Special Guests


Darcy L. Ross









Mad snail scientist by day, gamer by night. Darcy Ross works with ConTessa to support minority gamers in leadership positions, co-hosts the podcast Cypher Speak with Troy Pichelman discussing all things Monte Cook Games, and has done a smattering of RPG design and writing work, including being a staff writer on the award-winning blog Gnome Stew. She will be an Industry Insider at Gen Con 2017 and her first larp, An Empty Page, is being play tested.



Craig Campbell










Craig has done a bunch of freelance design for D&D and other games. In the past few years, he established his own imprint, NerdBurger Games. His first RPG, Murders & Acquisitions, was published in December of 2016. He’s now hard at work on CAPERS, a super-powered RPG of 1920s gangsters. He’ll be demoing his games like a crazy person throughout AcadeCon.

Craig also co-hosts the NerdBurger Podcast, a weekly potpourri of geeky news and discussion all slathered over with a healthy dose of humor. New episodes every Wednesday.

NerdBurger Games link: http://www.nerdburgergames.com

NerdBurger Podcast link: http://www.nerdburgershow.com




Kenneth Hite










Ken is an award winning author and game designer who’s extensive credits include:

  • Night’s Black Agents RPG
  • Dracula Dossier Supplement
  • Night’s Black Agents RPG

Ken is also a multiple award winning Podcaster for his show: Ken & Robin talk about stuff which he co-hosts with Robin Laws.


James D’Amato









James is the co-founder of the One Shot Podcast Network which includes the award winning podcast: One Shot (which he hosts) and Campaign an award winning Star Wars Actual Play (in which he plays Bacta).

James also recently launched a sucessful Kickstarter for the Party Game Noisy Person Cards with his partners through their Paracosm Press publishing company.


Tracy Barnett









Tracy is a tabletop game designer and author from Columbus, OH. In 2013 he won the Judges’ Spotlight ENnie for his first game, School Daze. He co-runs Exploding Rogue Studios (Iron Edda, Karthun: Lands of Conflict) and runs an RPG actual play podcast called TheOtherCast. He also writes on occasion for Gnome Stew and Critical Hits. You can find him online @TheOtherTracy.

Shane V. aka @Mundangerous












Shane is one of the hosts of the ENnie Award-losing podcast Total Party Thrill, author of the micro-RPG Wreckin’ is Racin’, and an occasional RPG blogger. A lifelong gamer, he now resides with his wife and game collection in New York, NY.


Pedro Barrenechea AKA StatMonkey













Pedro “the stat monkey” Barrenechea is a member of team paradigm, currently one of the lead 5th edition rules designers for Paradigm Concepts, working on projects such as the successfully kickstarted Forged In Magic: Reforged and the upcoming Players Guide to Arcanis.

Past projects include the Origins’ 2011 Roleplaying Game of the year “The Arcanis role playing game” as well as the being lead rules designer for the successful Rotted Capes Roleplaying Game.


PK Sullivan










PK Sullivan is game designer from the Windy City. He loves adventure, retro futurism, and swashbuckling in all forms – all things he tries to share through his games. When not talking about Star Wars or designing games, you can find him exploring Chicago and telling tales from IT.













Rob Stith is the designer of The ORPHEUS Protocol, a horror/espionage RPG, and host of the Actual Play podcast of the same name. He is also a screenwriter with a horror movie in development with Seraph Films. An Acadecon veteran, Rob has seen the vultures and heard their words in his dreams.


DM Mitch












DM Mitch is the co-founder and co-host of the beloved DMs Block Podcast. He is also the founder host of the GM Showcase podcast and Geek Wars Podcast – all part of the Block Party Podcast Network.


Jim McClure













Jim is the designer of the Reflections RPG as well as the recently kickstarted Satanic Panic RPG. His company Third Act Pub is currently developing multiple other games for eventual publication. He is also a podcaster – hosting Talking Tabletop on the One Shot Podcast Network.



Eric Ausley













Founder of Sidetangent Productions and president of Openly Gamer Theatre, producers of high quality roleplay entertainment. Writer, producer, actor, gamemaster & player.


Angela Craft









Feminist. Reader. Marketer. Podcaster. All-around geek. Born and raised in Michigan, Angela dreamed of moving to New York City for most of her life. She now lives the dream in the big city, working in publishing as a digital marketer, and married to fellow-Fandible-member Billy. She co-runs the Fandible social media feeds, and edits the weekly blog posts. May or may not be considered the “resident adult.”


Daniel Rodriguez














Born in the freezing heart of upstate New York, raised in the searing heat of the Caribbean, then mellowed for several years in a fine oak barrel until he reached a perfect balance of snark and zen. Graduating at the top of his class in high school, and accepted to an Ivy League university, he instead chose to run away with the circus, where he learned valuable life lessons, and grew to hate clowns. He then travelled the globe for years in search of the six-fingered man, only to find the power was inside him all along. Daniel is the resident tech-expert and is often referenced as having ‘all the screens.


Jesus Rodriguez












Jesus is a programmer and writer who has a passion not only for game design but also storytelling. When he isn’t working at his day job as a software support specialist or working on the website, he designs games as a hobby and has participated in various game design competitions as a way to improve his skills. The ultimate goal hopefully being the chance to work on unique and interesting gaming projects in the future. Jesus is the founder of Fandible, audio editor, and website admin.


David Donnelly













David grew up in Maine, but realized very quickly that it was a better place to be from than a place to be. Moving to New York City, he quickly fell into the wrong crowd and wound up with the Fandible Podcast. He is also a founding member of Black Bag Pictures and was a writer for the short film Miskatonic University and is currently working with Black Bag on new projects. David moderates the Geeky Topics Round Table podcast.


Billy Coffing












The other midwest transplant, Billy is a writer, performer, and digital editor, and married to fellow-Fandible-member Angela. He contributes a number of original character voices to Fandible podcasts, and designed Fandible’s first digital game, Horatio’s Story, based on characters from the on-going Unhallowed Metropolis podcast.



K.W. Taylor













K.W. Taylor is the author of the urban fantasy Sam Brody series, about a dragonslaying disc jockey (The Red Eye and The House on Concordia Drive, both 2014 from Alliteration Ink). She has an MFA from Seton Hill University. Taylor lives in a restored Victorian home in Ohio with her tech writer husband and—unlike every other novelist in the world—an insanely photogenic kitten. She teaches college and blogs at kwtaylorwriter.com. The Curiosity Killers (2016 from Dog Star Books) is her first science fiction novel.


Tim Waggoner












Tim Waggoner wrote his first story at the age of five, when he created a comic book version of King Kong vs. Godzilla on a stenographer’s pad. It took him a few more years until he began selling professionally, though. Overall, he has published close to thirty novels and three short story collections, and his articles on writing have appeared in Writer’s Digest and Writers’ Journal, among other publications. He teaches creative writing at Sinclair Community College and in Seton Hill University’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program. He hopes to continue writing and teaching until he keels over dead, after which he wants to be stuffed and mounted, and then placed in front of his computer terminal.


Lucy A. Snyder













Lucy A. Snyder is a five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning writer who is the author of ten books and about 100 published short stories. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Asimov’s Science Fiction, Apex Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, Pseudopod, Strange Horizons, Shadowed Souls, and Best Horror of the Year. She has written for the D6xD6 Expanded Game and for gaming tie-in anthologies such as Shadowrun: Drawing Destiny, Champions of Aetaltis, and Chicks Dig Gaming. She lives in Ohio and is faculty in Seton Hill University’s MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction. You can learn more about her at www.lucysnyder.com and you can follow her on Twitter at @LucyASnyder.



Matt Betts – not yet pictured.



Will Hindmarch is a writer and designer focused on the intersection of narrative and play. He cofounded Gameplaywright Press with Jeff Tidball and has served as developer of such games as Storium, Vampire: the Requiem, and Project: Dark. His stories have appeared in numerous anthologies. He publishes essays at magic-circles.net.



A.P. Klosky









 A.P. Klosky is the owner and chief creator at Blackfall Press LLC, through which he wrote and produced the award-winning Cold Steel Wardens: Roleplaying in the Iron Age of Comics. Last year, Klosky successfully Kickstarted the follow-up for Cold Steel Wardens: Rogues Gallery, the first of several planned follow-ups to the book. As a freelance writer and editor, Klosky has worked for companies including Cubicle 7 Entertainment, Pinnacle Entertainment Group, GameWick Games, Red Turban Games, Fainting Goat Games, and numerous others. His current projects include the roleplaying game De Civitates Dei: Occult Horror in 1135 Jerusalem and several board game prototypes. He is a native of Englewood, Ohio










Quinn Wilson is the host of the RPG Academy show Swallows of the South, a lifelong gamer, and designer of microgames including Flavortown: A Modern Tall Tale and Queer Fantasy Road Trip, a game featured in Dan Enders’ Two Weeks games collection. Quinn believes strongly in advancing justice and the social discourse through stories and the shared narrative space.



Additionally, the RPG Academy Faculty will be on site running the event and games.

We expect several members of the Redemption Podcast as well

and possibly more to announce as we get closer to the event.