Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

MisCon 36: Carnival of Wonders, May 27 - 30, 2022 Missoula, Montana

Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle)

MisCon 36 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)

  • moderator Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Go Bump in the Night, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Patricia Briggs, James Glass, Charlaine Harris, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    By the light of day, let's discuss things that go bump in the night. The mysterious. The unknown. Secretive things that lurk in the dark. Why are we fascinated with ghoulies and ghosties and other sneaky denizens of the night? Lets delve into the origins of fables, folk tale, and history to bring to the surface the theory of origins for various troupes and classic stories that have come to make up our modern day mythos of things that lurk just beyond the meniscus of light.

  • Break Fri 5:50 - Sat Noon
  • panel Sat Noon - 12:50 PM, Dystopia Rising The Larp!, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: (Dystopia Rising), Avery Clarke, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Seth Peck, Lind Shanin (Shann)

    Dystopia Rising is the worlds largest networked LARP, with 22 chapters throughout the US and over 15,000 active members. Come learn about what it is we do, how we do it, and why it has risen to be one of the most recognizable LARP's in the world! (I'll even tell the story about how we were almost a TV show...)

  • Break Sat 12:50 - Sun 11:00
  • moderator Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Star Wars, Streaming, & the Future, Monster Tent (1)
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), John Logan, D.L Solum, William Sutton

    With the creation/success of streaming shows like the Mandalorian and Star Wars Visions, we've seen new possibilities open up for story telling in the Star Wars universe. Has streaming been good for SW? How could streaming affect it going forward? Join us and lets discuss it!

  • panel Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, Improv Session, Ballroom B
    Moderator: Tess Langston; Panelists: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Tess Langston, Isaac C. Singleton Jr.

    Let's throw out your self-doubt and get the 101 basics on improv. Great for acting, writing, cosplay, and just about anything.

  • Break Sun 12:50 - Sun 3:00
  • moderator Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Trickster: Scoundrel, or Hero?, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Patricia Briggs, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Charlaine Harris, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Stealing our hearts, and often igniting our anger, the rogues, scoundrels, and tricksters of our stories can be beloved one moment and despised the next.

    How do we define these characters whose motives are as obscured as the lines of morality and social contracts they dance around? Why are we fascinated with these archetypes?

  • Break Sun 3:50 - Sun 6:00
  • panel Sun 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Pop Culture Perversion: The Carnie Life, Monster Tent (1)
    Panelists: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Let's examine the carnie life, its roots, why it ended up where it is, and how it has become a part of the zietgiest of our culture. Join in as we dig into "The Carnie Life" and examine where our modern day myths started!

  • moderator Sun 7:00 - 7:50 PM, Story Time with Isaac Singleton Jr, Patio Tent (1)
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Isaac C. Singleton Jr.

    Come grab a pint and chat, listen, discuss, and laugh as we go through the career and thoughts of Miscon's GoH Issac Singleton Jr!

  • Break Sun 7:50 - Mon 11:00
  • moderator Mon 11:00 - 11:50 AM, LGBTQ+ and Collaborative Storytelling, Monster Tent (1)
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Avery Clarke, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Lind Shanin (Shann)

    Have you ever played a character in an RPG who looks or acts nothing like you do every other day of the week? In doing so, have you ever found something familiar or true in the character that later, you'd see in yourself? Roleplay and identity are intermingled, and the experiences and stories we weave inform the lives we lead beyond the fourth wall. Come discuss that process with longtime storytellers Shan and Avery, who themselves are trans and have opinions on the subject.