Special Guests (2020)

We are confirming our Guests for 2020 now.  Check back later to see who is coming back and what exciting new Guests are joining us!

 

Arneson, Chris

Chris Arneson graduated from UW Whitewater with a BFA in 1996. As a freelance illustrator he has had the pleasure of working on such CCGs as World of Warcraft, Legend of the Five Rings, Legend of the Burning Sands, Doomtown, Rifts, Wheel of Time and Warlord. Being a local to the Lake the Geneva area he considered himself lucky to get to work with Jim Ward, Lester Smith and Tim Brown on their Dragon Elves game. Lately he has been having a ton of fun freelancing for Joseph Goodman, of Goodman Games, on his MCC and DCC lines, including multiple modules from their Lankhmar Kickstarter. Read full biography...

    Baxter, David

    Writer/Producer David Baxter is currently VP of Development at fan-owned entertainment company Legion M which is known for such films as Mandy, Memory: Origins of Alien, and Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. A long time player of Dungeons and Dragons from OE on, he was on the Ghost Tower of Inverness winning team at WinterCon 8. He is also well known for his cosplay on the convention circuit as Larger Than Life Cosplay. He has a very tolerant wife and 11 year old son who is obsessed with Pennywise from IT! Read full biography...

      Bittman, Jobe

      Jobe Bittman started playing Dungeons & Dragons in the early 80s when his older step brother returned from college with a Holmes Basic Set. After moving to a new town, he lost his gamer friends, but continued to play alone for years, rolling up characters and running them through dungeons of his own design. As it turns out, this activity turned out to be very similar to writing for role playing games. Read full biography...

        Blackburn, Jolly

        Knights of the Dinner Table was accidentally created by Jolly R. Blackburn way back in 1990 as ‘filler’ for his small press magazine, Shadis. It was something of a ‘creative burp’ and Jolly really didn’t give it much thought. Perhaps that’s why he was just as surprised as anyone that soon KODT was overshadowing everything else he’d ever done and that the created was now controlling the creator. Read full biography...

          Bobek, John

          Braun, Jason

          Jason Braun is a freelance illustrator who lives in an unpronounceable Wisconsin town. He graduated from UW-Milwaukee in 1998 and worked as a graphic designer for years before leaving the corporate world to focus on his art. In addition to his OSR credits, which include Gamehole Publishing, Goblinoid Games, Chaotic Henchmen Productions, Black Blade Publishing, and Pied Piper Publishing, Jason loves to create creepy horror art – just for funsies. He also writes and illustrates a semiweekly webcomic at TrollAndFriends.com. Read full biography...

            Carr, Mike

            Began gaming with the international federation of war gamers (IFW) in 1960’s as a teenager. He created the game “Fight In The Skies” (aka Dawn Patrol) and self-published it at the recommendation of Gary Gygax as part of the IFW’s Wargame Inventors Guild (WGIG) in 1968. Read full biography...

              Chumley, Brent

              Brent has produced art for a multitude of media including cover paintings, interior illustrations, collectible card art, cartography (maps), graphic design, page layout, t-shirt designs, miniatures paintings, concept art and commercial photography for a plethora of clients. Some of the gaming brands Brent has produced work for include: Dungeons & Dragons, D&D Dragonfire, Shadowrun, Legend of the Five Rings (CCG and RPG), Doomtown: Reloaded CCG, Metal Magic & Lore, The Vampire’s Codex, Bruce Heard’s Calidar fantasy campaign setting as well as his own
              Dragonverses® line of art.

              Brent lives in southern mid-Illinois and is available for commissions

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                Clark, Chris

                Chris Clark began his “professional” gaming career by running events at Gen Con in 1977. He formed Inner City Games Designs in 1981 to publish the game Inner City RPG while attending the University of Illinois. Since then, Chris has written more than 70 published role-playing, miniature, card and board games, including Fuzzy heroes and War PIG’s and he is still writing them for Inner City Games Designs today. He wrote two generic multi-system adventures with the assistance of Gary Gygax in the late 90s; A Challenge of Arms and The Ritual of Golden Eyes. Read full biography...

                  Cook, David “Zeb”

                  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, the AD&D 2nd Edition Rules, the Conan RPG, the Indiana Jones RPG, the Escape From New York boardgame (really!), the Planescape Campaign Setting, and what must have been the personal pinnacle of his career the Bullwinkle and Rocky Party Game. After leaving TSR, Zeb entered the world of videogames where he worked on a lot of things that never saw the light of day and a few that did such as Lords of the Realm III and the City of Villains MMO. He currently works as a Content Zone Lead on the successful and entertaining Elder Scrolls Online MMO.  Read full biography...

                    Curtis, Michael

                    Michael Curtis was raised by wolves, married to the sea, and writes like a madman. An exile from the halls of Academia and a veteran of the Psychic Wars, he started writing role-playing material to pay his passage to the Offworld Colonies.

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                      Darlene the Artist

                      Darlene is an American artist and calligrapher whose artwork appeared in early Dungeons & Dragons works published by TSR. Her best-known piece, the full-colour map of the Flanaess that accompanied the 1980 folio edition of the World of Greyhawk by Gary Gygax, was used as the basis of all subsequent Greyhawk publications and maps until Greyhawk publications were discontinued by Wizards of the Coast in 2008. Read full biography...

                        Elmore, Larry

                        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. Read full biography...

                          Faden, Alyssa

                          Alyssa Faden has been a professional cartographer and GenCon panelist since 2012. She is best known for her incredible cityscapes and stunning details, often inviting viewers of her creations to see stories-within-stories for years after. Read full biography...

                            Gygax-Cousino, Elise’

                            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 a girl Friday, worked various positions; Reception, Sales and Advertising departments and attended Trade Shows and Gaming Conventions. She hesitantly, admits to modeling for various 1970’s gaming advertisements, and the last position she held at TSR was Executive Secretary to the President and CEO, (i.e. Gary Gygax), and was his personal chauffer. She also worked on the first Lanier word processor inputting original Dungeons & Dragons manuscripts, and answering fan mail. Read full biography...

                              Gygax, Ernest

                              The eldest son of Gary Gygax, co-creator of D&D, Ernie served as one of the very few original play-testers for Chainmail and Dungeons and Dragons. Ernie helped to shape both games by his ambitious and relentless play. His characters would become legendary to the D&D universe. Read full biography...

                                Gygax, Heidi

                                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 later full time in the Gen Con department, at the Dungeon Hobby Shop, and Marketing, until the ousting of all named Gygax.  Read full biography...

                                  Hammack, Allen

                                  Allen Hammack has contributed to over 100 products as author, designer, editor, or developer. The “Master of Mythology” most recently was editor of and on the design team for the Top Secret: New World Order™ espionage RPG by the new TSR. Hired by Gary Gygax in 1978, Allen was Manager of Designers during the “Golden Era” of TSR. Read full biography...

                                    Ibrahim, Noura

                                    Noura Ibrahim is an actor/ singer/ writer from Los Angeles, California. She is currently cast as Jahan, the world leader of the Resistance in Niantic’s (Pokemon Go!) 2019 reboot of Ingress, a globally played ARG mobile video game and serves as a consultant for the ever evolving RPG.

                                    You can find her playing Ib on Geek and Sundry’s Vampire The Masquerade: LA by Night and on the new Dungeons and Dragons livestream Have Dice Will Travel. This summer she appeared on Ten Candles, an RPG on Geek And Sundry with Game Master Ivan Van Norman, and played Lady Macbeth in the first ever Shakespeare in the Pool  Los Angeles production of Macbeth. Noura earned her blackbelt is Kuk Sool Won as well as studied archery and horseback riding in Jeju-do, South Korea and is currently finishing her Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

                                      Kammer, Alex

                                      Alex Kammer is a lifelong gamer and a maniac collector. He started playing D&D in 1982 and for that last 20+ years has been playing in a weekly gaming group – The Gamehole. In fact, Alex has probably played in as many 1st edition D&D sessions than just about anyone alive. He also owns one of the most definitive and complete collections of 1st/2nd edition TSR D&D in existence. Read full biography...

                                        Kask, Tim

                                        Tim met Gary Gygax at a Gen Con in 1974 a few months after calling him at home to inquire about some chainmail rules. Tim was introduced to a brand new game called Dungeons & Dragons while at Gen Con. He was instantly enamored and began running it for his gaming group in Carbondale, IL. Gary & Tim stayed in contact and Tim’s group unknowingly served as playtesters for the new game. This relationship eventually lead to Tim being hired by Gary as the first full time employee at fledgling Tactical Studies Rules (later TSR, INC) in 1975. Read full biography...

                                          Kilbane, Pat

                                          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. Read full biography...

                                            Kovacs, Doug

                                            Born in the United States in 1973. Doug Kovacs grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, playing with Star Wars figures, then GI-Joe, and later graduating to Dungeons and Dragons and other RPGs (which he continues to play to this day). He drew his way through High School, avoiding involvement in most things but art class, where he cultivated a love for all forms of painting and drawing. At 16 he thought he invented cubism, but then realized he was wrong. Read full biography...

                                              Kovaleski, John

                                              John Kovaleski has been called by his peers a modern-day Renaissance Man: US Naval Officer, Merchant Marine Captain, Husband, Father, Outdoorsman, Athlete, Engineer, Entrepreneur, Inventor, 3d Artist, Game Designer, Innovator and CEO. Read full biography...

                                                LaForce, Dave ‘Diesel’

                                                David S. LaForce is one of the first generation artist for Dungeons & Dragons. LaForce started his career in 1979 with TSR where he was initially hired in the shipping department. Catching the eye of David Sutherland, (head of TSR’s art department) who had him submit some sample drawings. Two of the three samples were bought and used for the Dungeon Master’s Guide. LaForce was hired by the art department where he remained until 1998. One of his first assignments was “C1: The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachin.” Many of his illustrations can be seen in the first Dungeons & Dragons manuals. LaForce’s love of historical map cartography can be depicted in the designs he has created in Dragonlance, Birthright and Dark Sun. Read full biography...

                                                  LaSalle, Brendan

                                                  Brendan LaSalle had the good fortune of being introduced to Dungeons and Dragons in 1977, an event which shaped his life forevermore. He graduated from Kennesaw State University in 1996, no mean feat considering how much he gamed during both of his senior years. Read full biography...

                                                    Leason, Jeff

                                                    Jeff "Duck" Leason started playing Dungeons & Dragons (OD&D) in 1975, with a fellow boy scout, Skip Williams. Jeff was hooked and bought his first copy of D&D from 330 Center Street, the Gygax family's basement. Three years later, after graduating high school, Jeff started working in the shipping department at TSR, as its 17th employee. (He was guaranteed a job at TSR by Ernie G Gygax, Jr, a high school friend and fellow orchestra member.) Read full biography...

                                                      Lindsay, Chris

                                                      Chris began his love affair with Dungeons & Dragons as a wee lad in the early ‘80s. In 2010 Chris joined the D&D brand team and is currently the product manager for Dungeons & Dragons as well as the head of the D&D Adventurers League and the architect for the Dungeon Masters Guild, and Guild Adept program. Chris has been known to hop in front of a camera now and again, originally for ExtraLife charity events, and more currently on Maze Arcana’s Peanut Gallery, and as a Dungeon Master during the Stream of Annihilation. Chris can also be seen handing out DM advice on Geek & Sundry’s Epic Homebrews episode of GM Tips with Satine Phoenix. You can find him on Twitter under the moniker @Onnatryx. Read full biography...

                                                      Maker, Ross

                                                      Ross Maker has been gaming for some sixty years and designing games for nearly all that time.  He was the original dwarf in Dave Arneson’s Blackmoor campaign.  In 1978 he was co-designer with David Wesely of Source of the Nile, which won two Charles S. Roberts Awards, two Strategist Club Awards, a Game Designers’ Guild Select Award and was named to the Games Magazine 100.  More recently he was the editor for the still-born 4th Edition of Don’t Give Up the Ship, and designed the Of Czars and Sultans module for Sergeants Three’s Bring Up the Guns. Read full biography...

                                                        Manganiello, Joe

                                                         Joe Manganiello is an actor, a producer, a director, a published author, and an Emmy winning narrator. He holds a BFA in acting from The Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama and could most recently be seen battling giant monsters in New Line’s RAMPAGE with Dwayne Johnson and in his debut as super-villain ‘Deathstroke,’ during the end credits scene in Warner Brothers/DCEU’s JUSTICE LEAGUE. Manganiello has just completed work on SHOPLIFTERS OF THE WORLD, which his company 359 also produced. Joe will next be seen in the title role of the redemption drama STANO, about a man who returns to the Bronx after serving 18 years in prison for a mistake he made as a kid that ultimately robbed him of a professional baseball career and the love of his life, which Manganiello also produced. Read full biography...

                                                          Marks, Greg

                                                          Greg Marks is an evil mastermind directing his criminal army of precocious felines from the birthplace of gaming: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. He and his cat minions have worked on products for every edition of Dungeons and Dragons and written too many adventures for organized play campaigns to count. He has administered several OP campaigns and is currently the Associate Resource Manager for D&D Adventurers League. Greg and his cats have written for Dragon and Dungeon Magazines, Fantasy Flight Games' Midnight setting, Raging Swan Press, and Kobold Press. When DMing, Greg says he loves to weave a memorable story, whether the players prefer challenging combats or lots of social interaction. Read full biography...

                                                          Megarry, Dave

                                                          He took part in playing fantasy adventures in Dave Arneson’s original Blackmoor, a game that incorporated much of the Fantasy Supplement of Gary Gygax and Jeff Perren’s Chainmail game. These experiences and codified them in to a much more regular, but still dynamic, board game Dungeon! in 1973. Gary Gygax was the biggest proponent of the game, playtesting, making modifications, creating variants, and shopping is around to various game publishers. At one point, Gary and David made an offering of the game, titled Dungeons of Pasha Cada, to Don Lowry of Guidon Games but it was ultimately decided that it would be too expensive to print the maps. Finally, the game was picked up by TSR who put it into production in 1975. Read full biography...

                                                            Metcalf, Lloyd

                                                            Lloyd Metcalf is an American illustrator, tabletop role-playing game designer, writer, and producer that is connected to much of the OSR (Old School Renaissance) gaming world. His interest in gaming started in the early 1980’s with the Dungeons & Dragons BECMI, then later Advance Dungeons & Dragons system.

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                                                            Miller, Jason Charles

                                                            Jason Charles Miller is a highly accomplished singer/songwriter and voice actor.  He’s the host of Geek & Sundry’s Starter Kit (a show that teaches new players about RPGs), and a cast member on Sirens of the Realms on the D&D twitch channel.  Voice acting highlights include: Neverwinter Online (Drizzt Do'Urden), Attack on TitanGundam: Iron Blooded Orphans, The Legend of Korra, Hearthstone, Star Trek Online, World of Warcraft, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Final Fantasy 14, and the Super Street Fighter series.  Music highlights include: 3 Gold Record Awards as the lead singer of Godhead and writing the Critical Role theme song. Read full biography...

                                                              Mohan, Kim

                                                              Kim Mohan was a newspaper reporter when he first met Gary Gygax in 1979 to interview him for a feature article in the Milwaukee Sentinel. Turned out to be the start of something. Read full biography...

                                                                Mornard, Mike

                                                                Michael first became involved in wargaming back in early 1972. A friend of his in Boy Scouts invited him to join a tabletop battle game at Don Kaye's house. That Saturday they played Chainmail on Gary Gygax's original sand table that had been moved from 330 Center St. into Don's garage. Sometime in late 1972, while outside of Don Kaye's garage, one of the other players, Rob Kuntz, mentioned that Gary Gygax had a new game called Greyhawk and invited him to a game. Read full biography...

                                                                  Otus, Erol

                                                                  Erol Otus is an artist and game designer best known for his work on the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role playing game.  He was a member of TSR's art department from 1979 to 1981.  After TSR, Otus worked on computer games at several studios including Microprose, Spectrum Holobyte, Hasbro, and Toys For Bob/Activision; notable titles include Star Control 2 and the Skylanders franchise.  He lives in Berkeley CA and continues to create artwork for RPGs. Read full biography...

                                                                    Parish, Chad

                                                                    Chad Parish is a game author, podcaster, and gaming organizer who first cut his teeth playing the 1st edition of Advanced Dungeons and Dragons way back in 1979.   As one of the principle writers for TSR Game’s, Top Secret: New World Order, Chad worked on the core rules as well as writing the game’s introductory mission, The White Queen. When not writing, Chad’s gaming activities are either focused on promoting all the great games and game editions no longer in print via Gary Con’s first official gaming group, The Dead Games Society, or he can be heard hosting on podcasts, with his credits including TSR’s Game School and The Dead Games Society podcast.  Read full biography...

                                                                      Pavlet, Terry

                                                                      Terry was first published at age 14 by TSR. Graduated from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design with BFA’s in Illustration, Graphic Design, and Advertising. Freelances as Haus of Design, undertaking Illustration and Graphic Design, in comics, RPG, logos, etc. He has created works for the likes of in RPG/CCG work for Wizards of the Coast, Fantasy Flight Games, White Wolf, Frog God Games, TPK Games, comics for DC, Image, Disney. Read full biography...

                                                                        Perren, Jeff

                                                                        Jeff Perren was an early member of the Lake Geneva Tactical Studies Association along with Gary Gygax, Terry and Rob Kuntz, Ernie Gygax, Mike Reese, Leon Tucker, and Don Kaye.  Perren developed his own rules for Siege of Bodenburg, and shared them with Gary Gygax. Early in 1970, the LGTSA purchased a considerable number of Elastolin figures, which motivated Perren to develop four pages of his own rules for these miniatures which focused on mass combat. Perren and Gygax put together this set of medieval miniatures rules and called it Chainmail for publication in a Castle & Crusade Society fanzine called The Domesday Book. Perren and Gygax also designed the miniatures game Cavaliers and Roundheads (1973), the first game published by Gygax's company TSR.  Read full biography...

                                                                          Phoenix, Satine

                                                                          Satine Phoenix is the Community Manager of Dungeons and Dragons, co creator of Maze Arcana, Host of GM Tips on Geek & Sundry, Dungeons and Dragons Guild Adept, Founder of CelebrityChariD20.com & Meetup.com/LATabletopGamers, Co-Author of The Action Heroine's Journey & Co-creator & artist on New Praetorians, Jewelry Designer & freelance Illustrator on Burningquill.com. Read full biography...

                                                                          Pokorny, Stefan

                                                                          Stefan Pokorny is a fine artist and former art teacher who began running 1st edition D&D games around the tender age of 14 years old.   In 1996, he founded Dwarven Forge, a Miniatures Terrain company that started slowly but would go on to fund 4 hugely successful Kickstarter campaigns. He has run his “Theatrical” D&D games at various conventions, including GaryCon, GameHole Con, ConnectiCon, and others. Read full biography...

                                                                            Rasmussen, Merle

                                                                            Merle’s diverse genre credits include STAGECOACH KINGTM: Western Stagecoach Commerce Mini-Game by Kenzer and Company plus PLANETARIUM: Rasmussen’s GuideTM series of short, generic science-fiction books describing planets and containing adventure hooks by Frog God Games. “The Administrator” is also the author of TOP SECRET: NEW WORLD ORDERTM The Espionage Role-Playing Game by TSR, Inc. Recently, he wrote two game accessories: “Isle Beebak in Lake Nessumsar,” an entry in Legends of Adventure (NTX3) by Pacesetter, and “Encounter: Shipwrecked on Lay-Goh Island,” an entry in How to Write Adventure Modules That Don’t Suck, by Goodman Games. His published works include two articles: “Merle Rasmussen’s 7 of the Best,” an entry filed under movies in Multiverse: A blog from TSR®, Inc., and “LEGO® Building Toy Maps,” an entry in How to Write Adventure Modules That Don’t Suck, by Goodman Games. Read full biography...

                                                                              Reese, Mike

                                                                              Mike Reese started miniature wargaming in 1962 using HO scale armor models, 20mm plastic troops, and S scale model train buildings. He first met Gary Gygax through a postal player section in The General, heading 20 miles out to play with Gary and introduce him to WWII skirmish gaming. Read full biography...

                                                                                Slavicsek, Bill

                                                                                Bill is a writer and game designer who has contributed to some of the largest intellectual properties in science fiction and fantasy, including Star Wars, Dungeons & Dragons, and The Elder Scrolls. He has worked for West End Games, TSR, Inc., Wizards of the Coast, and Zenimax Online Studios, among others, and served as the Director of R&D for the Dungeons & Dragons brand for fourteen years. Read full biography...

                                                                                  Stark, Ed

                                                                                  A gaming professional since 1990, Ed's experience includes tabletop game design, fiction writing, and computer game design. His tabletop experience includes work on the West End Games' Star Wars, TORG, and Paranoia systems and he designed both the ShatterZone and MasterBook games while at WEG. At TSR and Wizards of the Coast, Ed spent time as the Lead Designer on the Birthright team and worked on Planescape, Ravenloft, and other campaign settings. Read full biography...

                                                                                    Stroh, Harley

                                                                                    Harley Stroh cut his teeth running Keep on the Borderlands for his brother and their parents at the age of eight. Since then he has published nearly 50 adventure modules, short stories, campaign settings, and gaming supplements, and has written for Goodman Games, Wizards of the Coast, Dave Arneson’s Blackmoor, and the Hobonomicon. Read full biography...

                                                                                      Sullivan, Stephen D.

                                                                                      Stephen D. Sullivan is one of the original Dungeons & Dragons crew (joining TSR in 1980) and helped found Pacesetter, Ltd. (CHILL).  He is also the award-winning author of dozens of novels and stories, including trilogies for Legend of the Five Rings, Spider Riders, and Dragonlance. Other cool stuff he’s worked on includes Star Wars (game), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Simpsons (comics), and Iron Man (the junior novel).  His latest projects include Dr. Cushing’s Chamber of Horrors (a classic monster novel), Tournament of Death 4, and his award-winning novelization of the “Worst Film Ever Made”—Manos: The Hands of Fate. www.cushinghorrors.com - www.stephendsullivan.com Read full biography...

                                                                                        Talanian, Jeffrey P.

                                                                                        Jeffrey Talanian, designer for North Wind Adventures, started playing Dungeons & Dragons in 1981. From 2005 to 2008, Jeff had the opportunity to develop several Castle Zagyg projects under the guidance of his friend and mentor, E. Gary Gygax (R.I.P.). These days, Jeff’s focus is on the RPG he authored, the ENnie nominated Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea™, now in Second Edition hardback format. Read full biography...

                                                                                          Teague, Elisa

                                                                                          Elisa Teague is a game and event designer, focusing on board games, RPGs, and huge puzzle events, in addition to consulting for both game companies and inventors. Elisa has had a hand in the design, art direction, development and production of over 100 games and is the lead designer of the upcoming 5e compatible Wardlings RPG, as well as Talisman: Kingdom Hearts, Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow’s Walk, Geek Out!, and numerous D&D adventures (including the last two Gary Con Competitive Epics and the D&D Live event "Stream of Many Eyes"). Known for her puzzles and intricate storytelling within her D&D adventures and other games, Elisa prides herself on juggling work and family, while taking part in all things games and geeky, from decade-long D&D campaigns to cosplay and more. Find her on Twitter at @geekypinup.
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                                                                                            Tullis, Tom

                                                                                            Leading the nation in the consumption of both Coke Zero and cows, Tom Tullis hails from Ohio, where the natural terrain was so excruciatingly dull the young artist vowed to one day design and print his own. Tom founded Fat Dragon Games in 2005 and has led the industry in print-and-play terrain and miniatures for over 15 years. He has been a D&D fanatic and wargamer (not necessarily wargame winner) for 38 years.

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                                                                                              Urbach, Charles

                                                                                              Charles Urbach is an award-winning writer and colored pencil illustrator with more than 25 years of experience in design, publishing, and illustration. He began work in graphic design in 1991 just as the technology of design was moving away from traditional cut and paste techniques into digital technologies. While working for regional publishers across New York State, he earned a bachelor’s degree in illustration from SUNY Fredonia, with an emphasis on colored pencil drawing, traditional painting, and traditional printmaking. Read full biography...

                                                                                                Wampler, Jim

                                                                                                Jim Wampler has been playing role-playing games since everything was just plain “D&D” and campaigns were refereed with a mismatched stack of books and pamphlets. Jim’s earliest published art and articles appeared in Tim Kask’s Adventure Gaming magazine and Judges Guild Pegasus magazine. In 2005, Jim founded Mudpuppy Games and published James M. Ward’s Metamorphosis Alpha 4th edition. Read full biography...

                                                                                                  Ward, James M.

                                                                                                  Obviously, he was born, and not quite as obviously, he has lived a pleasantly long time. He married his high school sweetheart and she’s put up with him for 45 years. He has three unusually charming sons, Breck, James, and Theon. They in turn have given him six startlingly charming grandchildren, Keely, Miriam, Sophie, James Preston, Teagan, Noah. In that same stretch of time he managed to write the first science fiction roleplaying game, Metamorphosis Alpha; he worked for TSR and did lots of D&D and AD&D things; and designed the bestselling Spell Fire and Dragon Ball Z CCGs. Read full biography...

                                                                                                    Weis, Margaret

                                                                                                    Margaret Weis worked for TSR for many years, where she helped create and co-authored with Tracy Hickman the best-selling series, Dragonlance Chronicles and Dragonlance Legends. She is the author/co-author of many other best-selling series, including the Deathgate novels. Weis lives in Wisconsin with four dogs, Dixie, Tika, Joey the Thug, Clancy the Hooligan. Weis and her dogs enjoy competing in flyball tournaments with their team, the Barkbarians. Read full biography...

                                                                                                      Wesely, David

                                                                                                      David Wesely is a war gamer, game designer and video game developer. He has been credited with the idea of the roleplaying game by Dave Arneson. Wesely earned a BS in Physics at Hamline University in 1967and a MS in High energy Physics at the University of Kansas in 1969. Read full biography...

                                                                                                        White, Derek

                                                                                                        Derek "The Geekpreacher" White is an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church and has been an active part of the convention scene for over 15 years where he worked as a volunteer for gaming companies such as KenzerCo and Troll Lord Games. His "watershed moment" arrived in 2007 when he had the privilege of being a part of a panel on Faith & Gaming with Gary Gygax and Michael Stackpole at GenCon. Shortly thereafter, he was asked to moderate similar panels and lead ecumenical worship services at GenCon, Gary Con, and other conventions around the country. In 2016, Luke Gygax asked Derek to become an official part of the Gary Con family and appointed him as chaplain. Read full biography...

                                                                                                          Williams, Penny

                                                                                                          Penny Williams is happy to revisit her old haunts in Lake Geneva for Gary Con.

                                                                                                          During her tenure with TSR, Inc. Penny served as Game Questions Expert and head of the RPGA Network. Later with Wizards of the Coast, she worked in the Managing Editor’s office, lending her expertise to a number of role-playing games, including 3rd edition Dungeons & Dragons, Marvel, and Star Wars. Her writing credits include several game adventures plus a few short stories, most of them co-authored with her husband Skip. Read full biography...

                                                                                                            Williams, Skip

                                                                                                            Skip Williams is happy to return once again to his hometown of Lake Geneva for Gary Con. Skip has numerous role-playing game credits, most notably as co-author of the D&D 3rd Edition game. He’s recently published work through Goodman Games, Schwalb Entertainment, and Hammerdog Games. When not contriving dire plots to bedevil role-players, Skip putters in his vegetable garden and orchard (which keep many deer and rabbits fed), and works to reclaim the fields around the farmhouse he shares with Penny, his wife, from the obstinate weeds that blanket them. He also paints miniature figures. Read full biography...

                                                                                                              Zocchi, Lou

                                                                                                              Louis Zocchi, Adventure gaming hall of fame 1987
                                                                                                              Colonel Zocchi served in the Air Force from 1954 until 1975. He retired as a E-6 Technical Sergeant and served as
                                                                                                              an Air Traffic Controller and Instructor. While working a ground controlled approach radar, Zocchi was credited with saving a
                                                                                                              B-47 by controlling him to a safe landing through very heavy fog. Zocchi started selling Adventure·games in 1965, by mail and after he retired, Zocchi Distributors became a full time business. In 1990 Zocchi joined the Mississippi State Defence force, and later transferred to the Alabama State defence force, where he worked his way up to full Bird Colonel and retired. Read full biography...