Chris Organ

MisCon 30 Attending Professional

Game designer, game master, artists, scientist, martial arts instructor

I received my Ph.D. in 2004 from the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at Montana State University. In 2005 I was awarded an NIH Fellowship for work on evolutionary genomics at Harvard University with Scott V. Edwards. I returned to Bozeman in 2013 to take a visiting professorship, where I also run the Taekwondo program. My life as a gamer began in 5th grade when I played 1st edition AD&D with my cousin and brother. Since then I played a number of systems, from Rune Quest to Traveller. In the 1990ís I co-designed Epic Role Playing with collaborators Andrew Merz, Andy Monroe, and Kent Davis. My primary gaming interests include game mastering, system & mechanics design, and long plot-driven campaigns.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Fri 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Writing Across Mediums, Montana Boardroom
    Moderator: Guy Pace; Panelists: M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Esther Jones, Chris Organ, Guy Pace

    Let's talk about writing across different mediums: novels, comic books, scriptwriting, blogging, journalism, and gaming. How is it the same? How does it differ?

  • Break Fri 2:50 - 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.

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