Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle)

MisCon 31 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:

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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 Noon
  • panel Sat Noon - 12:50 PM, Long Term RPG Campaigns, Monster Tent (1)
    Panelists: Brian Campbell, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), John Goff

    A discussion of ways to keep long-term RPG campaigns fresh and fun over time so they don't just fizzle out.

  • Break Sat 12:50 - Sat 3:00
  • moderator Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Life on the Set, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Aaron Douglas

    Special GoH Aaron Douglas will tell us what it's like working on so many tv shows and movies, from Battlestar Galactica to Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.

  • panel Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Cmdr. Data vs the Self-Driving Car, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: C.J. Cherryh, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Manny Frishberg, James Glass

    Would you put your kid in a self-driving ambulance? In an accident, a self-driving vehicle will take the action with the highest probability of the most favorable outcome; a human driver (or Data) might take a crazy risk if the possible benefit was great enough. What might a computer mind really look like?

  • moderator 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 - 7:50 PM, Drink and Know Things, Patio Tent (1)
    Panelists: Aaron Douglas, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle)

    Join us for a fun, "Inside the Actor's Studio" styled Q&A party where we relax with beer by the bar. We'll ask Aaron questions about his career and the world in general, and find out how he got where he's at today.

  • Break Sat 7:50 - Sun Noon
  • moderator Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, Pop Culture Perversion: Space Opera, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Aaron Douglas, David Farland, Patrick Swenson, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Has the mainstreaming of Science Fiction/Fantasy, particularly Space Opera, ruined it? Our panelists will discuss how Space Opera has changed in recent years, both for good and bad.

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  • panel Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, Group Dynamics, Patio Tent (1)
    Panelists: Josh Aronoff, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Tod Glenn, John Goff

    The rogue is stealing everything in sight and the paladin is trying to stop him. Meanwhile, your fighter and wizard are fending off a small hoard of dragonets. It’s a great group of characters, but they make a terrible team! Learn how to steer players towards cooperation, and how to lay down the law if you must.

  • panel Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Computer Security in a Corporate World, Rocket Tent (1)
    Panelists: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Cassie Lee McElhaney

    We'll discuss unstructured data governance and why it's hacker bread and butter. AKA where all the news-making data breaches come from.

  • panel Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Guy Pace, Alyson Peterson

    The Force Awakens: A worthy successor or a colossal failure to the trilogy that spawned a new era in science fiction and fantasy? It is possible that The Force Awakens has redefined the genre -- again?
    Panelists: Guy Pace

  • panel Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, GM's Confluence, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: Brian Campbell, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Justin Farrington, John Goff

    A panel of GMs will answer your questions regarding GM-ing. Players welcome, kinda. ;-)

  • Break Sun 3:50 - Mon Noon
  • panel Mon Noon - 12:50 PM, Kickstart Your Project, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: Philo Barnhart, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Charles D. Moisant

    Learn how to run a successful Kickstarter campaign from pros who have done it.