Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

MisCon 38: the Dark Forest, May 24 - 27, 2024 Missoula, Montana

Stan! Brown

MisCon 38 Guest of Honor

Stan! is the author of numerous short stories, novels, roleplaying products, comics and cartoons. He has served as a graphic designer and line editor for West End Games, an editor and game designer for TSR, Inc., and an author, senior game designer, and creative director for Wizards of the Coast. He has also been the creative content manager at Upper Deck Entertainment.

Stan! has worked on a variety of role-playing titles, including Paranoia, Dragonlance, Marvel Super Heroes, Ravenloft, and Forgotten Realms, as well as being a principal designer for d20 Modern. He is also the author of two novels published by Wizards of the Coast.

Stan! began publishing fiction, cartoons, and games professionally in 1982. He is the author of numerous short stories, novels, roleplaying products, comics and cartoons. He has served as a graphic designer and line editor for West End Games, an editor and game designer for TSR, Inc., and an author, senior game designer, and creative director for Wizards of the Coast. He has also been the creative content manager at Upper Deck Entertainment.

In 2007, R. Hyrum Savage formed a subsidiary of his OtherWorld Creations with Stan! called Super Genius Games. He has also worked as the creative content manager for Upper Deck Entertainment, and the creative vice president for The Game Mechanics. Stan! is the Creative Director for Super Genius Games.

Stan! has worked on a variety of role-playing titles, including Paranoia, Dragonlance, Marvel Super Heroes, Ravenloft, and Forgotten Realms, as well as being a principal designer for d20 Modern. He is also the author of two novels published by Wizards of the Coast.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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(Tentative)

  • panel Fri 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Meet the Artists, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: John Barba, Justin Barba, Stan! Brown, Michael Brugger, Rob Carlos, Echo Chernik, Dragon Dronet, Tony Gregori, Lizzy D. Hill, Tess Langston, Todd Lockwood, Alexandra Martyn, Cait May, Randy Pepprock, Sean Ricks, Nikki Rossignol McCoy, Steven K Smith (SKS Props), Jeff Sturgeon, Tiffany Toland-Scott, Brittany Torres, Jim Wright (Stonekettle), Lacy Zee (Vox Moxxi)

    Here's your first opportunity to meet and hang out with MisCon 37's artists. You can talk art, ask questions, have a cup of coffee (or something stronger), get things signed, whatever you want. Just come hang out.

  • panel Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Informal Author Meet & Greet, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Justin Barba, LJ Bonham, M. H. Bonham (Maggie), David Boop, Stan! Brown, Brenda Carre, C E Chester, Katie Cross, Jayel Draco, Eva Elasigue, Deby Fredericks, Manny Frishberg, Julie Frost, David Gerrold, Ann Gimpel, James Glass, Thomas Gondolfi, Lynsey Griswold, Jeff Grubb, Rhiannon Held, Michael Hodges, Meradeth Houston, Andrea Howe, Paul Jenkins, GS Jennsen, Esther Jones, Frog Jones, Kevin Kauffmann, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Sanan Kolva, JM Landels (Jen), Tess Langston, Todd Lockwood, Joseph Malik, Tod McCoy, Danith McPherson, Theresa Miller, Gwendolyn Nix, Dakota Nyght, Candi Lyn Siemens, Dave Smeds, D.L. Solum, Patrick Swenson, G.R. Theron, Peter Wacks (pjwacks), Hunter Wallace, Krista Wallace, Dean Wells, Walter Wiese, Danica Winters

    Join us for an informal meet & greet/hangout with a bunch of MisCon's writers and editors. This isn't a formal panel with panelists up on the stage discussing a topic. Instead, everyone will grab chairs in the pavilion, and the moderator will get things going. Then we'll open things up so small group hangouts can happen until the end of the hour. This is your chance to informally meet a bunch of the people you'll see on panels all weekend.

  • panel Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Exploring Dark Forests Through Gaming, Fairy Tent (4)
    Moderator: Valerie Guyant; Panelists: Stan! Brown, Jeff Grubb, Valerie Guyant, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Let's explore how forests (dark and otherwise) are depicted across gaming worlds of all kinds, from tabletop RPGs to video games and beyond! (Beyond the dark forest where there are no trees and only yucky civilization and normal people).

  • Break Fri 4:50 - Fri 6:00
  • panel Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, All About Story Extras, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Eva Elasigue; Panelists: Stan! Brown, Eva Elasigue, Ann Gimpel, Jeff Grubb

    Lots of books and series come with additional materials - an appendix, maps, timelines, family trees, and more. How are these made? How is this information compiled, communicated, and created for the reader, in collaboration or by the author?

  • panel Fri 7:00 - 7:50 PM, Opening Ceremonies, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Justin Barba, Stan! Brown, Becky Cass, Jeff Grubb, Paul Jenkins, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Cait May, Steven K Smith (SKS Props)

    Join our Guests of Honor at MisCon 38's Opening Ceremonies and find out what's going on throughout the weekend.

  • Break Fri 7:50 - Sat 10:00
  • panel Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, The Many Forms of Story, Nameless Ballroom
    Moderator: John Logan; Panelists: Stan! Brown, Lynsey Griswold, Paul Jenkins, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, John Logan

    Novels, short stories, comics, games. Let's talk about stories across formats. Should we approach the process differently depending on the format? How so? More details to come.

  • panel Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM, 50 Years of D&D!, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: Stan! Brown, Jeff Grubb

    Listen to Jeff Grubb and Stan! Brown tell tales of their years working for TSR and Wizards of the Coast working on D&D (and other games, but here, they're focusing on D&D).

  • Break Sat 11:50 - Sat 2:00
  • panel Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Adapting Manga Into English, Rocket Tent (3)
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Stan! Brown, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle)

    Let's talk manga. GoH Stan! has worked on English adaptation of over 200 manga volumes, including Demon Slayer, Legend of Zelda, Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl Adventures, Ultraman, Gundam: Thunderbolt, Slam Dunk, Resident Evil, and Record of Ragnarok. Learn about the process, his background in Japanese language/culture, and how he fell into that as part of his profession.

  • Break Sat 2:50 - Sat 5:00
  • panel Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Alignment, Personality, & Traits: Giving Characters Depth, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Joshua Pate-Terry; Panelists: Stan! Brown, Jeff Grubb, Joshua Pate-Terry

    Lots of role-playing games have tools to help outline, refine, or define who your character is. These range from simple tools to narrow behavior, to narrative tools that can have real mechanical effects in the game itself. Let’s talk about some of these systems, their strengths and weaknesses, and how to use them better for both player’s and game master’s characters.

  • Break Sat 5:50 - Sun 10:00
  • panel Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Managing Problem Behaviors at the Game Table, Phoenix Ballroom
    Moderator: Joshua Pate-Terry; Panelists: Stan! Brown, Jeff Grubb, Joshua Pate-Terry

    As game masters, we’ve all run into problem behaviors at our game table at some point. These behaviors could range from a player spending too much time on their phone to full outbursts and arguments. As game masters, we often have a heightened responsibility for managing behavior at our game table, sometimes appropriately and sometimes not. Our panelists will discuss some common behaviors, some personal experiences, and will provide tools and techniques for managing problematic player behavior

  • Break Sun 10:50 - Sun 2:00
  • panel Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Building a Story on the Fly, Nameless Ballroom
    Moderator: Krista Wallace; Panelists: Stan! Brown, Paul Jenkins, Krista Wallace, Jim Wright (Stonekettle), David Yake

    Your page is blank. Even worse, your map is blank: no lands, no plants, no buildings, no industry, and not a single inhabitant in your world, let alone a culture. So how do you create a story? The panelists will ask questions, the audience will lend a hand giving answers and sharing ideas. Stan! will make it all visual, and together we will give shape to a world. No blocking, no wimping, but laughter is encouraged as we show that the blank space is not empty: it's full of potential

  • panel Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, The Art of Collaborative Worldbuilding, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Stan! Brown, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Jeff Grubb, Paul Jenkins

    The Forgotten Realms. TMNT. DragonLance. Demon Slayer. Zelda. Ravenloft. The Marvel Universe. DC Comics. Our panelists have worked on many of the most iconic collaborative worlds around. Let's explore the dynamics of collaborative worldbuilding, including balancing creativity, maintaining consistency, and respecting the common vision.

  • Break Sun 3:50 - Sun 5:00
  • panel Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Spotlight: the D&D Guys, Artist's Corner
    Panelists: Stan! Brown, Jeff Grubb

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

  • Break Sun 5:50 - Mon 10:00
  • panel Mon 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Oils, Acrylics, Aluminium, Wool, Glass: Let's Talk Art, Monster Tent (2)
    Panelists: Stan! Brown, Rob Carlos, Cheyenna Krone, Steven K Smith (SKS Props), Tiffany Toland-Scott

    Oil painting. Acrylics. Digital. Pencils. pens. Clay. Glass. Fibers. Metal. Why do our artists like working with the media they use? What are benefits of them? Can you make a living oil painting these days?

  • Break Mon 10:50 - Mon 1:00
  • panel Mon 1:00 - 1:50 PM, 1 Lie, 2 Truths, Rocket Tent (3)
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Stan! Brown, Dragon Dronet, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Jeff Grubb

    Come play a game with Stan!, Jeff, Dragon, and Kyle. They'll take turns making simple (probably outlandish) statements, and the audience will vote on whether they're lies or not.

  • Break Mon 1:50 - Mon 3:00
  • panel Mon 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Closing Ceremonies, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Justin Barba, Stan! Brown, Becky Cass, Jeff Grubb, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Cait May, Steven K Smith (SKS Props), Jim Wright (Stonekettle)

    Finish out MisCon 38 in style, and catch a sneak peek at what's in store for you next year at MisCon 38.