Featured Guests for 2015
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.
I spent the majority of my professional career working in various executive positions within the AT&T Advertising & Publishing line of business, retiring as an Executive Director - Information Technology after 32 years of service. Since retirement, I have been designing games full time through my company King Richard LLC.
Mark McKenna is a 30 year veteran of the comic book industry. In that time he has worked on Batman, Wolverine, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and more recently on Star Wars, counting over 500 comics in all.
My artistic journey has allowed me to research everything from the prehistoric to contemporary symbols and images from cultures around the world. It has also focused on our relationships with animals, their stories and fables and how they differ from culture to culture. The salamander during Medieval times was thought, “to be born of fire”, an amphibian phoenix. For many cultures, insects are the signs of rebirth and growth, but also the harbingers of death and pestilence. So, if I have to classify myself, it would be as an image-maker.
Nolan N. Nasser, a freelance illustrator and concept artist from Grand Rapids. He began working in the gaming industry roughly one year ago as the artist for TCGplayer's MaxPoint Author Tokens. Reveling in the idea of creating characters and developing worlds his passion for gaming fuels his passion for art. Although enjoying the life of a freelance artist at the moment he also hopes to one day launch his own personal project.
You can view more of his work at his website - www.n3art.com
Corinne Roberts is a local illustrator from Grand Haven. She graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design through the Illustration program and has taught a variety of drawing/painting workshops and classes throughout West Michigan. In 2012 she released her first self published written and illustrated children’s number book, Imaginary Sea 1,2,3! Along with her next book Out and About, she also self publishes children, anime, fantasy, and sci-fi prints and cards. Outside of art, she is also an editor for the comic series Rainbow in the Dark.
Steven’s professional life began in February of 1990 as a games editor at TSR, Inc. Since then, Steven has worked on dozens of fictional worlds as a freelance or full-time editor, developer, game designer, fiction writer, or assistant manager for numerous publishers including Wizards of the Coast; Bastion Press; Green Ronin; Paizo Publishing; and Rite Publishing. He’s published two Forgotten Realms novels with Wizards of the Coast and seven short stories with DAW Books and other publishers.