Jason A. Holt

MisCon 31 Panel Volunteer

Jason writes books and works in the board game industry. He helped design the English-language word list for Codenames, which won the 2016 Spiel des Jahres. He co-authored the rule book for Alchemists, which won the 2015 Essen Feather, a prize for best board game rule book. Jason has also worked on rule books for Galaxy Trucker, Space Alert, Dungeon Lords, and every other game ever published by Czech Games Edition. On the digital side of CGE, he writes and translates the character dialogues for the Galaxy Trucker app.

When he's not working on games, he writes the Edgewhen series of fantasy adventure novels..com.

Jason graduated from Big Sky High School and somehow ended up in the
Czech Republic, where he learned enough Czech to work for a computer
game developer.

When he returned to Montana, he was able to get a job translating
board games, thanks to the miracle of the internet. He has worked on
every game ever published by Czech Games Edition, including Galaxy
Trucker, Space Alert, and Dungeon Lords. When he's not translating, he
writes the Edgewhen series of fantasy adventure novels.

You can find out more about Jason at jasonaholt.com.
To learn more about Edgewhen, visit edgewhen.com.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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(Tentative)

  • panel Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Deliberate Practice, Jefferson
    Panelists: C.J. Cherryh, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Jane Fancher, Jason A. Holt

    Science has proven that deliberate practice makes an expert of an acolyte. Our brains are wired to try, fail, then try again. This kind of practice boils down to 4 things: motivation, pre-existing knowledge, having immediate feedback, and repeatedly performing the same or similar tasks. How can we learn using deliberate practice? How can we continuously challenge ourselves so that we become the next Big Thing?

  • Break Fri 6:50 - Sat 10:00
  • game Sat 10:00 - 4:50 PM, Try A New Board Game, Tables: 25, 26 Room: Upstairs Gaming 2
    GM(s): Jason A. Holt

    Walk in, sit down, and learn to play a new board game. Jason A. Holt, the guy who writes the rule books for Czech Games Edition, will be on
    hand to teach people how to play Galaxy Trucker, Codenames, Adrenaline, and many other games. You can even try That's a Question and Codenames: Duet, games so new they haven't come out yet. No sign-up necessary. Just come in any time, pick a game, and learn to play.

  • Break Sat 4:50 - Sun 10:00
  • panel Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Spotlight: Holt, Houston, Swenson, Spotlight
    Panelists: Jason A. Holt, Meradeth Houston, Patrick Swenson

    Meet a few of our authors, get signatures, and see what they're up to these days.

  • panel Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Horrible Writing Advice, Patio Tent (1)
    Moderator: Ann Gimpel; Panelists: Carol Berg, Ann Gimpel, Jason A. Holt, Tex Thompson

    We've all heard it. Let's talk about it!

  • panel Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, How We Learn Languages, Rocket Tent (1)
    Panelists: Daniel Bensen, Jason A. Holt

    It doesn't happen in a montage. Language-learning is much harder, and much more interesting, than most books and movies make it look. It has a lot to do with the inner workings of both our minds and our cultures.

  • panel Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Author Readings: Fredericks, Holt, Pace, Yellowstone
    Panelists: Deby Fredericks, Jason A. Holt, Guy Pace

    Join our authors as they read from their latest works! (15 minutes a piece)

  • Break Sun 1:50 - Sun 5:00
  • panel Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, The Revision Process, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: Carol Berg, Julie Frost, Jason A. Holt, Todd Lockwood, J.A. Pitts

    Whether you write organically or from an outline, you'll have to revise your manuscript at least once before you send it out for publication. For some, this can be a daunting prospect. Let's break it down and discuss how you can revise without getting lost in the project or losing interest.


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