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.
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.
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.
Clifton Wright is Mr. Johnson from the Arcology Podcast: a Shadowrun podcast that includes discussions and interviews about the game as well as a long-running actual play campaign. Along with his compatriots in the Shadowcasters Network, he creates content for fans of Tabletop RPG’s, cyberpunk, fantasy and science fiction.
Stafford is one of the members of the Tome of Tales Podcast which has recently entered the field of Actual Play D&D 5e podcasts. Stafford has been dabbling in all things geek/nerd throughout his life but took the plunge in college where he began to run games of D&D as well as other systems. Stafford’s favorite element of tabletop roleplay is by far the opportunity it provides to examine complex questions of philosophy, theology, and psychology in a supportive environment with the unique twists that fictional elements add.
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.