Guests of Honor

John Wick, Author of L5R and 7th Sea

John Wick, L5R and 7th Sea

Guest of Honor: John Wick

John Wick is a game designer and author who has designed over two dozen games including Legend of the Five Rings, 7th Sea, Orkworld, Cat: A Little Game about Little Heroes, Houses of the Blooded, The Aegis Project and Wield. He is a Freemason, ritual magician and prestidigitator. He has climbed Kilimanjaro, died three times and knows the secret name of Baba Yaga. In his spare time, he solves crimes for the FBI, CIA and NSA and is a Discordian Double Agent acting to overthrow the Bavarian Illuminati, the True Masters of the World. He also wrote this brief biography of his accomplishments and will swear to its authenticity on a stack of Bibles.

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Christopher Badell, Sentinels of the Multiverse

Guest of Honor: Christopher Badell

Christopher Badell is the designer and co-creator of the hit cooperative card game Sentinels of the Multiverse, as well as the co-owner of Greater Than Games, LLC. Over the last few years, his story-telling game creation style and attention to both thematics and mechanics in games has made a mark on the tabletop gaming industry. Even with a variety of games in production, his first love is co-op games, to the point that he views the gaming industry as one big cooperative game!

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Stacy Dellorfano, ConTessa and Swords & Wizardry

Guest of Honor: Stacy Dellorfano

Stacy Dellorfano is the founder of ConTessa, an organization devoted to bringing more women-led events to tabletop roleplaying game conventions. For her efforts with ConTessa, she was awarded a gold ENnie in 2015, and nominated for the Diana Jones Award in 2016. In addition to working on ConTessa, Stacy is the project manager for the 3rd printing of Swords & Wizardry (created by an all-woman crew of artists), and she is the author of ‘Zaya’s Promise’, an old-school adventure for Swords & Wizardry set to come out with the 3rd printing. When she’s not doing all of that, she maintains her own blog called Frivology, where she talks all things gaming and baking.

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Darren Watts, Hero Games and Indie Press Revolution

Darren Watts, Hero Games and Indie Press Revolution

Guest of Honor: Darren Watts

Darren Watts is the former President of Hero Games and Indie Press Revolution. He was the primary writer on such titles as Champions Universe, Millennium City, Vibora Bay, UNTIL, Hidden Lands, and (along with Jason Walters) the notorious Lucha Hero. Now out of the owning things business, he’s been freelancing for games like Masks (Magpie Games), Narosia (Legendsmiths) and Doctor Who (Cubicle 7 Games.) He’s currently setting up a Kickstarter for Golden Age Champions, the Champions supplement for punching Nazis in the face.

At U-Con, Darren will offer a preview of Golden Age Champions!

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Industry Insiders

Brendan LeSalle, Goodman Games, Xcrawl

Brendan LaSalle

Brendan J. LaSalle has been writing and publishing in the game industry since 2002. He has written for Goodman Games, Fat Dragon Games, Troll Lord’s Games, Savage Mojo, Pandahead Publishing, and Hand Made Games. He has many adventures and source books, including the award winning Age of Cthulhu: A Dream of Japan. His most recent adventure is Xcrawl: Anaheim Crawl. He is the creator of Xcrawl, which recently returned in the new Maximum Xcrawl edition. He lives in Salem, MA, with his wife, dog, and cat.

Leonard Balsera

Leonard Balsera

Leonard Balsera

Leonard Balsera, Steve Jackson Games. Award-winning game designer, writer, and developer, having worked on such properties as Spirit of the Century and The Dresden Files Roleplaying Game. He is the lead designer of Fate Core. He’s also written The Esoterrorists: Profane Miracles and Ashen Stars: Terra Nova.  Recently, Lenoard joined the team of John Wick Presents.

Special Guests

Jonathan Gilmour

Jonathan Gilmour, Dead of Winter

Jonathan Gilmour is a Board Game Designer from NW Ohio. His credits include: Co-designer of Dead of Winter: A Crosssroads Game, and Vault Wars. His greatest weaknesses are writing Bios, and the color green. He loves long walks on the beach and playtesting games. Sometimes at the same time. His favorite color is Orange, so please let him have that as a player color. His favorite games are Cosmic Encounter, Nations, and Hanabi. His least favorite game is “The What Game Should We Play” game. He and his wife have four children, with the goal of having a built in game group any time they want it.

Marc Tassin

Marc Tassin, Mechanical Muse, Aetaltis

Marc Tassin is the creator of the Aetaltis fantasy campaign setting and the founder of Mechanical Muse. He’s written game material for both Shadowrun and Dragon Magazine, and his short fiction has appeared in a number of anthologies from DAW Books. When he’s not dreaming up new worlds, Marc runs the Gen Con Writer’s Symposium, one of the largest and fastest growing professional events in the world for writers of speculative fiction.


Bill Webb

Bill Webb, Frog God Games

Bill Webb, Frog God Games

Bill Webb is the founder of Frog God Games, one of the largest 3rd party publishers in the gaming industry.  Frog God Games produces books for Pathfinder, 5th Edition, and of course, their own home brew rules, Swords and Wizardry.  Some of their well-known titles include The Slumbering Tsar Saga, The Sword of Air, Rappan Athuk Complete, Tome of Horrors Complete and Razor Coast, as well as several dozen other titles.  Known worldwide for his difficult adventures, high mortality rate in games and his penchant for literally making it all up as it goes along, Bill still plays the game a few times a month with his “blob” – consisting of his wife, Krista, his sales manager, Jennifer Chalfan, his partner in crime Skeeter Greene, and 8 kids (4 teenage girls and 4 younger boys). Bill is a huge proponent of children and women in gaming. Perhaps his best moments have been “when the kids outsmarted me again.”

Michael Surbrook

Michael Surbrook

Michael Surbrook first entered the publishing world with the release of Kazei 5 for HERO System 4th Edition. He followed that up by writing Ninja Hero for HERO System 5th Edition as well as the Asian Bestiaries volumes I and II. He also wrote Kazei 5 for HERO System 6th Edition, contributed to HERO System Martial Arts, wrote Here Be Dragons for D3 Adventures, and contributed to several Dark Heresy and Rogue Trader books for Fantasy Flight Games. Recently he’s written Fantasy Hero Complete for HERO Games and Larger Than Life for High Rock Press. Currently he’s working on a number of projects, including an updated version of Aaron Allston’s Strike Force campaign book.