Geek Discussion Guests, Pros, and Panelists

MisCon 27

Discuss anything and everything related to science fiction, fantasy, or horror. This includes Opening and Closing Ceremonies and 2 kinds of panels: 1. Panelist led discussions of topics, and 2. Group discussions of topics. Come have fun talking about cool stuff.

Realms of Avalon
Realms of Avalon

Realms of Avalon is a medieval re-enactment group. We actively study historical subjects and skills. This means instead of just reading about activities and skills used in the past, we actually do them.

About Realms of Avalon

Josh Aronoff

Josh is a full time therapist in Madison Wisconsin. He has led a life of adventure, most of which occurs inside his own head, but some of which occurred IRL. He has a lifetime of gaming experience on both sides of the screen and three lifetimes of useless trivial knowledge.

About Josh Aronoff

Justin Barba
Justin Barba

Justin Barba came to his first MisCon as a freshman in high school in 1990 (it was MisCon 5!). It was held at what is now the Days Inn, just a block from MisCon 30. Little did he know that years later he would end up agreeing to help work the hospitality room for MisCon 20. Then he took on managing the writer's workshop. Then MisCon Operations. Then Vice Chair, then Chair. Now he spends all his time planning MisCon, trying to be a good husband, and raising his funny daughter.

About Justin Barba

Mike Briggs

Mike is Patricia Briggs's filking, scientist husband . He knows a lot about a lot of things and is very interesting to talk to (he did not write this).

About Mike Briggs

Jim Butcher
Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files and the Codex Alera series. He is a martial arts enthusiast with fifteen years of experience in various styles including Ryukyu Kempo, Tae Kwon Do, Gojo Shorei Ryu, and a sprinkling of Kung Fu. He is a skilled rider and has worked as a summer camp horse wrangler and performed in front of large audiences in both drill riding and stunt riding exhibitions.

Jim enjoys fencing, singing, bad science fiction movies and live-action gaming. He lives in Missouri with his wife, son, and a vicious guard dog.

About Jim Butcher

Clay Cooper
Clay Cooper

An Army brat, Clay Cooper earned his Eagle Scout at 16 and graduated high school in Frankfurt, Germany.

He did a 4 year stint in the US Air Force as a mechanic on F-117 Stealth Bombers, then joined the US Army. He retired as an Infantry Platoon Sergeant First Class. He served on various combat deployments and peacekeeping missions on 4 continents.

He studied energy technology at the University of Montana. His interests include urban gardening, re-purposing things, and firearms. He gives panels at conventions as a modern armed combat advisor, specializing in helping writers and GMs make their stories more realistic.

About Clay Cooper

Ben Donnelly
Ben Donnelly

My name is Benjamin Donnelly, and this will be my 22nd time at Miscon. I am currently an assistant professor of history at the University of Great Falls and Great Falls College-MSU, where I teach all kinds of historical subjects, mainly military history and including a course on anime and Japan. I was born in Georgia, but I've lived in Montana most of my life, and it's home. For the past decade or so, I've hosted the AMV Party at Miscon, as well as run the famous (or infamous) Destroy UM Battletech game. I'm also a longtime member of the Sandbaggers Game Club in Great Falls, and part of the ConCom for the Great Falls Gaming Rendezvous, as well as an avid--though amateur--cosplayer.

About Ben Donnelly

April Douglas

About April Douglas

Colin Douglas

About Colin Douglas

Dragon Dronet
Dragon Dronet

Dragon Dronet is a weapon specialist, armorer, actor, prop master, and Sith Lord who has worked in Hollywood for decades. He appears as Darth Malgus from the video game Star Wars; the Old Republic.

Dragon has build props for tv shows and movies such as Heroes, Lost, True Blood, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Total Recall, RoboCop 2, Batman Returns, Eraser, Alien: Resurrection, MacGyver, Alien Nation, Space Rangers, The X-Files, Babylon 5, and Earth 2, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Star Trek: First Contact, (among many others).

About Dragon Dronet

Kyle Elliott
Kyle Elliott

Kyle Elliott, a Seattle native, has been building gaming communities for the last decade online as well as off. His latest accolades include Volunteer of the Year for Paizo Publishing, and the first Campaign Service Coin Award. Professionally he has worked in the gaming industry as both an in house QA tester for AAA video game titles, and as a marketing and Kickstarter guide for the tabletop gaming industry. Chances are, you have pledged to at least one of the Kickstarters he has worked for.

Kyle served in Israel as a combat medic and designs, operates, imports, and wholesales fireworks from China, which has allowed him the chance to travel extensively throughout Asia.

About Kyle Elliott

Erik Evjen
Erik Evjen

Erik Evjen is the Fest Hall Coordinator for AetherCon Online RPG Convention, and the Schedule Head Manager for the Great Falls Gaming Rendezvous. He has been playing RPGs for 5 years, and has seen or played just about every ruleset under the sun. He is proud to have his work with Ophelia's Shop of Roleplay Specialties published in June, and also has contributed articles to the 23rd Stage web blog. Currently, Erik is working on finishing the Sword Land Role Playing Game he created, and will be starting a publishing business named IGRE in order to publish his own work and the work of other authors.

About Erik Evjen

Bernard Finnigan
Bernard Finnigan

The quintessential science fiction geek, Bernie has been a sci-fi movie-maker, costumer, writer, and with a modest stash of supplies can turn himself into a decaying zombie in under 15 minutes.

About Bernard Finnigan

Valerie Finnigan

About Valerie Finnigan

Ruth Frey

Ruth Frey, also known as Dame Ruth, has a wide range of interests. Professionally, she works as a technician in a University biology lab, but in her free time she enjoys studying Medieval and Renaissance history as part of Realms of Avalon.

About Ruth Frey

Manny Frishberg

Manny Frishberg was born in the shadow of New York City and has lived up and down the West Coast for more than 40 years. He spent the first half of his life learning to write stories and the second half learning what to write. He is spending the third half of his life getting it done.
His stories have been appearing in anthologies and magazines since 2010. Before that he held jobs shaping wood, sheet metal and words (not all at once).
He is a contract editor, for two small presses and independent authors. His first anthology, “Horseshoes, Hand Grenades and Magic” was published by Knotted Road Press in 2016. He and his partner have make their home near Seattle.

About Manny Frishberg

Gail Glass
Gail Glass

Gail Glass is a retired recreation therapist who has been costuming and dancing for fun since childhood. For twenty five years she has mostly stayed behind the scenes at masquerades, doing panels on costuming, alternative medicine and healing dance. Essentially a master hall costumer, she attends several cons a year with her husband, physicist, writer and artist James Glass.

About Gail Glass

Cheryl Glenn

Cheryl Glenn is 27 year veteran of federal law enforcement.

About Cheryl Glenn

Dave Gross

About Dave Gross

Darla Hammond

About Darla Hammond

Sierra Holt

About Sierra Holt

Andrea Howe
Andrea Howe

Andrea Howe has been adeptly wrangling the written word for two decades. As a freelancer, she has edited books for such notable publishers as Wizards of the Coast, McGraw-Hill, and Random House as well as for individual authors. She has been called a "natural" and truly enjoys her work. She offers tips and tools for writers on her Web site and posts fun tidbits about language and grammar on her Facebook page. More information can be found at and

About Andrea Howe

Steven Howe
Steven Howe

I am currently the Director of the Center for Space Nuclear Research (CSNR) in Idaho Falls, ID. The CSNR is engaged in facilitating research and education of nuclear technologies for space exploration, and is currently investigating the development of a radioisotope-powered long-range, long-lived Mars Hopper as well as the fabrication of fuels for nuclear reactors for power and propulsion in space. Dr. Howe is an avid author of fiction. His novellas, Wrench and Claw, Honor Bound Honor Born, and First Mars are available as ebooks on Kindle and other venues or at .

About Steven Howe

Fiona Jallings
Fiona Jallings

Author of "A Fan's Guide to Neo-Sindarin," linguist Fiona Jallings has been teaching, translating, and obsessing over Tolkien's Elven languages for the past 16 years.

About Fiona Jallings

Jim Kyle

About Jim Kyle

CthulhuBob Lovely
CthulhuBob Lovely

I help run MisCon, which occurs each year on Memorial Day Weekend in Missoula, Montana, thanks to the wonderful people who make it happen.
I run games, primarily Call of Cthulhu, GURPS and other Steve Jackson Games products and various games from Cheapass Games.
As a semi-professional nerd, I believe geekery and gaming can have positive effects on math, reading and writing, and social interaction skills as well as family togetherness.

About CthulhuBob Lovely

Tim Martin
Tim Martin

Tim is 'that guy' you've seen at Inland Northwest conventions for as long as you can remember. He's a Geek with Geek daughters and Geek grandkids. A gamer since he could pick up dice and move a token on a board and somehow work the rules to his advantage - tying shoes came later. After time in the Marines to prove that being a band Geek could lead to something, did a 20 year career in IT, now actually using his EE degree working with other Engineers all over the planet. All the while, attending, organizing and working these family reunions we can "cons'.

About Tim Martin

Jay Peters

About Jay Peters

Richard Pirtle

Just a nerd who loves reading, monopoly, turtles, and watching jeopardy.

About Richard Pirtle

Thomas Thompson

About Thomas Thompson

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