Our Staff

Meet the Staff

(In no particular order)
These are the character sheets of some of the people behind the scenes making Gary Con the epic adventure it is!


Luke Gygax

Responsibilities: Head Honcho, so the buck stops with me
Home Town: Lake Geneva, WI Originally- currently in Sunny Los Angeles
Non-Gary Con Positions: Executive Officer for the 224th Sustainment Brigade "Dragonslayers!",  Founder and CEO of Founders & Legends Stream, Husband to my lovely bride Bouchra and Proud Dad to the G-Girlz!
Favorite Games: Advanced Dungeons & Dragons is what I cut my teeth on, but I respect the success of 5th Edition and the good its done bringing in so many new gamers! I enjoy playing some classic games like San Juan, Stone Age, Settlers of Cataan and silly games like Exploding Kittens, Sushi Go and Dungeon Mayhem.  Streaming D&D games are lots of fun and I get to do more of it these days with the pandemic affecting so many in person events.
Bio: I am one of the sons of Gary Gygax and have been slinging dice at the gaming table for as long as I can remember. It is a distinct honor to organize and run Gary Con every year with the help of the GC Staff, my family, good friends and fellow gamers. I enjoy talking to people at conventions and swapping tales of adventures.  Feel free to come up and say hello whenever you can catch me.  Thanks for coming and being a part of the celebration!

 

 


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Dave Conant

Responsibilities: Co-Event Manager
Home Town: Lake Geneva (Now Ripon, Wisconsin)
Non-Gary Con Positions: Happily Retired
Favorite Game: Lord of the Rings Online
Bio: I had the good fortune of growing in Lake Geneva in the 70s. I got a job at the Hobby Shop of Tactical Studies Rules (79-83). I helped to manage GEN CON and helped to start up the RPGA. I came back again later to manage the Pre-Press Department until WOTC purchased the company and moved to Seattle. After that I worked as an IT Project Manager in Madison. I recently retired from American Girl after 8 years. I still look forward to the opportunities of having the gang over to play games (mostly board games these days) whenever we can make it happen.


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Lloyd Metcalf

Responsibilities: Art & Illustration, Ecommerce, Site maintenance
Home Town: Brownfield, Maine
Non-Gary Con Positions: Owner Fehu Games& Freelance artist/ design, Founder of AppleCon
Favorite Game: Dungeons & Dragons (1e - 2e)
Bio: When I was a young lad I dreamed of illustrating and making RPGs. Now, I do those things of dreams. The road in between has not been smooth, it will never end, but it has been worth traveling.

 


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Thomas Valley

Responsibilities: Webmaster
Home Town: Orlando, Florida
Favorite Game: Dungeons & Dragons
Non-Gary Con Positions: Senior Software Engineer, Web/UI
Bio: I first met Gary in 1983.  Through the years, no other writer has had more of an impact on my life than Gary Gygax.  I am honored to help out at Gary Con.

 

 


Derek White

Derek White

Responsibilities: Chaplain, Hospitality, Family and Interfaith Events
Home Town: Jackson, TN via West Monroe, LA
Favorite Game: Castles & Crusades
Non-Gary Con Positions: Full Time United Methodist Minister and Part-Time College Professor
Bio:  I have been a geek for as long as I can remember. I started out reading science fiction, fantasy, and numerous comic books and then, in 1983, I discovered Dungeons & Dragons and haven’t been the same since! I first met Gary Gygax on a Christian message board and enjoyed communicating with him and then, in 2007, I was asked to be a part of a panel at GenCon on Christianity & Gaming along with Gary Gygax and Michael Stackpole. After Gary’s death in 2008, I started my website www.geekpreacher.org because geeks need a preacher too! Since that time, I’ve led ecumenical and interfaith events at various conventions around the United States, most notably GenCon and GaryCon. I also pastor two churches in Tennessee and occasionally teach Ethics and World Religions at a local college.


Cliff Gould

Cliff Gould

Responsibilities: Vice-Director of Operations, Director of DM/GM Relations
Home Town: Middletown, CT
Favorite Game: Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 2nd Ed
Non-Gary Con Positions: Aerospace Inspector
Bio: I've been gaming and running games for 20+ years for all sorts of systems, Gaming is in my heart thru and thru. I've had the pleasure of being involved with Gary Con for the past 7 years, behind the scenes and its time for a new adventure with my Gary Con family. I look forward to making Garycon as much fun as it can possibly be whilst remembering the great man who gave us all Dungeons and Dragons.

 


Michael Noe

Michael Noe

Responsibilities: Director of Operations
Hometown: Goshen Ohio
Non-Gary Con Job: President of Iron Wind Metals
Favorite Games: RPG’s of all kinds - AD&D, Superhero, Sci-Fi, Dark Future
Bio: I played my first game of AD&D back in 1st edition days and was hooked.
Bought a players guide, DM guide, and screen a few days later and started running games. Stumbled into a job with Ral Partha and went from two-week temp to VP, before branching off to form Iron Wind Metals. I vended at my 1st Gencon in the early 80’s, and am honored to help carry on that great tradition by working with the great people at GaryCon.


Wesley Redd

Wesley Redd

Responsibilities: Customer Relations
Home Town: Jackson, TN (Buffalo, NY)
Non-Gary Con Job: Logistics for an Aeronautics Manufacturer
Favorite Games: Android Netrunner
Bio: My intro to RPGs first came through Dungeons & Dragons 3e-3.5e and soon expanded to 1st and 2nd edition, Call of Cthulhu, and Mutants & Masterminds. I really fell in love with the family behind Gary Con on my first visit (Gary Con 2) and I am proud to hold up the banner with them.

 


Frank A. S. Sapia

Frank A. S. Sapia

Responsibilities: Director of Volunteers & Food logistics
Home Town: Middletown Connecticut
Non-Gary Con Job: Sterile Processing Technician, Unprofessional Psychiatrist (people like to talk to me), Unexpected Evil Mastermind
Favorite Games: I'm a fan of BESM (Big Eyes Small Mouth) but in the end any game you can enjoy with good friends is a favorite game for me.
Bio: I'm a crafter, cosplayer, mechanical draftsman, designer, dreamer, gamer and tinkerer of all things that peak my interests. Started gaming ( 2nd Ed. Dungeons & Dragons!) when I was 15 with a few friends and got hooked on fantasy RPGs of all types. When I'm not working as a professional Sterile Technician I'm crafting props for cosplay costumes, drawing and writing short fantasy stories. After 2 years of being a patron of GaryCon I  have the honor of working with the amazing individuals that make this convention a welcoming inn for wayward adventurers.


Skip Williams

Skip Williams

Responsibilities: Co-Event Manager
Home Town: Lake Geneva, WI
Non-Gary Con Job: Freelance author/editor, gardener, caretaker of cats.
Favorite Games: D&D/AD&D (all editions), Dawn Patrol, Chainmail, Mah-jongg
Bio: The D&D Game and I share the same home town–Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Somewhat more than 35 years ago, I noticed an article in the local paper (The Regional News) that featured model tanks in battle. The article was about an early GEN CON, which had taken place the week before. By the time GEN CON was next held, I was there, dice in hand. Between then and now, I’ve done a few things to get noticed in the gaming community, such as running GEN CON for several years, co-authoring the D&D 3rd Edition game, just to name a few. I’m co-coordinator for events at Gary Con, taking on the task with school chum and fellow GEN CON veteran Dave Conant. I’m also doing double duty as a GM and VIP.


Ash Plissken

Responsibilities: Social Media
Home Town: Columbus, Ohio
Non-Gary Con Job: Video Producer in the video game industry
Favorite Games: StarCraft 2, Dungeons and Dragons (of course!), and Ohio State football!
Bio: My introduction to DnD came by way of the StarCraft 2 community. I've made a lot of friends through the game and was invited to join a campaign as a one-off character. The DM flaked and they decided to just reroll and make me a permanent member of the party, thus making this the only time a DM not showing up was a good thing! Outside of RPGs I love video games and you can often find me being an annoyingly aggro support character in co-op shooters. I will argue with you about Star Wars for days on end, and although I like to think of myself as an Obi Wan, really I'm a Mace Windu. I'm super excited to be working with Gary Con - and if you've got any good memes, be sure to send them my way!

 


Josh Popp

Responsibilities: Technology
Home Town: Suburban Chicago (FIB)
Non-Gary Con Job: IT
Favorite Games: D&D and Palladium as far as RPGs go.  A lot of Minecraft with the kids.
Bio: My parents kept talking me out of playing D&D in the 80s because I should be out playing sports or something.  Now that I have my own kids, we play D&D together and it's a blast.  GC12 was to be my first RPG convention where I would meet up with all my online Greyhawk friends, but alas, plans changed.  So, I threw myself into virtual cons where some of you know me as Zarathon, using the Zardoz image as my avatar.


Natalie Barber

Responsibilities: Hotel Manager
Home Town: Omaha, NE
Non-Gary Con Job: Administrative Assistant
Favorite Games: Board game- Splendor, Video Games- Dragon Age Inquisition/ Skyrim, RPG- all the systems!
Bio: Was introduced to D&D (3.5) in high school but it was really in my freshman year of college with my sci fi/fantasy club, where I learned I loved it! Been playing any and all RPG systems for about 17 years. When I am not helping with Gary Con, I am attending all sorts of conventions (when I can) and volunteering at local area conventions. I also love to cross stitch and crochet when I have the time. I have an old lady soul in a nerd body.