Josh Aronoff

MisCon 30 Panel Volunteer

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.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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


  • panel Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Noir and the New Player, Madison
    Panelists: Josh Aronoff, Justin Farrington, John Goff

    Players new to tabletop RPGs have their choice of about 3,700 settings. Coaxing them to the noir setting might prove a challenge when they are being enticed with magic, mechs, and starships. This is the definitive guide to bringing a new player into the best genre before they, oops, get addicted to DnD.

  • Break Fri 4:50 - Sat 10:00
  • panel Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Gods, Avatars, and Puny Mortals, Madison
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Josh Aronoff, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Chris Organ

    Bringing religion to bear can add a new dimension to an old game or simply be an unexpected focus for the next campaign. But gods are nothing like mortal villains and heroes, and it pays to understand how to use deities to further action, plot and character development in roleplaying settings without losing their cosmic nature along the way.

  • Break Sat 10:50 - Sat Noon
  • panel Sat Noon - 12:50 PM, The Joy of Noir RPGs, Madison
    Panelists: Josh Aronoff, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Justin Farrington, John Goff

    It's gritty, it's modern (with a twist), it borrows from all our favorite genres but yet stands apart with unique game play. Playing it like another game isn't going to work. Those who know it best will discuss how to get the most out of a noir setting.

  • Break Sat 12:50 - Sun 10:00
  • panel Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Shady Characters, Glacier
    Panelists: Josh Aronoff, Justin Farrington, John Goff

    Being perfectly good at being perfectly rotten can be a challenge for everyone at the gaming table. Masters of the trade will discuss how players can create and play evil characters without reverting to stereotypes and will also discuss how to create challenging settings and moral dilemmas for characters that would hurt a child.

  • Break Sun 10:50 - Sun 4:00
  • panel Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Transitioning Between Scenes, Glacier
    Panelists: Josh Aronoff, Justin Farrington, John Goff

    What is the difference between a scene and an encounter? How do transition from the end of one encounter and into the next scene? How does this work differently in convention games versus home games?

  • Break Sun 4:50 - Mon Noon
  • panel Mon Noon - 12:50 PM, Failure in Your Games?, Jefferson
    Moderator: Justin Farrington; Panelists: Josh Aronoff, Justin Farrington

    Do you allow your players to fail and by how much? How and when should the GM allow the the players to fail yet continue to advance? Should you be able to be the heroes of the kingdom even if you did not save the princess?

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