This year’s Conpulsion sees the glorious returns of guests! That’s right, panels and workshops are back! But who’s going to be there? Well, look no further!
James L. Sutter is a co-creator of the Pathfinder and Starfinder Roleplaying Games. For thirteen years, he worked as a game designer and editor at Paizo Publishing, starting out on Dungeon magazine and eventually becoming both the Starfinder Creative Director and Pathfinder’s Executive Editor. He’s written a wealth of tabletop gaming supplements—most recently an expanded gazetteer of Baldur’s Gate for Dungeons & Dragons’ Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus—as well as video games such as Pathfinder: Kingmaker, Castle Creeps Tower Defense, and the new Starfinder Alexa audio RPG from Amazon. In addition, he’s the author of the novels Death’s Heretic and The Redemption Engine, plus comic books, short stories, and essays in such publications as Lightspeed and Clarkesworld. You can find him online at jameslsutter.com or on Twitter at @jameslsutter
Cat Tobin is the co-owner and Managing Director of Pelgrane Press, a tabletop RPG company based in London, UK. An Irish native, she has been heavily involved with the roleplaying community in Ireland and the UK since the late 1990s, doing everything from writing and design, to marketing, finance, and convention organisation. She likes coffee, hates mornings, and her favourite vegetable is the potato. Cat tweets from @CatTHM.
Jon Hodgson has worked in the adventure game industry for 20 years. From card art for Legend of the Five Rings and World of Warcraft Card Game, to illustrations for Dungeons and Dragons (third fourth and fifth editions) and Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (first, second and fourth editons), as well as a long stint as lead artist on Warhammer Historical, Jon has worked for a lot of games companies.
For many years Jon was Creative Director and Deputy CEO at Cubicle 7 Entertainment, former publishers of The One Ring Roleplaying Game, as well as Doctor Who Card Game and RPG, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay and many more fan favourites. During his time at C7 Jon oversaw vast swathes of the production process, from commissioning artists, writers, editor and layout people, to providing cover art and writing for games.
Jon was Industry Insider Guest of Honour two years running at Gen Con in the US,and Guest of honour at Helsinki’s Ropecon in 2019.
He continues to provide art for many RPGs, card games and board games. In 2018 Jon left Cubicle 7 to set up his own company Handiwork Games. Set to publish Ken Hite’s “Hellenistika” and a setting for 5th Edition simply called “BEOWULF”, Handiwork Games also publish Jon’s sons’ card games, the kickstarter hits “The Forest Dragon by Rory Age 9”, and the 2019 Griffie Award-winning “The Forest Dragon Bang & Twang”. In 2020 Handiwork Games are bringing back Scottish cult RPG “A|State”. In his spare time runs a Patreon for art and maps, and at the end of 2019 completed a rather successful kickstarter for Map Tiles.
Phil Masters has been writing for the roleplaying games industry for nearly forty years now (his first published article was in White Dwarf issue 20, in 1980), and has been coming to Conpulsion for more than half that time, on and off. He may be best known for the Discworld Roleplaying Game (which probably had its first public demonstration at Conpulsion, come to think of it); he’s also worked on a bunch of other GURPS-based products (including the Hellboy and Vorkosigan Saga licenses), and written for other companies including Hero Games, White Wolf, and Pelgrane Press. He’ll be coming up from the south with a demo scenario or two, probably related to his current projects.