Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle)

MisCon 29 Attending Professional

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.

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 to Native American tribes throughout the Pacific Northwest, which has allowed him the chance to travel extensively throughout Asia.

In addition to these jobs, you will find Kyle has worked a myriad of other positions throughout his life. From laundromat attendant to juice truck driver to professional pyrotechnic to deep sea fisherman, you'll find a story or two to relate to while this guy spins a tale around the fire.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

Key: panel=On a Panel moderator=Moderating game=GMing

(Tentative)

  • panel Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Pop Culture Perversion: Superheroes, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
    Panelists: Ben Donnelly, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), John Logan, Joyce Reynolds-Ward

    How have superheroes been perverted by pop culture? Or are they just the same as they always were? Come fight the good fight and talk superheroes.

  • moderator Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Build an Empire on the Fly, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Carol Berg, Rob Carlos, Steven Erikson, Chris Organ, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), Eldon Thompson

    Starting with the Wasteland as a clean slate, our panelists will create an empire from the ground up and see how far they get in 50 minutes. They’ll design everything they can think of: geography, races, culture, laws, history, etc, while our moderator will toss problems (like insurgent dissidents and earthquakes) their way. Artist Rob Carlos will sketch out things on the whiteboard as they go.

  • Break Fri 5:50 - Sat 11:00
  • moderator Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Telling Tall Tales, Great Hall (Upstairs)
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), CthulhuBob Lovely, Shawn Speakman

    In the Wasteland, you might not have paper and a pencil handy, but you can always tell a story. Come grab a spot around the campfire and hear a yarn or two. We'll discuss the nature of tall tales and will regale you with some whoppers.

  • Break Sat 11:50 - Sat 4:00
  • moderator Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM, All Hail Emperor Palpatine!, Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Josh Aronoff, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle)

    Was Emperor Palpatine actually evil? Or was he just looking out for the future of the Empire?

  • panel Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Creating Alien Races, Upstairs Programming 2 (260)
    Panelists: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Greg Schneider

    How do you create alien races for sci-fi scenarios that do not become Vulcans?

  • Break Sat 5:50 - Sun Noon
  • panel Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, Kickstarters and Marketing, Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
    Panelists: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Randy Rathert

    Very few of us have a marketing background, so let's start at the beginning. Kickstarters, websites, platforms, promotions, blogs...it can be overwhelming. Join us as we discuss how to start and run a successful Kickstarter and marketing campaign.

  • panel Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, The Pony Show, Upstairs Programming 2 (260)
    Panelists: Ben Donnelly, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle)

    So what is this My Little Pony everyone's talking about? Why do grown adults like a show aimed at tween girls? And why has it become a cultural phenomenon? Come here to discuss the show, the bronies, and anything related to it. Fans and non-fans encouraged!

  • panel Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Designing A Game World, Upstairs Programming 1 (259)
    Panelists: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Erik Evjen, Greg Schneider

    Build a game world/setting with veteran GMs.

  • Break Sun 2:50 - Sun 6:00
  • panel Sun 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Alien Thinking, Upstairs Programming 2 (260)
    Panelists: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Greg Schneider

    Often, “alien thinking” is depicted as simply focusing on just one emotion or being really vicious. How do you avoid being overly simplistic and depict a more complex concept of the perspective of a non-human species?

  • Break Sun 6:50 - Mon 11:00
  • panel Mon 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Movies as Inspiration, Great Hall (Upstairs)
    Panelists: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Justin Farrington

    What films do you get character and adventures ideas from ? Do you comb through them or find sudden inspiration? Do you “photocopy” them or extract characteristics?

  • panel Mon Noon - 12:50 PM, Military Convoys and Ambushes, Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
    Panelists: Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch), Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle)

    Learn everything you ever wanted to know about military convoys and ambushes from our military experts.

  • panel Mon 1:00 - 1:50 PM, , Great Hall (Upstairs)
    Panelists: James Eckert, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), CthulhuBob Lovely

    What expectations and agreements are there at the game table? Should the GM poll the players before a campaign regarding what sort of game they want? How realistic should combat be? How hard should it be to leap a chasm? What about character death?


Note: Guest and pro biographical information may have been updated since MisCon 29.


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