Eric Wile – Gaming Guest of Honor

Eric WileEric Wile is a video game developer/consultant, musician, artist, cosplayer, and twitch caster based out of Colorado. Since the dawn of the Atari, Eric has been a game enthusiast. He went on to become a championship player during the mid-1980s to the early 1990s.

Eric has worked for both Verant Interactive and Sony Online Entertainment in San Diego, California. He has also worked with Big Idea Interactive and SCEA (Sony Computer Electronics America).

His job with Verant Interactive prompted a move to San Diego from Denver in 2002, where after a few months, the company was acquired by Sony Online Entertainment (SOE). Initially hired for Tech Support, he went on to work in many roles including Game Master for EQ, Quality Assurance, Information Technology, Development, Level Design, and Storyboarding. In his career he received back-to-back Team Member of the Month awards, and was also presented the Sony Achievement award for his work on EverQuest: Macintosh Edition. While at SOE, Eric worked on the development of several games including PlanetSide, Star Wars Galaxies, EverQuest II, and Vanguard: Saga of Heroes.

 

Starship Horizons Bridge Simulator

Starship Horizons 1The Starship Horizons Bridge Simulator is a multi-player experience allowing 2–6 players to work together as the ship’s bridge officers. The core gameplay experience is designed around players commanding their own starship as the bridge officers in the roles of Captain, Flight, Tactical, Science, Operations, and Engineering.

As a team, players can venture into the galaxy in our vast campaign setting, or play any number of pre-built missions designed for a shorter experience. There is no cost to play!

 

Instant Replay Live

Instant Replay Live is a YouTube channel hosted by brothers Nick Nundahl and Joe Wetmore. Reconnecting after living in separate states for nearly ten years, Nick and Joe tell stories and catch-up while playing video games, making skits, or even rolling dice in tabletop RPGs. Join them and other friends at youtube.com/c/instantreplaylive for new content every other day!

Nick Nundahl: Instant Replay LiveJoe Wetmore: Instant Replay Live

Harry (Jack) Heckel

Harry Heckel has written role-playing games and fiction for two decades. His latest work is The Dark Lord from Harper Voyager Impulse as part of the writing team of Jack Heckel, in which Avery, grad student at the Mysterium University, takes the role of The Dark Lord. When things go wrong with his experiment, he joins forces with the same adventurers who defeated him and runs into the tropes of epic fantasy. This is the second series produced by Jack Heckel and it follows the well-reviewed Charming Tales, collected in two books, A Fairy-tale Ending and The Pitchfork of Destiny. Harry has also written Space Wolf novels for Black Library with his friend, Jeff Smith, under the name Lee Lightner, and he has two series, The Crimson Hawks Adventures and The Krueger Chronicles, under his own name. Additionally, he has a novella, “Hidden Strengths,” in HeroNet Files, Book 1.

Harry has multiple role-playing game credits for White Wolf Game Studio and has written material for the Star Wars roleplaying game from West End Games and Star Trek from Last Unicorn Games. His latest roleplaying book is Sothis Ascends for Mummy: The Curse and he has done game fiction for CMON, notably for Arcadia Quest: Inferno.

He tries to write while balancing the obligations of his day job. You can find him at both www.harryheckel.com and www.jackheckel.com. Every November, he religiously participates in Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month). He lives in Mechanicsvile, VA with his wife, daughter, and two cats.

 

Joan Wendland

Joan Wendland, owner and chief game designer of Blood and Cardstock Games has been trying her hand at a novel of late. It will be called Backstage: A Novel of Secret Agendas, Slow-Burn Romance, and Imaginary Cats. Visit blood-and-cardstock.com for games, and zoo-illuminati.com to follow her budding career as an author. By day, she’s a Beltway Bandit. She lives with a fat cat and a skinny husband in Northern Virginia.

 

E.L. Fortner

E.L. Fortner is a voice over artist, actor, author, scriptwriter, associate producer, director, lyricist, composer, and photographer with years of experience. He has also just 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.

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

 

Lee Garvin

Lee Garvin is currently on the run from the authorities for his role in the creation of the Tales From The Floating Vagabond role-playing game, as well as several other crimes against good taste.