Though a relative newcomer to pencil & paper RPGs, Greg has spent his time thus far curating a mind full of information about genre fiction, films, comics, tabletop and video games. Greg’s formative fantasy experiences were revised-edition Magic: the Gathering, Shadowrun on SNES, Might & Magic’s Xeen duology, and the first ten or so books of Piers Anthony’s Xanth series (they can’t all be winners). As such, he has an affinity for the darker and more strange realms. He is interested in how and why people play, and the ways ideas feed into one another.
As a young lad, Jim stumbled upon a box in his uncle’s garage. The box contained a mixture of comics, porn and second edition AD&D books. He was never the same again. Jim is an engineer, vintner, moustache enthusiast, karaoke champion and published author, working mostly on short stories and post-modern poetry. He currently works in the game design industry in southern California. Jim’s talent with nitpicking details, drafting and design makes him an ideal world builder, and he never stops building on the group’s home-brew.
“My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them.” ― Jack Kerouac
Our Social Media Manager, Madeleine, has over 20 years of experience in all forms of gaming (tabletop, card, PC, console, etc.), and years of experience in the Entertainment Industry. She currently works at Blizzard Entertainment, spending her days uttering things like “Meet me at the orc!” and “Have you seen the Sword and Shield Wall?” On days when Madeleine isn’t working, you can find her in her office playing First Person Shooters (loudly) or sitting around a table, roleplaying a gnome bard in her 5th Edition campaign (loudly).
Ryan has always had an active imagination – hell, he had been LARPing with two of his best buddies many years before he ever heard the word. Err, acronym. After playing a Halfling rogue at his first DnD session in early 2004, he was hooked, and his penchant for rogues and ne’er-do-wells has served him stupendously in the magical world of Faerun, where he has been adventuring ever since. When not sneaking through a snurrgly cavern of secrets, or stealing ladies’ handkerchiefs and undergarments, you can find him in Washington, DC pretending to be other people on the stage! You see, Ryan’s entire life is defined by escapism. Now, to get out of these damned handcuffs…
Born and raised among the beautiful rolling hills and golden beaches of southern California, Sam spends his days indoors to avoid all that horrible nonsense. He began his career in pencil and paper gaming when Dungeons & Dragons 3rd edition came out and has since expanded to other games such as Savage Worlds and Fate Core. Ever eager to find the new and unusual games, Sam spends his time listening to podcasts and searching in the discount bins at his Friendly local gaming store.
Originally hailing from sunny Cleveland, OH, Therese is a human web designer who prefers to spend her evenings as an elven scout. Her deep and abiding love for “sword and sorcery” can be traced back to her mother, whose favorite TV show of all time is He-Man, though she may deny it (hi, Mom!). Therese has been playing card, board, and tabletop sci-fi and fantasy games since 2001, when Settlers of Catan first ruined some of her closest friendships. She’s also been writing about stuff since kindergarten, but Epic Level Gaming marks the first instance that these two activities have merged.
Max makes his home behind a DM screen, limiting contact with the outside world. He has his meals delivered, pays entirely in d4’s, and communicates through a network of carefully positioned homunculi. He lives a satisfying life, but secretly hungers for more. In the meantime, Max feeds his appetite with all manner of fantasy literature, PC & Console gaming, board games, & of course Dungeons & Dragons. With a penchant for DMcraft, he prefers 3.5 edition to 4.0, and is impressed with the changes introduced by D&DNext. Max was introduced to 2.0 AD&D early on, and prefers not to dwell on it (THAC0, anyone?)
Mikael has been playing board games for the last two years, tabletop RPGs for the last eight, and has been an on-again, off-again Magic: The Gathering player since the Rath block (don’t ask how long ago that was). He is currently working on his Ph.D. in History, but spends the better part of his time and student loans on gaming. Mikael enjoys designing homebrewed material for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and in 2014, he ranked as a Top 16 Finalist in Paizo Publishing’s RPG Superstar Competition. He lives in Southern California where he shares spells with his rabbit familiar, Acorn.
The web admin who never sleeps. Always awake for that critical call at 3:25 AM to help make sure that the image is displayed just right.