Joan Wendland

Joan Wendland

She’s an author! She’s a game designer! It’s Super Joan! Mild-mannered engineer by day, but a creative dynamo by night. Read her books. You’ll laugh. You won’t cry. You won’t fall down. Joan knows the real world will supply enough of that, and she’s here to uplift and entertain.

Download her books from Amazon or buy a game from blood-and-cardstock.com today!

Jim Deeley

Jim Deeley

Jim Deeley is a freelance writer, aspiring game designer, and the founder and lead writer at Apotheosis Games & Publishing. A passionate fan of fantasy, science fiction, and history since his early boyhood days of playing amongst dusty, crumbly castle ruins all across England, Jim’s world was forever changed when in late 2000, he sat down to his first ever tabletop role-playing game—a session of Vampire: The Masquerade. Since then, Jim has dedicated far too many waking hours to getting better at running role-playing games, and to that end has developed and presented a series of panels, the Apotheosis Series, on the logistics of writing and running tabletop RPGs and on the process of Terragenesis (his fancy, trademarked word for “world-building”). The Apotheosis Series was originally intended for game masters, but these panels proved to be insightful for all manner of writers. Jim is taking the ideas behind these panels and slowly, but surely, working on turning them into at least one book, but more likely, a series of books on the subject. Jim holds a BA in Political Science from Christopher Newport University with a minor in Theatre, with graduate work completed in International Studies at Old Dominion University, and lives in Newport News with his multitalented artist wife Kristi and their five cats. He is currently finishing up an Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies, working on a setting for High Level Games called Snowhaven, collaborating on several projects for White Wolf’s Storyteller’s Vault, and writing Apotheosis: The Ultimate Guide to Game Mastery

T. Eric Bakutis

T. Eric Bakutis

T. Eric Bakutis is an author and professional videogame designer based in Maryland. His writing style is best described as explosions followed by feelings and then immediately by more explosions. You can read free samples of all his books and short stories at his author website, tebakutis.com.

Eric’s first fantasy novel, Glyphbinder, was a finalist for the 2014 Compton Crook Award, and his short story, “Splitting Arrows,” won first place in the 2018 Farpoint Writing Contest. Lilyn G of Sci-Fi and Scary described his grimsnark sci-fi thriller, Supremacy’s Shadow, as “Die Hard in space” while Ragdoll Reads affectionately labeled it “violently explosive nonsense.” This made Eric absurdly happy. Don Sakers of Analog Science Fiction and Fact also said very nice things about Supremacy’s Shadow in his book review, which to this day entirely makes up for Eric having his wallet stolen at Worldcon 2018 in San Jose.

Eric has published two sequels to Glyphbinder (completing his first fantasy trilogy) and a ten-episode cyberpunk police procedural, Loose Circuit, which tells the story of cybercops investigating brain crimes in a world where Personal Brain Assistants (PBAs) have made it impossible for humans to kill each other… or not. Working both in meatspace and the Sim, the detectives of the Cybercrimes Investigation Division deal with homicidal professional gamers, peddlers of algorithmic orgasms, and the Russian mafia while doing all they can to stop a homicidal puppetmaster from hacking people’s brains.

When not writing, Eric spends time with his wife and four-year-old, binges Netflix and anime, and hangs out in VRChat with male anime girls and Turians. He has played an unhealthy amount of SkyrimVR.

T. Eric Bakutis

T. Eric BakutisT. Eric Bakutis is a professional videogame designer and author based in Maryland. His first book, Glyphbinder, was a finalist for the 2014 Compton Crook Award, and his short story “Splitting Arrows” recently won 1st place in the 2018 Farpoint Convention Writing Contest. His latest “grimsnark” sci-fi thriller, Supremacy’s Shadow, is now available. You can find links to sample chapters from his books and also read his cyberpunk police procedural, Loose Circuit, for free at tebakutis.com. He has played over 200 hours of Skyrim VR.

 

Mark Geary

Mark Geary

Mark is an RPG campaign coordinator, writer, and unconfirmed werewolf who has been involved with gaming in the mid-Atlantic region forever. Mark served as the RPG convention coordinator for various conventions up and down the east coast and as campaign coordinator and senior judge for Defenders International, a mid-Atlantic superhero RPG campaign which ran from 1986–2016.

Mark is the contributing writer and developer of the Jack O’ Lantern MSH blog, which deals with out-of-print superhero games, has written for various RPG and fan-related magazines, hosts the Friday Night Live podcast, and is occasionally mistaken for another Mark Geary out in Ohio and various other Mark Gearys here and there.

E.L. Fortner

E.L. Fortner

E.L. Fortner is a voice over artist, actor, author, scriptwriter, producer, director, lyricist, composer, and photographer with years of experience. He has also recently produced several songs and is currently working on an EP release.

He began what is now over 25 years of experience by programming video games in the early to mid-eighties, while he was in high school, and developing and distributing titles for Apple Computers. He developed one of the first gaming BBSs in Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic region from the knowledge he gained while working in this industry. He also set out to refine his photography skills with classes in high school and then later in college.

During the ’80s and early ’90s, he honed his skills as a semi-professional gamer on a number of titles, managing to set a variety of records. On Saturday, August 10th, 2013, he received an award for his work in the video gaming industry and his visage was adorned on one of Twin Galaxies’ familiar video game trading cards. A card you can all now happily collect from the Twin Galaxies website.

Fortner has worked on a number of projects across multiple industries, ranging from indie games and voice overs to music to independent productions of film and television. His projects have even allowed him to work for industry giants like Blizzard Entertainment and Disney, among many others. Edward’s favorite and most memorable project to date has been voicing characters on the amazingly popular MMORPG, World of Warcraft. He has also voiced several characters in the audio horror series Tales from Beyond, Volume 2, coming soon to iTunes and Amazon.

He has also worked in theater and on both film and television projects in a number of different genres. He recently appeared on AMC’s American Revolution period drama, Turn, and wrote for a TV pilot in Miami titled Experiment Kelly. He also directed a Christmas-related project, called Wishes, for television and is working on a number of different projects. He has also competed in two different 48-hour film festivals, with one of his entries advancing to the finals.

He is currently releasing his second book, titled Dreams of Reality, through Caffeine & Ink Publishing this year.