Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

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

Brian Alterowitz

MisCon 36 Panel Volunteer

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

Key: panel=On a Panel moderator=Moderating game=GMing


  • panel Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM, How to Lose Your Tail & Blend In, Ballroom C
    Moderator: Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch); Panelists: Brian Alterowitz, Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch)

    Are sneaky bad guys following you around the carnival? If they are, come here and learn how to get rid of them.

  • panel Sat Noon - 12:50 PM, House Rules: The Good, The Bad, & the Ugly, Monster Tent (1)
    Moderator: William Parrish; Panelists: Brian Alterowitz, JC Cote, William Parrish, Margaret Persico

    What gamemaster hasn’t had the urge to just tinker with a game system just a little bit? What player hasn’t been delighted, or horrified, by house rules that change the dynamics of a game system? Come talk about game balance, problem solving, problem making, and how to pull it all together when creating a house rule. Bring some examples of the best and worst you’ve seen!

  • Break Sat 12:50 - Sat 4:00
  • panel Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Campaign Setting Speed Run, Rocket Tent (1)
    Panelists: Brian Alterowitz

    Join Brian as he creates a vibrant campaign setting in real time using only audience inputs, his imagination, and the power of the internet. Over the course of an hour, Brian will show how to create compelling cultures, realistic geography, and effective adventure hooks, which will result in a campaign setting that can be used right away!

  • Break Sat 4:50 - Sun Noon
  • panel Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, Adventure Design: One Shots to Campaigns, Rocket Tent (1)
    Moderator: William Parrish; Panelists: Brian Alterowitz, Colton Blomker, William Parrish

    Writing adventures is the heart of gamemastering, but it can also cause a complete system lock. Whether you are preparing a one shot for friends, an adventure for convention play, or you are finally ready to write that 2 year campaign of doom, this panel will hopefully be full of tips and techniques from both the panelists and attendees on how to have more fun and success with adventure writing.

  • Break Sun 12:50 - Sun 2:00
  • panel Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Concealment Device Arts and Crafts, Ballroom C
    Panelists: Brian Alterowitz

    Do you have an SD card you want to hide? A miniature you don't want your cat to eat? A note from a secret admirer? Then you need a concealment device! Brian will walk you through some easy ways to hide small items in plain view, or leave them to be found by the right person.

  • Break Sun 2:50 - Mon Noon
  • panel Mon Noon - 12:50 PM, Online RPG Tools, Ballroom B
    Panelists: Brian Alterowitz

    Almost three years of COVID have proven the old adage "Necessity is the Mother of Invention." Numerous online tools to play RPGs are now available, often for free! Brian will use his four years of experience running an online campaign to provide useful tools that will help you create an online game easily and quickly.