Gaming Guests, Pros, and Panelists
Discussion of game-related topics. Usually these panels deal with role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder, Shadowrun, GURPS, Deadlands, Call of Cthulhu, Amber, and many others.
- Montana Melee
- Realm of Stygia
Stygia is the Montana chapter of the Belegarth Medieval Combat Society.
Belegarth is a medieval sword fighting sport where foam padding is used on the weapons to prevent serious physical injury to participants.
There are different levels of play, there are gatherings were a lot of people play at once, and there are small groups and teams that intermingle with other groups. But most importantly Belegarth is a semi-competitive sport where participants can strive to just enjoy playing with others or work at being physically and mentally the best fighter they can be.
- Casey Almas
- Black Shield Productions
- Kyle Elliott
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.
- Erik Evjen
Erik Evjen is the Company Founder and Lead Designer for IGRE Publishing, and a freelance writer for EN World's EN5IDER series of articles.
Erik is also the standing President of the Sandbaggers Game Club of Great Falls, Montana. He has assisted with the running of multiple conventions, such as the Great Falls Gaming Rendezvous (Board of Directors), OokkiiSoraCon (Gaming Head), NaguCon Anime Convention (Staff), and AetherCon Online RPG Convention (Fest Hall Coordinator).
At IGRE Publishing Erik is the Lead Developer of Sword Land RPG, a d12-based Roleplaying Game, and is the Lead Writer of "Songs of Ahrea", an ongoing fantasy webcomic based on the Iellos setting he devised.
- Jeff Fennel
Jeff is an award-winning artist & designer in a variety of media and disciplines and teaches digital art and entertainment design at Butte College in Northern California. He has always had a deep passion for science fiction and fantasy and was a quarterly winner in the first Illustrators of the Future competition. He is a juried member of the I.A.A.A., and a frequent guest at sci-fi conventions throughout the western U.S.
His skills in art, design, worldbuilding and storytelling have translated into millions of units sold for major clients like Electronic Arts, Sega, Sony, 3DO, Accolade, TSR, Wizards of the Coast, Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon, and Nintendo.
- Stewart Fleming
- Tod Glenn
Tod Glenn is a lifelong weapons enthusiast. He has been variously a competitive shooter, federal firearms licensee, firearms manufacturing consultant, knife maker, sword maker, fencing coach and HEMA instructor. He is currently the head coach for the Helena fencing club. He is a frequent contributor to the American Smallsword Symposium and has collaborated on several HEMA related publications.
- Jeff Grubb
Jeff Grubb is an author of novels, short stories, comics, and is an RPG and video game designer. Grubb worked on the Dragonlance campaign setting under Tracy Hickman, and the Forgotten Realms setting with Ed Greenwood. His written works include The Finder's Stone Trilogy, the Spelljammer and Jakandor campaign settings and contributions to Dragonlance and the computer game Guild Wars 2. He now works at Amazon Game Studios.
- Jason A. Holt
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.
- Sierra Dawn Holt
- Luke Hutson
Luke Hutson has been gaming for 20 years and GMing for 15 of them. Luke prefers to run rules lite systems that allow players to explore the game imaginatively. He favors comedy games and games that force players to think differently about how they approach situations. He has been with Black Shield for three years and has run many continuous convention games as well his own games. Luke has a degree in English with a minor in Social Science and when he's not gaming he can be found teaching, reading comics, and performing improv.
- Dean Keith
Dean has been running/playing RPGs for 30 years.
- CthulhuBob Lovely
I help run MisCon, which occurs each year on Memorial Day Weekend in Missoula, Montana, thanks to the wonderful people who make it happen.
I run games, primarily Call of Cthulhu, GURPS and other Steve Jackson Games products and various games from Cheapass Games.
As a semi-professional nerd, I believe geekery and gaming can have positive effects on math, reading and writing, and social interaction skills as well as family togetherness.
- Logan Nickel
Logan Nickel is the creator of RPHQ.org, a website dedicated to promoting and supporting roleplay in its many forms, as well as offering useful resources to help players improve their RP experiences.
- Cale Panetaude
- Meagan Scruggs
- Brooke Stanley
Brooke H. Stanley, RN is modern day Bard. Scrapping, skulking and schmoozing are reoccurring themes in his as yet never ending story. With Bachelorís degrees in English and Nursing as well a fist full of apparently useless graduate work he is both over educated and very friendly. Stanley has been burned, shot and driven for spymasters and U. S. Presidents. In 2016, he was named Arctic Logistics Officer for Team Monkey, an international research organization devoted to the advancement of Anthropoid/Simian commensalism (for realsies!) He has a lovely singing voice and likes both cats and dogs equally.