2022 Guests of Honour

Bee Zelda

Bee Zelda

Will be attending Breakout 2022 as a Guest of Honour!

Bee Zelda is your nonbinary busy bee. They are a podcaster, a host of Anime Attache, a player in The Broadswords, OneshotRPG, Iron Edda Reforged, PowerPlayRPG, and more. They're a TTRPG twitch streamer that can be found working with Roll20, DndBeyond, FandomTabletop, and others! They are also a community manager for D&D Adventurers League.

 

Khaldoun Khelil

Khaldoun Khelil

Khaldoun Khelil has been creating games for over 20 years as a developer, writer and narrative designer. He's worked for publishers such as Paradox Interactive, Modiphius, White Wolf, Green Ronin, Renegade Game Studios and many others. He's best known for his work on Vampire the Masquerade, Vampire the Requiem and Dune. Khaldoun was born in Africa and immigrated to the United States as a young child. He is an Arab-American of Algerian and Palestinian descent. 

Khaldoun has a Master’s degree in International Security Policy from Columbia University focused on intelligence, defense planning and cultural narratives of conflict. Outside of game development he's worked as a Policy Advisor in the energy and finance sector, and as a scholar at the Middle East Institute. Find him online @kkhelil

 

Conor McGoey

Conor McGoey

Conor McGoey is the publisher/designer/developer at Inside Up Games - a Canadian publishing company located in Thunder Bay, Ontario. His career started in 2016 with the successful funding of his first game “Summit: The Board Game” (recently named as one of South Park creator Trey Parker’s top ten games of all time!) and continued through amazing releases such as Gorus Maximus, City Builder: Ancient World and Block and Key. With 3 more games slotted for 2022, it’s sure to be his busiest year yet!

Industry Guests

Alexander Sierputowski

Alexander Sierputowski

Alexander Sierputowski is the founder of GameDirection, an independent studio that has been making and supporting video/board games in Cleveland, Ohio, for over 12 years. He believes that creating a memorable experience through accessible design with neurodivergent people is one of the most important philosophies to teach and practice in the industry. They have traveled to almost every major and minor convention on the east coast and look forward to meeting you at Breakout 2022! Find Andrew on Instagram @Gamedirection_Art and Twitter @GameDirectionUS.

Amanda

Amanda McKnight

Amanda McKnight (@VampX13) is a professional host and content creator (Top 10 Nerd, Renegade Game Studios). Outside of hosting, she also streams and plays TTRPGs professionally online (Roll for DAMEage, Order From D.I.S.O.R.D.E.R.). A Toronto-based actor, Amanda is known for her love of all things nerdy and as an established cosplay model.

Andrew

Andrew Valkauskas

Andrew Valkauskas is a Viking, father, husband, author, game-designer and publisher. His latest work, “Children of Eriu” is an RPG set in the Celtic lands and myths. Previously he researched, translated and wrote the much-acclaimed Norse mythology book “The Illuminated Edda”, a modern retelling of the classic Prose and Poetic Eddas. Andrew was also one of the authors behind “Creatures from Fairy-Tale and Myth”, is a book exploring the most iconic creatures from various European fairy-tales. He is the lead game-designer and author of the acclaimed rune-based role-playing-game “Fate of the Norns: Ragnarok” as well as the fast-paced card game “Gulveig”.

Andy Kim

Andy Kim

Andy Kim hails from right here in Canada in the GTA and has been designing games for almost 8 years and been playing them for much longer.  After a successful Kickstarter campaign, his game, “The Spill”, published by Smirk & Dagger Games, has been shipped to backers and store shelves this year.  When he’s not working on new designs, he loves to play games with friends and family to experience old classics and new discoveries.

Anthony

Anthony Rapp


Anthony Rapp is an actor and singer who originated the role of Mark Cohen in the Broadway production of rent. Rapp reprised it in the film version of the show and then the show's United States Tour in 2009. He also performed the role of Charlie Brown in the 1999 Broadway revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and originated the role of Lucas in the musical If/Then in 2014. He currently plays Lieutenant Commander Paul Stamets on the television series Star Trek: Discovery. Anthony regularly streams Dungeons & Dragons alongside some of his castmates on Twitch in a show called Disco Does DnD.

Anthony is joining us on Sunday for Quest for the Cure, a charity Dungeons & Dragons game raising money for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research. The game starts at 11 am in the Churchill room. 

 

Betsy

Betsy Rosenblatt

Betsy Rosenblatt loves to play and design games that tell stories, provoke emotional engagement, promote self-discovery, and encourage bad ideas, sometimes even all at the same time. In her spare time, she's a law professor at University of Tulsa College of Law focusing on intellectual property law. She's also the Legal Chair of the (non-profit) Organization for Transformative Works, which supports fans and fan creativity.

Find her on Twitter @221Betsy

Billy

Billy Chandler

Billy Chandler (he/him) is one half of the podcast Into the Meepleverse (alongside Maggie Shanahan) with over 50 episodes released, and the presenter of the Twitch stream of the same name, on which he also features board game enthusiasts from around Toronto. He is a big fan of longer, more strategic games, and competed in the X-Wing Miniatures Game for several years, doing well in the Canadian Nationals. He is also a talented miniature painter.

Check out @intothemeepleverse on Instagram and Facebook, @i2mvpodcast on Twitter, and twitch.tv/intothemeepleverse

 

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Cassandra MacDonald


Cassandra Macdonald is a game designer, writer, editor, and storyteller with a love for indie RPGs weird and unique. She was inducted into the cult of RPGs at an age most would consider "too young", and hasn't quit since. Best known for her breakout DM's Guild title Skullport: Shadow of Waterdeep, and her work on DIESEL, she's been tinkering and homebrewing for over a decade now, and Must Be Stopped™. If you'd like to try, she can be challenged on Twitter!

Cecilia and Eric Hyland

Cecilia and Eric Hyland

Eric and Cecilia "CC" Hyland are an American game design duo who founded Tank & DPS, a game design/art commission side business, in November 2015. Their first major published title was "Fleecing Olympus" from Passport Game Studios in 2018 then Concrete Canoe Games published their game "Istanbul or Constantinople?" in 2019. They both regularly attend Game conventions to network, pitch games, and sell CC's artisan wares such as sharp edge resin dice (Check them out in the Dominion Hall). They also attend Protospiel conventions to test their prototypes and offer feedback on other games. Their playtesting and feedback were helpful in the following games: Mansky Caper, Imagineers, Back to the Future Dice through Time, Tsuro Phoenix Rising, Manhattan Project 2 Minutes to Midnight, Mental Blocks, Artemis Project, Vampire the Masquerade Rivals, Underlings of Underwing, and many others.

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Chris Challice

Chris Challice designed Vanagard for Pendelhaven press. He's also written Alice Black Blood Tribute, a Fate solo adventure book. Currently he is working on another Fate solo game, one involving space pirates. This is in addition to a novel, Tales of the Haunted Blue. find him online @TaoofChall

​​​​​​​Mike Tung

Chris Tung

Chris Tung is one half of the lifestyle brand Pink City. Founded alongside his brother Mike, Pink City specializes in anime/gaming inspired streetwear designed to turn heads, and they have done exactly that all around the globe. By combining the spirit of pop culture with the edginess of street fashion, the brothers aim to empower trendsetters with apparel that sparks conversations. With a strong love for TTRPGs, they have hosted various Dungeons & Dragons charity streams throughout the past two years. Chris Tung, one of the co-founders, is known for his wacky homebrewed concepts (including a popular Pokémon themed D&D campaign), and enjoys injecting stories with humour and heart as both a GM and a player. Find him online @PinkCityTweets

Christopher Chung

Christopher Chung

Chris Chung is the designer of Lanterns: The Harvest Festival and Spell Smashers, and is a lead designer and developer of the upcoming My Little Pony: Adventures in Equestria Deck-Building Game, all produced by Renegade Game Studios. He's worked at various game cafes and stores, and helped many aspiring game designers through playtesting and mentorship. He's also a big fan of the Maple Leafs and bandwagoner of the Blue Jays.

Christopher Tang

Christopher Tang

Christopher Tang is a writer living in Atlanta, GA. He previously worked as the Indie Game Guy at DriveThruRPG and has published work in various RPGs and magazines. His career includes time as an attorney, voice acting, and one afternoon as a beard model. Current projects include Ayutthaya: The Lost Tales of Thailand, a fantasy RPG based on Thai literature and he serves on the board of LINC: Larping in Color, a non-profit dedicated to diversity in the LARP space.

 

Daniel Kwan

Daniel Kwan

Daniel Kwan is a Gold (2x) ENnie Award winning podcaster, game designer, and cultural consultant. You might know him from the ENnie Award winning Asians Represent! podcast or his independent game design work (Wicked Congregation, Ross Rifles, and the Chronicles of Spring & Autumn series). As a freelance narrative designer, he co-authored the Unbreakable (vol 1) anthology and the New York Times Best Selling Candlekeep Mysteries adventure supplements for 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons. Daniel is also one of the co-founders of Level Up Gaming, a Toronto-based organization that provides inclusive learning experiences for the autism community through D&D. Find him online @danielhkwan

Daryl Andrews

Daryl Andrews


Daryl Andrews is a freelance game inventor and developer, who began designing board games in 2013, moving to full-time in 2015. With 30+ board games already released through 20+ different publishers, Daryl’s output has been unrivaled over the last several years. Sagrada (published by Floodgate Games) is Daryl's best selling game (so far), with over 1/4 million units sold internationally.  Beyond design, Mr. Andrews has also worked as a consultant for a variety of companies with a special focus on popular licenses, including Dark Knight Returns, Titanic, Marvel, Back To The Future, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, The Oregon Trail and many more.

Ed greenwood

Ed Greenwood

Ed Greenwood is a Canadian librarian and internationally bestselling author of 400-plus books. He’s also an award-winning game designer, best known for creating The Forgotten Realms campaign setting.

Ed is joining us on Sunday only to play in a charity D&D game raising money for Defeat Duchenne Canada!

Eric Lang

Eric Lang

Eric Lang (born in Montreal, Quebec) has been a game designer for 25 years. His design credits include games such as Blood Rage, Rising Sun, Quarriors!, Duelyst trading card game, and The Godfather board game, as well as countless licensed games based on Marvel, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Disney, and World of Warcraft. Mostly a panda, he can be seen photobombing folks at conventions by giving them bunny ears.

Erica Bouyouris

Erica Bouyouris


Erica is a Staff Designer at Spin Master Games. She is also the co-host of both the Ludology Podcast and the Meeple Syrup Show, both shows focusing on game design and the gaming industry. Erica is known for designing games such as Bosk, Scott Pilgrim Miniatures the World, Kodama 3D (which won a Mensa Select award) and the upcoming Rat Queens: To the Slaughter.

Jeff Fraser

Jeff Fraser

Jeff Fraser is a rulebook editor and game developer based in Ottawa. He's worked on games such as Flamecraft, Dinosaur World, Dwellings of Eldervale, and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.

Joan

Joan the Gamesmistress

Joan The Gamesmistress (she/her) has been teaching board games for years, and has been branching out into other media. She recently started a YouTube channel looking at the hobby from the perspective of a new hobbyist or someone looking to bring the hobby to friends for the first time, though it is relevant to anyone interested in games. She is also the co-author (with Jonathan Kay) of the book “Your Move: What Board Games Teach Us About Life”, has had her work published in The Walrus, and has lectured at the University of Toronto and the Linden School.

Find her at @JGamesmistress and search “Joan The Gamesmistress” on YouTube.

 

Joe Slack

Joe Slack

Joe Slack is a board game designer, publisher, instructor, and the author of the #1 international best-selling book, The Board Game Designer's Guide, along with 3 other books on game design. He has taught Game Design and Development at Wilfrid Laurier University and runs the Board Game Design Course, an online course for new game designers. Joe has 4 games published with other publishers (Zoo Year’s Eve, Kingdom’s Candy: Monsters, Four Word Thinking, and King of Indecision) and one self-published game (Relics of Rajavihara) and expansion (Montalo’s Revenge).

Joie Martin

Joie Martin

Tea connoisseur and east coast cryptid, Joie Martin is the owner and CEO of Drowning Moon Studios, and has been writing, designing and developing roleplaying games since 1996. Joie has produced content for ARGs, interactive theater, tabletop roleplaying games and larps, and has GMed professionally since 2019. Their games Mage to Order and Follow Me Down have been spotlighted in Gizmodo, Dicebreaker, and EN World, and they were Head Judge for the 2020 IDGN Indie Groundbreaker Awards. Find them online @honeynhedgerow or @drowningmoonrpg

 

Kris Siddiqi

Kris Siddiqi

Kris Siddiqi is an award winning comedian, actor and writer based in Toronto. Creator of the multi-award winning miniseries BIT PLAYAS (2 Canadian Screen Awards for Best Writing and Best Series, as well as Best Representation of Communities Of Color from the Minnesota WebFest 2020.)

Kris is an alumni of world renowned The Second City Toronto (2008-2010), a regular on CBC’s comedy news panel BECAUSE NEWS, and constantly performing all over Toronto and Canada.

His Film & TV credits include HBOMax’s TITANS, Aaron Sorkin’s MOLLY’S GAME, Amazon’s THE BOYS, and a recurring face on IFC/CBC’s BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW.

Kris is also the sound editor, sound designer and main character for his fantasy radio-drama DWARVEN MOSS, which recently won Best Leisure Podcast from the Canadian Podcast Awards.

Kurt Refling

Kurt Refling

Kurt Refling is a designer, writer, and artist based in Ottawa, ON. Through his itch.io storefront A Smouldering Lighthouse, Kurt has published GM-less tabletop roleplaying games including Knots in the Sky, This Spells Trouble, and Faewater. He is also a contributing author to Meeple Mountain, a board game media website. Kurt is currently playtesting Here We Used to Fly, a TTRPG about abandoned theme parks, nostalgia, and growing up.

Lindsey Ginou

Lindsey Ginou

Lindsey Ginou occasionally writes modules and helps design RPGs. She did some work on the Sailor Moon RPG and is happy to talk anime. Right now she's a high school Geography teacher who plays 5th ed D&D whenever she can. Her games of choice to play and DM are Kobolds Ate My Baby, Big Eyes Small Mouth, and D&D. She'll be running them at Break Out so drop by and let's play!

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Mariam Ahmad

Mariam Ahmad (they/them) is a queer neuordivergent South Asian Canadian writer, cultural consultant, streamer, and podcaster. Some highlights include writing for Paizo's Lost Omens: The Mwangi Expanse; Evil Hat's Thirsty Sword Lesbians; GM of Kahaaniyaan on Huetopia; and a co-host for They're A Super Geek on Misdirected Mark. They're currently working on their magnum opus, Sarzameen, a South Asian campaign setting.

Peter C. Hayward

Peter C. Hayward

Peter C. Hayward is an award-winning screenwriter and game designer. Originally from Australia, he now lives in LA, directly below the Hollywood sign. Little-known fact: as well as a famous landmark, it's also a rather comfortable hat.

Ricardo Evangelho

Ricardo Evangelho

Ricardo Evangelho is a Canadian graphic designer, entrepreneur, founder and owner of Hit Point Press. He is passionate about creating engaging projects as well as identifying talent and working to foster that talent to its full potential. Hit Point Press, develops unique gameplay experiences that promote creativity and collaboration with other players, with a core philosophy of encouraging people to build together. They are most know for their 5e product lines Humblewood and Animated Spells, with their most recent crowdfunding success being the Fool's Gold: Into the Bellowing Wilds campaign setting. Additionally they assist other creators in bringing the projects to life through crowdfunding consultation, marketing and publishing initiatives.

Sebastian Yūe

Sebastian Yūe

Sebastian Yūe is a TTRPG writer and editor. They are the author of the fifth edition adventure Lake of Secrets (Dungeon Masters Guild) and their indie game CROSSROADS (itch.io). Sebastian's editing projects include UNCAGED: Goddesses (DMs Guild) and Incantations (Metal Weave Games). They are an instructor for the Storytelling Collective's Write Your First Adventure course and a full-time content creator at Hit Point Press. Find them online @sebastianyue

Sen-Foong Lim

Sen-Foong Lim

Sen is constantly dreaming, even when he’s awake. He is passionate about helping other people lose track of time in ways that they find meaningful and looks forward to putting  interesting and engaging games on your table. Cutting his teeth on the board and card game side of the table co-designing titles like Belfort, Akrotiri, Junk Art, The Legend of Korra: Pro Bending Arena, Kingdom Rush: Rift in Time, Scooby-Doo: Escape from the Haunted Manor, MINDMGMT: The Psychic Espionage “Game”, and Rat Queens: To the Slaughter, Sen recently started to explore the RPG side of the table. He has written for Kids on Bikes, The North Sea Epilogues, Gears of Defiance, Never Going Home, The Curse of the House of Rookwood, and co-authored Jiangshi: Blood in the Banquet Hall and An Exquisite Crime. When he’s not designing or developing games, you can find him rolling around, trying to cuddle people to death while wearing pyjamas or co-hosting the Meeple Syrup Show and the Ludology podcast. Born and raised in Northern Ontario, Sen now resides in the undisputed second-best London in the world with his lovely family. You can discover more about Sen at https://senfoonglim.carrd.co and follow him on Twitter at @senfoonglim.

Shannon McDowell

Shannon McDowell

Shannon McDowell is a Canadian board game inventor and puzzle designer.  She designs board games, puzzle hunt challenges, and was a member of the design team for the 2019 Red Bull Escape Room World Championship. Having lived on three continents, she brings her background in community development, education, and intercultural communication to each design and has published two academic articles on cultural bias in escape rooms.

Tanya

Tanya Thompson

Tanya Thompson is a passionate gamer and is working at changing the world through play. She is happy to be doing her dream job as the Sr. Director of Inventor Relations and Innovation for Hasbro Games. She’s thrilled to connect with so many innovators and creators from around the world looking for Hasbro’s next big game idea.  Tanya’s board service includes People of Play which promotes play through consumer events and fairs and HATCH which is a highly innovative community, movement, and a series of experiences designed to activate creativity to HATCH a better world. Her proudest accomplishment is raising three beautiful children with her husband Chris!

Tim Brown

Tim Brown

Tim Brown

Tim W. K. Brown is multiple award-winning Toronto based Board Game designer from Stouffville Ontario. He is a  member of the Game Artisans of Canada and his games have been sold in more than a dozen countries. Find Tim and ask to play some of his prototypes of future games.

Verity Lane

Verity Lane

Verity Lane is a writer and editor with Hit Point Press. She loves chatting about dragons, vanquishing grammar errors, and designing innovative ways to curse magic items. Some of her current projects include Fool's Gold: Into the Bellowing Wilds, The Big Bad Booklet, and Humblewood Tales.