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AetherCon VI November 10-12, 2017 Online RPG Convention
  • Lost Kingdom Miniatures
    The Mythic Gazetteer
    d20radio's Gamer Nation Blog
    New Millennium Games
    Happy Monster Press
    Atlantis Miniatures
  • Simian Circle Games LLC.
    Silver Gryphon Games
    Colin Chan
    Kismet Rose
    Scotia Grendal
    Legendary Games
  • Preston Stone
    Star Hat Miniatures
    Will O'Brien
    Samurai Sheepdog
    BTP!
    Liisa Lee Voiceover
  • Third Eye Games
    Bears Head Miniatures
    Encoded Designs
    Necrotic Gnome Productions
    Moebius Adventures
    Anton Kagounkin Magdalina
  • Chris Malidore
    Mystical Throne Entertainment
    Spartacus Publishing
    Fabled Environments
    FASA Games
    Rising Phoenix Games
  • Discord
    Sci-Fi Writers/Old School D&D
    Ennead Games
    GG Studio
    Windmaster Miniatures
    Drop Dead Studios
  • Grimforge Miniatures
    Paths to Adventure
    Intermedia Anymeeting
    Star City Savages
    Pangolin Press
    Chaosium
  • Anthropos Games
    White Wolf Publishing
    Arcanum Syndicate
    Diehard Miniatures
    Demented Games
    Shades of Vengeance
  • Multiverse Comics & Games
    Eric Messinger
    Miskatonic University Podcast
    David Michael Wright III
    Gunmeister Games Pty Ltd
    Alternative Armies
  • Keith Kappel
    Columbia Games
    Biohazard Games
    Hazard Studio
    Google Hangouts
    Rogue Genius Games

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 AetherCon Staff Listing

Stephen J. Holodinsky
Senior Staff - Event Coordinator, Chief Hat Juggler, Bullet Catcher, and Technical Crash Test Dummy

Before the beginning of AetherCon Stephen J. Holodinsky was best known for...well...not much of anything really. Despite photos that suggest the plausibility of such, he was not raised in the wilds of Canada by a family of beavers and knows little to nothing at all about building dams, engineering or woodwork in general. Moreover even though he is fond of claiming that 'Bob's your Uncle' this has been proven to be a falsehood as Bob is actually his brother.

Stephen got his start in RPGing by playing a dwarf fighter with a 3d6 Great Hammer in an early D&D game some 35 to 40 years ago. Since then he has witnessed a Cavalier march his entire retinue to their deaths by confidently commanding "Follow me men!" before walking into the Sphere of Annihilation in Tomb of Horrors, been knocked out of a tree some 60 feet up by an angry Momma Troll some 20 feet tall throwing an iron pot, and learned to speak Russian English as well as Orcish Common.

He took the 90's off, leaving Canada in 1989 to go to Europe on a one way ticket with a backpack and $2200 CDN before finally returning in 1999. While there he learned the fine art of hitchhiking, the value of 'nette mensch kleidung' (nice guy clothes) and the understanding of German license plate codes. His best run was going from Bonn, Germany to Reading, U.K. in 18 hours. He also came to understand during this time that 'Has Du mal fuer?' (Do you have a light?) was actually four different words.

When not juggling hats, catching bullets, or being launched at speed into whatever code Justin cooks up, Stephen is a big fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Toronto Blue Jays, as well as Game of Thrones, True Detective, and Burn Notice (even though he almost always blows the landing when trying to quote a character from any of them). Additionally, every Saturday afternoon, he and Ed Clower get together with various other knuckleheads to play test board/card/dice games of their own infernal design as part of the Blue Bugbear Collective. He has a 12 year old cat named 'Cleopatra' that has never been called anything but 'Kitty' and has a pathological hatred of Caps Lock keys.


Edward Clower
Senior Staff - Prize Hall Wrangler, RPG Coordinator

Ed Clower has been a player of RPGs since the late 1970s.  He is predominantly an old-school gamer, focused on First Edition AD&D, original Champions, and original Traveler, with occasional forays into the new-fangled editions the young folks seem to like.  He likes to remind his players that back in his day, when Elf was a Character Class, they had to draw numbers out of an empty margarine tub because they didn't have those fancy polyhedral dice, and he had to walk three miles uphill through the snow to borrow a Player's Handbook.  

As Prize Wrangler for AetherCon IV, Ed works with some of the most brilliant minds in RPG publishing to help them get new and exciting products into the hands of players around the world.  When he isn't lining up Prize Support or gaming, Ed works in Computer Network Defense for a well-known Sovereign Nation.

Chris Malidore
Senior Staff - Artist's Enclave Coordinator, Graphics Coordinator, Convention Magazine Layout

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest in a town named Auburn, Chris began gaming as a teen - a journey that would eventually culminate in him becoming an industry illustrator. Through products such as Dungeons and Dragons, Warhammer 40,000, Magic: The Gathering, Savage Worlds, and so on, he developed a taste for the fantastic, storytelling, and of course the joy of spending time with friends, laughing at the ridiculous ventures that would be shared together through said games. 

Currently, with over a decade of experience as an illustrator on many of the games that he grew to enjoy, Chris now works with AetherCon to spread a love of the arts that have inspired so many through the decades of such wonderful games. He is thrilled to be overseeing the Artist Enclave, which lines up the annual AetherCon Wallpaper line and Speed Painting Duelists for the convention. 

When not painting for massive hours on end and attempting to talk artists into partaking in the various AetherCon events, Chris works on his plans to overthrow humanity so that penguins can take a shot at being the prevalent species. He may also have a caffeine addiction.


Pete Bryant
Senior Staff - Technical Advisor, AetherCon Panel/Q&A Moderator

Peter is a producer, podcaster, artist, game designer, and writer.

As a game designer, artist, and writer he has developed professional material for R. Talsorian Games, Tri Tac Games, Dilly Green Bean Games, and Chapter 13 Press. Outside of RPGs he has released Rogue Chess and is in heavy development on the new version of Cube of Death.

As a podcaster he is the host of a live broadcast video series called the MythWits (mythwits.com) where his team interviews industry guests every week, provide on-location con coverage, and talk all things geek related.

Peter is the Director of New Media for TSR Games and produces the Game School PodCast and the Cube of Death PodCast for TSR.

David Santos
Senior Staff - Webmaster

David has worked in software development since 1998. He is the creator of games like Vizinhos à Parte, Lembrando Auschwitz and Amor através das décadas and is the founder of Grupo Luso-Brasileiro de Roleplay promoting online rpg play in Portuguese Language since 2014. He is also one of the Organizers for Lisbon Roleplaying Group and LisboaCon, the biggest RPG Boardgame Conference in Portugal. Promoter of Rpg Design Challenges in Portuguese Language.

Jesse R. Davis
Senior Staff - RPG Organized Play Coordinator/Roll20 Tutor



Christopher Hunt
Support Staff - Convention Magazine Editor in Chief, Convention Magazine Contributor, AetherCon Panel/Q&A Moderator

Chris is a researcher, teacher, writer, and apologetic Canadian. 

A staff writer for d20radio’s Gamer Nation Blog, Chris has helmed The HoloNet Uplink series for two years and counting, churning out weekly Star Wars gaming goodness. He also found a path or two, writing for Rusted Iron Games’ Deadly Gardens.

When not writing, Chris never passes up a chance to proselytize the merits of Star Wars roleplaying.

Tyler Omichinski
Support Staff - Convention Magazine Proofreader

Tyler Omichinski is a teller of stories, a designer of games, and a wrangler of words. He has written for a number of game companies including FASA, Red Turban Press, Mystical Throne Entertainment, and others. 
 
He edited the Ennie Award Nominated Little Heroes. Other publications include comics, short stories and more. He lives in the wilds of Canada with his partner and a gargantuan black dog.

Jon Frater
Support Staff - Video Editing Coordinator

A gaming industry stalwart dating back to the 1980s, Jonathan Frater is the co-author of roleplaying game books Robotech: Return of the Masters, and Robotech Adventures: Lancer's Rockers, both for Palladium Books. Jonathan also wrote a column on writing and game design called The Tome in Gateways magazine. He's currently a librarian at Metropolitan College of New York, and has contributed chapters on library security and time management to Scarecrow Press and Macmillan, as well as writing science fiction under his imprint, Desperate Measures Press.

Antonio Marchena-Roldan
Support Staff - Prize Hall Assistant/RPG Assistant

Teacher by day, superhero by night, this Spaniard has been involved with RPGs since Middle School. Antonio has played, game mastered and translated games for more than 25 years and currently he is writing and play testing his own material with the support of his lovely wife Katie.

Benjamin Galley
Support Staff - Speedpainting Duel Coordinator



Greg Farrell
Support Staff - E-mail Tech

Greg is a long-time gamer. A sponsored competitive FPS gamer for many years he won Irish and European Quake and Counterstrike competitions then got sucked into World of Warcraft. Finally realising his body couldn't take that many hours behind a keyboard he became a table-top war-gamer, a board-gamer and eventually returned to RPGs - a long abandoned love of his child-hood.

Now Greg works as a software developer, creates online tools for his various gaming hobbies, GMs two Swords & Wizardry RPG campaigns every week, cycles, plays the guitar and the ukulele and parents his three young children.

M. J. Holmes
Support Staff - Convention Magazine Contributor

M.J. Holmes is a keyboard-flogger currently living in Merrimack, NH.  When not busy wearing out the English language on lavish mental scenery for his Epic Fantasy novel series, he makes sure fiberglass web products can't kill the populace in any way.

He is known to Aethercon as a successful agent of interviewee-bewildering six years running.

"No, I don't know how they became amorphous puddles of goo; I just asked them a few questions..."

James Introcaso
Support Staff - Convention Magazine Contributor

James Introcaso is the creator and writer for the ENnie-winning blog, World Builder Blog. Before co-creating the Don't Split the Podcast Network with Rudy Basso, James created and hosted The Round Table on The Tome Show Podcast Network. He has freelanced as a game designer for Wizards of the Coast, Roll20, Baldman Games, EN World, and Roleplaying Tips. James has multiple platinum best-sellers on the DMs Guild and is one of the DMs Guild Adepts.

James is the host of Don't Split the Podcast Network's Table Top Babble, a writer/producer/actor for Have Spellbook, Will Travel, and the co-host of DSPN Presents.

Scott Sanazaro
Support Staff - Convention Magazine Contributor

Scott is an applications developer by day, gamer by night. He started playing video games when he was a kid. As he got older, he ventured into the rabbit hole that is RPGs and eventually the black hole that is MMORPGs. Soon he took a break from video games and discovered his love for Dungeons & Dragons. Currently he runs and manages The Goblin Gazette, a gaming site that he started along with some friends to turn their gaming passion into something others could enjoy. Since then, he has reviewed video games, board games, D&D supplements and other D&D products for The Goblin Gazette. Additionally he has interviewed D&D podcasters and has made some great friends along the way.

When he isn’t reviewing a board game or planning his next D&D session, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter as they prepare for baby number two. He hopes that when his kids are old enough, he can introduce them to the world of Dungeons & Dragons.


Keith Kappel
Support Staff - AetherCon Panel/Q&A Moderator



Liisa Lee
Support Staff - AetherCon Panel/Q&A Moderator

"Yes, it really is two i's" 

​Liisa Lee is a full-time professional voice over actor, and a proud member of Women in Animation. She’s been lending her unique sound to national campaigns, brands, and video games for more than a decade. 

Liisa’s career began in childhood, in professional ballet, and musical theater, spanning broadway national tours, theater, television, and film. 
Her credits also include vocals in two rock bands, dance captain for film choreography, live stunt combat, longbow archery, jousting games, and doing her own equestrian stunts for film.

 When Liisa’s is not behind the mic, she's baking cookies, sharing her culinary creations on Instagram, and spending barn-time with Belvedere, her very outgoing National Show Horse. What's not to love, he snuggles.

What's her geek? She's been a guest (dying epically) on Dice Camera Action. She's a cast member of How We Roll podcast, playing a Druid in Curse of Strahd, and a Sharp Shooting Socialite in Pulp Cthulhu: Two Headed Serpent. World of Warcraft (Ambi-faction), board games, lover of the origins of idioms, DisneyLand as often as possible, and all things D&D.

Look for which Twitch games, Liisa will be (rolling poorly) appearing on, next.

Shawn Merwin
Support Staff - AetherCon Panel/Q&A Moderator

Shawn's professional design, development, and editing work in the roleplaying game industry has spanned almost 20 years and over 4 million words of content. His Dungeons & Dragons work has ranged from 3rd to 5th edition, appearing in sourcebooks, adventures, articles, and Organized Play campaigns. For Wizards of the Coast he has written on the hardcovers Dungeon DelveAssault on Nightwyrm Fortress, and Halls of Undermountain. He worked on the D&D Encounters seasons War of Everlasting Darkness and Against the Cult of Chaos. He has been a driving force in several Organized Play programs, and has written material for Kobold Press, Pelgrane Press, Modiphius Entertainment, and Kenzer & Co., among others. He currently serves as a Guild Adept with Wizards of the Coast’s DM’s Guild, a Living Campaign coordinator for Star Trek Adventures, the Content Manager for Baldman Games, and the Lead Editor for Encoded Designs, a western New York game design and publishing company. He also hosts a weekly D&D podcast called Down with D&D. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. You can follow Shawn on Twitter @shawnmerwin.

John H Reiher
Support Staff - AetherCon Panel/Q&A Moderator



Kismet Rose
Support Staff - Summer Roundtable Series Moderator

Kismet Rose played imaginative games throughout her childhood - without knowing what they were called or that they could be based in rules - until she was introduced to Vampire: the Masquerade as a teenager in 1995.  She began a fan website for the World of Darkness in 1999 in order to share her love for the game, and created a sister site, Kismet’s Dungeons & Dragons, in 2002.  She has provided gaming-related articles and features for free through these venues ever since, and has been pleased to hear that these resources have helped gamers over the years.


As time went on, she contributed to roleplaying books for Pathfinder under the auspices of 4 Winds Fantasy Gaming and Purple Duck Games and eventually took on her first solo project, Drow of Porphyra (still in production).  Her works have regularly received 4 and 5 star reviews, and Kismet’s Dungeons and Dragons was nominated for an ENnie award in 2016, in the "Fan's Favorite Publisher" category.  She was invited to produce an article about D&D for BUST Magazine in 2017.  She has done some editing for gaming books, as well, namely Hellywood.  


Kismet has also played Stargate SG-1, In Nomine, Pathfinder, Delta Green, Dragon Age, Blue Rose, and a few other games.  She supports LARPing, board games, wargames, and card games along with traditional tableptop RPGs through her Facebook fan pages.  She has extensive experience playing via chat, via post, as well as in small groups at home. She brings her Master’s degree in English, as well as her background with mythology, the Gothic, and history to bear in every game she runs and writes for.  Although she has done less writing for games as of late due to the demands of Real LifeTM, she maintains ties to gaming communities whenever she is able.



Justin Andrew Mason
Support Staff - Alumni, Graphics Specialist

Hailing from a small town on the border of Kentucky and Tennessee, Justin has been an avid tabletop role-playing game fan for 25 years. At the game table he almost always fills the role of game master, judge, or referee, and has had decades of experience with designing and running adventures for groups of gamers on various platforms.

Over the past two decades, Justin has worn many hats. His employment has included being: an award-winning graphic designer for multiple area newspapers, magazines and the local television station, a senior systems administrator for an international webhosting company, a database administrator and data/market analyst supporting corporate buyers for multiple national retail chains, the senior web developer for the region’s largest IT firm, and finally as a freelance software and web application programmer.

Justin is also involved in professional RPG game development. He is an ENnie Award winning staff writer for prominent RPG gaming blog, has contributed to multiple published game products, and has received multiple industry awards recognizing his commitment to tabletop game design. He has generated content professionally for over a dozen different game publishers and even had a highly successful crowdfunded campaign for his upcoming series of RPG books.

During AetherCon III, Justin was invited to be on the Cartography Panel, and though he is a longtime supporter of the convention as an attending fan, once meeting with senior staff, he realized that his skillset might be able to make elements of convention more efficient and streamlined. This began with the development of the web-based interface for the speed painting trials during ACIII, and has now evolved to this new website development for ACIV and ACV.


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