Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

MisCon 32: May 25 - 28, 2018 Missoula, Montana

Jason A. Holt

MisCon 32 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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  • panel Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Spotlight: Holt, Pace, Gimpel, Spotlight
    Panelists: Ann Gimpel, Jason A. Holt, Guy Pace

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

  • Break Fri 5:50 - Sat 2:00
  • panel Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Economics in Story, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Brandon Sanderson; Panelists: Julie Frost, Jason A. Holt, Brandon Sanderson, Danica Winters

    Are there exciting ways to make money a tool in fiction and worldbuilding without becoming Monopoly?

  • moderator Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Before I Kill You, Mr. Bond ..., Ballroom C
    Moderator: Jason A. Holt; Panelists: Camille Griep, Jason A. Holt, Kamila Miller (EM Prazeman), Eldon Thompson

    Why do evil villains always make one fatal mistake that allows the hero to save the day? If this is a stupid cliche, why do we love it so much? And while we’re at it, let’s touch upon the villain monologue. Is there a way to avoid it while still explaining the whys of your villain’s actions?

  • Break Sat 3:50 - Sat 6:00
  • panel Sat 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Creating Interesting Nations, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Brandon Sanderson; Panelists: James Glass, Jason A. Holt, Lee Moyer, Brandon Sanderson

    We talk a lot about worldbuilding but what about the smaller-scale stuff like nations and nationstates? How can you build a new and unique nation for your story? How can you incorporate politics and culture and national identity in interesting ways? And, finally, how do you connect the characters to this nation?