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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.

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!

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.

Betsy Rosenblatt

Betsy

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.