Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch)

MisCon 31 Attending Professional

An Army brat, Clay Cooper earned his Eagle Scout at 16 and graduated high school in Frankfurt, Germany.

He did a 4 year stint in the US Air Force as a mechanic on F-117 Stealth Bombers, then joined the US Army. He retired as an Infantry Platoon Sergeant First Class. He served on various combat deployments and peacekeeping missions on 4 continents.

He studied energy technology at the University of Montana. His interests include urban gardening, re-purposing things, and firearms. He gives panels at conventions as a modern armed combat advisor, specializing in helping writers and GMs make their stories more realistic.

An Army brat, Clay Cooper earned his Eagle Scout at 16 and graduated high school in Frankfurt, Germany.

He did a 4 year stint in the US Air Force as a mechanic on F-117 Stealth Bombers, then joined the US Army. He retired as an Infantry Platoon Sergeant First Class. He served on various combat deployments and peacekeeping missions on 4 continents.

He studied energy technology at the University of Montana. His interests include urban gardening, re-purposing things, and firearms.

He gives panels at conventions as a modern armed combat advisor, specializing in helping writers and GMs make their stories more realistic.

He lives by the motto: "Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum," or "If you wish for peace, prepare for war."

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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

(Tentative)

  • panel Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Survival For Storytellers, Jefferson
    Panelists: Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch)

    Retired US Army Sergeant 1st class Clay Cooper will teach you basic survival techniques you can use in games and stories to make them more realistic.

  • Break Fri 3:50 - Fri 6:00
  • panel Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Costume Parade, Open Green (3)
    Panelists: Butte Magic , Cheeky Geeky Vaudeville , Darkon , Eekie and Snow Cosplay , Ministry of Magic , Realm of Stygia , Realms of Avalon , BJ Allen-Prudden, Justin Barba, Christine Barkl, Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch), Eric the Excellent, James Hayes, James Jones (Sir James), MaryAlice Jones (Mistress Azira), Tundra Malamute, Lynn Martin, Erika Noble (Eekie), Lily Oliver, Nikki Rossignol

    Come in costume (or not) and join us for a brief stroll around downtown Missoula to ring in the start of MisCon and announce to the usual inhabitants of our fair city that we've arrived! We're going to walk down Higgins Street to Broadway, cross the street, then head back along Higgins and through Caras Park back to the hotel for opening ceremonies.

  • Break Fri 6:50 - Sat 2:00
  • panel Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Medical Advancements From the Battlefield, Jefferson
    Panelists: Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch), Brooke Stanley

    Learn how modern warfare has advanced medicine to the next level.

  • Break Sat 2:50 - Sat 5:00
  • panel Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM, The Power of Place, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Carol Berg, Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch), Aaron Douglas, David Farland

    While people build places and things, places leave marks on people long after they’re gone. What places left marks on you after you were gone? Why? We’ll discuss the power places have over us, whether we’re talking about cities, restaurants, a nature spot, bad airports, etc.

  • panel Sat 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Breaking Car Windows, Medieval Demo Area (7)
    Panelists: Pete Berg, Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch)

    An elbow? Car keys? A pocket knife? Come find out what it actually takes to break a car window.

  • Break Sat 6:50 - Sun 11:00
  • panel Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Veterans' Roundtable, Yellowstone
    Panelists: Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch)

    A gathering of military veterans. Come discuss whatever you want without judgement. Veterans (including foreign military vets) only, please. No children or spouses. No exceptions.

  • Break Sun 11:50 - Sun 3:00
  • panel Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Starting Fires 101, Demo Tent (8)
    Panelists: Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch)

    Clay Cooper will teach you how to start fires using every method you see on tv and in books. He won't be starting any fires, but he'll show you how everything works.


Note: Guest and pro biographical information may have been updated since MisCon 31.


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