Gen Con 50 GM Spotlight Vol. 2

The number of ConTessa events at Gen Con keeps growing and so do the ranks of our wonderful GMs! 

Savannah Broadway - Olympia, WA

A Southern Illinois ex-pat, Savannah answers to both she/her and they/them. A freelance writer, editor, and developer, they are running a play test of their upcoming adventure, tentatively entitled "Spiders and Souffles", which involves a group of Drow attempting to run a restaurant. Savannah hopes players will enjoy the light-hearted take on the dark elves, as well as a curious host of subterranean restaurateurs.

Savannah looks forward to helping to create safe, fun-filled games and spaces for gamers of all kinds with the help of ConTessa. You can find her on Twitter at @purplegnomling, usually live-tweeting in-game exploits, like the marathon sessions of the Order of the Amber Die.

Sign up for Savannah's Pathfinder Playtest "Spiders and Souffles" using the game code RPG17112664.

John Harness - Chicago, IL

John will be running a Swords & Wizardry Adventure for ConTessa and had this to say about the system, "Swords & Wizardry is a great retro-clone of early Dungeons & Dragons with simple rules that can introduce new players to the world of RPGs!"

When asked what excited him most about running these games he simply said, "I'm excited to play the gayest dungeon ever crawled." John's S&W Event is "The Legend of Tom Cruise's Thighs" and will be so fabulous that there will be two chances to play! Thursday at noon during our Dungeons & Derivatives block (game code RPG17113285) and Saturday at 6pm during (you guessed it) Contessa's Pride Night.

You can also catch John running a LARP entitled "An Empty Page" alongside ConTessa's own Darcy Ross (game code LRP17108566) AND facilitating the panel "Running RPGs for Kids" (game code SEM17113956). As you can see, he's a total rockstar!

Wendelyn Reischl - Denver, CO

Wendelyn Reischl made her debut in the gaming industry in 2016 developing [NM 156] and contributing to Heaven’s Collapse; both for Post World Games. She wrote the Beijing city chapter for Cold Shadows RPG by Nocturnal Media in 2017 and is an active freelance RPG writer. Additionally, Wendelyn is the proud face of the Denver RPG meetup group, a "matchmaker" website for over 1,900 role players, and Vice President of Gamers Giving Inc. a charity organization that runs table top gaming events in the Denver metro area. Her goal is to expand, uplift and unite the gaming community

"I feel empowered by the Protocol System by Post World Games because as a GM-less system I can facilitate the rules without having to have all the answers about where the story will go and how to get the players to "buy in" to the plot. In Protocol everyone at the table is equal and all ideas are validated and shape the story, which I see as a very powerful way to uplift players and help them take the next step towards becoming game masters themselves. Gen Con 50 is my first Gen Con running game events and I feel the wonderful weight of our hobby's history behind me, urging me forward. People are the best part about Gen Con and I look forward to meeting exceptional role players and making new friends."

Wendelyn will be running "Orc Hospital" a Protocol Adventure for ConTessa during Women's Game Night on Thursday. Use the Game Code RPG17107647 to sign up!

Jen Ross - College Station, TX

A teacher at Texas A&M, Jen is excited about meeting new, like-minded people this year at Gen Con. She'll be running Nefarious, a short, fun game, that allows you to do corporate espionage, build inventions, and play an evil genius. Jen will be running her game during ConTessa's Bite Sized Games Block Thursday morning and you can sign up to play using the Game Code BGM17109998.

Bailey Nichols