Category: Special Guest

David “Zeb” Cook

David “Zeb” Cook joined the TSR design staff in 1979, as employee #24 and through the dint of persistence rose employee #2 or 3 (in senority only) the time he left in 1994.In those years he designed such things as X1: The Isle of Dread (with the late Tom Moldvay), the D&D Expert Set, Oriental Adventures,…

By Lloyd February 2, 2018 Off

Matt Finch

Matt is the creator of one of the most well-known of the retro-clones: Swords & Wizardry, a modern take on Original D&D (or OD&D).  He was also heavily involved in the genesis of OSRIC, which unleashed a flood of new content and interest in older styles of role-playing. His Swords & Wizardry system won a…

By Lloyd January 18, 2018 Off

James Carpio

Corporate educator, writer, and game designer James Carpio began his obsession with role-playing games with the Moldvey D&D box set in 1981. Since then James has become obsessed with games of all types. As an avid gamer, James spends most of his free time playing games, toying with game mechanics, and embracing nerd culture. As…

By Lloyd January 13, 2018 Off

Heidi Gygax

Heidi Gygax grew up around the gaming industry as the third child of Mary Jo and E. Gary Gygax.  From a young age, Heidi and her siblings worked concession stands at Horticultural Hall for Gen Con game conventions, and later worked in the TSR booth.  In her teens, Heidi began working summers at TSR and…

By Lloyd January 11, 2018 Off

Jeff Leason

I started at TSR in August of 1978, being the 17th employee. The Dungeon Master’s Guide was the first editorial project I worked on, and the Gateway To Adventure catalog was the first product I designed. I co-authored the module C1 Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan and either edited/proofed/playtested most products back then. I worked in…

By Lloyd January 7, 2018 Off

Elise’ Gygax-Cousino

Gary’s eldest daughter attended the early Gen Con conventions as a young child, selling “gourmet” hot dogs and sodas to hungry game enthusiasts. One of the original D&D play testers, and helped collate the original boxed sets in the basement of their 330 Center Street house. Worked for TSR from 1976 to 1981 starting as…

By Lloyd December 31, 2017 Off

Robert J. Schwalb

Robert J. Schwalb has worked in tabletop games for over fifteen years as a designer, writer, and developer. Having started work in the heady days of the d20 boom, Schwalb went on to develop Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay and design A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying based on George R. R. Martin’s popular book and…

By Jenny Meara December 28, 2017 Off

Larry Elmore

I have been creating fantasy and science fiction art for over 40 years. I was best known for the work I did at TSR Inc., the company that produced the role playing game Dungeons & Dragons, Since 1987, I’ve been working as a freelance illustrator, creating covers for comics, computer games, magazines, fantasy and science…

By Lloyd November 28, 2017 Off

Pat Kilbane

Pat Kilbane was bitten by the roleplaying bug in 1979 with the Holmes D&D Basic Set. He is creator of the YouTube channel Dorks of Yore, host of the web series RPG Science, and director of an upcoming documentary about Gary Gygax and the creation of Dungeons & Dragons. Beginning his career as an actor,…

By Lloyd November 28, 2017 Off