Senior Staff

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Stephen J. Holodinsky
Event Coordinator

Before the beginning of AetherCon Stephen J. Holodinsky was best known for…well…not much of anything really. Despite photos that suggest the plausibility of such, he was not raised in the wilds of Canada by a family of beavers and knows little to nothing at all about building dams, engineering or woodwork in general. Moreover even though he is fond of claiming that ‘Bob’s your Uncle’ this has been proven to be a falsehood as Bob is actually his brother.

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Chris Malidore
Artist Enclave Coordinator
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest in a town named Auburn, Chris began gaming as a teen – a journey that would eventually culminate in him becoming an industry illustrator. Through products such as Dungeons and Dragons, Warhammer 40,000, Magic: The Gathering, Savage Worlds, and so on, he developed a taste for the fantastic, storytelling, and of course the joy of spending time with friends, laughing at the ridiculous ventures that would be shared together through said games.
Currently, with over a decade of experience as an illustrator on many of the games that he grew to enjoy, Chris now works with AetherCon to spread a love of the arts that have inspired so many through the decades of such wonderful games. He is thrilled to be overseeing the Artist Enclave, which lines up the annual AetherCon Wallpaper line and Speed Painting Duelists for the convention.
When not painting for massive hours on end and attempting to talk artists into partaking in the various AetherCon events, Chris works on his plans to overthrow humanity so that penguins can take a shot at being the prevalent species. He may also have a caffeine addiction.
Jon Frater
Jon Frater
Moderator Wrangler, SRS Coordinator

A gaming industry stalwart dating back to the 1980s, Jonathan Frater is the co-author of roleplaying game books Robotech: Return of the Masters, and Robotech Adventures: Lancer’s Rockers, both for Palladium Books. Jonathan also wrote a column on writing and game design called The Tome in Gateways magazine. He’s currently a librarian at Metropolitan College of New York, and has contributed chapters on library security and time management to Scarecrow Press and Macmillan, as well as writing science fiction under his imprint, Desperate Measures Press.

Joanne Loader
Technical Coordinator, Webcast Moderator
Alice Peng
RPG Coordinator. Webcast Moderator. Video Editor
David Guyll
David Guyll
Graphics Coordinator, Convention Magazine Layout Person
Thomas Stratemeyer
Thomas Stratemeyer
Prize Support Wrangler

Thomas is the CEO of Power Up Gamers: Roleplayers for Accessibility, an Indie TTRPG Publishing Company and Community built around providing a place for disabled players to feel safe in discussing how their disabilities affect their gaming in Tabletop Roleplaying Games. We also strive to bring awareness of disability issues to the larger RPG community.  

In addition, Thomas is also a freelance writer and freelance game design consultant who has been actively involved in tabletop RPGs for over 35 years both as a player and a GM. He has played or ran games in Dungeons and Dragons (every edition but mostly 5E), Fate Core, Fiasco, and Microscope.

Brian Barfield
Anvil Alley Coordinator, Webcast Moderator

Support Staff

Carol Darnell
Convention Magazine Editor-In-Chief
Chirstopher Soloma
Christopher Soloma Ca Davide
Moderator Wrangler, Webcast Moderator

As a Creative Producer, I pride myself on having the ability to find compelling stories, the perfect writers for the material, gathering an efficient compatible crew to take the project from concept to delivery. I love what I do and I hope to instill that in my projects. As Schweitzer says, “If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”

Morgan Hua
Morgan Hua
Data Entry Lead

Morgan’s been playing and GMing RPGs since 1976 starting with the D&D White Box set and soon after AD&D. He now mainly plays and runs Call of Cthulhu 7th Ed. He writes a blog with a critical eye on various convention games he has played in and also various aspects of Call of Cthulhu. https://morganhua.blogspot.com/

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Jesse Davis
RPG Organized Play Coordinator
Jacob Forsman
Jacob Forsman
Artist Enclave Assistant

Jacob Forsman started adventuring from a young age and often took to exploring dungeons, peering into palantir, and hitching rides upon starships from his home port in New Jersey. While many usually focus on one path Jacob Forsman decided to multi-class into a martial and intellect classes, practicing the art of wrestling, while also delving into his studies of enforcing the law in the college of Norwich University. He attempts to gather others to his cause and attempts to teach them what he has learned in his adventures, gathering numerous parties to adventure.

'Podcast' Pete Bryant
'Podcast' Pete Bryant
Webcast Moderator, Video Editor
Peter is a producer, podcaster, artist, game designer, and writer.
As a game designer, artist, and writer he has developed professional material for R. Talsorian Games, Tri Tac Games, Dilly Green Bean Games, and Chapter 13 Press. Outside of RPGs he has released Rogue Chess and is in heavy development on the new version of Cube of Death.
As a podcaster he is the host of a live broadcast video series called the MythWits (mythwits.com) where his team interviews industry guests every week, provide on-location con coverage, and talk all things geek related.
Peter is the Director of New Media for TSR Games and produces the Game School PodCast and the Cube of Death PodCast for TSR.
Christopher Grey
Webcast Moderator, Video Editor
Melissa Guyll
Melissa Guyll
Graphics Assistant

Ancillary Staff

Justin Handlin
Justin Handlin
Webcast Moderator
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Michael Ohl
Convention Magazine Contributor

I grew up in a small midwest town named after my family. I learned RPGs from my older sister at the ripe age of 8 where soon after I GMed my first session for my older brother and nephew. From there things spiraled until 20 years later I started writing supplements for D&D and Pathfinder. These days I keep on writing part time while running a 3D Printing company for tabletop terrain and miniatures. My wife and daughter try to wrangle me in line while the dogs are my cohorts in crime of usually making a mess on my latest creation adventure.

Andrew Girdwood
Andrew Girdwood
Convention Magazine Contributor

Geek Native, an RPG culture blog, is run by Andrew Girdwood a Scottish gamer who works in digital marketing. He invented roleplaying games all by himself, with a handful of 6-sided dice and Star Wars models as a young kid, only to discover a few months later the hobby was already solidly established, his ideas second rate and impaired by his terrible inability to write. His first regular tabletop group played Dragon Warriors, and he was a Mystic. 

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Egg Embry
Convention Magazine Contributor

Egg Embry is a freelance RPG journalist that writes columns for Knights of the Dinner Table, EN World, d20 Radio, the Open Gaming Network, the Tessera Guild, and GAMA’s official magazine, Around the Table.

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Christopher Hunt
Convention Magazine Contributor
Chris is a researcher, teacher, writer, and apologetic Canadian.
A staff writer for d20radio’s Gamer Nation Blog, Chris has helmed The HoloNet Uplink series for two years and counting, churning out weekly Star Wars gaming goodness. He also found a path or two, writing for Rusted Iron Games’ Deadly Gardens.
When not writing, Chris never passes up a chance to proselytize the merits of Star Wars roleplaying.
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Richard Coates
Webcast Moderator
Richard started roleplaying in 1986 with Dragon Warriors, then moved on to Warhammer and from there to most other available RPGs. He studied Vampire: The Masquerade at University and when it comes to roleplaying he’s mostly been living in the nineties ever since.
Three years ago he moved to Nottingham, UK, where everyone is in the games industry. There he started Shiny Games, a boutique online store that specialises in difficult to find games – which includes almost all RPGs. In his spare time Richard has a full-time position at Warlord Games, tending their websites with loving care.
Mike Kafes
Mike Kafes
Webcast Moderator

Mike is the Co-Host and associate producer of the MythWits, a one hour weekly video web series broadcast live on Facebook. Mike has over 5 years experience interviewing Authors, Artists, Celebrities, and Scientists both on screen as well as live at conventions.

Sam Dester
Sam Dester
Convention Magazine Contributor