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.
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.
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’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/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.