Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

MisCon 33: Level Up!, May 24 - 27, 2019 Missoula, Montana

Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle)

MisCon 33 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)

  • moderator Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Q&A with David Gerrold, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), David Gerrold

    Come meet Author GoH David Gerrold and ask him a few questions.

  • Break Fri 3:50 - Fri 5:00
  • moderator Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, The Evolution of Video Games, Patio Tent (1)
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Seth McClain

    From pong to PUBG, how have video games evolved, & where will they go next?

  • panel Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Gaming for the Uninitiated, Rocket Tent (1)
    Moderator: Greg Schneider; Panelists: Brittanie Boe, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Dean Keith (Vader), Greg Schneider

    If you've wanted to get into gaming, & don't know where to start, or have been previously overwhelmed when you tried, let us help you get started on your path to the dark side. We'll cover how to find a good group of people both here at MisCon & in the wider world, as well as show you what games are easier for neophyte gamers to understand & enjoy. Then we'll set you loose on the game room to find your next adventure, but with a few suggestions to ensure your success.

  • Break Fri 6:50 - Sat 4:00
  • moderator Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Session Zero, Rocket Tent (1)
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Frank Pruett, Dan Reeser

    It's not really a gaming session, but it might be the most important part of a successful campaign. Come learn how a Session Zero (or even two of them) can revolutionize your games, and change your gaming group for the best. Frankly, you won't know how you got along without it once you've tried it for yourself.

  • Break Sat 4:50 - Sat 6:00
  • panel Sat 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Character Death, Monster Tent (1)
    Panelists: Casey Almas, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Joshua Pate-Terry

    Character death, especially when it happens to a longtimer that the player has been guiding for months, or even years, can hit hard. Joshua Pate-Terry, an experienced hospice social worker and bereavement counselor brings a unique perspective to how even a pretend death can impact a gaming group.

  • Break Sat 6:50 - Sun Noon
  • moderator Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, Pop Culture Perversion: Magic, Ballroom B
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), Ann Gimpel

    A discussion about how magic has been portrayed in pop culture over the last century, from Houdini's feats, to Tolkien-esque subtlety, to the modern wizard's fireballs, portals, & other flashy magic.

  • Break Sun 12:50 - Sun 4:00
  • moderator Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Idea Reincarnation, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), John Logan, Julie Reeser

    Are there any original ideas left, or has everything already been done? Are remakes in a different format - comic to movie, or animated to life-action - novel enough to be considered "new," or would we rather have a unique story?

  • Break Sun 4:50 - Sun 6:00
  • moderator Sun 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Encounter Club!, Rocket Tent (1)
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Erik Evjen, Jeff Fennel, Jeff Grubb

    Encounters require a deft touch -- they need to be entertaining, but challenging. It's best when there is more than one solution to the problem the characters face, and more than one path to certain doom. If you've been struggling with creating satisfying encounters, come on down to get some ideas, and maybe help others put the final touches on their own evil plans.

  • Break Sun 6:50 - Mon 11:00
  • moderator Mon 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Genetics & Meat, Patio Tent (1)
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle)

    An informative Q & A on the entire meat industry in America.