John Goff

MisCon 31 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 7:00 - 7:50 PM, Temporary Technical Difficulty Panel, Ballroom C
    Panelists: Butte Magic , Cheeky Geeky Vaudeville , Eekie and Snow Cosplay , Ministry of Magic , Montana Melee , Realm of Stygia , Realms of Avalon , Summit Gaming , Valhalla's Workbench , Christian Ackerman, Josh Aronoff, Darla Babcock, Justin Barba, Philo Barnhart, Jason Benner (El Capita'n), Daniel Bensen, Carol Berg, Pete Berg, Larry Bonham, M. H. Bonham (Maggie), David Boop, Jill Bowers, Rob Carlos, Robert Chenoweth (Bob), C.J. Cherryh, Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch), Aaron Douglas, Claire Eddy, Henry Edwards, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Spencer G. Ellsworth, Erik Evjen, Eric the Excellent, Jane Fancher, David Farland, Amy Farrington, Justin Farrington, Eric Scott Fischl, Stewart Fleming (AoF), Deby Fredericks, Ruth Frey, Manny Frishberg, Julie Frost, Ann Gimpel, Gail Glass, James Glass, Tod Glenn, John Goff, Tony Gregori, Hugh S. Gregory, Vandy Hall, Becky Harouz, James Hayes, Randy Henderson, Lane Heymont, J.K. Hinther (GinnyJones), Michael Hodges, Jason A. Holt, Mary Beth Horvath, Matt Horvath, Meradeth Houston, Andrea Howe, Fiona Jallings (dreamingfifi), Crystal Jones, Esther Jones, Frog Jones, James Jones (Sir James), MaryAlice Jones (Mistress Azira), Reid Jones, Elliott Kay, Sanan Kolva, Rebekah Leib, Kendra Lisum, Todd Lockwood, John Logan, Tundra Malamute, Matt McAdoo, John McDonald, Rob McDonell (Illuminati Rob), Gene Mealey, Charles D. Moisant, Kevin Nielsen, Erika Noble (Eekie), Tim Nydell, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), Guy Pace, L.F. Patten (Laurey), J.A. Pitts, Nick Plantz, Carter Reid, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Nikki Rossignol, Ira Sather-Olsen, The SCA, Greg Schneider, Keith Seyffarth, D.L Solum, Brooke Stanley, Jeff Sturgeon, Patrick Swenson, Lord Albion The Wayward Minstrel of Eir Du, Melissa Thompson, Tex Thompson, Peter Wacks (pjwacks), Krista Wallace, Dean Wells, Jason Williams, Danica Winters, Emmett Worthey, John Wright, David Yake

    This is a temporary panel. We are having technical difficulties with the schedule (it won't list panelists unless they are scheduled for panels on the public side of the site). We created this fake panel just so we can get every panelist on the schedule.

  • Break Fri 7:50 - Sat Noon
  • panel Sat Noon - 12:50 PM, Long Term RPG Campaigns, Electronic Gaming
    Panelists: Al Beddow, 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 6:00
  • panel Sat 6:00 - 6:50 PM, RPG Playing Styles, Madison
    Panelists: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Justin Farrington, Tod Glenn, John Goff

    The Dictator. The Power Gamer. Thespian. Strategist. Thinker. Discuss various character styles in RPGs.

  • Break Sat 6:50 - Sun 1:00
  • panel Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, When Good Games Go Bad, Madison
    Panelists: John Goff, Emily Westfall

    Knowing when to stop a game is just as important as knowing how to run it, week after week, month after month, until you can no longer stand the sight of your players. Sorry, what were we talking about again?

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

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