David Gerrard is the game designer and team lead for Junk Spirit Games, publisher of Junking, By Order of the Queen, and more family-friendly strategy games. He was the owner of a brick-and-mortar game store in his hometown for over eight years and worked with Sabertooth Games, Games Workshop, and Microsoft in the past. David lives in Snohomish, WA with his wife and two daughters. Follow him on Twitter (@dagerr) and Instagram (@junkspiritgames).


Dylan Birtolo is a Seattle-based author, game designer, and professional sword-swinger. As an author, he’s written both in his own world and for IPs including BattleTech, Shadowrun, Vampire, Exalted, Dungeons and Dragons, and Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar universe. He’s also contributed to tabletop game design books for Modern AGEPathfinder, and Shadowrun. On the game design side, he is one of the team members of Lynnvander Design Studios and has been part of the design team behind games such as Dragonball ZEvil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness. His first game sold was Shadowrun Sprawl Ops.


James Ernest is the President and founder of scrappy industry legend Cheapass Games. Since its launch in 1996 and release of flagship title Kill Doctor Lucky, Cheapass Games has brought light and joy to the hearts of dozens of humans. James has worked on such notable titles as Lords of Vegas, Unexploded Cow, and Tak. His latest project, Cheapass Games in Black and White, is a retrospective of the early titles and days of Cheapass Games releasing in October 2019.


Jaym Gates is a Seattle-based editor, author, and game designer. She has edited nearly a dozen anthologies, including tie-in anthologies for Eclipse Phase, Vampire, and Exalted, and is an Acquisitions Editor for Falstaff books, the Line Manager for Nisaba Press, and Green Ronin’s Editorial Coordinator. She’s written for Blue Rose: 2nd Ed, Firefly: Smuggler’s Guide to the Rim, Modern AGE, and more, and is a lead designer on an upcoming Fantasy AGE project. Find out more at, or on Twitter (@JaymGates).


Craig is a Seattle-based tabletop game designer who also teaches game design at DigiPen Institute of Technology. An active member of several gaming communities, he serves as Director of the ETX Game Design Academy. He is best known for Toon Ace Catalog and Witches of the Revolution. Regularly found at friendly local game stores, he likes to connect gamers with games they will like, and aspiring game designers with a publisher who will like their latest prototype. You can engage with him on Twitter (@toon_ace).


Paul Peterson started his game design career at Wizards of the Coast working on Magic: the Gathering, Pokémon, and his card game, Guillotine. Since then he moved between the worlds of electronic and tabletops games. His recent titles include Smash Up and Unexploded Cow, and Pairs. He is also developer on the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. He lives in the Seattle area with his beautiful wife and daughters and various pets, including a corgi named Moonlord.


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