Guests of Honor
Jeffrey Veregge is an award-winning Native American Comic book artist from the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe in Kingston, Washington. His work uses Coastal Salish and contemporary graphic design techniques that create the looked dubbed as Salish Geek by his fans and peers. Most recently he was the main cover artist & story consultant on Marvel’s Red Wolf. Veregge continues to work with Marvel, IDW, Valiant & DarkHorse comics as a cover artist with nearly 70 covers to his name in the past 2 and half years. http://www.jeffreyveregge.com/
Gabriel de los Angeles is a Snoqualmie tribal member and PhC in Learning Science and Human Development at the University of Washington. His research interests are development across the life course through play and learning in informal environments. His life combines his love of popular culture, fandom, and games with nearly two decades of experience with fan-made events and community organizations around the world. He examines these things through equity, equality and indigenous philosophies.
Beth Sobel is a board game illustrator living and working in Bellingham, Washington. She has an MFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design, and feels incredibly fortunate to be able to work in an industry she loves. You can find her work on board games such as Herbaceous, World’s Fair 1893, Viticulture and Tuscany, Lanterns, The Last Garden, Coldwater Crown, Path of Light and Shadow, Between Two Cities, and more. She has also contributed art to the Lord of the Rings LCG, the Firefly and Star Wars RPGs, and Legend of the Five Rings. http://bethsobel.com/
Joseph Carriker is a game developer for Green Ronin, having helmed A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying for several years, as well as working on other games such as Fantasy AGE and the Critical Role: Tal’Dorei Campaign Setting books. He has worked in the gaming industry for over fifteen years, including doing work for Wizards of the Coast, White Wolf, and Onyx Path Publishing during that time. He is an outspoken queer gamer, having helped found the annual Queer as a Three-Sided Die panels at Gen Con and other conventions. He is also novelist, having recently published his first novel, Sacred Band, about a team of LGBTQ superheroes. Joseph lives in Portland, Oregon with his fiancé A.J.
Nicole Lindroos entered the game industry in 1989. In that time, she co-founded Adventures Unlimited magazine, served on the board of the Game Manufacturers Association and as the chair of the Academy of Adventure Gaming Art and Design, volunteered both on the advisory committee and as the head of the Origins Awards, and has been an active freelancer for large and small companies alike. Since the year 2000 she has been co-owner and General Manager of Green Ronin Publishing. Her recent projects include contributions to the Dragon Age Tabletop Roleplaying Game and Titansgrave: Ashes of Valakana.
She’s also the sweetest person you never want to piss off. http://www.greenronin.com
Strix Beltrán has a Masters degree from Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Mythological Studies program and a is scholar who regularly straddles the interdisciplinary space between mythological and game studies.
She has published several academic papers pertaining to the intersectionality of myth, psychology, and role-playing, and is currently conducting research on the intersection of live action role-playing and technology for Carnegie Mellon University.
She regularly travels both locally and internationally to conventions and academic conferences to present papers, lecture, and most importantly, play. http://www.strixwerks.com/
F. Wesley Schneider is co-creator of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, and author of dozens of Pathfinder and Dungeons & Dragons adventures and accessories. Beyond roleplaying games, he’s written a variety of short stories, video game dialog, and tabletop game designs.
Wes has strong opinions about horror, world-building, and storytelling, and has spoken at length on inclusivity and LGBTQ topics in gaming—most notably at Gen Con’s annual Queer as a Three-Sided Die series.
His novel, Bloodbound, released in December 2015, while his most recent major roleplaying offerings include The Hellfire Compact and In Search of Sanity from Paizo Inc.
Wes lives outside Seattle with his husband and a particularly unlucky black cat. http://www.wesschneider.com/
Lillian Cohen-Moore is an award winning editor, and devotes her writing to fiction and journalism. Influenced by the work of Jewish authors and horror movies, she draws on bubbe meises (grandmother’s tales) and horror classics for inspiration. She spends her days introducing people to cosmic horror and Bronze Age fantasy as Director of Marketing and Media for Chaosium Inc. Currently living in New Orleans, Louisiana. http://www.lilliancohenmoore.com/
Jessica Price is a tabletop gaming project manager at Paizo, former Microsoft Games Studio writer/narrative producer, Midwestern expatriate, editrix, and internet wanderer. http://jessicalprice.tumblr.com/
Liz Courts – Liz blames her brother for all of this. An avid gamer for almost thirty years, Liz has worked on over 70 different RPG products, helped organize the first unofficial PaizoCon, started and headed the Wayfinder fanzine for its first four issues, went on to work for Paizo after being a member of its community for five years, and is now a mostly organic, free range freelancer. Liz also likes art, baking, coffee, and all things ninja, but not always in that order. She is not a werewolf. facebook.com/rpggeek
Crystal Frasier is a writer, game developer, and graphic designer with eighteen years’ experience, best known for her work on the Pathfinder line of roleplaying games and adventures. She strives to make games worlds where everyone can see themselves reflected. She is a survivor of both the Art Institute of Seattle and New College of Florida, and pulls heavy inspiration for her work from European, Central American, and African history as well as the works of L. Frank Baum and Lewis Caroll. In her free time, Crystal reads comics, plays with her dog, and obsessively rewatches old cartoons from the 80s and 90s. http://amazonchique.tumblr.com/
Lynne Hardy – Although I trained as a biomedical research scientist and spent many years as a lecturer at a local further education college, I am now a full time freelance writer, editor, games designer & educator.
Over the years I’ve worked on many games, including SLA Industries, Dying Earth, Victoriana 3e, Achtung! Cthulhu (where I was the lead designer, writer & editor on their Kickstarter project), Katanas & Trenchcoats, 13th Age, and my own steampunk game, Cogs, Cakes & Swordsticks.
I’ve been gaming (tabletop and LARP) for more years than I care to admit, and I also teach embroidery and crafts to community groups of all ages! http://cogscakesandswordsticks.blogspot.co.uk/
Jennifer Sandercock – Jenn is driven to create a world of games built on friendship curiosity, and challenge. As an independent game developer, Jenn’s determination has led her to come up with 52 game ideas in 52 weeks and then implement 12 games in 12 months. She was a coder/designer/producer on the modern adventure game hit, Thimbleweed Park. Her current project is a series of edible tabletop games where you eat the pieces. When she’s not focused on building games, you can find Jenn baking, exploring her local Seattle neighbourhood, organising Indie Adventures, posting about her brooch collection and eating gourmet chocolate. http://jennsand.com/
Tifa Robles is the founder & organizer of the Lady Planeswalkers Society (LPS). With almost 80 chapters worldwide, LPS creates welcoming, friendly environments to learn and play Magic: The Gathering regardless of gender, skill level, or anything else. The organization also teaches Magic and participates in panels at many conventions. In her 9-5 job, Tifa works as an Account Representative at GTS Distribution, helping game stores grow all across the world. She formerly worked at Xbox and Wizards of the Coast. Tifa is a hardcore lifestyle gamer and a feminist, who enjoys combining the two. She and her husband are also new parents, enjoying introducing all things nerdy to their baby boy. http://ladyplaneswalkers.weebly.com/
Jennell Jaquays professional life has centered around game making. She pioneered pre-made RPG scenarios in her Dungeons & Dragons fanzine The Dungeoneer in 1976 and is STILL known for her D&D adventures Dark Tower and Caverns of Thracia. She assembled one of the first video game art and design studios at Coleco to make ColecoVision games. After working independently as an illustrator and game content designer, and then as a cover artist and director of graphics for TSR, Inc., the original publisher of Dungeons & Dragons, she returned to computer games in 1997, first as a designer for id Software on Quake 2 and Quake 3, and later as an artist for Age of Empires III and Halo Wars, and level design lead on CCP’s World of Darkness MMO based on Vampire the Masquerade.
She is considered one of the founders of The SMU Guildhall in Dallas, a leading master’s degree level video game development school within Southern Methodist University. She was instrumental in both establishing the structure and focus of the program and designing the first art curriculum for it. Her son was an early graduate of Guildhall and works as a senior level artist in the digital game industry.
Jennell currently divides her creative energy between projects for design studio Dragongirl Studios, her Fifth Wall brand of game adventures and miniatures, and serving as the creative director for Olde Sküül, Inc. a digital game developer and publisher based in Seattle, Washington which she founded with three other veteran female developers in 2012. http://www.jaquays.com/
Kiva Maginn is the Lead Designer for BattleTech at Harebrained Schemes, where she’s making giant robots fight and making their pilots kiss. She’s been in the video game industry for 15 years, doing game system design and battling her impostor syndrome. She’s worked on large-scale MMOs and tiny mobile games and all the stuff in between, and been an engineer, a designer, and for a brief and terrible few months, an artist. She collects old and obscure RPG systems like other people collect comics. You can follow her at @HBS_thratchen, or follow her game at battletechgame.com. She is friendly, has had her shots, and does not bite.
Brittanie Boe is known most prominently in the world of tabletop as the unstoppable Bebo, editor of TheGameWire.Com, host of the GameWire YouTube channel, and handles the social media for the brand. The GW brand is the marketing arm of GTS Distribution, of which Bebo is the face. Helping people learn about new
and exciting games (as well as fun classics) is her job, and one she relishes. She also helps her daughter create her own tabletop gaming videos and at times they create them together. You find her around the convention playing games and creating content! Feel free to say hi or stop by to take a selfie!
Liz Argall – A SF author, roleplaying gamer and cartoonist, Liz doesn’t remember her first D&D game, because she was four. As a teen she grew into herself an eclectic gaming world that ranged from Traveller to Hunter Planet and an Australian convention scene that encouraged syncretic approaches to games and systems. Systemless games, multiforms, freeforms and theatre forms were particular loves (similar in some ways to Scandinavian LARPS). Her fiction can be found in places like Uncanny Magazine, Strange Horizons, This is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death, and Escape Artists’ podcasts. Honors include Best New Designer Award at Phenomenon Roleplaying Convention, been a finalist for the Aurealis Awards for best YA short story, and was a recent associate artist in residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Liz creates the webcomic thingswithout.com and has worked on roleplaying games for Onyx Path and 13th Age.
C.A. SULEIMAN has contributed scores of books to the hobby games industry’s top properties, including Dungeons & Dragons and the World of Darkness. Along with being developer of the award-winning Mummy line, he co-authored the flagship game Vampire: The Requiem and created the Egyptian fantasy world of Hamunaptra. He’s proud to have shepherded development of the world’s first fantasy campaign — Dave Arneson’s Blackmoor — and to have worked alongside its storied creator. These days, he’s got his hands full as Creative Director of MBG and line developer of both the Unspeakable games and The Lost Citadel RPG. C.A. lives in the D.C. area, where his band Toll Carom is busy toiling away at its latest concept album.
Amanda Hamon Kunz is the Development Coordinator at Paizo Inc. and an ENnie award-winning tabletop game developer and editor. At Paizo, she works on the Pathfinder RPG is co-designer of the Starfinder RPG. Her freelance writing, development, editing, and game design has appeared in products from publishers including Paizo, Kobold Press, Hammerdog Games, Zombie Sky Press, and others. In addition to waxing nerdy about fantasy worldbuilding traditions and theory, she has spoken extensively about the intersectionality of feminism and gaming. You can find Amanda on Twitter at @amandahamon.
Ari currently lives in an apartment that’s almost as cluttered as his subconscious, which he shares (the apartment, not the subconscious, though sometimes it seems like it) with George—his wife—and two cats who probably want something right now. You can find Ari online at http://www.mouseferatu.com and on Twitter @mouseferatu.