Brian Lenz:  Wizard | Master of Ceremonies

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My name is Brian Lenz, and I am the Wizard for the GrandCon party.  My passion for gaming started at an early age. It wasn’t until later on in life that I knew I had an affinity for gaming and it for me. 

I expanded my rediscovered passion for gaming by founding West Michigan Tabletop Gamers (WMTG) in 2011.  WMTG has grown to be one of the premiere tabletop gaming groups in all of Michigan. The group continues to be a shining star for many hobby gamers in West Michigan including GrandCon.

WMTG was the catalyst that sprung forth the creation of  GrandCon. GrandCon Gaming Convention is now held annually around late August to Mid-September at DeVos Place Convention Center downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.  It will forever be Michigan's premiere tabletop gaming convention. 

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Eric Wisniewski: Rogue | VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

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My name is Eric Wisniewski. I assist with the show, oversee the volunteers, and I am the Rouge for the GrandCon party. I’ve been in love with board gaming since the 90’s, when my parents gave me a copy of HeroQuest for Christmas. Everything about it was interesting: the killer miniatures, the exploration, the odd dice, the spell-casting, all of it.  It opened me up to a world outside of the Hasbro/MB tentpole classics.  In the intervening years, I’ve played a copy of Catan to pieces (literally), walked through GenCon with a garbage bag full of games, and survived a 46-hour gaming marathon.

I joined the GrandCon party as a mid-level rogue as we trek deep into the heart of downtown Grand Rapids.   I’ll be here with the rest of our crew helping you make discoveries in the ever-expanding GrandCon game library and raiding the treasure hordes of DeVos Hall.  I look forward to the fellowship with friends old and new that this gathering always brings.

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Tim Latshaw: Cleric | News Editor | Social media Assistant Coordinator

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Hi, I am Tim Latshaw. I assist with the newsletter and social media, I am the Cleric for the GrandCon party (because robes are comfy and freeing).

Having moved to Michigan from New York, I joined local board gaming as a way to meet new people. Like others, my experiences had been restricted to the "classics" at the time. I certainly didn't expect to find so many new and different worlds in games, and have been drawn into the worlds of ideas designers are constantly dreaming up! 

The hows and whys of gaming are as interesting to me as the games themselves, and that won't be stopping anytime soon. It's likely the journalism background in me. My favorite games include the Arkham Horror Card Game, Tokaido, and Pandemic Legacy. I have attended GrandCon from the very first year and am happy to be a part of the crew as we forge ahead. 

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Jessica Fountain:  Sorceress | Social Media Coordinator

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My name is Jessica Fountain, and I am the Sorceress of social media for the GrandCon party.  I played board games when I was younger, but the true world of board gaming wasn’t revealed to me until after I started college.  Disney Monopoly and Clue were my favorite games as a child and as I got older, I also came to love Risk and Chinese Checkers, but I didn’t realize that there were so many other games to play until I started college and fell in with the nerdier crowd.  Catan and Ticket to Ride were my gateway games, but once I became friends with the man who is now my boyfriend, I learned there were many more games to be played.  Pandemic is my favorite game and I tend to favor legacy games such as Gloomhaven and Pandemic Legacy, but I also love simple games like Escalation and Maximum Throwdown, and RPG’s like Pathfinder and Starfinder.

I have attended GrandCon for the last three years and it has been a blast.  I’ve never seen so many games in one place before, all for me to play!  I am very excited to become part of the GrandCon team and help even more people come together through gaming.

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Janet Kruse: DRUID | Social Media Assistant Coordinator

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Hi there, my name is Janet and I wear many hats, except actual hats because they make my head look weird. I’m the Druid of social media for the GrandCon party. As a wife and mother of two brilliant and devious children I work to pay for the necessities of life, ya know, Legos and games. By day I save people from medical bills and by night I wood-burn nerdy things for our family Etsy shop. I love co-op games, especially when I can be on the same team as my AMAZING husband Matt. His love and passion for RPG’s has brought me yet another layer into this awesome world of gaming and I’m so delighted to be a part of this newest adventure.

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Matt Kruse: Barbarian | Event Coordinator

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Greetings! My name is Matt Kruse and I am the boisterous and bearded Barbarian event coordinator for the GrandCon party. Games have always been a big part of my life. Starting with HeroQuest back in 1993, gaming was one of the main things my family did together. In the early days, it was mostly the standard fare (Monopoly, Life, etc.) with a few standouts (The Omega Virus, Dark World, Battle Masters). In 2006, I was introduced to Heroscape, which led to a lot (like, A LOT) of gaming with friends. However, it wasn’t until December of 2010 when I first played Dominion. This was really the beginning of my foray into modern board games. Dominion led to Pandemic, which led to Small World, which led to Ticket to Ride, and so on. Role-playing games didn’t enter the picture until late 2014 when I was asked to play a session of Star Wars: Edge of the Empire. Since then, I have played in and GM’d dozens of RPG sessions using the various FFG Star Wars systems. In 2017, two friends and I created the Old World Podcast, a twice-monthly podcast featuring discussion and actual play in Warhammer Fantasy Role-play 4th Edition. Along with my incredible wife and two young daughters, we make up a family that loves games and that plays games as often as possible.

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Joe Sadler: Paladin | Exhibitor Coordinator

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My name is Joe Sadler, and I’m the Paladin exhibitor coordinator for the GrandCon party. I manage contracting and other legal affairs for GrandCon. I'm new to the team and the gaming hobby, having spent the better part of the last 20 years litigating in court (as an attorney, not a defendant). I lean towards social deduction and hidden role games; I love that moment at the end when the traitor is revealed and everything you thought was true turns false. I'm also fascinated by game design, learning how to create a system that balances risk and reward with enough uncertainty to keep people entertained, but not frustrated. The best games are little machines fueled by the brains and laughter of the players. How cool is it to make something like that? I'm look forward to meeting attendees and getting to know this odd, but wonderful industry better.

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Marty Wilholt: Bard | Game Day Coordinator

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Hello, My name is Marty Wilholt and the lyrical Bard of the GrandCon party. I was born holding a deck of playing cards in one hand and a pair of dice in the other. Seriously, though, games have been a through line my entire life - from sitting around a table with the family playing cards and board games as a youngster, to dabbling in chess during high school. I had my first taste of modern gaming with an obscure card game from Z-Man Games in the early 00's, but it wasn't until a decade or so later that I fully immersed myself in hobby board games, and I've been hooked ever since.

I've always gravitated towards the social aspect of gaming - I love meeting new people, playing new games, and most of all introducing folks to this wonderful hobby of ours, which is what I'm looking forward to doing as the Game Day Coordinator for GrandCon.

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