Orccon 2016 Guests
Joshua Qualtieri is the owner of Zombiesmith Miniatures, based in Oakland California. Zombiesmith has created such game worlds as Quar, War of Ashes, Netherworld's Edge and Storm of Steel. The style of Zombiesmith is a term he coined as Grimsical. One party Whimsy one part Gritty. Zombiesmith has just wrapped up its 9th miniatures rulebook and released its 600th unique sculpt!
Josh was a senior technical artist at Pixar Animation for over 17 years where is was involved in almost every feature film released. Josh recently left Pixar to pursue his love of all things gaming as a full time job. Living in his fortress/warehouse/studio with his wife and bazzilion cats, Josh is involved in the direction of multiple companies other than Zombiesmith. He is also co-owner of Steel Wool Games, a studio that Cult of Mac declared as one of the hottest start-ups in video games. Steel Wool has been focused on being at the bleeding edge of VR development and a rising star in that content space.
Charlie Bink is the creator of the award winning family board game Trekking the National Parks. He has worked as an illustrator and game developer for over a decade with credits at established studios such as Eagle/Gryphon Games and Pearson Digital Learning. Charlie currently resides in Phoenix, AZ where he runs his indy publishing company Bink Ink LLC.
Over the last twenty years, John Wick has designed over 20 games and won multiple awards. He is also a Freemason and a double agent for the Discordian Society. The movie bearing his name was biographical, but many details were changed for dramatic purposes. He collects orks.
By day, Ben Woerner is a mild-mannered husband, father, and marketing manager for his family’s business. By night he’s a game designer. Having run games for more than a quarter century he finally began to design them. In 2014 he published World of Dew, a samurai noir roleplaying game and sequel to John Wick’s Blood & Honor. In 2015 he released an expansion, the Sound of Water. He has also written for John Wick Presents in Blood & Honor and Wield. Other writing credits include Call of Catthulhu and the Baby Bestiary vol. 1. He’s currently working on a game where stuffed animals protect their sleeping children from monsters and nightmares. After that he’s thinkin’ of moseying over to the Old West for a bit, and then later download his avatar into a cyberpunk world. Maybe one day he’ll get to write about magical kung-fu kids who can save the world.
He’s a big fan of mitigated success and aspects in game design. He is an even bigger fan of his fashion designing daughter, his gruff, adorable, little man, and the loveliest of all women, his wife, Emily.