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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...

      Bobek, John

      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...

          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...

            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...

              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...

                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...

                  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...

                    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...

                      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, 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...