Jason A. Holt

MisCon 29 Panel Volunteer

Jason writes books and works in the board game industry. He helped design the English-language word list for Codenames, which won the 2016 Spiel des Jahres. He co-authored the rule book for Alchemists, which won the 2015 Essen Feather, a prize for best board game rule book. Jason has also worked on rule books for Galaxy Trucker, Space Alert, Dungeon Lords, and every other game ever published by Czech Games Edition. On the digital side of CGE, he writes and translates the character dialogues for the Galaxy Trucker app.

When he's not working on games, he writes the Edgewhen series of fantasy adventure novels..com.

Jason graduated from Big Sky High School and somehow ended up in the
Czech Republic, where he learned enough Czech to work for a computer
game developer.

When he returned to Montana, he was able to get a job translating
board games, thanks to the miracle of the internet. He has worked on
every game ever published by Czech Games Edition, including Galaxy
Trucker, Space Alert, and Dungeon Lords. When he's not translating, he
writes the Edgewhen series of fantasy adventure novels.

You can find out more about Jason at jasonaholt.com.
To learn more about Edgewhen, visit edgewhen.com.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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


  • game Fri 1:00 - 4:50 PM, Codenames: Top Secret Prototype, Table: 31 Room: Ruby's Containment Room (300)
    GM(s): Jason A. Holt

    Your team needs to contact 9 secret agents before the enemy team contacts all of theirs. The problem? Only the spymaster knows which agents are which. All you can see are 25 codenames.
    Codenames is a spy-themed word game so new that it hasn't even been printed yet. Czech Games Edition will be testing the English-language word list Friday afternoon.
    Each game takes about 10 minutes. No sign-up necessary. Just walk in, sit down, and play.

  • Break Fri 4:50 - Sat 10:00
  • game Sat 10:00 - 4:50 PM, Try a new board game!, Table: 9 Room: Ruby's 134 (134)
    GM(s): Jason A. Holt

    Walk in, sit down, and learn to play. Jason Holt from Czech Games Edition will
    be on hand to teach you a new board game.
    Space Alert, Galaxy Trucker, Dungeon Petz, Alchemists: learn the game from the
    man who translated the rule book,
    or just drop by to find out what's new from CGE.

  • Break Sat 4:50 - Sun 1:00
  • panel Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, House Rules in RPGs, Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
    Moderator: Marc Johnson; Panelists: Jason A. Holt, Marc Johnson

    What house rules do you use for your home games? What criteria justifies a house rule: clarity? speeding up combat? Ease of play? What constitutes a “house rule too far?” You have 2 minutes to present your personal house rules.

  • Break Sun 1:50 - Mon 10:00
  • panel Mon 10:00 - 10:50 AM, You Say "Wasteland", I Say "Grassland", Great Hall (Upstairs)
    Panelists: Jason A. Holt, Sierra Holt (DrEarlie DeMise)

    Sierra and Jason Holt live in the driest, coldest, saltiest corner of Montana. And it's beautiful!
    Let's talk about why sagebrush steppe is perceived as a wasteland and take a closer look at grassland ecosystems. Through conversation and slides, we'll get a botanist's-eye-view of this treeless landscape.

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

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