John Adamus is a frequent editor and player of many Fate-powered games, and his work can be found in both Fate Worlds books, the forthcoming Paranet Papers supplement for The Dresden Files Roleplaying Game, and Iron Edda. He spends his days helping game designers and authors be more awesome. He frequently tweets about game design and writing techniques on Twitter at @awesome_john and blogs regularly at writernextdoor.com.
Brendan Conway is a longtime gamer who has more recently started writing for and contributing to RPGs. He wrote for the Firefly RPG and will soon be releasing a Dungeon World supplement. He is an Assistant Developer for Magpie Games. He enjoys bacon, egg, and ketchup sandwiches.
Thomas Deeny is a graphic designer who specializes in book layout and game design. His layout and design work can be found in Margaret Weis Productions’ Firefly RPG line, Crafty Games’ Mistborn RPG, and AEG’s Nightfall and Tempest game lines. Thomas is an evangelist for hobby gaming, and helped to organize the gaming community in southern Arizona, working with manufacturers, retailers, and gamers to develop community awareness of the hobby. You can review his published works at denaghdesign.com and follow him on Twitter at @denaghdesign.
Shelley Harlan is an editor by day, and by night...is also an editor, because you can’t get too much of a good thing. She works for the the indie RPG company Faster Monkey Games and still can’t quite get used to the idea that people will pay her money to read gaming material. She also thinks it’s a fun game to see if you can spot the typo in this bio.
Marissa Kelly (MK) grew up with roleplaying as a favorite hobby; her father often made up house rules for classic roleplaying games, spinning epic tales of bravery and heart. From a young age, MK was inspired to draw the characters and scenes from these stories. As an adult, she now finds herself drawn to tweaking and changing systems in order to bring those kinds of experiences to a new generation of roleplayers. With her partner, Mark Diaz Truman, she founded Magpie Games in early 2011 and currently serves as Magpie’s Senior Art Developer and one of its designers.
Shoshana Kessock is a writer, game designer, and scholar specializing in tabletop and live action roleplaying. She is also co-founder of Phoenix Outlaw Productions, an independent roleplay game design company, and co-developer on Dresden Lives, the dramatic live action role-play game for The Dresden Files universe for Evil Hat Productions. She is the author of such freeform LARPs as SERVICE, The Last Ten Minutes, and Dangers Untold and has staffed and organized live events for nearly eight years. When she isn’t running and writing games, she travels the world speaking about innovation and design in analog games and topics like social action and activism in gaming spaces. She hails from Brooklyn, New York.
Kira Magrann is an artist, game designer, and queer feminist living in Columbus, Ohio. She organizes Indie Games on Demand at Origins and Gen Con and designed the fetishistic car game Crash Into You. An advocate for weird, sexy, and queer RPGs and LARPs, her tastes in gaming tend toward the conceptual and contemporary. She’s also working on many fronts to help build more inclusive and diverse spaces in gaming for all genders, sexualities, and races. Read her thoughts on gender and roleplaying games at www.gamingaswomen.com and see her enameled jewelry at https://www.etsy.com/shop/animametals/. Follow her on twitter @kiranansi.
Mike Mumah has worked for the better part of a decade as a roleplaying game illustrator. His work has appeared in such games as Shadowrun, Rifts, Dead Reign, Part-Time Gods, Babylon 5, and several others. The Michigan-based artist is currently at large from the Briarsbrook Institute for the Criminally Insane and considered extremely dangerous. If sighted, do not approach him! He may seem very affable and friendly but don’t be fooled! Please call the authorities and delay him with free coffee, bourbon, and/or hot wings. He will take the time to enjoy this bait until he can be apprehended. This is for the public’s best interest.
Juan Ochoa: Gumshoe whistleblower reporter hero? A narcissistic antagonist out for blood? Fall-guy for a horrifying nanite invasion? Sleeper agent for extraplanar feline intelligence? The FACTS on El Mucho Colombianisimo: he is a straight-dealing, smooth-lined, grit-toothed artist, twainsplit mirror-master-magician-carouser-cavorter, and noted wizard, with knowledge bilingual, exotic, and esoteric, who theoretically does most of his thinking in Español.
Kaitlynn Peavler, better known on the internet as thedandmom, is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. She has been producing fantasy art and fun cartoony images for years and has done artwork for Prismatic Art, Conquering Corsairs, Whispering Road, and more. Her own projects include Deck of Legends, Experiment 073, and a new comic in the works called Falsely Outrageous.
Mark Diaz Truman is an independent game developer and the co-owner of Magpie Games (magpiegames.com). Mark has authored two indie RPGs—The Play’s the Thing and Our Last Best Hope—and written a number of pieces for Evil Hat Productions, including parts of The Fate Toolkit and Timeworks. Mark is passionate about creating an inclusive and diverse gaming community and is thrilled to have the chance to put forward pieces by both fresh voices and old friends in The Fate Codex!
Amanda Valentine is a freelance RPG editor and developer. Her work includes the Dresden Files RPG, Marvel Heroic Roleplaying, Fate Accelerated Edition, Little Wizards, and many others. She also edits fiction, including several of the _Spirit of the Century _novels. She blogs sporadically at ayvalentine.com about editing, parenting, and gaming. At reads4tweens.com she writes spoilerific book reviews for adults who care about what the kids in their lives are reading. You can find her on Twitter as @ayvalentine and @reads4tweens.
Tara Zuber grew up yearning to explore. Now she expands her world through stories and games. Though this is Tara’s first article about gaming, she has also scripted comics published under a pseudonym in the Chicago-based Ladies’ Night Anthology, Volumes 1 and 2, and the upcoming crowdfunded anthology, Then It Was Dark.