Kent Davis

MisCon 29 Attending Professional

Kent Davis has spent most of his life making stories. He is a writer, game designer, actor, playwright, teacher, improvisational comedian, and unflappable vocation collector. He teaches in the Honors College at MSU and runs Dark Matter Studios with fellow Bozeman-ite Chris Organ. His first novel, A RIDDLE IN RUBY, a rowdy fantasy adventure featuring an imperfect girl, cobalt gearbeasts, and a sizeable helping of pluck and gumption, can be bought wherever books are sold. Book 2, THE CHANGER'S KEY, will be out from Harper/Greenwillow in September. He lives with his stunningly brilliant wife and a bold but wily dog ninja named Bobo in Bozeman, MT. His life as a gamer began when he discovered blue book D&D with friends in elementary school. He co-designed Epic Role Playing with collaborators Andrew Merz, Andy Monroe, and Chris Organ. His primary gaming interests include long, plot-driven campaigns, culturally driven character development, and the intersection between improvisation and wendigos.

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Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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


  • panel Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Morality in RPGs, Great Hall (Upstairs)
    Panelists: Josh Aronoff, Kent Davis, John Goff, CthulhuBob Lovely

    You killed an orc family camping in the woods. Who did you really kill? Scared creatures trying to provide for their families? An evil hunting party? What happens after the dead werewolf reverts to her human, 12-year-old self? Now how do you feel? Are you still so righteous and squeaky clean?

  • panel Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Jump Starting New Campaigns, Upstairs Programming 1 (259)
    Panelists: Kent Davis, Erik Evjen, Greg Schneider

    You want to get that new game off the ground, but first, characters! Backgrounds! The party as a cohesive unit? Are characters created in a vacuum, or should this be a group effort from day 1?

  • Break Fri 6:50 - Sat 10:00
  • panel Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Choosing an RPG System, Upstairs Programming 1 (259)
    Panelists: Kent Davis, James Eckert, Erik Evjen, Chris Organ

    You are starting a new game. What is the setting? Which game system works the best for different settings and themes?

  • panel Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Consequences in RPGs, Upstairs Programming 1 (259)
    Panelists: Kent Davis, James Eckert, Justin Farrington, Chris Organ

    Actions always have consequences. Sometimes players act without thinking about the repercussions. Along with a few tales of crazy times from campaigns long past, this panel will offer ways for GMs to deal with the unexpected and to integrate crazy PC choices into overall campaign plans.

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