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Saturday, January 12 • 10:00am - 10:50am
Better Realism for Better Worlds: We Did the Research for You.

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I don't want to hear about how arm-chair "realistic" it is to default to miss-recorded Western medieval standards of race, gender, sexuality. This panel dissects the 101 History student's argument that history was like X. Panelists present AWESOME books/research that shows the place of strong peoples in a world beyond Europe's Dark Ages. The book 1491 comes immediately to mind (America before Columbus), as does Rejected Princesses. Attendees leave with a reading (arguing) list of 20+ books.

Moderators
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Wes Schneider

Pathfinder RPG Co-Creator, Writer, Editor
Co-creator of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, F. Wesley Schneider writes and edits for numerous tabletop and video games. Aside from having passionate opinions about horror, world-building, and storytelling, he's spoken at length on inclusivity and LGBTQ topics in gaming. You can... Read More →

Speakers
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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... Read More →
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Tanya DePass

Programming and Diversity, OrcaCon
Tanya is the Founder and Director of I Need Diverse Games, a not-for-profit foundation based in Chicago. She’s part of the Rivals of Waterdeep live play stream on twitch.tv/dnd, a GM on Roll20 for a new Star Trek RPG, a partnered variety broadcaster; and often speaks on issues of... Read More →
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Lynne Hardy

Cogs, Cakes & Swordsticks
Although I trained as a biomedical research scientist and spent many years as a lecturer at a local further education college, I am now a full time freelance writer, editor, games designer & educator. Over the years I've worked on many games, including SLA Industries, Dying Earth... Read More →


Saturday January 12, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Vancouver Room

Attendees (42)