Guests of Honor
John’s been playing RPGs for over three decades. In spite of publishing dozens of works for various gaming systems, his first solo project, the dime novel Night Train for Pinnacle Entertainment’s Deadlands steampunk/western/horror RPG—also known among players as the “PC Death Train”—remains to this day probably his best-known work.
Over the years, he’s served as the line developer for the Deadlands and Conspiracy X roleplaying games, as well as the Showdown miniatures game. His first full-length novel, Deluge, was a finalist for the 2010 Origins Award for Best Game-Related Book. His latest major work, Deadlands Noir, won the 2014 Silver Ennie for Best Setting.
In addition to his work in gaming, John has been an interrogator for the US Army, a firearms instructor, a bodyguard, and a private investigator.
Special Guest of Honor:
At the age of ten, Dragon Dronet won a year-long scholarship to the Renaissance School of Art in Oakland, California. Ten years later he began a career in the entertainment industry in Seattle, where he shared a business designing and manufacturing costumes and honing his skills as a sci-fi artist and illustrator. He was also entering and winning science-fiction costume contests all over America. At the same time, he was studying martial arts and swordsmanship. By the time he arrived in Los Angeles in the ’80s, Dragon was not only experienced in props and costumes; he was a seasoned professional in stunts, martial arts and swords as well as a celebrity on the sci-fi convention circuit.
His expertise led to work on films and television, including Alien: Resurrection, Batman and Robin (assisting on Mr. Freeze’s suit of armor), Eraser, the Star Trektelevision series and films, Babylon 5, A.I. and many more.
As a twenty-year veteran stunt choreographer, stuntman and actor, Dragon Dronet not only knows how to make the props, weapons and costumes but he also knows how to use them. As a result, Dragon was hired to be one of the lead Red Army gorillas in Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes. Dragon choreographed many of the fight scenes and invented the sword fighting technique used by the Red Army gorillas. He was also one of the memnon warriors in The Scorpion King and created the hero armor pieces that were worn by the scorpion king’s army. He worked on the new release of Chronicles of Riddick, making the knives and the gauntlets Vin Diesel used in the movie.
Dragon’s philosophy on life is simple: My word is my bond and integrity. The only way to truly know yourself is to follow your dreams, do your best and never give up.
Special Guest of Honor:
Soldier, casual laborer, merchant seaman, logger, student, district forester, ecological research, novelist, and beloved friend to so many in the Northwest. He’s our Onkel Sven.