Special Guests

Philip duBarry

Featured Guest

Philip duBarryPhilip DuBarry – Game Designer

Philip has been designing games since childhood, but started designing games people actually like back in 2007. His first published game was Revolution! by Steve Jackson Games. Philip has had over 10 games published including the classic Revolution! (with two expansions) and his most recent game the very hot Black Orchestra (cooperative, very fun!!!).  His other games include Kingdom of Solomon, Courtier, Canalis, Family Vacation, Fidelitas, Skyway Robbery, The Princess Bride – Miracle Pill,  Spirits of the Rice Paddy, and Battle Cruisers.

He is also help organize the CinCityCon Game Designers Competition, because he likes to give back to the game designer community.


Special Guests

Andrew SeipleAndrew Seiple  –  Author

Andrew Seiple has been a voracious reader, roleplayer, gamer, and library enthusiast for years, and is finally getting serious about writing. After a torrid, decades-long love affair with science fiction and fantasy, he’s found a true joy in writing books about super heroes and villains. His first series, The Dire Saga, tells a supervillain’s story from her point of view. His latest concept, the Dragons ROAR series, is meant for younger readers and tells of little dragons having big adventures.

Andrew Seiple is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.


John KaufeldJohn Kaufeld   Author, Speaker

John Kaufeld is a mild-mannered superhero, leading the fight for stronger family communication, deeper parent-child connections, and better board games for families everywhere.

He’s a best-selling author with close to 3 million books in print around the world, including 25 titles in the popular “For Dummies” line. He has 20 years of gaming industry experience covering retail, game design, media, and more. Audiences nationally heard him speak at the American International Toy Fair (New York City), Gen Con (Indianapolis), Origins Game Fair (Columbus, Ohio), and GAMA Trade Show (Las Vegas). His parenting column, The Dad Game, appears in the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel. In 2017, he was profiled in Dadly Dads: Parents of the 21st Century”.

Despite everything, he still thinks he can change the world. So there.

* John is Sponsored by Renegade Games *


Emery ButerbaughEmery Buterbaugh – CinCityCon Host, Podcaster, Comedian

Emery has been the professional MC of LexiCon Tabletop Gaming Convention for the last two conventions.  In addition, he is the master mind and host of The Buterverse and comedian.  He has come a long way from NE Ohio. After a brief stint as a moisture farmer on Tatooine, he washed up on the shores of Puerto Rico. It was this thing for indigo. When not engaged in my deck building empire, he can be found performing stand up and emceeing conventions, corporate functions, and other live events. Be sure to check out our comedy podcast and all manner of other ridiculousness at www.thebuter.com.

For more information and booking inquiries, please contact hello@thebuter.com.


Michael SatranMichael Satran  – Freelance Author and Gamemaster At Large       High Rock Press

Michael has been running his Champions / Hero System universe since 1987.  A graduate of Rutgers, with a master’s from the Univ. of Rhode Island, he is currently working on The Imperial Throne, an evil Chinese secret organization supplement for Champions and an urban fantasy novel series featuring Alice in Wonderland characters.

His Champions universe, Legacies, currently contains more than 100 player character superheroes, untold numbers of supervillains, and a backstory that starts before World War II …  His first novel, Hellbow Rune, can be purchased on Amazon.com, and features a dark fairy tale where the wrong girl goes to the wrong world and meets the wrong people and creatures.

Mr. Satran has written several supplements for Champions, including Foxbat for President, Imaginary Friends, King of the Mountain, and Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Michael can be reached at championsguru@gmail.com

He also helps organize the CinCityCon Game Designers Competition, because he likes to give back to the game designer community.


Jason MatthewsJason Mathews  –  Game Designer

Jason Matthews is a boardgame designer most famous for the award-winning Twilight Struggle by GMT games, which topped the ratings list of Board Game Geek for seven years. Jason’s designs have won numerous awards including the International Gamers Award, multiple Golden Geek Awards, and the prestigious Charles S. Roberts Award for Conflict Simulation Design.

Jason has co-designed 6 boardgames, Twilight Struggle was followed by 1960: Making of a President, Campaign Manager 2008, Founding Fathers and 1989 and most recently Sola Fide a Stronghold/Speilwerks production. He is also the author of numerous published reviews, gaming expansions and has playtest credits for several wargame designs.  Jason entered the hobby when his father bought him a copy of Axis & Allies in the late 80s and he went on to explore historical miniatures, collectible card games, and of course the broader board gaming hobby.

Matthews hails from Southern California, where he went to undergrad at the University of Redlands. He earned his JD at Southern Illinois University. He currently resides in the DC metro area. He works professionally for a non-governmental organization combatting child trafficking as its lobbyist and policy director.

Jason has two children, both budding gamers, Owen and Eliza.


Harley HeartthrobHarley Heartthrob  –  Actor, International and Intercontinental Pinup and Cosplay Model

Frequent guests at conventions like GenCon, Origins, and LexiCon. You can check her out here:

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/HarleyHeartthrob/

Webpage:  https://www.harleyheartthrob.com/



Michael MayneMichael Mayne –  Artist, Comic and Game Illustrator

He is co-writer and artist on the creator-owned comic series Bonnie Lass, set to be continued some time in 2018. Other comic projects have included guest work in Skullkickers and The Dreamer, and providing the art for the independent series Massively Effective and currently the character origin comics for the online MOBA game Heroes of Newerth. He’s also a pretty chill guy, though he may judge you based on the quality of your handshake.



Tom CleaverTom Cleaver – Game Designer

When he is not designing games, he is an electrical engineering professor from Louisville, Kentucky. While teaching students by day, he designs games by night. His first published board games were Swordplayand The Conquest of Space. Later he turned to computer game design, specifically Galaxy! and Darkhorn, both published by Avalon Hill. He has now returned to board game design with the 2014 AEG publication of Valley of the Kings, VotK: Afterlife, and VotK: Last Rites. He regularly attends Origins, GenCon, and LexiCon, where he hosts his games.