Special Guests

Winter Fantasy prides itself on bringing you some of the big names from the games you love. This year is no different. This list will be constantly updated as we get closer to the show so keep checking back.

Wizards of the Coast

Chris Lindsay: With humble roots in the RPGA, Chris is the product manager 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. Chris is also the architect for the Dungeon Masters Guild, and acts as organized play guru, heading up the admins for the D&D Adventurers League. Additionally, Chris has been a published RPG designer since the 3rd edition of the game… and lastly, if you’d like to see Chris acting silly on television, he was featured as the Dungeon Master in the “You Secretly Hope You’re Worthy”, episode of Chelsea, a talk show on Netflix.

Schwalb Entertainment

Robert J. Schwalb: Robert was a member of the Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition design team, worked as a line developer for Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 2nd Edition, and was lead designer on A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying. He has contributed design to a slew of 4th Edition and 3rd Edition D&D products, and created supplements for the d20 system, the Cypher System, and numerous other roleplaying games. In 2014 he founded Schwalb Entertainment, LLC and created the Shadow of the Demon Lord RPG with a highly successful Kickstarter. For more information, please visit SchwalbEntertainment.com

Maze Arcana

Ruty Rutenberg:  Formerly a US Army OIF/OEF Combat Medic turned Actor, Writer, Voice Over, and Award Winning Dungeon Master & Showrunner, Ruty’s expertise spans multiple platforms and alongside all the major Studios on titles like Argo, Fury, Baby Daddy, Finest Hours, Magnificent Seven and the yet to be released Growhouse by Snoop Dogg & DJ Pooh. His writing earned his way into, and graduation from, programs like the WGA’s Veteran Writer Fellowship & LACMA’s Film Maker’s Program. His career continues to soar with multiple scripts optioned and more work, both in front and behind the camera, coming down the pipeline. Somehow, he manages to find free time to help mentor other veteran’s new to Hollywood while staying connected with the American Legion (Post 43) and several non-profit organizations, like Celebrity ChariD20 with Satine Phoenix, and Veterans in Film & Television, who he makes sure to include when attributing his foundation in “the business”.

Satine Phoenix: Hailed Time Magazine‘s “Queen of D&D“, Satine’s fantasy career has been chronicled in interviews with some of the world’s biggest publications, Maxim, io9, The Escapist, and nearly every blog from here to the Nine Hells! Her exploits are nearly as legendary as her artwork and authorship, which is showcased in the upcoming documentary by Allan Amato, “Temple of Art“. By day, she plies her craft as Illustrator, Author, and Entrepreneur, juggling many hats as CEO of Burning Quill Enterprises, founder of CelebrityChariD20.com who she co-organizes with her Maze Arcana co-creator Ruty Rutenberg. Her authorship and illustration can be seen in her Sci-Fi graphic novel series, New Praetorians and The Action Heroine’s Journey whom she penned with RK Syrus. As if sleep was an option, she is also the lead Graphic Designer for The Loyal Subjects, with a line of amazing toys sweeping the nation, and Co-Host of Game School Podcast on the TSR Podcasting Network.

Currently, you can catch Ruty as Game Master, and Satine as Azure the Kalashtar Psion, every Sunday in the Dungeons & Dragons world of Eberron on Maze Arcana, check out more at www.MazeArcana.com.

Don’t Split the Podcast Network

James Introcaso: Co-owner of the Don’t Split the Podcast Network, producer/host of the Tabletop Babble podcast, and writer/producer/actor of the scripted fantasy comedy podcast Have Spellbook, Will Travel. Before starting his own network, James hosted multiple shows on The Tome Show Network, where he produced over 150 episodes of podcasty goodness. When not making audio magic, James is the owner and writer of the Gold-ENnie-winning blog, World Builder Blog, that puts out weekly content for fifth edition Dungeons and Dragons. The rising star game designer has authored multiple best-selling products for the Dungeon Master’s Guild and the D&D Adventurers League. His biggest achievement in gaming to date is finally getting his amazing wife to play a game of D&D with him.

D&D Adventurers League Campaign Staff

Travis Woodall – Content Manager: Spawned in the fires of California in the time of disco and bell-bottoms, Travis Woodall now calls the soggy Pacific Northwest his home. Having played more systems than he can count from about twelve years of age, D&D has always been the game he has inevitably been drawn back to. Though he is usually found slumped lifelessly in front of his computer amongst a sea of empty beer bottles, Travis is also known to enjoy reading, writing, and on rare occasion, spending time with his wife of immeasurable years, and his two yappy dogs and children.

Bill Benham – Resource Manager: I’ve played D&D in some form or another since 1982. Before working with D&D Adventurer’s League I had the distinct honor of serving as a Living Greyhawk Triad member and a member of the admin staff for Living Forgotten Realms. I am retired from 20 years of service in the U.S. Army and currently work in addiction medicine. I also have a distinct fondness for pugs.

Robert Adducci – Community Manager: Robert is an RPG community organizer and helps out games stores and conventions in the Denver area with social media and community management. He is a die-hard Dark Sun fan and the founder of the Burnt World of Athas website (Athas.org). Robert was born in the deserts of Athas, aka Phoenix, AZ, but now lives in the cool climate of Colorado with his wife, two little adventurer, and two animal companions.

Claire Hoffman – Associate Content Manager: Claire, along with numerous dragons, a few cats and an indulgent husband, resides in a home atop of a very small hill in Ohio. She had the privilege of shepherding the Living Death Campaign for ten years. After a brief hiatus from campaign management she assisted the LFR campaign first as a Co-Writing Director (Waterdeep) and then as a Global Admin

Alan Patrick – Associate Community Manager: Hailing from the wilds of central Michigan, Alan has provided a warm home to a wife and two cats over the years. Of course, they all have to fight with the ever-expanding collection of beholder-related paraphernalia.

Greg Marks – Associate Resource Manager: Greg 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 multiple editions of Dungeons and Dragons including Complete Scoundrel, City of Stormreach and Dragon Magic.

Bald Types

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.