Gaming Guests, Pros, and Panelists
Discussion of game-related topics. Usually these panels deal with role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder, Shadowrun, GURPS, Deadlands, Call of Cthulhu, Amber, and many others.
- Josh Aronoff
Josh Aronoff is married, father of two, and a graduate student in the field of counseling psychology. He has degrees in psychology and sociology and has spent more than a decade working with at risk youth. Josh also served in the Army National Guard, Infantry. He has been an avid Gamer for more years than he should count, fan of the mystery, science fiction, and fantasy genres. He collects game books, useless bits of trivia, and esoteric skills including, pickling, pre-prohibition cocktail mixing, copper electroplating, and is considering taking up blacksmithing if he can find the time and resources.
- Black Shield Productions
- 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.
- 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.
- Justin Farrington
I enjoy facilitating fun for an entire group and encourage a cooperative storytelling style of play rather than an adversarial one. It's easy to kill characters. It's harder to keep a group coming back for more, week after week. I consider myself fortunate to have a group of players who want to help tell stories, and who keep coming back to find out what happens next.
- Ryan Goble
- John Goff
John's been playing RPGs for over three decades. He's been writing scenarios and rules for them for nearly that long as well-although it took twenty years before he convinced someone to actually start publishing his work.
- Marc Johnson
- 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.
- Rob McDonell
I am the Chief Executive Officer of FanNexus, and Vice-President of nerDNA LLC, a Fannish convention and convention/event management corporation, respectively. Mega gaming enthusiast, retired infantryman from the U.S. Army, husband and father. I love my life, and I
love how fandom has been an integral part of making me who I am today! I feel that fandom contributes to our growth as a society in a meaningful and profound way, and this is why I live a significant part of my life as a member of fandom. I believe in fandom so much so, I went so far as to get married to my lovely wife here at MisCon, in 2014 at her request, and happily so!
- Greg Schneider
Greg had been coming to Miscon since he graduated college and has run a really large number of role-playing sessions. So many that he decided to get help in 2012, started Black Shield Productions and got paid to GameMaster so he could call himself a professional GM. Unfortunately, Black Shield Productions was really good at what it did, and has been spiraling out of control for three years, gathering up a bunch of awesome game masters and running unique events conventions throughout the northwest and bringing solid weekend of gaming to Miscon each year. Greg can be found running games or hanging out with his family during the convention.
- Keith Seyffarth
An experienced gamer and GM, having run long-term campaigns in multiple systems, I've been role-playing since 1983, and running games since 1986. Of course, those first games were pretty off the wall and unstructured - so nothing's really changed.