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The Arcana Rising Dungeon Master Cohort

The Arcana Rising Dungeon Masters were taken from DMs across the globe. Many work or have worked at Wizards of the Coast and even more are well known freelancers in the RPG industry. Nearly all of them have given their time and talent in various organized play programs as admins, designers, and of course Dungeon Masters.

At the Arcana Rising conventions all of these folks will work hard to make sure you have a good time while they’re running a game, a side-quest event or playing in an interactive adventure.

Teos Abadia

Teos Abadia

Designer and Developer, Dungeon Master

 

Teos Abadia is a frequent freelance author and developer for Wizards of the Coast. Teos has worked extensively with organized play programs for over 15 years, including as an administrator for the successful Ashes of Athas organized play campaign. Teos can be found on Twitter (@alphastream) and blogs frequently at Alphastream.org.

 


Lauren Bilanko

Lauren Bilanko

Dungeon Master

Lauren Bilanko is an owner of the Twenty Sided Store in Brooklyn, NY and a professional Dungeon Master. She writes a column called Master, Dungeon Master for the D&D Adventurers League inspiring dungeon masters across the country. Lauren has managed teams of DMs and has published her own adventures for a variety of special events and organized play.


Chris Lindsay

Chris Lindsay

Dungeon Master

Chris Lindsay is a Product Marketing Specialist for Dungeons & Dragons at Wizards of the Coast where he works with the larger team to produce and market the tabletop RPG, and has been integral to the success of the fifth edition of the game. He is responsible for leading the effort to create the newly established Dungeon Masters Guild, and also heads up the admins for the D&D Adventurers League organized play program. Additionally, Chris has been a published RPG designer since the 3rd edition of the game.

Though he has played many RPGs, his first love is, and has always been D&D, for which he has been a Dungeon Master and player since 1980. Chris is also an avid fan of 1stand 3rd person shooters with strong sci-fi elements, such as Gears of War, Destiny, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and the Borderlands series of consoles games. He also dearly loves both Guitar Hero and Rock Band, two games that have inflicted a serious case of tennis elbow upon him in the past.


Greg Marks

Greg Marks

Designer and Developer, Dungeon Master

 

Greg Marks is an evil mastermind directing his criminal army of precocious felines from the birthplace of gaming: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. He and his cat minions have worked on products for every edition of Dungeons and Dragons and written too many adventures for organized play campaigns to count. He has administered several OP campaigns and is currently the Associate Resource Manager for D&D Adventurers League. Greg and his cats have written for Dragon and Dungeon Magazines, Fantasy Flight Games’ Midnight setting, Raging Swan Press, and Kobold Press. When DMing, Greg says he loves to weave a memorable story, whether the players prefer challenging combats or lots of social interaction.

 


Shawn Merwin

Shawn Merwin

Designer and Developer, Dungeon Master

 

Shawn‘s professional design and editing work in the roleplaying game industry has spanned 15 years and over 2 million words of content. His Dungeons & Dragons work for Wizards of the Coast has ranged from 3rd to 5th edition, showing up in sourcebooks, adventures, articles, D&D Encounters seasons, and Organized Play administration. He has been a driving force in many Organized Play programs, and has written or edited material for RPG companies such as Kobold Press, Goodman Games, Mongoose Publishing, and Kenzer & Co.

 


Tanis O'Connor

Tanis O'Connor

Dungeon Master

Tanis is an adventure card game designer with Paizo Publishing, responsible for creating and maintaining the Pathfinder Society Adventure Card Guild organized play program. She previously worked at Wizards of the Coast on Dungeons and Dragons, and at Lone Shark Games as an editor and factotum. She spends her free time harassing cats and advancing the cause of women in gaming.


Mike Shea

Mike Shea

Designer and Developer, Dungeon Master

 

Mike Shea is the writer of the Dungeons and Dragons blog Sly Flourish and the author of the Lazy Dungeon Master. Mike has also freelanced with Sasquach Games, Kobold Press, Fire Opal Media, and Wizards of the Coast on titles such as Vault of the Dracolich, Primeval Thule, the Book of Lairs, the Drowned Tower, and Echo and Gauntlet. Mike lives with his geek gamer wife Michelle and their fiendish dire warg Jebu in Northern Virginia.

 


Rydia Q Vielehr

Rydia Q Vielehr

Dungeon Master

Rydia Q Vielehr (aka Miz Sylver) first entered the realm of Dungeon & Dragons after stumbling upon an ad for Dragon Quest in an X-Men comic book. She spent her summers in Lake Geneva and has written adventures from 2nd through 5th edition (notorious for dungeon crawlers, fire, puzzles, and mass hysteria). Currently, she works as an actress & model in Boston and helps run a Nintendo StreetPass group.
Jay Africa

Jay Africa

Graphic Designer, Dungeon Master

Jay Africa is the D&D Adventurers League US Far West Regional Coordinator.  He is also a graphic designer who has worked on an assortment of materials for the league.  Jay lives in the Greater Los Angeles Metro community, where he DMs for a variety of stores and conventions.  He moderates Club TPK: the Los Angeles Dungeon Masters’ Guild, under which he and his fellow DMs run “Parting the Veil”, training seminars for DMs of all experience levels.  When he isn’t playing D&D, planning D&D events, or working on D&D-related material, Jayalso designs for the stage and is a sometimes-musician. He brings theatricality to his tables when DMing, drawing upon his training as an actor to bring NPCs and monsters to life.


Jennifer Lynn Larsen

Jennifer Lynn Larsen

Dungeon Master

Mayhems Muse is equal parts Model, Muse, Gamer, Cosplayer, Rollerderby Girl, Book Nerd, and Creative. She has a passion for fantasy and urban literature, D&D, Classic RPG Video Games, and strong, sassy female characters. She spends her days frequenting photography studios, film sets, and Rollerderby rinks.

Born in Washington State, she is now an active member of the Austin, Texas Gaming and Cosplay communities. She joins with such groups as The TACTICON and GENGHIS CON convention Circuit to host panels and Symposiums, Game nights and Twitch  Streams, helping spread the creative wonder that is Gaming and Cosplay to everyone she meets. She has participated in the Heroes of Awesome Live-Stream D&D Campaign, (The Dominion of Essalund) on Twitch, and now runs Live Stream D&D Adventurers League campaigns on her Twitch Channel from Outlaw Moon Games & Toys.

-Twitch.tv/Mayhems_Muse -Instagram: @MayhemsMuse  -YouTube: Mayhems Muse  -StoreEnvy: Mayhems Muse


David Christ

David Christ

Dungeon Master

David Christ (aka The Baldman): Thought by many to be the midget son of a pair of frost giants he is the shiny domed leader of Baldman Games. Easy to find in a crowded room he dispenses justice from high above the masses on the HQ stage. His legions of judges are endless and contrary to popular belief, they are not minions, and do take more then one hit to destroy (some are even Elite or Solo’s – anger at your own risk). His natural habitat is sports bars when not corralled into being in the main gaming halls of such shows as Gencon, Origins, PAX Prime, and Winter Fantasy. If angered place some hot wings at his feet along with a draft beer and back away slowly. His last known sighting was in a fountain at 4am in downtown Indianapolis with some other shady characters. Rumors have it that his migration pattern will take him through Fort Wayne, IN sometime in early February. He is best known for writing that Living Greyhawk adventure that you really really liked that killed your character and Dungeon Delve for Wizards of the Coast.


Kaitlin McCall

Kaitlin McCall

Dungeon Master

Kaitlin McCall is a lifelong geek and gaming enthusiast. She started playing Dungeons and Dragons in 1989, and has yet to stop. Recently she has helped out the Adventures League as the local coordinator for the Denver area. In 2004 she got her first job in the industry working for the parent company of Origins. Helping with that convention and the other conventions they held allowed her to help with other projects. Outside of D&D she teaches art and Game Design at a local college. She paints, and works in metal, but her passion outside of roleplaying is swordplay


Susan J. Morris

Susan J. Morris

Dungeon Master

Susan J. Morris has edited Forgotten Realms novels for twelve years now (half those years in house, the other half freelance), and she was delighted to be a 2012 Industry Insider Guest of Honor at Gen Con. In addition to editing, she designed D&D for kids and wrote a few books, including A Practical Guide to Wizardry and A Practical Guide to Dragon Magic. Her 5E homebrew game sucks up entirely too much of her time (but she wouldn’t have it any other way) and was featured on a couple podcasts, perhaps most thoroughly on James Introcaso’s Gamer to Gamer. You can see her DM in the Forgotten Realms in Wizards of the Coast’s 2015 Extra Life game. Come say hi on her website (susanjmorris.com) or twitter (@susanjmorris).


Matt Sernett

Matt Sernett

Dungeon Master

Matt Sernett has been working on Dungeons & Dragons since Y2K. Taking advantage of the confusion caused by that legendary calamity, Matt secured an editing job with Dragon Magazine. When ownership of the magazine changed hands, Matt was bundled off to Paizo Publishing along with bales of back issues. Having risen through the ranks to Editor-in-Chief while at Paizo, Matt‘s status as a sleeper agent for Wizards of the Coast was discovered, and in 2004 he was released back to work for Wizards as part of a prisoner exchange. Except for a whirlwind romance with Gleemax and a brief fling with Magic the Gathering, Matt Sernett has been faithfully crafting D&D since that time. Matt‘s particular expertise is in how world building, story, and character can reinforce one another to amplify their impact on an audience. Having been a rabid fan of the many settings of D&D since childhood and the curator of D&D’s vast electronic library for many years, Matt also knows way too much about the Forgotten Realms, Planescape, and Spelljammer, and enough about Masque of the Red Death, Jakondor, and Council of Wyrms to be considered quite dangerous.


Chris Sims

Chris Sims

Editor, Dungeon Master

 

Chris is a game creator who has worked on d20 and Dungeons & Dragons since 2002. He started at Wizards of the Coast as a card editor in 2005, focusing on Duel Masters and doing a little on Magic: the Gathering and other games. By 2006, he was neck deep in D&D, and his roles in RPG R&D have included designer, developer, editor, and producer. He has also been involved in organized and convention play, including the Ashes of Athas campaign. Chris is currently a freelancer, writing and editing material for tabletop games and video games.

 


Steven Winter

Steven Winter

Dungeon Master

Steve Winter got his start in the RPG industry by answering a help wanted ad in Dragon magazine. In the decades since then, he’s acted as editor, developer, managing editor, creative director, web producer, designer, and author on countless roleplaying games, adventures, boardgames, wargames, novels, magazines, and web articles. His most recent work can be found in Fifth Edition Foes and Lost Spells from Necromancer Games, the Tome of Beasts and Southlands Monsters for Kobold Press, and Hoard of the Dragon Queen and The Rise of Tiamat for Wizards of the Coast. He tweets irregularly (in every sense of the word) as @StvWinter, and blogs on games at HowlingTower.com and KoboldPress.com.