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.
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'Podcast' Pete Bryant
Technical Advisor, Moderator
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 ( 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.
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.

David Guyll
David Guyll
Graphics Coordinator, Convention Magazine Layout Person
Melissa Guyll
Melissa Guyll
Prize Support Wrangler

Support Staff

Thomas Stratemeyer
Thomas Stratemeyer
Assistant 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.

Jesse Davis
RPG Organized Play Coordinator
Christopher Hunt
Assistant Convention Magazine Editor, 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.
Mike Kafes
Mike Kafes
Webcast Moderator, Video Editor

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.

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.

Richard Coates
SRS Assistant, 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.
Katrina Wolffe
Katrina Wolffe
Prize Support Assistant
Katrina Wolffe graduated Western Business College, with a degree in computer operations in 1992 and has been a member of the S.C.A., local convention committees, and a gamer since 1978. She cut her gaming teeth on Dungeons & Dragons, the Basic Set (Blue Box), AD&D, Steve Jackson Games (old black box Car Wars and Sunday Drivers), Traveler, and a smattering of others. Currently though she spends her time playing Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition where she plays a Gypsy Dancer/Fighter, Breelithe Lightfoot. She and the party she’s with have been being dragged around the world fulfilling errands for the gods.
As a self-taught disabled artisan she has been making chainmail since the late 90s. Her dice bags are available in multiple retail outlets and she also does custom work for costuming/cosplay, makes armor for SCA members, and repairs on vintage and modern chainmail pieces. She is the owner/proprietor of Kittensoft Chainmail and you can also find her fine work here:


Ancillary Staff

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.

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.

Christopher Clark
Chris Clark
Webcast Moderator

Chris is the owner of perhaps the oldest surviving small press game publisher still in the industry, Inner City Games Designs.  Best known for its Fuzzy Heroes™, War PIGs, and micro-game lines Inner City Games Designs released its first product in 1982, and is still active today.  With more than 100 published gaming credits, Chris also partnered with Gary Gygax to form Hekaforge Productions (makers of the Lejendary Adventure) and has been nominated for an Origins Award 8 times (although he has never won).  Chris recently worked with James Ward, Tim Kask and Frank Mentzer at Eldritch Enterprises, and creates several new adventures, board games, or miniatures games every year for Inner City Games Designs. He just finished Doom in the Ruins of London for the 77 Lost Worlds system (Fireside Creations), a fantasy rpg adventure set in the Lands of Igpay™ entitled Nothing To See Here, two adventures for Gary Con X (Harbinger and Revenge of the Fire Giant), the short story Frenemies in the recently released Chronicles From the Starship Warden Volume 2, and is currently working on The Starship Warden a Metamorphosis Alpha project (with James M. Ward) and the current release from Inner City Games Designs, I Think I Stepped in Something.

Sleep is for the weak. 😀

Justin Handlin
Justin Handlin
Webcast Moderator
Joe Sweeny
Joe Sweeney
Webcast Moderator

Joe Sweeney, or ‘Doc Joe,’ wrote his first game in the mid 80’s and has not looked back since. He’s the Chief Weaver of Tales at the Indie Australian Games Publishing company, StoryWeaver Games.

Doc’ Joe has a strong learning towards cinematic roleplaying with deadly action. Working with the StoryWeaver team, he’s delivered some best selling indie RPGs, such as High-Space (on RPGNow’s top 10 list for 10 weeks), and Rapture (another long-running top 10 item).  He’s also a popular GM,  and a recipient of the “SRGA Excellence in Gaming” for his GMing at events, plus numerous other awards over the years.

He will bring Weird Wars action, sci-fi, fantasy, comedy, and terror to AetherCon, along with the unique Aussie sense of humor!

Doc Joe has authored the following titles:

  • High-Space 2nd Edition, genetic wildcards protecting a galaxy-spanning utopia in the far, far future… by any means.
  • Rapture: the End of Days, a hard science fiction meets dark horror.
  • Deniable: a situational comedy RPG with a very British twist. Funny. Fast-paced. Darkly satirical.
  • And StoryWeaver’s newest baby, the soon to be launched kickstarter, Slaughter: The Horror Movie Making Card Game.

Learn more about these games at:

Angela McCain
Angela McCain
Webcast Moderator
Carrie McCloud-Gehring
Carrie McCloud-Gehring
Webcast Moderator
Chirstopher Soloma
Christopher Soloma
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.”

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.