T. Eric Bakutis is an award-winning author and game designer. His first fantasy trilogy, Tales of the Five Provinces, is complete, and Analog Science Fiction and Fact actually liked his grimsnark scifi thriller, Supremacy’s Shadow, which he happily admits is filled with violently explosive nonsense. His second thriller, Supremacy’s Bounty, is now available, and is basically The Mandalorian meets Xena: Warrior Princess. When not writing, he is probably in Skyrim VR.
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Jim Deeley is a freelance writer, aspiring game designer, veteran game master, 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 in 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 a series of panels called the Apotheosis Series on the logistics of writing and running tabletop RPGs. The Apotheosis Series was originally intended for Game Masters, but these panels proved useful for all manner of creative types. Jim is taking the ideas behind these panels and working on making them into a series of books on the subject. Jim lives in Newport News with his multi-talented artist wife Kristi and their five cats. He is currently working on Against the Elements a book for High Level Games’ Snowhaven setting, collaborating on several projects for White Wolf’s Storyteller’s Vault, and writing Apotheosis: The Ultimate Guide to Game Mastery.
Mark is an RPG Campaign Coordinator, writer, GM, podcast host, fandom fixture, and storyteller involved with gaming in the Mid-Atlantic region since forever. Mark served as the RPG Convention Coordinator for various conventions up and down the east coast, as well as Campaign Coordinator and senior judge for Defenders International, a mid-Atlantic super-hero RPG campaign which has run since 1986. Mark is the host of Friday Night Live, a fandom podcast which airs every Friday night (ironically) which deals with out-of-print super-hero games, old-time radio, urban folklore, movies and television, books, and general weirdness.
The creator of Pythos Tabletop Roleplaying Game, Gareth loves tinkering with game rules. After years of playing and GMing D&D 3.5, FATE, D20 Modern, and a variety of other games, he designed his own from the ground up. He formed Starlit Games LLC and successfully funded Pythos on Kickstarter. Gareth’s favorite piece of gaming wisdom is “The GM wins when the players have fun.”
Gareth lives in Newport News, VA. Mechanical engineer by day, gamer by night, and MarsCon gaming coordinator when the moon is full and the wolf’s-bane is in bloom.
Nikole McDonald-Jones–a.k.a Spooni* or Zerospoonz in some circles–is an Artist… of many disciplines. She is a classically trained operatic singer and pianist, is a practicing linguist of five languages, a trained dancer and choreographer, and holds a BFA in Illustration and Kinetic Imagery. She currently works for Ubisoft by day and on the off hours records VoiceOver work, creates internet content and develops for side gaming projects such as Skywind.
Before relocating to Raleigh, NC, she worked with Yellowhouse and DarkLondon Films on area productions as a fight choreographer & props manager for many stunts and actor fight reels and was the voice of the Red Rocks Music Festival.
You can find any and all of her works all across the internet but she is mostly found on Instagram or either live streaming on her Official Twitch & Youtube channels.