Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle)

MisCon 30 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 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Amoral Magic, Madison
    Panelists: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), John Goff

    In most setting, magic is a given. Magic is good, or evil. But in Noir, magic can be a whole new animal for everyone at the gaming table (even the cat.) Experts on the topic will talk about introducing magic to a mundane setting, and using it to the best effect.

  • moderator Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Pop Culture Perversion: Superheroes, Montana Boardroom
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Jason Benner (El Capita'n), Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), John Logan

    How have superheroes been perverted in pop culture? Back in my day, superheroes were....

  • moderator Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, The Best of Games, the Worst of Games, Montana Boardroom
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Kent Davis, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Erik Evjen

    What are your favorite board and card games? Why? What makes a game good? What makes it bad? What are great games for newbies or those who havenít played before?

  • Break Fri 5:50 - Sat 10:00
  • moderator 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 - Sat 2:00
  • panel Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, GMing for Different Player Styles, Madison
    Panelists: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Justin Farrington, Rob McDonell (Illuminati Rob)

    Powergamer. Dungeoneer. Tactician. Thespian. Slayer. Bully. Despot. There are many different player types, and working them into a cohesive group can be tricky, especially if you want everyone to have fun. Weíll discuss how to manage different players types and make sure everyone gets their day in the sun and has fun.

  • moderator Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, The Evil Monologue, Ballroom B
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Carol Berg, Jim Butcher, Robin Hobb, Todd Lockwood

    Why do villains feel the need to monologue? Is imparting the full impact of the scheme rewarding in itself despite the risks that the hero could subvert such carefully laid plans? Would the victory be somehow less complete if no one knew the villain's true genius? Do monologues serve other purposes? Should your villain give one? What about a hero's monologue?

  • Break Sat 3:50 - Sun Noon
  • panel Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, Crowdfunding and Kickstarting, Gallatin
    Panelists: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), John D. Nilles, Brian Rathbone

    Indiegogo? Kickstarter? GoFundMe? Learn how to create a solid crowdfunding plan that could work.

  • Break Sun 12:50 - Sun 2:00
  • panel Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Metagaming: Is It Always Bad?, Madison
    Panelists: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Justin Farrington, Frank Pruett

    What is metagaming? Your lowly fighter doesnít know trolls canít regenerate fire damage, but you do. Do you have her hit it with greek fire instead of her sword? If so, thatís metagaming. Is that always bad? Can metagaming enhance your gaming experience?

  • Break Sun 2:50 - Mon 11:00
  • panel Mon 11:00 - 11:50 AM, GM: Being Prepared for Anything, Montana Boardroom
    Moderator: Justin Farrington; Panelists: Kent Davis, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Justin Farrington

    As a GM, you must be flexible and ready to handle anything. How can you prepare to be flexible? Learn some tips and tricks from veteran GMs.


Note: Guest and pro biographical information may have been updated since MisCon 30.


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