John Goff

MisCon 30 Attending Professional

John’s served as the line developer for the Deadlands and Conspiracy X roleplaying games, and written extensively for Steve Jackson Games, White Wolf, FASA, and other game companies. 
His first full-length novel, Deluge, was a finalist for the 2010 Origins Award for Best Game-Related Book. His RPG setting, Deadlands Noir, won the 2014 Silver Ennie for Best Setting. In spite of publishing dozens of products, his first project, the dime novel Night Train for Pinnacle Entertainment’s Deadlands RPGremains to this day probably his best-known work.
In addition to his work in gaming, John has been an interrogator for the US Army, a firearms instructor, a bodyguard, and a private

John�s been designing tabletop games for over a decade and a half. His first solo project, the adventure Night Train for Pinnacle�s Deadlands steampunk/western/horror RPG�best among players as the �PC Death Train��remains to this day probably his best-known work.

Over the years, he�s served as the line developer several roleplaying and miniatures games. His first full-length novel, Deluge, was a finalist for the 2010 Origins Award for Best Game-Related Book. His latest major work, Deadlands Noir, won the 2014 Silver Ennie for Best Setting.

In addition to his work in gaming, John has been an interrogator for the US Army, a firearms instructor, a bodyguard, and a private investigator.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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(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.

  • 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 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.

  • panel Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, My Very Own Private Dick, Glacier
    Panelists: John Goff

    Join former, real-life private investigator John Goff as he shares stories of his time as a PI. Among other things, he’ll address the reality of the job with the fictional accounts told by the likes of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. Bring your questions for MisCon's very own professional private investigator and former US Army Interrogator.

  • Break Sat 1:50 - Sat 5:00
  • moderator Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Superhero Characters., Gallatin
    Moderator: John Goff; Panelists: Ben Donnelly, Erik Evjen, John Goff

    You can fly and have super-strength now. Your city is being threatened by villains. Do you defend the city or join the villains? Come discuss superhero characters in RPGs.

  • panel Sat 6:00 - 6:50 PM, The Hardboiled Knight . . . in Shining Armor?, Madison
    Panelists: Erik Evjen, John Goff, Brooke Stanley

    In a pack of morally off-white good guys, there's always that one player who strides unerringly to the light and can't help themselves from playing the classic hero in even the grittiest setting. The GMs who can juggle everything talk about how to play off (and play with) this unexpected character in the noir setting.

  • Break Sat 6:50 - 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?


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


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