, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
GX Ballroom 1 Marriott - Salon I + II

2:00pm

How to Evolve Players to Fans
Some games really know how to acquire and engage users. Amazon analyzed several of the most successful, looking for trends and best practices. Learn from this insider how you can apply these tactics in your own games and increase player loyalty (and revenue).

Moderators
avatar for Peter Heinrich

Peter Heinrich

Developer Evangelist, Games, Amazon.com
I'm a Developer Evangelist with Amazon, specializing in mobile game development, user acquisition, and web services. I talk a lot about best practices for creating games on mobile platforms, game design, coding, marketing, and monetization. Before Amazon, I was a full-time game developer for fifteen years, working on desktop and console titles before moving to online and mobile games. I co-founded two indie game studios, Zero Entertainment and... Read More →

Friday December 11, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
GXTalks A Marriott - Salon IV

2:00pm

Not Just A Queer In Gaming
Sometimes when you are a Queer living in the Gaming World that is all anybody ever thinks about when your name comes up. But we all know that there is so much more to each and everyone of us, being Queer is just a small part of that. So its about time that we focus on all the other awesome aspects of some of those big names! Join us as our speakers talk about anything and everything about themeselves, their experiences, and maybe even give some advice. Come check it out and celebrate with us all of the other things that make up these awesome and amazing individuals.

Moderators
avatar for Gordon Bellamy

Gordon Bellamy

USC
I value connecting good people. I love when people aim high. Occasionally, I will have a very clever turn of phrase. I tweet @gordonbellamy

Speakers
avatar for David Gaider

David Gaider

Senior Writer, BioWare EA
David has worked as both a writer and designer for BioWare since 1999, on such titles as Baldur's Gate 2, Knights of the Old Republic, and Neverwinter Nights. He then acted as Lead Writer on the hit Dragon Age, including Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age 2, and most recently Dragon Age: Inquisition in 2014.
avatar for Molly Jameson

Molly Jameson

Game Programmer, Anki
Molly Jameson has worked in the game industry as a programmer for over 8 years. She has made a wide variety of games ranging from casual web and mobile games for 40 year old women at Big Fish Games, to web MMOs for kids (Six Degrees Games) to core console games at Insomniac Games like Sunset Overdrive, Ratchet & Clank, and Resistance 3 to experimental game jam games. | | She currently works at Anki Inc, a robotics company making robotic... Read More →


Friday December 11, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
GX Ballroom 2 Marriott - Salon III

2:00pm

Ladies of GX3 Meetup
Come and meet other women gamers at the Ladies of GX3 meetup! This event welcomes all women, and 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.
avatar for Winnie Tong

Winnie Tong

Designer, Happy Nerdcore
Winnie is a virtual arms dealer & agent of the Enlightened in the massively multiplayer augmented reality role playing game, Ingress. She also likes collecting card backs in Hearthstone. When she's not facerolling, she likes to rock climb and hike.


Friday December 11, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
The Turing Room A & B Marriott (3rd Floor)

3:00pm

Being Queer in Games Journalism
The folks of GameRevolution talk about what it is like to be queer in the gaming journalism industry which is typically straight-dominated. 

Speakers
avatar for Gil Almogi

Gil Almogi

Writer
I've played video games most of my life, but I've only been writing about them for a few years proceeding a small mid-life crisis. I also like cats and food.
avatar for Blake Peterson

Blake Peterson

Video Editor/Producer/Writer, gamerevolution.com
I play vidya games and sometimes write professionally about them, or make videos about them.
avatar for Kevin Schaller

Kevin Schaller

Freelance Contributor, Game Revolution
I'm a professional critic, an amateur poker player, an occasional blogger, and a sometimes karaoke-er (though I'll never admit it... ever).
avatar for Nick Tan

Nick Tan

Editor in Chief, GameRevolution
I've been a games writer for eight years at GameRevolution and am the current Editor in Chief for the outlet. I'm also a Guitar Hero, Mass Effect fan, and Fallout junkie.
avatar for Jessica Lj Vazquez

Jessica Lj Vazquez

Writer/Video Editor, gamerevolution.com
I am a freelancer for gamerevolution.com. My full time job is in managing a video editing lab at a art school in San Francisco. I love video games and often find myself diving head first into lengthy RPG games but I do enjoy all types of games.


Friday December 11, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
GX Ballroom 2 Marriott - Salon III

3:00pm

Creating a Queer Game: The Story and Mechanics Behind Diverse Development
Mata and Joe discuss the creation processes of their games.

Their works are very different, and they will discuss how they feel that they have addressed sexuality and gender in their own way, what they feel is important in a game outside of a heteronormative mode, and how they feel making a queer game has (or has not) affected their development choices.  

There will also be discussion of how accessible tools have helped change approaches to game design inclusion and game mechanics.

Moderators
avatar for Mata Haggis

Mata Haggis

Assoc. Professor of Creative & Entertainment Games, NHTV University / Copper Stone Sea
Prof. Mata Haggis is a game & narrative designer and researcher who has worked in creative media for 15 years, including writing animations for MTV2 Europe and games design for Electronic Arts. He is Associate Professor of Creative & Entertainment Games at NHTV University in The Netherlands. He regularly travels to speak about various aspects of games development, storytelling, and diversity awareness. | | Outside of work he is collaborating... Read More →
avatar for Joe Ortega

Joe Ortega

Founder & Head of Development, Salsa Bear Studios
Joe is the Founder and Head of Development for Salsa Bear Studios. He has a BS in Game and Simulation Programming from DeVry Universty Fremont campus. Joe is currently the Lead Developer for Tando Productions, working on ARG Zombies R.E. (http://www.argzombies.com) A GPS-powered open-world RPG. He is also working to build the world of Grizzly Bay. While also designing and developing the first title, Welcome to Grizzly Bay. | | Joe returns to... Read More →

Friday December 11, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
GX Ballroom 1 Marriott - Salon I + II

3:00pm

Costumes, Cosplays, & You
We all love games and the characters that come to life in them. Sometimes we may even wish we could look like them. But what is stopping us? Come join us as we talk about creating costumes and cosplaying as the characters we all know and love. Anyone can cosplay, weither you are a sewing master or the newest novice. Its all about having fun and showing your love for a series. So show up as we talk about tips, tricks, secret hints, and everything costume.

Speakers
avatar for Ai Rika

Ai Rika

Producer, Yurisen
Cosplay, Video Games, Game Collabs, YURI, Anime, how to change the world!
KS

Kitty Stryker

Head of Cosplay, GaymerX


Friday December 11, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
GXTalks B Marriott - Salon V

3:00pm

Podcast X Zone #3
In part three of our ongoing discussion about podcasting, we're talking about how to your your voice constructively. Now joined by voices from the La Palanca podcast and Joystick Jockeys!

We’re a coalition of LGBTA+ podcasters that have spoken at GX 1 and 2 and want to continue reaching out to the GX audience about recognizing the value of their own voices and encouraging them all to keep putting themselves out there.

Moderators
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 →

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 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.
CS

Captain Spike

Co-Host, GameBuoy.Org
JS

Jaime Summers

Art Director, VOGNetwork.com
JT

Jason Toups

Sr. Quality Assurance Analyst, Kixeye
I work at Kixeye and co-host the weekly queer gaming podcast, Gayme Bar (est. 2011). | | http://www.gaymism.com | Twitter: @gaymebar, @Toupsi | PSN: Tootsi | Steam: Toupsi


Friday December 11, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
GXTalks A Marriott - Salon IV

3:00pm

Cherry's Triple-Glazed Donut Jam with Sprinkles, Part II
Come have fun and create a li'l game with us while we snack on some delicious donuts. Computers will be available and will have Twine installed, but please feel free to bring your own laptop or other game-making supplies. I'll be there to help you learn Twine or assist with other game creation tools, including Unity, GameMaker, Flash, and more.

contains 2384732% of daily recommended sugar intake

Speakers
avatar for Cherry Cupid

Cherry Cupid

I love teaching and helping others! | (◕‿‿◕。)


Friday December 11, 2015 3:00pm - 6:00pm
GX Workshop Marriott - Salon VI

3:30pm

Non-Binary Safe Space/Hangout
Moderators
avatar for Dietrich Squinkifer

Dietrich Squinkifer

Mx. Dietrich Squinkifer (Squinky) is a writer, programmer, musician, and visual artist who creates games and playable experiences about gender identity, social awkwardness, and miscellaneous silliness. They have an MFA in Digital Arts and New Media from UC Santa Cruz, and in 2015, they were recognized among the Forbes 30 Under 30 in Games. Squinky's work has been featured in the Independent Games Festival and the IndieCade festival, as well as in... Read More →

Friday December 11, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
The Turing Room A & B Marriott (3rd Floor)

4:00pm

Gayme Design Declassified
What exactly is a game designer and should you be one? The secrets of game design, the most misunderstood of all game development disciplines, are revealed.

What's the difference between working on mega-franchises like Resident Evil and Need for Speed to working on indie games?

What paths exist for aspiring game designers?

What was it like being a gay designer working in the industry from 2004? 

Is there such thing as "gaymeplay"?

Join Allison Cole, Terry Fairfield and Mickey Blumental to find out!

Moderators
avatar for Mickey Blumental

Mickey Blumental

President / Designer, Fowl Moon Studios Corp.
Hello! I'm married to a dude and we have a kid and two dogs and I also design video games and write stuff. Let's hang out and talk about video games and horror movies.

Speakers
avatar for Allison Cole

Allison Cole

Allison Cole has recently given up on her dream of becoming champion of the Montreal Pokémon league to move to New York and make games at the NYU Game Center, where she continues to make games about the issues she holds most dear.
avatar for Terry Fairfield

Terry Fairfield

Sound Designer, BioWare
Sound designer who's worked on Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Skate and Need for Speed franchises.


Friday December 11, 2015 4:00pm - 4:45pm
GXTalks B Marriott - Salon V

4:00pm

Creating Queermunity: When Your Faves Are Problematic
Joey and Amber discuss how to make safe space while liking problematic media! :D

Moderators
avatar for Amber D. Garza

Amber D. Garza

Board Member & West Coast Coordinator, Geeks OUT/Flame Con
Feminism, anti-racism, queer revolution, Octavia Butler, Sense8, Daredevil television show, comic books (especially Image, Legendary and Gestalt), translation rights licensing, print publishing industry |

Speakers
avatar for Avi Ehrlich

Avi Ehrlich

Silver Sprocket
Publisher and impresario at Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club, a bike club and art crew which publishes "As You Were" - a punk comix anthology series.
avatar for Sarah Godfrey

Sarah Godfrey

Organizer, San Francisco Zine Fest
Zinester and artist living in Oakland but originally from the UK. I like zines that are about oversharing, art that you can touch and being a full time queer feminist killjoy.
HN

Hazel Newlevant

Editor, Chainmail Bikini
avatar for Ion O'Clast

Ion O'Clast

Traitor, Hardest Tryer
writer//gender secessionist//fake gamer grrrl


Friday December 11, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
GX Ballroom 2 Marriott - Salon III

4:00pm

Journalists Discuss: Actual Ethics in Game Journalism
Limited Capacity seats available

Ethics in video game journalism is a heated subject in the industry --  to say the least -- with the gaming audience demanding both fair coverage and transparent, unbiased practices by journalists. This panel of working journalists in the field will clear the air and actually discuss the difficulty of ethics in a medium that is, at its roots, an enthusiast press. We will discuss everything from embargoes and relationships with PR, to advertising in the face of a free press and the polarization of social gaming topics such as race, gender, and sexual orientation.

Moderators
avatar for Nick Tan

Nick Tan

Editor in Chief, GameRevolution
I've been a games writer for eight years at GameRevolution and am the current Editor in Chief for the outlet. I'm also a Guitar Hero, Mass Effect fan, and Fallout junkie.

Speakers
avatar for Gil Almogi

Gil Almogi

Writer
I've played video games most of my life, but I've only been writing about them for a few years proceeding a small mid-life crisis. I also like cats and food.
avatar for Ludwig Kietzmann

Ludwig Kietzmann

Freelance Writer, GamesRadar+
US. editor-in-chief at GamesRadar+. Formerly of Joystiq. Punned it and tiny human bean grown in Africa. Forbes 30-under-30 person-thing.
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 gave me a unique perspective on the state of games culture. My review of Grand Theft Auto V for GameSpot, which touched on issues of misogyny in the game, caused quite an uproar, while also triggering discussions about what a game review should be and what purpose it should serve. I'm currently Managing Editor at Feminist... Read More →


Friday December 11, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
GX Ballroom 1 Marriott - Salon I + II

4:00pm

Getting Into Game Creation without Being in Game Creation
When we talk about game design and creating games alot of us think we have to come from that disipline or be only that to create wonderful games. Well think again. You can come from any industry, any discipline, anything and create fantastic games that people will love. Come join us as we talk about how we came to creating games, what its like coming into it without these constraits of right and wrong, and how to just dive right in without any training. Have a great time with some great speakers who just think creating a natural part of everyday life for every industry.

Moderators
avatar for Kayla Bayens

Kayla Bayens

Staff / Co-Owner & Producer, GaymerX / Geek Naked
Dueling BSs in Robotics & Embedded Systems and Artificial Life I've got some interesting view points on things. Anyone can make games, anyone can make anything they want to. I've made it my personal duty to show people how to make games, make robots, and create anything and everything they can dream up. | | I've also recently started an entertainment company based off of three key pillars: the LGBTQA+ community, everything and , and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Veve Jaffa

Veve Jaffa

Creative director, Peardrum
Veve is a Berlin-based bioluminescent creatrix of filmic and digital worlds. Currently developing Shoot to Kill and Nakam through their transmedia games studio, Peardrum. |
avatar for Jesseca Lee

Jesseca Lee

Game Designer, Storm8
After a lifelong love affair with video games, I decided to pursue a career in game design. I knew nothing about the game development process, and was guided only by my passion for immersive storytelling. After considering my options (grad school, mostly), I decided to make a go of it my own way, and used grassroots community and self-education to start a career in the industry!
avatar for Amber Roy

Amber Roy

Software Engineer, AltspaceVR
Amber has over ten years experience as a software engineer, but has no formal training in game development and only started creating her own games 18 months ago. Yet those hackathon and game jam projects helped her land a job at AltspaceVR, a small venture-funded startup, where she builds multi-player games and apps that run in virtual reality.


Friday December 11, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
GXTalks A Marriott - Salon IV

5:00pm

Bayo Studies: Year One -- A Deeper Look at the Bayonetta Series
She's sassy. She's curvy. She's the bullet-brandishing domme that's everyone's problematic fave. Why do queer players love Bayonetta so much? Why can she be such a guilty pleasure? Is there more to meets the eye in these games than yet another leather-clad video game sex doll? If you want the answers to these questions -- or just love Bayo just as much as we do -- drop by this panel and hear four of the world's foremost experts in Bayonetta Studies chat about the promise and peril of one of gaming's most controversial and fascinating heroines.

Moderators
avatar for Todd Harper

Todd Harper

Visiting Professor, University of Baltimore, United States of America
Game studies academic who does work on queer and gender issues in games. 1/3 of gay gaming podcast Gayme Bar. Swims with the orcas.

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 Gita Jackson

Gita Jackson

Gita Jackson is a writer and gallerist living in Chicago. She was written for Paste, Polygon and the Arcade Review about videogames, fashion, womanhood and race. As a gallerist, she co-founded HUME, a non-profit artist run gallery and studio space in Chicago's HUmboldt Park neighborhood, and works there as a curator, programmer and organizer. As of late she has become the co-host of the gaming podcast Match 3, along with Patrick Klepek and Sam... Read More →
avatar for Maddy Myers

Maddy Myers

Editor, The Mary Sue
Maddy Myers currently works at The Mary Sue; previously, she has written for the Boston Phoenix, Paste Magazine, MIT Technology Review, and tons more. She also plays the keytar in a band called the Robot Knights (robotknights.com).


Friday December 11, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
GX Ballroom 2 Marriott - Salon III

5:00pm

Mental Health for Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Gamers
Gaming can be a safe space to explore gender identity and help with coping skills. Come join us in the discussion of just what makes a safe space and how to ensure you are in one. We'll also discuss the effects of a lack of representation of this community in games. Also find out what to look for in a therapist that is competent to offer support while also being knowledgeable about the trans, GNC and gaming communities.

Moderators
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 →

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 :)


Friday December 11, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
GX Ballroom 1 Marriott - Salon I + II

5:00pm

Beneath The Surface: A Body Painting Panel
Lets go deeper. Brandon McGill (ABBM) will take you on a journey through the art of Body Painting. Showcasing a number of game and geek influenced pieces, he is excited to share how you can create your own. Why cosplay when you can turn yourself into the costume?

Please keep in mind that this presentation is intended for mature audiences only. There will be some artistic nudity in the panel.

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 →


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Hunter jpg

Friday December 11, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
GXTalks A Marriott - Salon IV

5:00pm

GTFO Screening: A Documentary About Women in Gaming

Around half of all gamers are women; and yet, female gamers are disproportionately subject to harassment and abuse. GTFO seeks to investigate misogyny in video game culture and questions the future of this 20 billion dollar industry.



Friday December 11, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
GXTalks B Marriott - Salon V

6:00pm

Romance Options: Game Writing for Gay, Bi, and Straight Audiences
Date Nighto's Kasey and Conrad are experienced speakers on the subject of visual novels, having fronted a panel discussion at Connecticon 2014. Our previous game release, Starfighter: Eclipse, was based on Japanese-style yaoi games, but we received amazing responses from both women and gay fans.

We've also presented at TCAF 2015's Comics vs. Games 4, where we got audience response and thanks for making visual novels featuring gay and genderqueer characters. Hustle Cat, our upcoming release, stars a main character whose appearance and pronouns will be player choice.

SPECIAL GUEST: Arden Ripley is an interactive fiction author who loves playing and creating dating sims and visual novels about empathy and relationships. Date or Die is a visual novel coming out in 2016 about romance and murder. 

Date Nighto the company is committed to carving out creative space for marginalized voices, and we think the audience at GX3 wants to hear about our upcoming titles and how we're prioritizing visibility for all gender presentations and sexual identities.

Moderators
avatar for Kasey Van Hise

Kasey Van Hise

Lead Writer, Date Nighto
Hello there! While Hustle Cat (for Date Nighto, coming in February!) is my first professional games writing project, it's not my first time writing, nor is it my first time with games. I drew and wrote the comic Winters in Lavelle for three years, as well as serving as writer and creative partner on Paracite Knights. I've also been playing games for as long as I remember, with a special passion for Visual Novels in recent years! | I'd be... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jo Fu

Jo Fu

Lead Producer, Date Nighto
Hi! I'm an indie video game writer and producer on all of Date Nighto's game. Talk to me about bi representation in games, time management, and cats.
avatar for Conrad Kreyling

Conrad Kreyling

Founder, Lead Dev, Date Nighto LLC
Conrad Kreyling is a developer by trade who loves making games about people kissing and stuff. He used to work in Unity, but prefers the web now.
avatar for Arden Ripley

Arden Ripley

I sell dating sims and dating sim accessories


Friday December 11, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
GXTalks A Marriott - Salon IV

6:00pm

MidBoss Update Hour
Come hear the leaders of MidBoss talk about making GaymerX, Read Only Memories, & Gaming In Color, tell stories from the past year, and talk about where we are looking forward!

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 Philip Jones

Philip Jones

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


Friday December 11, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
GX Ballroom 1 Marriott - Salon I + II

6:00pm

Streaming Your Queerness
Every person who loves games has watched a stream of their favorites. But how does those on the other side of the screen go about making them happen? Come here from those who have experience in being successful at streaming games. Find out how they've gone about breaking into it, how they've become great at it, and maybe pick up some of their secrets.

Speakers
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!
avatar for Adam Koebel

Adam Koebel

Streamer and Game Master
Adam Koebel is a full-time streamer, GM and game designer. He got his start on Twitch streaming tabletop roleplaying games for RollPlay, and continues to act as Game Master for the Swan Song and Mirrorshades shows at http://twitch.tv/itmejp. He's the GM-in-residence for Roll20.net and can be found GMing the Burning Wheel and Old School adventures for http://twitch.tv/roll20app. When he's not creating diverse worlds for his players and audience... Read More →
avatar for Dylan Zaner

Dylan Zaner

Livestreamer and YouTuber, 8BitHomo
Known as 8BitHomo on Twitch, Dylan started off on YouTube making funny vlog video about nerdy topics before diving into the world of gaming. Now a partnered streamer on Twitch, he livestreams every night a wide variety of games to create a safe space for LGBTQ youth and allies.


Friday December 11, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
GX Ballroom 2 Marriott - Salon III

6:00pm

Building Inclusive Gaming Communities On & Offline
Community is the most important thing. But how do you build a community and make sure it is a healthy and welcoming one? Join us as we talk about building communities both online and offline around the things we love the most. Because we know how important it is to find like minded people who understand what we go through. Let us show you how to make sure that happens by giving you the tools and knowledge to create it yourself.

Speakers
avatar for Robyn Exton

Robyn Exton

CEO, Her
avatar for Sean Howell

Sean Howell

CEO, Hornet Gay Social Network
Sean is a coffee addict from Seattle working in tech in San Francisco. He is the CEO of Hornet gay social network with over 8 million users, and number one market share in countries like France, Brazil, Russia, Thailand, & Turkey. Sean spent is formative years building alliances in Baron Realms Elite and TradeWars2002. | | About Hornet Networks | Hornet Networks is gay owned, developer and distributer of the Hornet iPhone and Android... Read More →
avatar for Alan Patrick

Alan Patrick

Associate Community Manager, D&D Adventurers League
While it's true that I'm not very photogenic, I do have a huge passion for community building. Whether playing Dungeons & Dragons, Uno, or any other game it all comes down to spending time with friends (even if they're not friends of mine yet) and swapping good stories. | | I've been a tabletop gamer since 1992. D&D, Pathfinder, more board games than I can count, Warmachine (Cyriss ftw) and more... my nerdity knows no bounds. I also... 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 December 11, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
GX Workshop Marriott - Salon VI

6:30pm

Justice Points Podcast
Justice Points Podcast has been delivering feminist-minded video game conversations with a diverse roster of guests for over 2 years. Justice Points consistently showcases marginalized creators and their work, as well as being a part of the overall gaming community. Our website: http://justicepoints.com/

Moderators
avatar for Tzufit Allen

Tzufit Allen

Co-host, Justice Points Podcast

Speakers
avatar for Apple Cider

Apple Cider

Justice Points
Apple is an avid media critic and podcaster - she co-hosts as a part of Justice Points (gaming and feminism), Trash, Art and Television (TV) as well as her solo podcast, One Woman Spacecraft (storytelling.) Her passions are for representation in media, critical thinking about messages and feminism.


Friday December 11, 2015 6:30pm - 8:00pm
The Turing Room A & B Marriott (3rd Floor)

8:00pm

Friday Night GaymerX Concert
Limited Capacity seats available

Featuring:

SAMMUS

2 Mello

The DoubleClicks

and

SUPER SOUL BROS! 

Speakers
avatar for SAMMUS

SAMMUS

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... Read More →
avatar for Robbie Benson

Robbie Benson

Musician & Filmmaker, Super Soul Bros. / UbseyMovies
Bandleader & keyboardist for Super Soul Bros. Filmmaker/actor of UbseyMovies currently producing EarthBound Saga and the upcoming documentary EarthBound USA.
avatar for Jeff Benson

Jeff Benson

Filmmaker, UbseyMovies & Fangamer LLC.
I AM JEFF I DO BUSINESS
avatar for The Doubleclicks

The Doubleclicks

The Doubleclicks
The Doubleclicks are a nationally-touring, Billboard charting nerd band with a cello, a meowing cat keyboard, and songs about dinosaurs, Cats & Netflix, space and Dungeons and Dragons. Their YouTube videos boast over 2 million views and have been featured on Gawker, BoingBoing, io9 and more. Find out more at http://thedoubleclicks.com
avatar for 2 Mello

2 Mello

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 really good book you read!


Friday December 11, 2015 8:00pm - 11:00pm
GX Combined Event Space Marriott-Salon I+II+III. May also Include IV, V, & VI

8:30pm

Furoticon How-to-Play & Beginner Tournament
Furoticon is an adult-rated card game that welcomes all genders and sexualities! Use the power of sexy creatures and the drama of the bedroom to create a fun and captivating gameplay! In our latest beginner set, Caramel Winter Break, we use 20-card mini decks to explore different play-styles and follow different characters through their stories: Sebastian and Caramel go home for the holidays, ensuring the guys have plenty of stamina this year; Strawberry participates in a winter celebration that protects everyone involved; Lily Tyla and her stripper friends ride the slopes until their opponents drop from exhaustion; and Marlii hosts a fabulous New Years Eve party with aggressive fun! The Beginner Tournament is a single elimination, 4-player free-for-all! Everyone will be able to keep their deck and win prizes! Features explicit imagery. (18+, Adults Only)

Moderators
Friday December 11, 2015 8:30pm - 10:00pm
The Turing Room A & B Marriott (3rd Floor)
 
Saturday, December 12
 

9:00am

Badge Pickup (Sa)
Saturday December 12, 2015 9:00am - 9:00pm
San Jose Marriott 301 S. Market Street, San Jose CA

10:00am

Tabletop & Card Gaming Open (Sa)
Looking for some of the organized games being scheduled? Visit our Warhorn site!

Email tim@midboss.com with any questions! 

Saturday December 12, 2015 10:00am - 10:00pm
Tabletop & Card Gaming Room Marriott

10:00am

Donor Lounge (Open for Donor Tickets) (Sa)
Saturday December 12, 2015 10:00am - 11:00pm
Donor Lounge Donor Lounge (3rd Floor)

10:00am

Unicorn Booty Press Lounge (Open for Press) (Sa)
Saturday December 12, 2015 10:00am - 11:00pm
Unicorn Booty Press Lounge (3rd Floor) Marriott (3rd Floor)

11:00am

Queering Your Company
Matt Boch will share his experience as a queer developing AAA games, focusing specifically on the strategies he utilized to change studio attitudes regarding gender during the development of Dance Central. Faced with the potential of explicitly “male” and “female” dance routines and motion capture, Matt formed alliances and advocated for the playful, progressive stance Dance Central takes toward gender, utilizing Bowie and Butler in equal measure. Matt is detailing his experience & strategies in hopes that it will help normalize these types of conversations in other studios, and provide a starting point for other queers advocating in large studio settings.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Boch

Matt Boch

Matt Boch is a visiting Associate Professor in game design at the NYU Game Center. He also serves as a Creative Director at Harmonix Music Systems, designing and directing of some of Harmonix's premier titles. Matt is a graduate of Harvard University with a degree in Visual and Environmental Studies. Upon completing his thesis, a series of custom-built arcade cabinets housing unique art-oriented video games, he began work at Harmonix Music... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2015 11:00am - 11:45am
GX Ballroom 1 Marriott - Salon I + II

11:00am

Queer Youth Making Video Games (Maven)
Prizes Given Away During Workshop

Queer Youth Game Developers share their game development journey of learning programming to launching their first award winning game Wizards vs Scientists.  This game is an RPG style story telling game that centers on the player trying to douse a conflict between the two factions: Wizards and Scientists. The main story has many themes that delve into a number of social and political issues, including the true meaning of war, treatment of the LGBTQ community, racism, treatment of soldiers, and the possibility of a true communist ideal.  and the steps they are doing to educating other queer youth about game development.

Maven is a national nonprofit fostering innovative solutions that empower LGBTQA youth to network, organize and educate for social change. We provide queer youth leadership opportunities to teach coding/game development in their local LGBT centers/youth groups.  We also host Free 2-week Tech camps for queer youth to explore a pathway into technology. 

Panel Members
Humaira - 17 yrs
Julia - 14 yrs
Kiernynn - 16 yrs
Tessa - 18 yrs

Prizes include:
  • 1 year GameMaker Memberships
  • Mozilla Mobile Cell Phones
  • T-shirts

Moderators
avatar for Monica Arrambide

Monica Arrambide

CEO, Maven
Maven fosters innovative solutions that empower LGBTQA youth to network, organize and educate for social change. We provide Queer Youth Tech Camps, Hack 4 Queer Youth Hackathons and game development workshops in partnership with local LGBT+ youth centers. www.mymaven.org

Saturday December 12, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
GXTalks B Marriott - Salon V

11:00am

Unheard Voices
Get heard with podcasting! The past two years have seen an explosion of diverse voices taking to the airwaves to discuss race, gender, and equality in gaming. This panel will examine the motivations, equipment, and challenges to getting heard.


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 Shawn Alexander Allen

Shawn Alexander Allen

Founder/Designer/Artist/etc., Nuchallenger
Visual Artist. Writer. Game Designer. Activist. Critic. Speaker. Thinker. Red, Black, and Green. Making Treachery in Beatdown City. Continually working on Corporate Vandals. Support #blackgamedev
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 →
JJ

John James

Art Director, MidBoss
avatar for Anna Tarkov

Anna Tarkov

Co-host, Unconsoleable
I co-host Unconsoleable which has recently celebrated its 1-year anniversary. People should talk to me about mobile games and other casual games, indie games, being a non-traditional gamer, discovering gaming later in life, being an outsider in a culture, feminism, etc. Or just talk to me about anything, cause I'm pretty friendly :-)


Saturday December 12, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
GXTalks A Marriott - Salon IV

11:00am

Gaming In Color Screening
Gaming In Color is a feature documentary that explores the queer side of gaming: the queer gaming community, gaymer culture and events, and the rise of LGBTQ themes in video games. Starring GaymerX founder Matt Conn, GX3 Boss of Honor Naomi Clark, GX2 Boss of Honor Colleen Macklin, George Skleres of Riot Games, Joey Stern of Geeks OUT, Jessica Vazquez of GameRevolution, and more!

Come see the screening and meet the director Philip Jones. No Q&A or panel this year but email them at philip@midboss.com or tweet @ProBearCub to chat! 

gamingincolor.tv

Moderators
avatar for Philip Jones

Philip Jones

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

Saturday December 12, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
GX Ballroom 2 Marriott - Salon III

11:00am

What's LARP got to do with it?
An introduction to the world of Live Action Role Playing, where people dress up as characters from fantasy, sci-fi or horror and act out their amazing adventures or thrilling dramas. Learn how to make costumes, props and weapons! Join in the fun!

Moderators
Saturday December 12, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
The Turing Room A & B Marriott (3rd Floor)

11:00am

Beginners Guide to Queer Game Making
Introduction to digital game design with the goal of exploring what it means to make queer games.

Please come prepared with a Windows PC with (free) GameMaker: Studio Standard software installed and registered! No programming experience necessary, just bring your imagination!

Moderators
avatar for Veve Jaffa

Veve Jaffa

Creative director, Peardrum
Veve is a Berlin-based bioluminescent creatrix of filmic and digital worlds. Currently developing Shoot to Kill and Nakam through their transmedia games studio, Peardrum. |
avatar for Allan Keith

Allan Keith

Producer, Peardrum
Hi! I am Allan 'Offal' Keith, independent game developer, educator, and critical theorist.

Saturday December 12, 2015 11:00am - 2:00pm
GX Workshop Marriott - Salon VI

11:00am

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

Philip Jones

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

Saturday December 12, 2015 11:00am - 6:00pm
GX Expo Hall Convention Center

11:00am

Golden Bay PKMN League Open (Sa)
The Golden Bay City Gym is back as the Golden Bay Pokemon League! This year we will have more games (trivia, pokemon stadium, etc.), more chances to battle for badges, a new setup, and a league championship! Year three is going to be awesome!

We will be doing some old events and new ones, including (many of these will have prizes!): 

  • Trivia Contests 
  • Pokemon Stadium Minigames 
  • Pokemon Snap Minigame 
  • Battle Tournament
  • Pokemon Improv Show 
  • 8 new gyms (each with a new badge from last year) 
  • Pokemon League Championship Tournament

Thank you everyone! We all love GX and look forward to giving all the Pokemon Trainers of GX3 a place to hangout, have fun, and feel included and safe! :D

Speakers

Saturday December 12, 2015 11:00am - 11:00pm
The Golden Bay PKMN Gym Marriott - The Boardroom

11:00am

GX Arcade Open (Sa)
Saturday December 12, 2015 11:00am - 11:00pm
The Arcade Convention Center

12:00pm

The Effects Of Gayme Addiction On Queers
With video games & mobile apps being blamed for everything from school shootings to the death of gay bars, we'll examine the claims, why we love games, and the most modern research on game addiction, its causes, consequences, & cures.

For nearly a decade Daniel Villarreal has served as an e-journalist covering LGBT issues and media. He is a lifelong gamer and has presented at GaymerX and GaymerX2. He is also a psychology major who has long been interested in mental health issues, the history of gaming, and the impact of social media.


Saturday December 12, 2015 12:00pm - 12:45pm
GXTalks B Marriott - Salon V

12:00pm

Diversity In Games - What's Next?
In this panel we will explore what developers can do to include all types of players. We will also encourage open discussion with the audience to learn how the community feels the industry needs to change to make a more inclusive generation of games.

Moderators
avatar for Mathew Anderson

Mathew Anderson

Community Manager, Six Foot
Mathew "Berek" Anderson is currently a lead community manager at Six Foot studio in Houston, TX. Mathew began at Six Foot shortly after the game division was formed. For the past 15 years Mathew has led community programs from the ground up, including managing teams to develop community initiatives. | | Mathew also recently wrote a book that explores the asian game industry during his time teaching English in Shenzhen, China. You can keep... Read More →

Speakers
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

Senior Writer, BioWare EA
David has worked as both a writer and designer for BioWare since 1999, on such titles as Baldur's Gate 2, Knights of the Old Republic, and Neverwinter Nights. He then acted as Lead Writer on the hit Dragon Age, including Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age 2, and most recently Dragon Age: Inquisition in 2014.
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 December 12, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
GXTalks A Marriott - Salon IV

12:00pm

Passing and My Trans Identity
A exploration of how the nature of Games has allowed one individual to explore identity in a more restrictive culture, with a look at how disabilities intersect with a Trans identity that often has a singular narrative dictated by American pop culture. A look at game characters, LGBTQ+ history, and recent pop culture news will be used to help explore this narrative.

Moderators
Saturday December 12, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
GX Ballroom 2 Marriott - Salon III

12:00pm

The State Of Play
Speakers
avatar for Linus Larsson

Linus Larsson

Journalist, author and editor of The State of Play, an anthology of writings on games and gaming culture, featuring Anita Sarkeesian, Ian Bogost, Leigh Alexander, Zoe Quinn, Evan Narcisse and many more. | | Also tech editor at Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter and author of Minecraft:The Unlikely Tale of Markus "Notch" Persson and the Game That Changed Everything. Second edition out on Seven Stories Press.
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Zoe Quinn

Irrelevant Games
Irrelevant Games
avatar for Anita Sarkeesian

Anita Sarkeesian

Feminist Frequency
Anita Sarkeesian is a media critic and the creator of Feminist Frequency, a video webseries that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives. Her work focuses on deconstructing the stereotypes, patterns and tropes associated with women in popular culture as well as highlighting issues surrounding the targeted harassment of women in online and gaming spaces. | | Anita lectures and presents at universities, conferences... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
GX Ballroom 1 Marriott - Salon I + II

1:00pm

Cute in Games
We are both trans people in games, but, more importantly, we are cute people who make cute games. We would like to discuss which games are most adorable, what makes games "awwww", and whether more games should "I can't even".


Ness Io works with kids & produces a variety of writing, music, art, etc. Here's an article they recently wrote and illustrated: http://meminsf.silverstringmedia.com/identity/girl-glasses-avatars-in-animal-crossing/

Eva is an experienced game developer whose playable projects and tools (both completed and in progress currently) can be viewed here: http://evajolene.com/

Moderators
Speakers

Saturday December 12, 2015 1:00pm - 1:45pm
GXTalks B Marriott - Salon V

1:00pm

Ifs, Ands, or Butts: The Totally True Story of Cheek2Cheek



Cheek2Cheek is a game about butts. Butts and love. Butts and destiny...

Join Dream Sequence and Adam Rickert as they reveal the origins and super-secret latest developments of the winner of GXDev's Such Ridiculous and Primastic Awards. 

Moderators
avatar for Adam Rickert

Adam Rickert

Chief Designer, Dynamite Rainbow
Indie Game Developer (Art/Design), Game Jam Enthusiast, San Francisco based miscreant. Y2K survivor.
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Dream Sequence

Beautiful Dreamer, Dynamite Rainbow
Indie Game Developer (Design/Writing), Hollywood Sequel Doctor, and Pop Culture Preservationist.

Saturday December 12, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
GXTalks A Marriott - Salon IV

1:00pm

On Indie Game Pricing w/ Dan Adelman
Much has been written about the so-called Indiepocalypse. Because of lower and lower barriers to entry and essentially zero marginal costs, there is a great deal of downward pressure on prices. For any individual developer, frequently dropping price is the most rational short run business decision. But in the long run, that approach makes everyone worse off. Fortunately, there is a better way. If we stick together, we may be able to reverse these trends and save indie gaming.

Moderators
avatar for Dan Adelman

Dan Adelman

Dan Adelman recently left Nintendo of America after 9 years to work more closely with indie developers to help them maximize their chances of success across all platforms. His current two biggest projects are Axiom Verge and Chasm. As manager of Nintendo of America's digital distribution business and content strategy, he was responsible for bringing great indie games like World of Goo, Cave Story, and Shovel Knight to Nintendo platforms. Prior to... Read More →

Saturday December 12, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
GX Ballroom 2 Marriott - Salon III

1:00pm

POC Safe Space II
Because GX3 is a physical space that extends into the virtual spaces of twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc, one of the things we are providing is space for in-person networking and socialization for our POC attendees.

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 →

Saturday December 12, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
The Turing Room A & B Marriott (3rd Floor)

2:00pm

Gaming While Trans: A Discussion on Gaming & Trans Culture
Limited Capacity seats available

The gaming community can be a harsh and difficult place to those who are different. So how do you navigate it and find a community to belong to when you are trans? How do games effect us? Is that effect reflected in our culture? Come hear Brianna Wu and Katherine Cross talk about where the gaming community and trans community cross into each other and deal with these issues and more.

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 Brianna Wu

Brianna Wu

CEO/Founder, Giant Spacekat
Brianna Wu is the head of development at Giant Spacekat. She's a software engineer and the host of Isometric and Rocket podcasts on the Relay.FM network. Worldwide press has called her the “Games Boss.” Over the past few years, she’s become a frequent speaker on women-in-tech issues.


Saturday December 12, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
GX Ballroom 2 Marriott - Salon III

2:00pm

That One Time I Repeatedly Gave Birth to Fully Grown Wolves, and Other Gay Sex Games That We Deserve
(CONTENT WARNING: in this talk, there will be many sexual images considered "NSFW" / rated R, and a few rather explicit "18+" images, but nothing "hardcore"!... unfortunately, it's impossible to discuss images without seeing them) It is popular for not-straight or not-cis players of games to demand diverse representation from mainstream triple-A games; this is an important and worthwhile fight, but it also essentially maintains the same industry structure that led to our identities' oppressive near-erasure in games. In this keynote session, I'm going to talk about my own work as well as a metric crapload of other gay and queer sex games you probably haven't heard of, made by independent creators working on the margins of the industry -- and basically we made these games because WE ALL DESERVE THESE GAY SEX GAMES, AND WE DESERVE THEM NOW!!!!!!

Speakers
avatar for Robert Yang

Robert Yang

Robert Yang is an indie game developer, academic, and writer, based in New York City. He regularly teaches game development and design within NYU Game Center at New York University, IDM at NYU Poly School of Engineering, and MFADT at Parsons the New School for Design.


Saturday December 12, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
GX Ballroom 1 Marriott - Salon I + II

2:30pm

3:00pm

Queer as a 3 Sided Die
Industry panelists lead discussion of gender and sexuality issues in gaming from design and publishing to game-play and community.

Moderators
avatar for Tim Motishaw

Tim Motishaw

Tabletop/RPG Coordinator, GaymerX
This Canadian is new to the GaymerX team this year as the RPG/Tabletop Organiser for GX3. He's an activist and founder, financier, and organiser of Pride from 2002-2010 in his hometown of Dawson Creek (No, not the TV show). He's a Communications and Political Sciences student at Simon Fraser University, Gamer for over 20 years, a Veteran GM, movie watcher & critic, hxc geek. Tim is also the Western Canada Regional Coordinator for D&D Adventurers... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joe Carriker

Joe Carriker

Developer: A Song of Ice & Fire Roleplaying, Green Ronin Publishing
Joseph Carriker is developer for A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying and the Chronicle System. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2000, and intends to keep doing that for the foreseeable future. He's an avid proponent of diversity in gaming spaces, and regularly runs LGBT-oriented panels at gaming conventions, including GenCon's "Queer as a Three-Sided Die." He recently sold a novel, Sacred Band, available this winter from Lethe Press... Read More →
avatar for Jeremy Crawford

Jeremy Crawford

Wizards of the Coast
Jeremy Crawford is the co-lead designer of fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons. He was the lead designer of the fifth edition "Player’s Handbook" and one of the leads on the "Dungeon Master’s Guide." He has worked on many other D&D books since coming to Wizards of the Coast in 2007.
avatar for Steve Kenson

Steve Kenson

Designer, Green Ronin Publishing
Steve has been a professional tabletop RPG writer and designer since 1995, working on games such as Shadowrun, Aberrant, Mutants & Masterminds, and Icons Superpowered Roleplaying. He has written nine RPG tie-in novels, including three with a gay male protagonist. An advocate of inclusion in the hobby, Steve started the "Queer as a Three-Sided Die" seminar at GenCon and the gaymers e-mailing list. He maintains a website at... 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 December 12, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
GX Ballroom 2 Marriott - Salon III

3:00pm

Voice Acting 103
Join Jennifer Hale, Adam Harrington and Sarah Elmaleh as they talk about the world of voice acting. 

Jennifer Hale is an actress and voice actress best known for her work in video game franchises including Baldur's Gate, Mass Effect, Metroid Prime, Metal Gear Solid, Soulcalibur, Spider-Man, Bioshock Infinite, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. 

Adam Harrington is best known for his voice work in League of Legends and various Telltale Games titles including The Wolf Among us, where he voiced the lead role as Bigby.

Sarah Elmaleh is most known for voicing player-character Katie in Gone Home. She can also be heard in Galak-Z, Redshirt, Gravity Ghost, Resonance, and other critically acclaimed indie games.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Elmaleh

Sarah Elmaleh

Voiceover Artist/Actor
Sarah Elmaleh is most known for voicing player-character Katie in Gone Home. She can also be heard in Galak-Z, Redshirt, Gravity Ghost, Resonance, and other critically acclaimed indie games. And then, as well, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. | | Passionately involved in the games community beyond performance, Sarah has been admin side at Kill Screen and IndieCade, curated special programming for Games for Change, and spoken about games or games... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
GX Ballroom 1 Marriott - Salon I + II

3:00pm

Knave Murdok at Game/Art Portfolio Consultation booth
Booth #321

Moderators
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 December 12, 2015 3:00pm - 5:30pm
GX Expo Hall Convention Center

3:30pm

Asexuality Safe Space/Hangout
Moderators
avatar for Dietrich Squinkifer

Dietrich Squinkifer

Mx. Dietrich Squinkifer (Squinky) is a writer, programmer, musician, and visual artist who creates games and playable experiences about gender identity, social awkwardness, and miscellaneous silliness. They have an MFA in Digital Arts and New Media from UC Santa Cruz, and in 2015, they were recognized among the Forbes 30 Under 30 in Games. Squinky's work has been featured in the Independent Games Festival and the IndieCade festival, as well as in... Read More →

Saturday December 12, 2015 3:30pm - 6:00pm
The Turing Room A & B Marriott (3rd Floor)

4:00pm

Kickstarter: Tips and Tricks to Succeed
Launching a Kickstarter and making it succeed may seem easy - but there's a lot that goes into the pre-planning, during campaign, and afterwards that goes into a successful campaign. Join those who have been on this path and learn more about how to have a successful Kickstarter and pitfalls to avoid!





Speakers
avatar for Serena Nelson

Serena Nelson

Writer, Cliqist
Crowdfunding, crowdfunding, and more crowdfunding. Oh, and I also play games. Mostly adventures.
avatar for Maxwell Salzberg

Maxwell Salzberg

Co-Founder, BackerKit
avatar for Josh Trujillo

Josh Trujillo

Lost His Keys Man
I make comics! Death Saves, Love Machines, etc.
avatar for Rosanna Yau

Rosanna Yau

Co-founder, BackerKit
Helping crowdfunding creators succeed since 2012 :D


Saturday December 12, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
GX Ballroom 2 Marriott - Salon III

5:00pm

Being Successful as a Nerd Musician!
Limited Capacity seats available

Geeky, nerdy music. Everybody loves it! But how does it get made? It doesn't just appear out of thin air right. There are hard working people behind every hit nerdtastic song you jam out to. But how do they do it, how do they become the masters you see before you? Well come find out!

Moderators
avatar for Jeff Benson

Jeff Benson

Filmmaker, UbseyMovies & Fangamer LLC.
I AM JEFF I DO BUSINESS

Speakers
avatar for SAMMUS

SAMMUS

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... Read More →
avatar for Robbie Benson

Robbie Benson

Musician & Filmmaker, Super Soul Bros. / UbseyMovies
Bandleader & keyboardist for Super Soul Bros. Filmmaker/actor of UbseyMovies currently producing EarthBound Saga and the upcoming documentary EarthBound USA.
avatar for The Doubleclicks

The Doubleclicks

The Doubleclicks
The Doubleclicks are a nationally-touring, Billboard charting nerd band with a cello, a meowing cat keyboard, and songs about dinosaurs, Cats & Netflix, space and Dungeons and Dragons. Their YouTube videos boast over 2 million views and have been featured on Gawker, BoingBoing, io9 and more. Find out more at http://thedoubleclicks.com
avatar for 2 Mello

2 Mello

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 really good book you read!


Saturday December 12, 2015 5:00pm - 5:45pm
GX Ballroom 2 Marriott - Salon III

5:00pm

Natasha Allegri and Friends Do Stuff
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Boss Of Honor Natasha Allegri (Adventure Time, Bee & Puppycat) and her guests Efrain Farias and Hans Tseng of Frederator as they talk about creating Bee & Puppycat, storyboarding, and the incredible world of cartoons!


Saturday December 12, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
GX Ballroom 1 Marriott - Salon I + II

5:30pm

Dallas Robinson at Game/Art Portfolio Consultation booth
Booth #321

Moderators
DR

Dallas Robinson

Art Director, Wayforward
Hello, my name is Dallas Robinson and i'm an Art Director. Very often I get asked to review art portfolios and give critiques. Also i give general advice for what it takes to work in the game industry and what it takes to make your own game. At GX3 I will be doing all of the above so if you have a portfolio you want reviewed or any questions please ask!

Saturday December 12, 2015 5:30pm - 8:00pm
GX Expo Hall Convention Center

6:00pm

How to Be Nice to People That Hate You
Poet and priest George Herbert said it best:" Living well is the best revenge." And yet...we live in an era where we can be constantly under attack from friends, family, and oh, the rest of the internet. But you know what can be more powerful than even the most tersely acidic 140-character response? Compassion and understanding. Come learn how to kill with kindness to help foster a kind environment for all, especially those that hate you.

Speakers
avatar for Jamin Warren

Jamin Warren

founder, Kill Screen
Videogames.


Saturday December 12, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
GX Ballroom 1 Marriott - Salon I + II

6:00pm

Queer Divinities: Diversifying Your Fantasy Religion
Speakers
avatar for Joe Carriker

Joe Carriker

Developer: A Song of Ice & Fire Roleplaying, Green Ronin Publishing
Joseph Carriker is developer for A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying and the Chronicle System. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2000, and intends to keep doing that for the foreseeable future. He's an avid proponent of diversity in gaming spaces, and regularly runs LGBT-oriented panels at gaming conventions, including GenCon's "Queer as a Three-Sided Die." He recently sold a novel, Sacred Band, available this winter from Lethe Press... Read More →
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 Jeremy Crawford

Jeremy Crawford

Wizards of the Coast
Jeremy Crawford is the co-lead designer of fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons. He was the lead designer of the fifth edition "Player’s Handbook" and one of the leads on the "Dungeon Master’s Guide." He has worked on many other D&D books since coming to Wizards of the Coast in 2007.


Saturday December 12, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
GX Ballroom 2 Marriott - Salon III

6:00pm

Lesbians Who Tech - Meet Up
A meet up for the Lesbians Who Tech group's local chapter and any visiting members. 

Moderators
Saturday December 12, 2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Turing Room A & B Marriott (3rd Floor)

8:00pm

Coffee: A Misunderstanding
A story that kind of looks like your typical “boy meets girl” story at first glance, except the boy doesn’t really feel like a boy and the girl doesn’t really feel like a girl. A commentary on the weirdness of online friendships that aren’t really friendships, set in the midst of a fan convention called AwesomeCon. A queer and socially awkward mobile device-assisted interactive play, with audience participation. A play where all the actors are audience members. Maybe one of them will be you? A collaborative game of finding the best ending to the story. Or the worst ending. Or maybe just whatever’s the most satisfying. It’s really up to you. Anything can happen.

More info: http://squinky.me/my-games/coffee-a-misunderstanding/

Moderators
avatar for Dietrich Squinkifer

Dietrich Squinkifer

Mx. Dietrich Squinkifer (Squinky) is a writer, programmer, musician, and visual artist who creates games and playable experiences about gender identity, social awkwardness, and miscellaneous silliness. They have an MFA in Digital Arts and New Media from UC Santa Cruz, and in 2015, they were recognized among the Forbes 30 Under 30 in Games. Squinky's work has been featured in the Independent Games Festival and the IndieCade festival, as well as in... Read More →

Saturday December 12, 2015 8:00pm - 10:00pm
The Turing Room A & B Marriott (3rd Floor)

8:00pm

Saturday Night Cosplay Prom/Dance Party
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Alanah Pearce

Alanah Pearce

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


Saturday December 12, 2015 8:00pm - 11:30pm
GX Ballroom A & B Marriott - Salon I + II + III
 
Sunday, December 13
 

9:00am

Badge Pickup (Su)
Sunday December 13, 2015 9:00am - 4:00pm
San Jose Marriott 301 S. Market Street, San Jose CA

10:00am

Building Believable Fantasy Worlds
Join BioWare developers David Gaider, Dan Plunkett, and Terry Fairfield as they discuss the work that went into creating Dragon Age: Inquisition. From complex characters to immersive sounds, find out about the thought and work that goes into bringing a world to life.

Moderators
avatar for Sarah Elmaleh

Sarah Elmaleh

Voiceover Artist/Actor
Sarah Elmaleh is most known for voicing player-character Katie in Gone Home. She can also be heard in Galak-Z, Redshirt, Gravity Ghost, Resonance, and other critically acclaimed indie games. And then, as well, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. | | Passionately involved in the games community beyond performance, Sarah has been admin side at Kill Screen and IndieCade, curated special programming for Games for Change, and spoken about games or games... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Terry Fairfield

Terry Fairfield

Sound Designer, BioWare
Sound designer who's worked on Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Skate and Need for Speed franchises.
avatar for David Gaider

David Gaider

Senior Writer, BioWare EA
David has worked as both a writer and designer for BioWare since 1999, on such titles as Baldur's Gate 2, Knights of the Old Republic, and Neverwinter Nights. He then acted as Lead Writer on the hit Dragon Age, including Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age 2, and most recently Dragon Age: Inquisition in 2014.
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Dan Plunkett

Senior Cinematic Designer, BioWare
Dan has worked on games from mobile to AAA since 2009. He joined BioWare to work on cinematics for Dragon Age: Inquisition, and has since worked on both the Jaws of Hakkon and Trespasser DLC.


Sunday December 13, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
GX Ballroom 1 Marriott - Salon I + II

10:00am

Gaming and the Performance of Deviant Sexuality
This Panel/Talk is an overview of an in-depth analysis of Square Enix's "Mobius Final Fantasy" as it relates to progressions and double-standards in depictions of sexuality in contemporary gaming. We expand into discussions on the history of queer identity in gaming, drawing parallels between the incident of Mobius Final Fantasy with other contemporary games.

Moderators
avatar for Greg Langner

Greg Langner

California State University, Los Angeles
While teaching Communication Studies at California State University, Los Angeles I work as the Associate Artistic Director of the nearby Mosaic Lizard Theater. There I develop and produce new live performances that directly take inspiration from cartoon animation, gaming, as well as other forms within the league of nerd culture. My research, off-stage, likewise focuses on the intersections of animation, performance, and queer identity.

Speakers
avatar for Jace Keough Allen

Jace Keough Allen

San Francisco State University
Gaymer in SF, working on a master in Communication Studies, with a emphasis on queer content in games.


Sunday December 13, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
GX Ballroom 2 Marriott - Salon III

10:00am

Localizing Games for a Worldwide Audience
This panel will highlight some technical and design challenges of shipping a game in multiple languages with examples from various games and provide some insight on how to avoid common pitfalls early in development.

This talk will include difficulties that occur with cultural translations when bringing games to an American audience as well as ways for developers to be more educated about the international community.  

Moderators
avatar for Molly Jameson

Molly Jameson

Game Programmer, Anki
Molly Jameson has worked in the game industry as a programmer for over 8 years. She has made a wide variety of games ranging from casual web and mobile games for 40 year old women at Big Fish Games, to web MMOs for kids (Six Degrees Games) to core console games at Insomniac Games like Sunset Overdrive, Ratchet & Clank, and Resistance 3 to experimental game jam games. | | She currently works at Anki Inc, a robotics company making robotic... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown

Localization Producer, Carbine Studios
Chat with me about localization! And if you don't know what that is (don't feel bad, many don't), then ask me that! I'm happy to try and elucidate others about my oft-ignored yet essential corner of the gaming industry.


Sunday December 13, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
GXTalks A Marriott - Salon IV

10:00am

Gaymers: The Web Series
Life is hard enough for a gamer, with adversarial forces coming in the form of immortal vampires, corrupt electrical companies, and dysentery. When gay gamer Corey Priest moves in with a group of like-minded gamers, these offbeat characters struggle to face their toughest adversary yet: real life.

Join creators Artur Prakapas and Ken Bernardo, as well as cast members Laura Charette (Mel), Louis Cunningham (Anthony), Andres Quintero (Marco), and James A Pierce III (Corey), as they introduce this quirky new comedy web series that blends life in the LGBT world with a love of video games.

Panelists:
Artur Prakapas - Producer/Director (moderator)

Ken Bernardo - Writer
James A Pierce III - Actor
Andres Quintero - Actor
Laura Charette - Actor 
Louis Cunningham - Actor


Sunday December 13, 2015 10:00am - 12:00pm
GXTalks B Marriott - Salon V

10:00am

GM Skills For Immersive Role Playing
System agnostic, this interactive workshop will develop your skills as a Game Master to create and present game content that players will connect to on a deep level.  You will come away with not only "tricks of the trade", but the tools to jump start your own creativity to design original material that engages emotions and imagination.

Speakers
avatar for Joe Carriker

Joe Carriker

Developer: A Song of Ice & Fire Roleplaying, Green Ronin Publishing
Joseph Carriker is developer for A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying and the Chronicle System. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2000, and intends to keep doing that for the foreseeable future. He's an avid proponent of diversity in gaming spaces, and regularly runs LGBT-oriented panels at gaming conventions, including GenCon's "Queer as a Three-Sided Die." He recently sold a novel, Sacred Band, available this winter from Lethe Press... Read More →
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Steve Kenson

Designer, Green Ronin Publishing
Steve has been a professional tabletop RPG writer and designer since 1995, working on games such as Shadowrun, Aberrant, Mutants & Masterminds, and Icons Superpowered Roleplaying. He has written nine RPG tie-in novels, including three with a gay male protagonist. An advocate of inclusion in the hobby, Steve started the "Queer as a Three-Sided Die" seminar at GenCon and the gaymers e-mailing list. He maintains a website at... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2015 10:00am - 1:00pm
GX Workshop Marriott - Salon VI

10:00am

Tabletop & Card Gaming Open (Su)
Looking for some of the organized games being scheduled? Visit our Warhorn site!

Email tim@midboss.com with any questions! 

Sunday December 13, 2015 10:00am - 6:00pm
Tabletop & Card Gaming Room Marriott

10:00am

11:00am

Creating Characters and Stories with Ethnic Dysphoria
The talk discusses growing up as an adoptee into an ethnically different family and the effect it had and has on a visual artist who is a person of colour growing up in a white household. I'll also be covering the stigma of adoption. 

Moderators
avatar for Leisha-Marie Riddel

Leisha-Marie Riddel

Art Director/Illustrator, guru studio
I'm an art director, illustrator and fan artist. | I'm also the creator of #PROJECTSOLACE a graphic novel project, in progress. | | I'm really into talking about adoption and how its helped me, and I will talk about most issues but you'll have to give me a TW if you want to talk about more sensitive subjects.


Sunday December 13, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
GXTalks A Marriott - Salon IV

11:00am

Build real-time, in-app chat for millions of global users
Join Grindr’s Chief Technology Officer Lukas Sliwka as he gives his unique insight into best practices for developing a high-volume, real-time chat engine for your gaming app. Learn how to make the right technology choices when designing and building real-time chat applications for mobile clients, and how to scale your chat to support a global user base. This 45-minute session will be followed by a 15-minute Q&A period. 

Speakers

Sunday December 13, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
GX Ballroom 1 Marriott - Salon I + II

11:00am

How to Work on What You Want & Get Paid Doing It - A Patreon Panel
Patreon is the biggest change to funding for the arts since the Internet began. Five people who've managed to make it work for them will discuss what they did and how you might be able to emulate it.

Speakers
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 →
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Soraya Een Hajji

Media Director, Extra Credits
avatar for Alex Woolfson

Alex Woolfson

Owner, Yaoi 911
After Alex Woolfson started a successful career as a filmmaker in the Bay Area, he soon realized the best way to make the "big-budget" adventure stories he craved would be as full-color comics. Inspired by the sci-fi thrillers he loved as a kid, he teamed up with illustrator Winona Nelson to create the science-fiction graphic novel, Artifice. In addition to writing and publishing comics, Alex enjoys eating other people's cooking, talking to... Read More →
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Brianna Wu

CEO/Founder, Giant Spacekat
Brianna Wu is the head of development at Giant Spacekat. She's a software engineer and the host of Isometric and Rocket podcasts on the Relay.FM network. Worldwide press has called her the “Games Boss.” Over the past few years, she’s become a frequent speaker on women-in-tech issues.


Sunday December 13, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
GX Ballroom 2 Marriott - Salon III

11:00am

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

Philip Jones

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

Sunday December 13, 2015 11:00am - 4:00pm
GX Expo Hall Convention Center

11:00am

Golden Bay PKMN League Open (Su)
The Golden Bay City Gym is back as the Golden Bay Pokemon League! This year we will have more games (trivia, pokemon stadium, etc.), more chances to battle for badges, a new setup, and a league championship! Year three is going to be awesome!

We will be doing some old events and new ones, including (many of these will have prizes!): 

  • Trivia Contests 
  • Pokemon Stadium Minigames 
  • Pokemon Snap Minigame 
  • Battle Tournament
  • Pokemon Improv Show 
  • 8 new gyms (each with a new badge from last year) 
  • Pokemon League Championship Tournament

Thank you everyone! We all love GX and look forward to giving all the Pokemon Trainers of GX3 a place to hangout, have fun, and feel included and safe! :D

Speakers

Sunday December 13, 2015 11:00am - 6:00pm
The Golden Bay PKMN Gym Marriott - The Boardroom

11:00am

GX Arcade Open (Su)
Sunday December 13, 2015 11:00am - 6:00pm
The Arcade Convention Center

11:30am

DONOR Lunch! :D
Donor Ticket required! :O

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
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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 →

Sunday December 13, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Arcadia San Jose Marriott

12:00pm

Connecting Us: The Power Of Online Collaboration For Queer People
Sometimes being who we are can be isolating. Thankfully for alot of us there are games to connect us. To bring us together with people like us to enjoy something great together. Join us as we talk about how important this kind of space is and how to make sure they continue to grow.

Speakers

Sunday December 13, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
GX Ballroom 2 Marriott - Salon III

12:00pm

Games Will Warp Your Mind and Turn You Gay (or They Could)
Games: are they an innocuous pastime? A hobby for self-improvement? Or a quasi-sentient species of pleasure-excreting brain-leeches from just beyond human comprehension, salivating to warp our minds in ways even more powerful than DRUGS or PORNOGRAPHY? Why do we play games, and should we? What do they want from us? Who do they work for? Can we harness them as obedient beasts of burden before they enthrall us and turn everyone into hyper-effective homo-gladiators in the endless colosseum of the Ubernet? You should forget everything you know about games, except that's impossible, so just pretend that you forgot everything and let's go from there.

Moderators
avatar for Naomi Clarke

Naomi Clarke

Naomi Clark is an independent game designer based in New York City. Over the last two decades she's worked on a wide variety of games including early text-based virtual worlds, educational games on many subjects, game development tools for kids, and digital brick-building systems for LEGO. She also teaches game design at the NYU Game Center, the School of Visual Arts, and the New York Film Academy. Her current projects include a game about... Read More →

Sunday December 13, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
GX Ballroom 1 Marriott - Salon I + II

12:00pm

How My Geeky Interests Got Me A Job
As we grow up, it can be easy to think that your hobbies are a waste of time. That you should be using that time to learn to program or take business classes. But this panel is here to prove that your interests are NOT a waste of time. Sticking to your interests can help you and find work that fulfills you!

Moderators
avatar for Chris Lam

Chris Lam

Junior Video Producer, BuzzFeed
Sailor scout, producer, game hoarder, novice cosplayer, and winner of GaymerX2's Dance Central Tournament. | | UC Berkeley alum in EECS. But now I produce videos for BuzzFeed as well as my personal channel OneWingedWannabe on YouTube.

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 Becca Canote

Becca Canote

Content Manager, Rhett & Link
Fighting evil by moonlight, content managing by daylight.
avatar for Arthur Chu

Arthur Chu

A lifelong video game enthusiast who now makes a living writing about race, politics, and geek culture


Sunday December 13, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
GXTalks A Marriott - Salon IV

12:00pm

Earthbound Saga - Screening
Limited Capacity seats available

Nintendo’s 1995 cult-classic EarthBound has inspired lots—artwork, music, entire careers. Robbie & Jeff Benson have been making a film based on the game for the last 20 years.

At ages 5 & 7—with their dad wielding a VHS camera—the Benson Bros unwittingly began a lifelong film project that gained a cult-following itself, EB Saga.

Join the award-winning San Jose filmmakers’ sneak-preview of upcoming films: EB Saga 5 & EarthBound USA. Followed by Q&A (ebsaga.com, earthboundusa.com, ubseymovies.com)


Moderators
avatar for Robbie Benson

Robbie Benson

Musician & Filmmaker, Super Soul Bros. / UbseyMovies
Bandleader & keyboardist for Super Soul Bros. Filmmaker/actor of UbseyMovies currently producing EarthBound Saga and the upcoming documentary EarthBound USA.
avatar for Jeff Benson

Jeff Benson

Filmmaker, UbseyMovies & Fangamer LLC.
I AM JEFF I DO BUSINESS

Sunday December 13, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
GXTalks B Marriott - Salon V

1:00pm

Ricki Ortiz Vs. The World
Come watch Ricki Ortiz kick some butt and answer some questions as she does so! :D

Speakers

Sunday December 13, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
GX Ballroom 1 Marriott - Salon I + II

1:00pm

All Your Culture Are Belong To Us: Appropriation, Erasure and RPG's
You favorite game might be problematic... but it doesn't have to be.  This panel will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of RPG's while pointing out examples of cultural appropriation or erasure.

Moderators
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.

Speakers
avatar for Arthur Chu

Arthur Chu

A lifelong video game enthusiast who now makes a living writing about race, politics, and geek culture
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 →
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Donna Prior

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


Sunday December 13, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
GXTalks A Marriott - Salon IV

1:00pm

Why You Should Create A Webcomic
Zach Wienersmith, creator of SMBC, and Alex Woolfson, the writer and publisher of the full-color yaoi webcomics Artifice and The Young Protectors, talk about why releasing your work as a webcomic is the best way to build an audience, connect with your readers and ultimately earn some income for your hard work. Megan Praz does webcomics for publications such as Autostraddle and SKYD Magazine. They will discuss the reasons why releasing your comic a page a week on the web is superior to other forms of independent publishing and will cover how to set up your Web site, promote your work with online ads, build a fan base, set up a successful donation system and ultimately bring your book to print.

Speakers
avatar for Megan Praz

Megan Praz

Animator/Artist
Megan Praz is an animator/artist and ultimate frisbee enthusiast. Her webcomics are featured on Autostraddle and SKYD Magazine. Her animation is on TV.
avatar for Alex Woolfson

Alex Woolfson

Owner, Yaoi 911
After Alex Woolfson started a successful career as a filmmaker in the Bay Area, he soon realized the best way to make the "big-budget" adventure stories he craved would be as full-color comics. Inspired by the sci-fi thrillers he loved as a kid, he teamed up with illustrator Winona Nelson to create the science-fiction graphic novel, Artifice. In addition to writing and publishing comics, Alex enjoys eating other people's cooking, talking to... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
GX Ballroom 2 Marriott - Salon III

1:00pm

I Wanna Be A Producer!
When it comes to creating games everyone already know about the programmers, designers, and artist. But what about the leading power behind the game creation? The unsung heroes who make sure everything comes together, that everyone is on the same page, and that the vision of the game comes to fruition. Come hear from those who proudly call themselves Producers and learn from them not only what it means to become one, but what it means to be a queer one in the gaming world. Hear their stories, learn from their experiences, and find out about the life of a leader.

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.
avatar for John Faciane

John Faciane

Localization Producer, Voltage Entertainment USA, Inc.
John Faciane, Localization Producer at Voltage Entertainment USA Inc. | | I am bilingual in English and Japanese and I recently relocated from Tokyo to San Francisco. I previously worked on the CGI television series Pac Man and the Ghosty Adventures as a Production Coordinator. | | In addition to my production background I am also an improviser and as a part of the Pirates of Tokyo Bay performed in monthly improv comedy shows in... Read More →
avatar for Christopher Spivey

Christopher Spivey

Director of Production, Classroom, Inc.
I'm a NYC-based producer and designer of social and serious games and the Director of Production at Classroom, Inc., an ed-tech nonprofit. For the last decade I've been making casual, social, and serious games for clients including Disney, Maxis, Ubisoft, CBS, Discovery Networks, Science Channel, A+E Networks and more. Serious games I've worked on have received the notice and support of organizations such as the U.S. Department of Education... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
GX Workshop Marriott - Salon VI

2:00pm

Trixie Time: Trixie Mattel Meet, Greet & Storytime!
Limited Capacity seats available

Moderators
Sunday December 13, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Turing Room A & B Marriott (3rd Floor)

2:00pm

Donor Lounge (Open for Donor Tickets) (Su)
The Donor Lounge will have shorter hours today to accomodate our Donor Luncheon.

Sunday December 13, 2015 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Donor Lounge Donor Lounge (3rd Floor)

3:00pm

The GX CrossPlay & Drag Show (Yes, Really)
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 →

Speakers
KG

Kaiisha Gault

Behavioral Therapist, Santa Clara Unified school district


Sunday December 13, 2015 3:00pm - 3:45pm
GX Combined Event Space Marriott-Salon I+II+III. May also Include IV, V, & VI

3:00pm

POC Safe Space III
Because GX3 is a physical space that extends into the virtual spaces of twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc, one of the things we are providing is space for in-person networking and socialization for our POC attendees.

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 →

Sunday December 13, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
The Turing Room A & B Marriott (3rd Floor)

4:00pm

Cosplay Pageant - Hosted by Trixie Mattel!
Limited Capacity seats available

Moderators
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 →
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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 →


Sunday December 13, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
GX Combined Event Space Marriott-Salon I+II+III. May also Include IV, V, & VI

6:00pm

Closing Ceremonies
Limited Capacity seats available

Bye bye! See you at GX4!

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
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 December 13, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
GX Combined Event Space Marriott-Salon I+II+III. May also Include IV, V, & VI

7:00pm

Q&A & Feedback w/ the GX Staff
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 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 Soraya Een Hajji

Soraya Een Hajji

Media Director, Extra Credits
avatar for Philip Jones

Philip Jones

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

Co-Director of Volunteers/Trainer, GaymerX
Brian has provided Safer Spaces & Inclusivity training for volunteers at GX events since the original GaymerX in 2013. He currently co-directs GaymerX's program for event volunteers, AKA Sprites, alongside Soraya Een-Hajji. | | Outside of GaymerX, Brian works in social services as a LMSW. He's a fan of comics, tabletop RPGs, good coffee, and pit bulls.
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 December 13, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
The Turing Room A & B Marriott (3rd Floor)

8:00pm

Dead Dog Party
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 →


Sunday December 13, 2015 8:00pm - 10:00pm
GX Combined Event Space Marriott-Salon I+II+III. May also Include IV, V, & VI