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Julie Ahern

Julie Ahern
With a masters in education, Julie designed statewide used educational board games and rpgs. Having started as the content writer for the company, she has risen through the ranks doing game development, project management, marketing, and sales. She has worked on the designs for Zpocalypse, Mr.Rhee, Surviving the Nightmare World, and Folklore: the Affliction.

Mandi Hutchinson

Mandi Hutchinson
Mandi is a member of The Dice Tower Team where she does video reviews, vlogs and co-hosts The Dice Tower podcast, biweekly, and the new show, Apptastic, with Suzanne Sheldon. When she isn't working, you'll find her snowboarding, playing football, working on pro makeup looks or sewing. She is a teacher who uses gaming in the classroom, especially when discussing and conveying information on important topics such as: harassment prevention, mental health awareness, inclusion, accessibility and diversity. We can’t forget her affinity for pinup fashion and her easily recognizable hair colour.

Chris Tang

Chris Tang
Chris Tang is busy. By day he is the Publisher Services Representative for Indie Games at DriveThruRPG. He does freelance writing for RPGs, slush reads for Cast of Wonders, runs a LARP, and is developing a role-playing game based on mythic Thailand. Somewhere in there he's a husband, father, and the world's worst musician. If you have questions about marketing your game come up and ask him.

Bronwyn Friesen

Bronwyn Friesen
Meet Bronwyn Friesen, an excited and passionate person from Hamilton, Ontario, who loves designing small games. Some of their faves:

The Crash: a larp about the moment between life and afterlife.
First Look: an intimate game for two about how we experience love at first sight and the first moments of affection.
Hot Alien Sex: their ashcan game-slash-manifesto on consent, respect, and sex for disabled and trans bodies through the lens of banging an unfamiliar tentacled being.

Brent Logan

Brent Logan
Brent is an elementary school teacher, artist, and a game enthusiast. As the co-founder of Akinji Entertainment, he has often been the driving force behind our game ideation and came up with the core concepts behind both of CATaclysm's mechanics and world. However when he isn't teaching, playing, or making games, he is grooming his epic beard.

He loves RPGs and has been a DM/GM for close to 18 years. With a serious passion for storytelling and mythology, his flash of insights and no nonsense work ethic make him Akinji's tour de force.

Helaina Cappel

Helaina Cappel
Helaina Cappel is an elementary school teacher, a game designer, and a publisher with a number of successful titles under her belt. Noticing a lack of strategic family games to play with her own kids, Helaina was inspired to create KTBG (Kids Table Board Gaming). As a publisher, she focuses on creating accessible games for gamers and non-gamers. Some of their titles include Foodfighters, Haunt the House, Bugs on Rugs, and Wreck Raiders.

Maury Brown

Maury Brown
Maury Brown is co-founder and president of Learn Larp LLC and Snow Dragon Games, two US-games companies dedicated to creating, producing, and publishing collaborative, inclusive, revolutionary games. She is the lead designer and creative behind New World Magischola, the breakout Nordic-inspired live action role play game that helped introduce consent and calibration techniques and playing for story to North American larp culture.

Shiraz Sheikh

Shiraz Sheikh
Shiraz Sheikh is co-founder of Akinji Entertainment, a Toronto-based publisher of original tabletop games, including the recently released RPG: CATaclysm. Currently, he is working on a tactical board game version of CATaclysm, as well as his own RPG game engine.

Lindsey Ginou

Lindsey Ginou
Lindsey Ginou has been playing RPGs since she was 9. Between now and then she has helped design and write modules, resources, and games like Sailor Moon and AL D&D. She continues to do this in order to stay sane as she also teaches high school and runs the school D&D club, and is working on her Masters in Spatial Analysis. Her DMing specialty is horror comedy and she encourages you to come have a chat and play in one of her games!

Clio Yun-su Davis

Clio Yun-su Davis
Clio Yun-su Davis is a game designer and writer who has contributed to tabletop roleplaying games such as Kids on Bikes, FlipTales, and Teens in Space. Much of their work explores grief, the sketchy underbelly of the entertainment industry, the trials and tribulations of growing up, and all things supernatural. Their interactive novel The Fog Knows Your Name follows a group of teenagers uncovering the secrets of the cursed fog that plagues their town and was published by Choice of Games in 2019.