PoC Scholars

Working with individual and industry donors the POC programming team has raised $50,000 to aid people of color in attending the con by paying for travel, boarding, admission, and related expenses. All recipients are also invited to attend the POC Dinner (Friday night) and Meet & Greet (Saturday night) to connect with industry professionals.

Here are this year's scholars and POC programming team:

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Aaron Catano-Saez he/him

@AaronCatanoSaez Aaron Catano-Saez

Aaron is a voice actor, podcaster, TTRPG writer, and South Jersey Enthusiast based out of Brooklyn NY. You can usually find Aaron behind a microphone making voices, whether it be for audiobooks (especially for TTRPGs! Contact him for info!), animation, commercial VO, or podcasting! For 6 years, Aaron has been co-creating the world building podcast All My Fantasy Children on the One Shot Podcast Network. He also plays Cecelia Witwick on the all-ages actual play podcast, Skyjacks: Courier's Call. In the TTRPG space, Aaron has been lucky enough to write for incredible games like Jiangshi: Blood in the Banquet Hall and Perilous. Finally, let us talk about his love for Final Fantasy. Cloud Stri- CHARACTER LIMIT REACHED

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Alika Gupta she/her

@capefoxalix Alika Gupta

Alika Gupta is an illustrator and graphic designer based out of Mumbai, India. An avid ttrpg enthusiast and cat lover (not necessarily in that order), she has run DnD games for over 5 years, played for more and is always interested in trying out new systems and tools for storytelling. She has published DnD 5e adventures on DMsGuild and has illustrated for TTRPG projects like Unbreakable: Revolution.

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Anjali Bhimani she/her

@sweeetanj Instagram

Anjali Bhimani is an award-winning actress who can currently be seen as Ruby in Ms. Marvel on Disney+ and is also well known in the gaming community as Rampart in Apex Legends, Symmetra in Overwatch, the noble Fy’ra Rai on Exandria Unlimited and the proud and feisty Miriam on UnDeadwood, both by Critical Role Studios, as well as many more games and other TTRPG performances.

She is the creator of the I Am Fun Size series on YouTube and author of I Am Fun Size, and So Are You (to be released in Fall 2022) created to help people find the fullest lives they can through life’s challenges.

Find her on the interwebs at @sweeetanj on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, and at Anjali Bhimani on Facebook. You can also find her walking her adorable dog, Charley (@charleythebestdog on IG) in her rollers on the streets of Los Angeles

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Austin Taylor he/they/she

@sailorsctaustin

Austin is a professional TTRPG performer, podcaster, and award winning analog game & creative narrative designer. When not up to one of these many things they most likely are watching King of the Hill, playing with their baby, or baking with their partner. Their most recent work as a writer has been on Deimos Academy, Arcon, and Brinkwood; as a performer they can be found on Mind and the Martyr, Transplanar, and too many one shots to count.

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Banana is a Cantonese Canadian game designer, writer and publisher living in the US. They are the owner of a small board game and RPG publishing company called Game and a Curry. Her latest work has been on Deimos Academy, Suburban Consumption of the Monstrous, Exquisite Crime, Jiangshi: Blood in the Banquet Hall, Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft and Betrayal at House on the Hill: 3rd Edition. They hate Mondays and love lasagna.

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Bianca Bickford she/her

@BiancaBickford Bianca Bickford

Bianca Bickford is a Hispanic geek and Marketing Manager for Roll20. She creates bestselling D&D 5E adventures and supplements for DMs Guild, Wizards of the Coast, MCDM, Ghostfire Gaming, and more.

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Bianca Canoza she/her

momatoes

@momatoes momatoes

momatoes is an award-winning tabletop game and visual designer whose works have been lauded for unique mechanics and creative play. Her game ARC: Doom swiftly surpassed its crowdfunding goals in June last year, and was subsequently hailed as one of the best indie tabletop RPGs in 2021. In 2022, she was awarded the winner of the Diana Jones Emerging Designer Program.

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Carlos Cisco he/him

@carlos_cisco

Carlos Cisco is a television writer and narrative designer, most recently having written on seasons 4 and 5 of Star Trek: Discovery. His most recent TTRPG design work appears in MCDMs Arcadia and Modiphius’ Star Trek: Discovery campaign sourcebook. His work can also be found on the DMs guild and in the #iHunt 80s zine. Working in both television and TTRPG design, his ultimate hope is to bridge those two gaps and be a part of adapting table top games for television and film while continuing to develop and hone his craft and build out his network when it comes to game design.

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Cris Viana she/her

@crislv Cris Viana Studio

Cris Viana is a graphic designer, based in São Paulo - Brazil. She is experienced in many areas of Graphic Design, but today fully dedicates herself to Book Design. She has been in love with TTRPGs since high school, and now she works with it, doing layout for TTRPG books and board games for publishers in Brazil and looking forward to working with clients abroad!

You can see some of her work in the newest brazilian edition of Castle Falkenstein (RetroPunk/R. Talsorian), Witcher TTRPG - Book of Tales and Tome of Chaos supplements (R. Talsorian), and the second Edition of Improv for Gamers (Evil Hat).

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Dan Muñoz he/him

@Nat1Fun Twitch.tv/Nat1Fun

I’m a Latino content creator, & CEO of Nat1Fun as well as Creative Director at Gehanna Gaming. I’ve been an Avid TTRPG enthusiast for 20 years and am currently the Dungeon Master for Winter’s End, a Rime of The Frostmaiden Actual Play as well as Running Fey Wild a Wild Beyond the Witchlight Campaign. I am a professional streamer with over 10 years experience and a professional voice actor. I do freelance work doing stream overlays, intro, animations and more. I’m a disabled United States Air Force Veteran and was the former president of the San Antonio Chapter of the Extra-Life Foundation charity for children’s hospitals. A Part time artist, full time entertainer, streamer and father to three wild children.

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Dani Gage she/her

@bitterthorne_ TikTok

Dani is a mixed-Korean content creator, TTRPG performer, and cosplayer based out of the Los Angeles area. With a strength for immersive prop building and whimsical ideas, Dani loves to incorporate cosplay and physical puzzles into her games. She most enjoys trying out different TTRPG systems and making new friends! Her most recent actual play appearances have been as: Celestian on the Doctor Who-Many Hearts Project, Evelyn Wang on HyperRPG's Everyone is Michelle Yeoh, and Minnie aka "MinMax" on gm_dax's Glitterhearts charity one shot.

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Danny Quach he/him

@br00taldan TikTok

Danny is a first generation Chinese/Vietnamese community builder, social media strategist, digital marketing professional, and TTRPG creator currently residing in sunny Florida. He’s the Community Manager for biggest virtual table top, Roll20, and the Community Director for the internationally celebrated Free RPG Day. Along with being a professional player and performer among various long term streams and charity one-shots, his most recent body of work includes: “this world is not yours: an RPG zine” (writer, TTRPG — published by Press Pot Games) “Tome of Beasts III” (guest designer, TTRPG — published by Kobold Press), “Keystone: North America” (Marketing, board game — published by Rose Gauntlet Entertainment) and “Himbo Harem Homicide” (writer, video game — published by Mouse Potato Games). When he’s not being spreading the joys of TTRPG’s and hyping up LGBTQ+/BIPOC voices on Twitter, Danny can be found lifting heavy things, eating tasty things, playing board games, or hanging out with his corgi Bowser Butternubs.

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Dominique Dickey they/them

@domsdickey Dominique Dickey

Dominique Dickey is a writer, editor, cultural consultant, and Nebula Award-winning RPG hooligan. In addition to creating TRIAL, a narrative courtroom tabletop role-playing game about race in the criminal justice system, and co-creating Tomorrow on Revelation III, a tabletop role-playing game about surviving and building community on a hyper-capitalist space station, Dominique has written for Thirsty Sword Lesbians, Dungeons & Dragons, and Pathfinder. Dominique works as a designer and editor at Monte Cook Games.

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Drakoniques he/they

@Drakoniques Friends Who Roll Dice

Drakoniques (or Drak for short) is a Black British nonbinary person who is a professional TTRPG writer, performer, podcaster, producer, and streamer, as well as the Event Coordinator and co-founder of Friends Who Roll Dice. Their passion is helping foster a safe and welcoming space for QTBIPOC in the TTRPG community. Obsessed with tabletop roleplaying games, they have delved into almost every aspect of them. As a writer, his most recent works have been on Deimos Academy and End Times. As an actual play performer, his recent shows include Doctor Who: The Many Hearts Project, Kingmakers, SuperIdolsRPG, From Dusk Till Dark, and KILL SCRN, as well as several guest appearances and one-shots on many other different streams and podcasts.

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Erin Roberts she/her

@nirele Writing Wonder

Erin Roberts (she/her) is an Austin-based writer of prose, interactive fiction, and TTRPGs who loves imagining new worlds and sharing them with others. Her recent work includes writing the adventure "Written In Blood" (and its location, Godsbreath) for the WoTC adventurebook Journeys Through the Radiant Citadel, creating sinister antagonists and organizations for the sourcebook Hunter the Reckoning: Fifth Edition, contributing to several books in Pathfinder's Lost Omens line, and creating NaughtyBits, the 'sex madlibs meets the AI-pocalypse' work of interactive fiction the world didn't know it needed.

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Eugenio Vargas he/him

DM Jazzy Hands

@DMJazzyHands Eugenio Vargas

Eugenio Vargas (he/him) is a TTRPG writer and designer who has worked with Wizards of the Coast (Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons), MCDM Productions (Flee, Mortals!), Darrington Press (project TBA), and others. He’s also a streamer and podcaster, with appearances including GM of Into the Mother Lands, DM of The Last Refuge: A D&D Podcast and the upcoming Broadway Does D&D podcast, and both player and DM on Rivals of Waterdeep. On his personal Twitch channel, he currently spends his time playing whatever game strikes his fancy until the next big BioWare game is released.

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Gordon McAlpin he/him

@gmcalpin Gordon McAlpin

Gordon McAlpin is a Filipino-American writer, graphic designer, illustrator, and animator. His past work includes the animated web series Multiplex 10 and the DMs Guild titles Death by Goblins!, Feats Don’t Fail Me Now, and The High Magic Sourcebook.

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Indrani Ganguly she/they

@nonagondice Indrani Ganguly

Indrani is a community builder, dicemaker, and marketer from Mumbai, India. She co-founded Desis & Dragons, India’s largest TTRPG community. She is also the founder of Nonagon Dice, India’s first handmade TTRPG accessories business. She is incredibly passionate about bringing the fledgling Indian TTRPG space into the larger industry through equitable opportunities, and is one of the members of this year’s Big Bad Con PoC Leadership Team. Indrani has been working as a digital marketing generalist in various industries for over 4 years… when she isn’t busy making handmade dice. Her goal is to work full-time within the games industry!

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Jaime Reyes-Mondragón he/him

@JaimeRysmon

Jaime Reyes-Mondragón (He/Him) is a Mexican game designer and creative writer focused on TTRPGs and board games. He has been working for the past three years in indie publishing as part of Axo Stories, a small co-op that strives to see the art, ideas, and culture of more Latinos represented in the industry. In his free time, he enjoys reading fantasy, sci-fi, and crime novels, as well as drawing.

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Jaqueline Florencio (she/her) is a freelance illustrator who loves creating fantasy and art nouveau inspired illustrations. Her work has been featured in Urban Shadows 2nd Edition and The Price of Coal: A Story Game of Labor Rights. She lives in Brazil with her three cats, and enjoys reading and playing video-games in her spare time.

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Jasper William Cartwright he/him

@JW_Cartwright Instagram

Jasper William Cartwright is Co-Host & Producer of Three Black Halflings which started over 2 years ago and has had some of the best guests from around the TTRPG & nerd space & has gone from strength to strength! Also, as an actor appears in several video games and an upcoming animated feature film.

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Josh Mangle they/he

@steam_hunk

Josh is a TTRPG and Speculative Fiction writer, a PhD student in medieval literature, and an avid Final Fantasy fan. They are currently working on their dissertation about queer knights in Arthurian literature. In their spare time, they can be found playing TTRPGs with their partner and friends, obsessing over their two cats (Artemis and Merlin), and trying – but failing – to get through their massive to-read pile. They have appeared on actual play podcast Proficiency +6 as the voice of Hrolf Sea-Spear, and is currently working on a podcast about LGBT storytellers in the gaming industry as well as a top-down Arthurian-inspired TTRPG. Their ultimate goal is to create fantasy and science fiction gamesand stories that showcase diverse, queer worlds.

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Kandi J. Williams she/her

@kandi_jeanne Kandi Jeanne

Kandi (she/her) is a TTRPG designer and writer. She is working on Confluence RPG with Cosmic Mirror Games as a setting writer and also worked with Hit Point Press on a project not yet released. She also self publishes games on Itch.io and enjoys writing comics and novels (soon). By day she is a software developer. Kandi is also the executive producer (community manager, social media marketer, and graphic designer) and GM for the Dicey Amazons Twitch channel. They stream TTRPGs, video and board games, and nerdy talk shows.

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Kelly M Tran she/her

@kellymtran Kelly M Tran

Kelly M Tran is a game designer and writer. When not designing or playing games she enjoys travel, food, the outdoors, and meeting people’s pets. She finds great joy in recommending new favorite games to friends and strangers alike.

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LaTia Jacquise she/her

@LaTiaJacquise LaTia Jacquise

LaTia Jacquise is a queer, Black digital strategist, writer, creator, and variety streamer within the TTRPG industry. A gamer all her life, Chicago native LaTia currently works at Monte Cook Games as their Community Relations Coordinator and is a cast member of the D&D actual play Rivals of Waterdeep which airs Sundays on Twitch, serving as the Dungeon Master for its ninth and twelfth seasons, as well as the Dungeon Master for A Familiar Quest: Series Two, also airing on Twitch. Most recently, she was a writer on Critical Role: Call of the Netherdeep, a D&D adventure in partnership with Critical Role from Wizards of the Coast. She is also a Twitch affiliate who enjoys a variety of relaxing and low-effort games on her own channel as time allows, and interacting with her community.

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Lexi McQueen she/any

@blackgirlmage Lexi @blackgirlmage

Lexi (AKA @blackgirlmage) is a powerhouse Game Master, performer, streamer, musician, coder, writer, and lover of all things Tabletop. She loves worldbuilding, screenwriting, analyzing story, creating and playing in Actual Plays, and bringing energy and joy to any project she picks up. All she wants is to play and run games, see her scripts on a silver screen, become a pirate, and teach her dog how to roll a D20.

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Lucia Versprille she/they

@seersword Seersword

Lucia Versprille is a TTRPG content creator, artist behind Seersword, and Lead Director for all things Sina Una. Lucia likes to work in everything, from writing, to illustration, and more. Her goals are to make the community a better place and putting out quality content that inspires her and everyone.

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Luis Loza he/him

@donatoclassic Luis Loza

Luis Loza is a Senior Developer at Paizo Inc. working on the Lost Omens line of setting books. He's been playing tabletop RPGs for almost twenty years and has experience with dozens of different RPGs and storytelling games. His credits include work for Paizo, Legendary Games, Rogue Genius Games as well as work on Ennie award-winning products with Kobold Press and Petersen Games. Luis is pushing to make games a more welcoming space for everyone and is always excited to work with new and diverse voices in the RPG industry. He lives in Seattle.

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Mario Ortegón he/him

@elwarius Mario Ortegón

Mario Ortegón (he/him) is a former UX Design Lead who now works full-time as a freelance game designer, writer, and consultant in the tabletop games industry. His body of work includes "Hunter: The Reckoning 5th Edition", "Journeys through the Radian't Citadel", "Dragonlance: Shadow of the Dragon Queen", and multiple other products for Wizards of the Coast, Critical Role, MCDM Productions, Beadle & Grimm's, and more. He grew up in a small town just south of the eastern Mexico-US border and currently resides in the very dry city of Monterrey, Mexico.

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Markeia McCarty she/they

@markeiamccarty Instagram

Markeia McCarty (she/they) is the Marketing Director for the Indy game company Hunters Entertainment (Alice Is Missing, Kids On Bikes) and is also a main cast actor in their long-running Outbreak Undead saga on Twitch, continuing its next season this fall on Pixel Circus. As a professional GM and TTRPG player they’ve created and/or played in numerous horror campaigns across various channels. With the latest being a live Misfits and Magic collaboration (coming soon to Dimension20!) and being an actor in The Day Shift, the Hunter The Reckoning campaign for World of Darkness and Renegade Game Studios.

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Michelle Nguyen Bradley she/they

@iamchubbybunny Michelle Nguyen Bradley

Michelle Nguyen Bradley is a producer, show host, voice actor, and professional TTRPG player, who is passionate about fostering community and equality in the geek space. She's played characters like Kiếm on VtM: New York by Night, Hoa Sen on Critical Role, a butterfly alien on Paizo's Scoured Stars campaign, Betty on the official Rat Queen's RPG at HyperRPG and many more personas through her work on RPG shows. As a producer, she has seen from ideation to creation shows like Twitch Gaming’s The Weekly talk show as a live broadcast line producer, the Manga Book Club for Viz Media as producer, editor, writer and host, and "Button Mash" on the Total Nerd Network as producer and host. Michelle has also done live hosting like MCing Anime Expo's Main Stage, FunimatonCon, brand launches, fashion shows and more and has acted as an event producer for over a decade. Michelle currently appears as a regular cast member for World of Darkness, Demiplane, Idle Champions, Paizo and Hunters Entertainment's weekly TTRPG shows on Twitch. Find her work at michellenguyenbradley.com and on socials at @iamchubbybunny.

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Morgan Nuncio they/she

@SirenaBesos Morgan Nuncio

Morgan Nuncio (they/she) is a TTRPG Content Creator, writer, safety consultant, voice actor, and BIPOC Hype Human. Hailing from deep in the heart of Texas, Morgan (or Mo for short!), loves to dive into creative worlds and share stories with others. They are a Caretaker for Huetopia, a streaming platform and community for BIPOC folks in the TTRPG sphere, by BIPOC folks. She also loves hiking, playing with her pup, and food adventures!

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Omar Najam he/him/any

@omarnajam 13 DAYS 13 SHORTS

Omar Najam is a writer, director, improviser, ttrpg player and overall huge nerd. Growing up in the bay area, he wanted to take the worlds of fantasy and science fiction and horror that he saw on the big screens and make them accessible to his friends and family. Fast forward a couple decades (and a few years of film school) and that's exactly what he's doing. Omar has hosted shows for the El Rey Network, worked on shows for Star Trek and Marvel, but his home is ttrpgs. Whether it's playing a cat pirate in The Borros Saga: Banesbreak, a literal ghost writer in Power Play or an unseelie prince in Dimension 20's A Court of Fey and Flowers, Omar loves finding that childhood fun in stories and seeing where that takes us. Also he has a cat and knits.

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Pam Punzalan she/they

@TheDovetailor The Dovetailor

Pam Punzalan is a queer Filipino designer whose personal work explores themes of intimacy, rebellion, loss, reclamation, and the many different shades of violence. Beyond design, she is an editor, sensitivity & cultural consultant, and advocate for RPGSEA (Roleplaying Games Southeast Asia). Participating in the building of multiple, diverse tables for the tabletop game industry is a deeply important engagement for her, and she has had the pleasure of being part of the organizing teams of Play Without Apology, a queer-centric collective in the Phiilppines, and Session Zero Online, an RPGSEA-centric convention for Southeast Asian game designers and enthusiasts. She has written for Evil Hat, Paizo, Wizards of the Coast, and Renegade Games Studio.

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Poorna Mazumdar she/her

@poornamazumdar Instagram

Poorna is a TTRPG content creator, aspiring writer and freelance editor who stumbled into the world of TTRPGs four years ago and has been consumed by it ever since. She hails from southern and western India and has never met a bookshelf she didn't covet. In the rare moments she isn't distracted by fantasy fiction and the brilliant world of board games, she rambles about mental health in her slice-of-life webcomic, Meta Cheez. There is only so much time she can go without caffeination before language processing becomes insurmountable.

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Raya Sarkar she/her

@rabbitbucket Raya Sarkar

Raya is a freelance illustrator and tattoo artist based in Mumbai, India. Traditional inks being a favorite medium to work in, she can often be found working her G-Nib into the dead of night. As a feminist and animal lover, Raya wants her art to help pave the way for a brighter, more accepting, and more tolerant future through the visual narratives she creates. Her hobbies include long walks, reading comics, playing D&D, and befriending as many animals as she possibly can

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Samuel Clarice Mui Shen Ern he/any

@babblegumsam itch.io

Samuel Clarice Mui Shen Ern (he/any) is a Chinese Malaysian game designer, editor, and computational artist currently based in London whose work explores topics like Christianity, mental health, body horror, self-improvement, and punching monsters with the power of friendship. Their latest projects include Capitalites, an autobiographical GM-less game about young adulthood and asian identity, and Lumen Ryder Core, a fighting-game-inspired, highly customizable tokusatsu game with a pan-genre twist.

Their long-term goal is to use games and playful technology as tools for medicine and education. When they’re not designing games, you can find them thrift shopping, watching exploitation movies, attending Bible study, listening to kpop, or being a public menace.

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Sebastian Yūe they/them

@sebastianyue Sebastian Yūe

Sebastian is a queer, British-Chinese writer, editor, and occasional actual play performer based in Canada. They like to tell messy, complex stories about messy, complex people. Sebastian's past projects include the 5e adventure Lake of Secrets and their indie game CROSSROADS. They have contributed to products for Lone Colossus Games, Metal Weave Games, NeverEnding Inc., and Sword Queen Games, and collaborated on ENnie award-winning projects like UNCAGED: Goddesses and the TTRPG Safety Toolkit. Sebastian has also appeared on streams for the official Dungeons & Dragons Twitch channel, the Gen Con Main Stage, Huetopia, and IsFridayTV. They work full-time as a game designer at Hit Point Press.

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stellaluna she/they

@stellalunaTV

Stellaluna is a queer mixed-Korean Twitch Partner that organizes, produces, and streams TTRPGs. Their works focus on providing opportunities for marginalized folks and resources to those that are new to tabletop or streaming spaces.

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Tan Shao Han he/him

@TanShaoHan Curious Chimeras

A proud descendant of seafaring peasants, jungle fighters, and coffee merchants, Shao divides his days between making games inspired by SEAsian histories and teaching history in SEAsian universities. A longtime supporter of the RPGSEA (Roleplaying Games Southeast Asia) dream, Shao mostly works on his own games at Curious Chimeras, and has also worked for Evil Hat, Paizo, Pelgrane, and Wizards of the Coast.

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Taylor Navarro she/her

@TaylorAnnNx Taylor Navarro

Taylor Navarro is a Hispanic-British up-and-coming Dungeons & Dragons fifth edition designer, wife, and mother of two. She began her career as an editor and project manager on The Book of Lost Magicka and has since worked at both as a writer and editor for titles including Journeys Beyond the Radiant Citadel (senior editor), the Purryhedrals Catalogue (writer), and SIDEQUEST Issues 7 & 9 (writer).

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Tomas Gimenez Rioja he/him

@TGimenezrGM

Getting to watch, play, or create new stories is something I've always loved doing. Being a big lover of cinema, series, videogames, and acting, it was only a matter of time before I started DMing. In my spare time, I started writing for Trbality, and ended up working on the Vodari book series with them. I have 100+ articles sharing my knowledge on how to GM, as well as some of my own products and games in DMs Guild, DrivethruRPG, and Itch. Additionally, I recently began both writing and participating in podcasts on The Gnome Stew as well. If you want to share one of the stories from your games or talk about tech stuff, don't be scared to say hi!

Team Members

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Ajit A. George he/him

@ajitgeorgeSB Ajit A. George

Ajit George is Director of Operations for the international non-profit the Shanti Bhavan Children's Project. He has spoken at numerous events including TEDx, the International Monetary Fund, and NPR on the topics of education, gender equality, community development, and poverty alleviation. He is featured in the original Netflix Documentary Series, Daughters of Destiny. In the field of games, he graduated from Clarion West and has written for a variety of indie companies including Bully Pulpit, Thorny Games, and Monte Cook Games, has organized international collaborative larp events, is a diversity consultant, speaker, and activist. He has most recently written for D&D's Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft and is the creator, project lead, and writer for Journeys Through the Radiant Citadel. He is a Big Bad Morgan Ellis and Diana Jones Award winner.

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Anthony Joyce-Rivera he/him

@AJoyce_Rivera Anthony Joyce-Rivera

Anthony Joyce-Rivera is a Hispanic, two-time ENnie-nominated game designer, entertainment and gaming military consultant, and an active-duty U.S. Army Strategist. He’s self-published many adventures on the Dungeon Masters Guild and freelances for Wizards of the Coast, Critical Role, MCDM, Ghostfire Gaming, and other prominent companies. You can find Anthony on Twitter at @AJoyce_Rivera or at https://anthonydreams.com.

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Carlos Luna he/him

@CarlosCrits Carlos Luna

Carlos is a creative director, brand strategist, and producer. He has created content for Roll20, D&D: Behind the Scenes, and Pathfinder. He's featured on Rivals of Waterdeep, The Dungeon Rats, Victorian Halls, and more.

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Indrani Ganguly she/they

@nonagondice Indrani Ganguly

Indrani is a community builder, dicemaker, and marketer from Mumbai, India. She co-founded Desis & Dragons, India’s largest TTRPG community. She is also the founder of Nonagon Dice, India’s first handmade TTRPG accessories business. She is incredibly passionate about bringing the fledgling Indian TTRPG space into the larger industry through equitable opportunities, and is one of the members of this year’s Big Bad Con PoC Leadership Team. Indrani has been working as a digital marketing generalist in various industries for over 4 years… when she isn’t busy making handmade dice. Her goal is to work full-time within the games industry!

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Justice Ramin Arman he/him

@justicearman Justice Arman

Justice Ramin Arman is a Senior Game Designer on the Dungeons & Dragons team at Wizards of the Coast. Prior to that, Justice worked as a Producer and Game Designer at Beadle & Grimm’s, as well as a freelance game designer for companies like Critical Role, 2C Gaming, and MCDM Productions. In his spare time, Justice enjoys cooking delicious Iranian food and playing lots of D&D with his wife, Samantha.

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Mario Ortegón he/him

@elwarius Mario Ortegón

Mario Ortegón (he/him) is a former UX Design Lead who now works full-time as a freelance game designer, writer, and consultant in the tabletop games industry. His body of work includes "Hunter: The Reckoning 5th Edition", "Journeys through the Radian't Citadel", "Dragonlance: Shadow of the Dragon Queen", and multiple other products for Wizards of the Coast, Critical Role, MCDM Productions, Beadle & Grimm's, and more. He grew up in a small town just south of the eastern Mexico-US border and currently resides in the very dry city of Monterrey, Mexico.

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Pam Punzalan she/they

@TheDovetailor The Dovetailor

Pam Punzalan is a queer Filipino designer whose personal work explores themes of intimacy, rebellion, loss, reclamation, and the many different shades of violence. Beyond design, she is an editor, sensitivity & cultural consultant, and advocate for RPGSEA (Roleplaying Games Southeast Asia). Participating in the building of multiple, diverse tables for the tabletop game industry is a deeply important engagement for her, and she has had the pleasure of being part of the organizing teams of Play Without Apology, a queer-centric collective in the Phiilppines, and Session Zero Online, an RPGSEA-centric convention for Southeast Asian game designers and enthusiasts. She has written for Evil Hat, Paizo, Wizards of the Coast, and Renegade Games Studio.

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Sean Nittner he/him

@seannittner Sean Nittner

Sean’s passion is bringing people together to play games, share experiences, explore identity, build rapport, and learn. He is working with the POC programming team to handle convention logistics.

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Surena Marie she/they

@SurenaXMarie

Surena has worked professionally within the TTRPG space since 2018, managing social media, community, marketing, performing, and more. She works to nimbly navigate the professional side of the industry with her love of performance and storytelling. Surena currently serves as the Head of Marketing & Communications for Quest Portal. Catch her writing in the D&D book, Journeys Through the Radiant Citadel, or in actual plays Rival of Waterdeep (S1-6), Dimension 20 (A Court of Fey and Flowers), and The Dungeon Run.

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Whitney "Strix" Beltrán she/her

@the_strix STRIXWERKS

Whitney "Strix" Beltrán is an award winning narrative designer and writer. Co-author of Bluebeard's Bride with many other credits in tabletop RPGs including Dungeons & Dragons. In video games she's worked on State of Decay 2, Raccoon Lagoon, Beyond Blue and HoloVista. Currently she is Project Narrative Director on a AAA Dungeons & Dragons video game title at Hidden Path Entertainment.

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