Information for our Special Guests will be listed below as they are booked and the information is provided. Please check back periodically for the latest information.
Stephen began working on RPGs in 2000, when he became the RPGA editorial assistant at Wizards of the Coast, working on both Polyhedron magazine and Living Greyhawk Journal. Over the years he's administered the Living Greyhawk campaign, aided in the development of the D&D 3.5 Edition rules, was a developer for D&D 4th Edition and Star Wars Saga Edition, taught numerous game design classes in the Seattle area, and contributed to the Pathfinder RPG Advanced Player's Guide and Ultimate Magic as a freelance designer. He has worked at Paizo for the past six years and is now the senior designer for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. He's also the guy who designs the Pathfinder Flip-Mats and Map Packs. His current credits include Southlands for Kobold Press, as well as Hell’s Vengeance: For Queen & Empire, Horror Adventure, and Villain Codex, all for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. In his free time, he is working on the Delve Roleplaying Game.
Shane Hensley opened Fun n' Games, a comics and game store (with his wife and friends) at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. He began freelancing for West End Games, TSR, FASA, White Wolf, and many others, including computer game companies. He started Pinnacle Entertainment Group in 1994 to create the Fields of Honor historical rules and then The Last Crusade World War II collectible card game.
Things took off for Pinnacle with the Deadlands: The Weird West RPG, a smash hit that has been going strong for 20 years as of 2016. The company later created the best-selling Savage Worlds game system and all its fantastic settings, such as Rippers, Necessary Evil, 50 Fathoms, and Weird Wars, and licensed products such as Savage Rifts(R), East Texas University, The Savage World of Solomon Kane, and the upcoming Flash Gordon(R) roleplaying game.
Shane has written and designed novels, short stories, roleplaying games, miniatures games, card games, and computer games. Most recently, he co-founded Pulposaurus to bring the Conan: Rise of Monsters prepainted miniatures games to Robert E. Howard fans around the world, and is the lead on a new edition of the game that started his professional career Torg (now Torg Eternity).
He served as Lead Writer / Designer for the City of Heroes / City of Villains MMO, and was later the Executive Producer on Neverwinter with Cryptic, End of Nations with Petroglyph, and most recently Executive Creative Director on an unannounced AAA MMO at Daybreak.
He loves to run at the hottest part of the day, hike strange and distant lands, and run unforgiving games as a guest at conventions all around the world.
Shane lives in Chandler, Arizona, with his wife, sons, and dogs, and a noisy cockatiel.
Alex Yeager is the Vice President of Acquisitions and Development for the Mayfair Games group, which includes Lookout Games and Twilight Creations. Alex was a charter member of the Steve Jackson Games Men in Black and the Cheapass Games demo teams, and has over 200 development or playtest credits on roleplaying, board and card games. Alex lives in Ypsilanti MI, where he collects shelving and things to put onto them.
Jerry Blakemore is one of the founding members of 12 to Midnight. 12 to Midnight wrote horror adventures originally for Modern D20 and later Savage Worlds. Most of the horror took place in an east Texas town the gang created called Pinebox and it is featured in the Savage Worlds East Texas University setting. Jerry's writing credits include Weekend Warriors, Fire in the Hole and Skinwalker. Jerry currently lives in Sugar Land, Texas where he has several unannounced designs in the work.
Preston DuBose has been writing for the RPG industry since 2003. He currently serves as an ETU brand manager for Pinnacle Entertainment Group. His RPG writing credits include Bloodlines, Brainwashed, East Texas University (ETU), Degrees of Horror, Skunk Ape, and chapters in Modern Dispatch, Savage Tales of Horror, and Rippers Resurrected: Frightful Expeditions. Among his many editing credits, the most recent include The Sixth Gun and Weird Wars 1. He has also contributed short fiction to two anthologies: Buried Tales of Pinebox, Texas and Haunted: 11 Tales of Ghostly Horror. His projects extend into 2017 with at least one new, as-yet unannounced release.
Ed Wetterman has over 25 writing and editing credits in the Role-playing Game Industry since 2003. Most of his writings have focused on modern horror ranging from Pinebox Adventures to Modern Military Horror, and Espionage Horror gaming. He was a founding member of 12 to Midnight, has been a writer, editor, and publisher, and worked for Reality Blurs, Pinnacle, and Gun Metal Games. He has written for d20, Modern 20, and Savage Worlds systems. His biggest endeavor, East Texas University: Degrees of Horror was recently released by Pinnacle in 2014 and was awarded a Judges Choice Award for the 2015 Ennies and nominated for Best Adventure. He is well-versed in American Paranormal Lore, Literature, and the Occult and hopes to become a full-time writer someday soon.