John Compton

MisCon 27 Attending Professional

My roleplaying experience began with a bequeathed copy of the 1981 Dungeons & Dragons Expert Rules from my older cousin Tim. It wasn’t until the end of middle school that I found a regular gaming group, and it was Kyle Pratt, one of the founding members and now co-Venture-Captain of Georgia, who introduced me to Pathfinder and later Pathfinder Society in early 2010. Given my training as an archaeologist, Pathfinder Society had an instant appeal. Despite an ally nearly killing off the entire party in The Prince of Augustana, our first scenario, I was hooked.

From there we, along with Nani Pratt, acted as store liaisons under Mike Brock’s leadership as then-VC. When he took on the weighty mantle of Campaign Coordinator, I cheerfully offered my services in adapting modules, writing Chronicle sheets for Pathfinder Tales, and other small-scale odds and ends, and I continued to write supplementary material behind the scenes until PaizoCon 2012. I was already excited that weekend. Not only had I participated as a suitor in the Grand Convocation the night before, but I was also still buzzed from some amazing conversations in person with the esteemed Painlord and Shivok from the messageboards. Then, Mark Moreland snagged me during the lunch break, offered me a chance to write a scenario, and asked me to write the Season 4 convention boons.

In early January, I received an exciting series of emails. First, it was Mark asking if at some point in the future, budget willing, I would be interested in a bit of freelance, part-time development work. Sure! Then I heard from Wes asking me to send in a resume for a full-time developer position. Done! A few interviews later, I was hired and swapping ideas with Mike to continue Pathfinder Society’s growth and improve the experience even more.

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Scheduled Panels and Presentations:


  • Fri 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Developing a Robust Gaming Community, Containment Room (Upstairs)
  • Fri 2:00 - 2:50 PM, I'm Never Setting Foot in a Tavern Again., Containment Room (Upstairs)
  • Break Fri 2:50 - Fri 7:00
  • Fri 7:00 - 7:50 PM, Opening Ceremonies, Containment Room (Upstairs)
  • Break Fri 7:50 - Sat 10:00
  • Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Bringing RPG Scenarios to Life, Upstairs Programming 1 (259)
  • Break Sat 10:50 - Sat Noon
  • Sat Noon - 12:50 PM, Pathfinder: Ask Me Anything, Containment Room (Upstairs)
  • Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, The Life of a Gaming Product, Upstairs Programming 2 (260)
  • Break Sat 1:50 - Sat 3:00
  • Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, RPG Rules: Enabling Awesomeness, Restricting Abuse, Upstairs Programming 1 (259)
  • Break Sat 3:50 - Sun 10:00
  • Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Paladins: Lawful Good or Awful Good?, Upstairs Programming 1 (259)
  • Break Sun 10:50 - Sun 3:00
  • Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Gming: The Science Behind the Art, Upstairs Programming 2 (260)
  • Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM, When the Unexpected Strikes, Great Hall (Upstairs)
  • Break Sun 4:50 - Mon Noon
  • Mon Noon - 12:50 PM, How to Write Freelance in the Gaming Industry, Upstairs Programming 1 (259)
  • Break Mon 12:50 - Mon 3:00
  • Mon 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Closing Ceremonies, Great Hall (Upstairs)

Scheduled Games:


  • Fri 7:00 - 8:00 PM, Opening Ceremonies, NO Table

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