Bez Shahriari

Bez Shahriari

Born in Glasgow, Bez fell in love with games at an early age. Her first memory is crawling towards a ZX Spectrum loading screen and since she was physically able to play computer and board games, she has been in love with rules, mechanics and their potential for entertainment or even contributing meaningfully towards someone’s life. One rule change can alter the game massively and it is this emergent chaotic complexity that has made Bez stay in love with game design.

She started seriously designing board games in 2006, but it wasn’t until she moved to London in 2012 that she discovered dedicated playtesting groups. Since then, she has been developing board games in earnest. ‘In A Bind’ was the first one that she considered genuinely super-awesome. It was remade as ‘Yogi’ and has gone on to sell many copies in 19+ languages. Bez subsequently created a game system (now called the ELL deck), and Kitty Cataclysm, both of which were funded on KS. She has also co-created a LARP about legal gender status, and is co-creating a boardgame about discrimination.

She is working to turn game design/publishing and illustration into a sustainable career.

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Brian Nisbet

Brian Nisber

Brian Nisbet started running running gaming (Leprecon, Gaelcon, K2) and SF conventions in Ireland in the mid-90s. In 1998 he got involved in the International Discworld Convention, held in the UK, and went on to chair it twice in 2010 & 2012. He co-chaired Shamrokon, the 2014 Eurocon. 

Since then he’s mostly been on the committees of Worldcons (Helsinki, San Jose, Dublin, Washington DC) or Worldcon bids (Chicago in 2022, Glasgow in 2024) in a variety of roles.

He’s been attending Conpulsion since the late 90s and he’s been MCing the Charity Auction there since… er… a while. He’s incredibly sad to be missing all of his Scottish gaming friends this year, but he’s very proud to help out with the online version of the auction!

Conor Kostick

Conor Kostick

Conor Kostick was a designer for the world’s first live action role-playing game, Treasure Trap before moving into literary pursuits. Conor was the editor of Socialist Worker in Ireland and a reviewer for the Journal of Music in Ireland and twice chairperson of the Irish Writers’ Union.


He was awarded the Farmleigh writer’s residency for the summer of 2010 and a place on the nominees list for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2012 and 2013. In 2015, Conor Kostick became Chairperson of the Irish Copyright Licensing Agency and was President of the Irish Jury for the EU Prize for Literature, and in that year too he was appointed to the Board of the National Library of Ireland. In 2018, the Kerala Literature Festival, India, chose to showcase Irish literature and Conor Kostick was one of seven Irish writers invited to participate as well as being recruited by the UK’s Ockham Publishing to lead a new imprint, Level Up publishing, publishing LitRPG.

M. Harold Page

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M. Harold Page

M Harold Page is a writer, swordsman, and has been gaming long enough to have purchased the first edition of Traveller when it was new. He specialises in Historical Adventure, SF and Sword and Sorcery, in which deep themes and psychological conflicts are resolved through the medium of interpersonal violence, preferably involving edged weapons and/or blasters. He is currently writing “The Flying Tooth Garden”, a LitRPG trilogy for LevelUp (https://www.levelup.pub/) . He expects his SF adventure, “I Was A Teenage Space Mercenary”, to come out with a small press later this year. 

Cat Tobin

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Cat Tobin

Cat Tobin is the co-owner and Managing Director of Pelgrane Press, a tabletop RPG company based in London, UK. An Irish native and resident, 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.

James L. Sutter

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James L. Sutter

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: KingmakerCastle 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.