We were proud to welcome the following VIPs to the Midwest Gaming Classic in 2018! Click on an industry below to filter by industry, and click on the VIPs themselves to learn more about who you might meet at the show!
Follow our Facebook page for guest announcements for 2019! We are expecting over 100 industry VIPs again this year, and will update this page to our 2019 list after we have announced our first 20 guests!
Co-Owner, Operations Manager
Roxanne’s husband Scott Adams is known as the father of adventure games, and when he returned to creating games Roxanne became co-owner and operations manager of their new company, Clopas, helping to ensure new adventure games for everyone to enjoy today!
Adventure International, Clopas*
Adams is known as the “father of adventure games” for being the first person known to create an adventure-style game for personal computers with his first game, Adventureland. His company, Adventure International, released games for many major computer platforms throughout the 80s. Recently, Scott founded Clopas, the “Puzzle Us Adventure!” company in 2017.
Sega Pinball, Stern Pinball, Jersey Jack Pinball, American Pinball*
Director of Operations / Game Design
Joe is a pinball designer with a ton of unique titles under his belt dating back more than 20 years! Today, he is working with American Pinball as their director of operations, helping to bring games like Houdini: Master of Mystery to life!
Don Bluth Studios, Disney, Silver Phoenix Entertainment*
Philo was an animator for games Dragon’s Lair and Space Ace, but is perhaps best known for other projects he helped animate – The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Rescuers Down Under, The Secret of NIMH, Happily Ever After, An American Tail, and special effects for Star Trek: The Motion Picture!
Nintendo World Championship 2015 Finalist
Chris has been an avid game collector since the 1990’s amassing nearly 6000 titles. In 2015, he fulfilled his boyhood dream and reached the finals of the Nintendo World Championships in Los Angeles via the qualifying event in Chicago. He is now working to archive the mostly forgotten video game championships of the 80s and 90s and share the stories of their participants.
Rob is a mechanical engineer for Stern Pinball to ensure that all of the moving parts within the games work as intended to keep the games fun! Some of the games he has worked on are Spider-Man, Pirates of the Caribbean and Game of Thrones! Photo courtesy of the Pingame Journal.
Williams Pinball, Midway Games, Stern Pinball*
Chuck presently oversees all electronic development at Stern Pinball. This encompasses system design, vendor interface, proto-type coordination and regulatory compliance. In short, all aspects related to electronics from concept, into production are within Chuck’s domain!
Data East Pinball, Sega Pinball, Stern Pinball*
Pinball Game Designer
Pinball designer John Borg has created more than 25 iconic titles including Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Tales From the Crypt, Guns N’ Roses, Iron Man, Metallica, Tron, Aerosmith and the latest Stern Pinball machine Guardians of the Galaxy!
Chief Revenue Officer, VP of Sales and Marketing at Stern Pinball, Inc.
John is the Chief Revenue Officer and VP of Sales and Marketing at Stern Pinball, Inc. Before pinball, he had experience in leadership with many other Fortune 500 companies. Picture courtesy of the PinGame Journal.
Gottlieb, Sega Pinball, American Pinball*
Artist, Art Director
Jeff first ventured into the pinball industry in 1987 with the backglass for Gottlieb’s Arena. In 1993 he joined the Capcom and created the art package for Pinball Magic. Next, he moved to Sega Pinball as Art Director, creating art and overseeing production on many of their games. Today, Jeff most recently did Houdini for American Pinball and is currently in the preproduction stage for their next game.
Nintendo World Championship 2017 Finalist
Jeff Byrnes has been a competitive online Mario Kart player since 2006. It was this experience that allowed him to take first place in the Mario Kart 7 time trial challenge and make the 2017 Nintendo World Championships via the Chicago qualifier. Jeff went on to survive several rounds of the championships in New York, eventually being eliminated in the Mario Party round directly before the finals. Overall he placed fourth out of 24 qualifiers and invitees.
Neopong Software, inXile Entertainment, Incredible Technologies, Stern Pinball*
Waison is not a game designer for Stern Pinball, having worked on games like Aerosmith, Star Trek, KISS, Game of Thrones and Avengers to name a few. Before that, he worked on the Golden Tee series for Incredible Technologies, and before that on programming games for the Nintendo DS!
One of the most prolific pinball designers of all time, Dave’s work dates all the way back to 1969. He did a bunch of work for Bally, including the iconic Fireball, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, Mata Hari, Nitro Ground Shaker and Bobby Orr’s Power Play, among many incredible designs!
Josh is a commercial artist who has created art for bands like Linkin Park, Gym Class Heroes, Nine Inch Nails, Head from KoRn, All Time Low and Fall Out Boy. He has been a full time tattoo artist in Chicago and has won several awards at tattoo conventions for his tattoo designs and application. Since that isn’t enough, he has been teaching himself robotics to integrate sensors and vision systems into his creations. Today, he is utilizing all of these skill sets at Stern Pinball!
Brian Colin, the creator of the arcade game Rampage, will be at the Midwest Gaming Classic less than one week before the movie version of Rampage comes out! Brian is also the man behind arcade games Xenophobe, Arch Rivals and Pigskin 621, and the Sega Genesis game General Chaos! Brian is coming thanks to Galloping Ghost Arcade of Brookfield, Illinois, which has a selection of hundreds of arcade games to play every day of the year!
Left of Left Center*
Jason Compton is an actor with Left of Left Center theater company who portrayed Steve Jobs in Mike Daisey’s monologue The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs. We are excited to have Jason join us at the Midwest Gaming Classic to perform this monologue at the convention itself. The production was originally directed by Jake Penner for Left of Left Center theater company. Photo credit Benjamin Barlow.
Pinball Designer, Pinball Software
Pinball designer, mechanical engineer, sound and music programmer and software engineer… Scott did it all on Total Nuclear Annihilation pinball! Scott built Total Nuclear Annihilation just to create a semi-simple custom machine. The result was so good, Spooky Pinball worked with Scott to start production of the machine in 2017!
Larry Demar worked with Eugene Jarvis to design games like Defender and Robotron 2084 before moving into pinball where he credited on the design and / or software team for many of the most successful pinball machines ever including the Addams Family, Twilight Zone, Fun House, High Speed, Space Shuttle, Black Knight and World Cup Soccer!
After discovering that he had unknowingly purchased the only known Nintendo Playstation prototype in a lot from a company that had closed, Terry has made the choice to share it with the world! Come meet Terry and hear about his travels since finding the console, and get a chance to check out and maybe even try the console too!
Williams, Stern Pinball*
Senior Game Designer
Brian Eddy started in pinball doing effects, moved on to software and then got the chance to design games, and… wow! Brian designed both Attack from Mars and Medieval Madness, two of the best rated pinball machines ever! Recently, it was announced that Brian has returned to pinball with Stern pinball as Senior Game Designer!
The son of Charlie Emery, Bug was a regular contributor to the Spooky Pinball Podcast before his father started making pinball machines. Now, with Spooky Pinball – the pinball manufacturing company – taking over a lot of his father’s time, Bug is the main voice behind the podcast and an important helper in the manufacturing company too!
President, Game Designer
We first met Charlie at the Midwest Gaming Classic when he was starting the Spooky Pinball Podcast about his love of things spooky and his love of things pinball. After running the podcast for a time, Charlie decided he wanted to start his own pinball company, and Spooky Pinball was born! Charlie is the president and game designer of some of Spooky Pinball’s titles!
Atari Video Games, Midway Games, Warner Brother's Interactive NetherRealm Studios, Stern Pinball*
CG art director
Chuck has had more than 28 years programming and has more than 40 titles that he did! He is currently the CG art director at Stern Pinball, but his lengthy resume includes stints with Warner Brothers Interactive, Midway Games and Atari Video Games!
I Play Games*
Founder, Video Game Promoter, Tournament Organizer
Kevin was an experienced video game promoter and tournament organizer when he founded I Play Games in 2009. Today, I Play Games hosts charitable events, coordinates cross country trips, supports gaming media, and hosts awesome gaming tournaments for companies and groups!
Gary is an author and historian for the hobby of pinball, perhaps most well known for his outstanding book “The Lure of the Silver Ball.” Gary has also done countless presentations and seminars to help share his knowledge and keep the history of pinball alive, including helping to invite many of our pinball VIPs to the show this year!
Bally Pinball, Williams Pinball, Whizbang Pinball*, Jersey Jack Pinball, Stern Pinball*
Artist and Art Director
Greg has created iconic work for games like Fathom, Strange Science, Elvira and the Party Monsters, Scared Stiff, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Smash TV, Cruis’n USA, Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons and many more! Today, he serves as Stern Pinball’s art director.
Dirty Donny Gillies
Top Fuels, Snap-On, Vans, AMT, Fender, Dunlop, Stern Pinball, Midwest Gaming Classic
Deemed to be one of the most influential artists to invade the pop culture scenes of the punk, rock and metal underground, Dirty Donny has been spreading his art across all mediums for decades. First hired by Metallica, in the more than decade since he began he has designing art for Top Fuels Funny cars, skateboard shoes, guitars and guitar accessories, model kits and pinball machines for the likes of Snap-on, Vans, AMT, Fender, Dunlop, Stern Pinball, and now, the Midwest Gaming Classic!
Bally Namco Amusement America, Stern Pinball*
Director of Consumer Sales
Erik is the main person at Stern pinball who helps to manage and grow the Stern distribution chain, helping to get the machines that Stern is building into people’s hands to play! Before working at Stern, Erik played a similar role for Bandai Namco.
Bally, Williams, Stern Pinball*
Executive Vice President, Chief Creative Officer
George got his start in video games helping to design both Tron and Spy Hunter. During the video game crash, he left arcade video to design toys, but returned in 1993 to Williams Electronics, designing games like Monster Bash was a critical part of the Pinball 2000 design team. When Williams closed, George went to Stern, first as a designer who designed games including the landmark Lord of the Rings, and has now become the Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer at Stern Pinball! Picture courtesy of the PinGame Journal.
Nintendo World Championship 2015 Finalist
Tim is an avid video game enthusiast and has been since he was 2 years old. He was a finalist in the 2015 Nintendo World Championships and currently holds four world records on the NES console. Tim enjoys streaming retro and modern games regularly on Twitch and playing competitively and for charity.
The Ben Heck Show*, Spooky Pinball*
Video Game Hacker, Pinball Designer, Pinball Software
Ben is a master hacker, engineer and tech hobbyist who has done things that touch nearly every aspect of the show… including naming it in 2002! Ben has hacked consoles to create portable versions of them, created pinball machines that were then manufactured by Spooky Pinball, talked with Dan and Terry Diebold to help fix the Nintendo Playstation Prototype and runs a popular online show, the Ben Heck Show, while he’s at it all!
Author Steve Henderson wrote the new Undisputed Street Fighter book that takes you behind the scenes of the series’ rise. Steve traveled to Japan to meet with the creators of series flagship Street Fighter II, and tells the stories behind the evolution of the games and characters, as well as the stories of the players whose dedication turned Street Fighter into a global, tournament sport.
Wii Games Summer 2010 National Championships Winner, Teen Category
Zach has been a gamer and Nintendo enthusiast his entire. Since Mario Kart Wii, he has been achieving World Records and top 100 rankings in a wide variety of games. With his best friend since pre-school he won the teen category of the Wii Games Summer 2010 National Championships in Redondo Beach CA. He is currently a design engineer, and still an active member of the competitive gaming and Nintendo communities. Zach is an aspiring game designer and voice actor, who has contributed his voice -most notably- on projects with Zelda Universe.
Leonard is regarded as one of the earliest video game historians. The first edition of his book, Phoenix: The Fall & Rise of Home Video Games, was published in 1994 and is considered to be the first comprehensive book about the history of video games. Since then, he has written articles for dozens of books and magazines including his book ABC To the VCS (A Directory of Software for the Atari 2600), a compendium of game summaries.
Game On Exhibition*
Dyfed curates and organizes the “Game On” Exhibition. This exhibition looks at the history and culture of video gaming around the world in a museum based exhibition. Running for 16 years, it has traveled to 24
countries, and been to 36 venues across the world.
Atari Pinball, Williams Electronics, Vid Kidz, Midway, Raw Thrills*, Play Mechanix*
Video Game Programmer, Pinball Programmer, Co-Founder of Vid-Kidz, Owner of Raw Thrillz
Eugene designed many landmark arcade video games including Defender, Robotron 2084, Narc, Smash TV, and the Cruis’n series. He also worked in pinball, helping to bring designs like Firepower, Pinbot, Space Shuttle, High Speed and F-14 Tomcat to life. If that isn’t enough, he owns Raw Thrills and Play Mechanix, the premier modern arcade developer with hits such as the Walking Dead, Jurassic Park, Injustice Arcade, the Big Buck Hunter series, and more!
Wickstead Design Associates, Activision, Absolute Entertainment, Viacom Media Networks, SGK Service Inc*
Game Designer, Game Programmer, President
Garry developed or co-developed tons of great games for early video game systems including Keystone Kapers, Pressure Cooker, Donkey Kong and Space Jockey for the 2600 and Stealth ATF, Simpsons: Bart Vs. The Space Mutants, Simpsons: Bart Vs. The World and Battletank for the NES, as well as a bunch more!
EA Sports, Acclaim, Bally, Midway, Digital Dreams Entertainment
With NBA Jam, which grossed over $2 BILLION to date, Kitzrow introduced the iconic phrase BOOMSHAKALAKA into the basketball lexicon and with it secured pop culture immortality. A Chicago based Voice Artist and NBA pop culture personality, Kitzrow is known to fans for his sensational sports commentary, earning industry awards for all four major sports leagues. Kitzrow has enjoyed a run as the signature voice of classic games like NBA Jam, NFL Blitz, NHL Hitz, Wayne Gretzky Hockey, MLB Slugfest, Big Hurt Baseball, and NCAA College Slam. He is the only talent in gaming to voice all four major sports leagues, the NBA, NFL, MLB, and NHL, as well as the NCAA. He is currently working on a re-launch of the beloved Mutant Football League series, as well as a number of book and creative projects.
Backbone Entertainment, Valve Corporation, Stern Pinball*
Senior Software Engineer
Tanio is the Senior Software Engineer at Stern Pinball, which means that he writes the code for some of your favorite Stern games like The Walking Dead and Star Trek! Before working at Stern, he was a Developer at both Valve and Backbone Entertainment working in the video game field.
Director of Software Engineering
Josh has been a pinball enthusiast since he was 9 years old when he built his first pinball machine out of nails and rubber bands. He is known to many in the pinball community as a leader in the custom pinball machine arena and as had multiple machines exhibited at Expo the last few years. Before deciding to jump into pinball full time, Josh spent the last 15 years with highly successful start-up companies and brings that expertise to American Pinball as well as his love of pinball.
Video Game Historian, Writer
Tim Lapetino created the beautiful book Art of Atari to celebrate the amazing pictures that were created to bridge the gap between the imagination and reality of early Atari games. Tim has also written for Geek Monthly, RETRO Magazine, and other great publications, and is the founder and Executive Director of the Museum of Video Game Art.
Arcade Video Concept and Design
@!#?@! Perhaps best known as the creator of Q*Bert, Jeff Lee is an artist who created great work for many of Gottlieb’s video arcade games, as well as games on the Macintosh and Genesis. Jeff will be hanging out in the Galloping Ghost Arcade room (3 on the map) throughout the weekend!
1991 Nintendo Campus Challenge National Champion
The 1991 Nintendo Campus Challenge National Champion, coming out of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, where players competed for a Geo Storm Gsi using a timed competition cartridge where the games were Super Mario 3, Pinbot and Dr. Mario. Nowadays he can be seen every so often at the Galloping Ghost Arcade where he is chasing scores and setting new records. Lucas graduated with a Computer Science degree from Illinois College in Jacksonville with an Associates from SIUC and now resides in Springfield, IL.
IGN, USGamer, Retronauts*
Retronauts is perhaps the most well known retro gaming podcast, and Bob Mackey is one of the people behind it! Having worked in gaming journalism for sites like IGN and USGamer, Mackey brings his vast knowledge of gaming history to every project he participates in.
SunSoft, Electronic Arts, 3DO, Vogster Entertainment, Digital Dreams Entertainment*
Game Creator, Producer
Michael is an Executive Producer and Creative Director, his videogame projects include the #1 hit, Mutant League Football & Hockey (which spawned a syndicated animated series, toy line and comics), Fester’s Quest, Army Men: Sarge’s Heroes, Battletanx, Def Jam: Icon, Robocalypse, CrimeCraft and the award winning graphic novel, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. He is also the co-founder of Digital Dreams Entertainment LLC, his latest project is Mutant Football League for PS4, Xbox One and PC, awarded sports game of the year by Shacknews and garnering numerous industry awards.
Gold Standard Air Hockey*
Ambassador, Top Ranked Player
One of the top air hockey players in the world, Dan Meyer, is happy to teach players skills, run some fun tournaments, and share his love of the air hockey! Dan recently finished 5th in the World Championships, and is the two time Doubles World Champion.
EGM, Pixel Blast Arcade*
Writer, Arcade Operator
As former Tricks of the Trade editor for Electronic Gaming Monthly magazine, the name “Trickman” was well known for video game obsessed kids of the 1990s. Today, he is still a force in the industry as one of the co-owners of the Pixel Blast Arcade in Lisle, Illinois!
Charles D Moisant
Silver Phoenix Entertainment*
Creative Director*, Artist*
Charles is a comic book artist, writer, and the creative director of Silver Phoenix Entertainment. Publishing comic books since 1991, Charles’ current work includes Zombie Annihilation, Danni and Dayna in Dino World and Thunder World. He also works with many artists, printing their comic titles through Silver Phoenix Entertainment!
Rick is a software engineer who is now a programmer for Stern Pinball, and his first title is the new Iron Maiden machine! Before Stern, Rick worked for WMS Gaming on slot machines, Jardvark Studios for iOS, Chewy Software on Direct 3D games and as a software engineer for EA working on the Xbox, Xbox 360, PS2 and PS3!
Bally, Williams, Stern Pinball, Whizbang Pinball, Spooky Pinball, Jersey Jack Pinball, Heighway Pinball, Gizmo Games*, deeproot pinball*
Dennis has designed machines for nearly every pinball company ever. His work includes credited machines by Bally, Williams, Stern, Whizbang Pinball, Spooky Pinball, and Gizmo Games. He has also worked with Jersey Jack Pinball, Heighway Pinball and is now working with deeproot pinball! Picture courtesy of the PinGame Journal.
MSG Networks, ESPN
Announcer, Television Personality
Meet Arda Ocal at the Midwest Gaming Classic April 14 and 15 at the Wisconsin Center! Arda is a television personality and announcer who has worked for the WWE (under the stage name Kyle Edwards) and currently works for MSG Networks and ESPN! Arda is a lead voice for ESPN on their eSports coverage, as well as covering many other sports!
SS Billiards*, Chicago Gaming Company*
Lloyd is well known in the pinball community as the operator behind SS Billiards, a wonderful pinball and pool hall in the Twin Cities who is always willing to help solve problems. His willingness to help has landed him a number of support roles for various pinball companies, including Chicago Gaming Company!
IGN, 1UP, USGamer, Retronauts*
Bob Mackey and Jeremy Parish of Retronauts will be at the Midwest Gaming Classic April 14 and 15 in Milwaukee, WI! Retronauts was started over ten years ago as a podcast featuring games of the past, and continues today weekly covering a diverse range of retro gaming topics!
John is the Northern Kung Fu expert who portrayed Jax in Mortal Kombat II, 3, 4, Trilogy, Advance, and Ultimate Mortal Kombat! John now runs two companies in the Chicago area including an IT consulting company and a fitness company. John will be hanging out in the Galloping Ghost Arcade room (3 on the map) throughout the weekend!
Milwaukee Company of Gamers*, Verika Model & Gamer Gal*
A nerd-girl with a fashion modeling background, Erika “Verika” Phillips found a way to combine two of the things she loves by becoming a published model in the board gaming industry. She enjoys promoting the value of gaming through the products she has appeared in. In a predominantly male hobby, she aims to break down the perceptions of typical female gaming stereotypes by showing females can be smart, strong, funny, and anything else they want to be for themselves. She hopes her example leads to females becoming increasingly interested in gaming!
Atari Pinball, Williams Pinball, Stern Pinball*
Pinball Game Designer
Steve started by designing pinball machines for Atari before moving to Williams, creating hugely successful machines like Firepower, High Speed, Terminator 2, and Star Trek: The Next Generation. He also worked on arcade video games, and is the voice of Shao Kahn in Mortal Kombat. Recently, he has been working for Stern Pinball, designing hits like Spider-Man, AC/DC, Star Trek and Star Wars!
Gold Standard Air Hockey*
Mark Robbins is the president of Gold Standard Air Hockey, and he will be on hand with some of his amazing Gold Standard Air Hockey Tables! On top of that, Mark is one of the best air hockey players in the world! Are you ready to be schooled in the way of the puck at the Wisconsin Center?
Data East Pinball, Sega Pinball, Stern Pinball*
Lonnie has been working in pinball software since 1987 with Data East! His credits include Jurassic Park, Guns N’ Roses, Pirates of the Caribbean, Iron Man, Star Trek and Guardians of the Galaxy, just to name a few! Picture courtesy of the PinGame Journal.
Writer, Photographer, Editor
As the owner and creator of the PinGame Journal, Jim Schelberg has been documenting the pinball hobby for more than 150 issues! With information that no one else gets and great photos, the PinGame Journal is a must for anyone who is a fan of the silver ball!
Data East, Gottlieb
Game Design, Mechanical Engineer
Tim was a mechanical engineer and game designer for Data East pinball in the mid-90s, credited with the design of games like Hook, WWF Royal Rumble and the Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle. He later moved to Gottlieb, and was working on designing the Brooks & Dunn pinball machine when Gottlieb shut down. Picture courtesy of the PinGame Journal.
Data East, Williams, Stern Pinball*
Lyman Sheats is a great pinball player, and an incredible pinball programmer. He has been programming pinball machines since the 1990s with Data East, moving to Williams and then heading to Stern Pinball. Among his many credits are Medieval Madness, ACDC, Metallica, Tron, and Monster Bash.
Regulatory Compliance Manager, Senior Cable Designer
Jim is the person who makes sure all games are in regulatory compliance (UL, FCC, RoHS, etc), and also maps where all coils, switches, lamps and other electrically controlled devices are located. He spends his time optimizing node board configurations and designing cables to ensure that Stern Pinball machines are as reliable as can be!
Jon St. John
It’s time to kick butt and chew bubble gum… and we’re all out of gum! Perhaps best known for his role as Duke Nukem, Jon has voice acted in many games such as Sonic Adventures, Guild Wars 2, Star Trek: Online, World of Warcraft, Counter-Strike, Half-Life: Opposing Force, Rad Rodgers, This is the Police, and D&D Neverwinter, just to name a few.
Stern Electronics, Data East, Sega Pinball, Stern Pinball*
Gary Stern has been in the pinball industry his entire life, starting by working with Stern Electronics, then moving to Pinstar, Data East, Sega Pinball, and then eventually in 1999 purchasing the company from Sega and renaming it Stern Pinball. Since 1999, Stern Pinball has been the largest pinball manufacturer in the United States, producing multiple incredible machines each year!
Williams Electronics, Stern Pinball*
Senior game developer
Dwight is currently a senior game designer with Stern Pinball, and has worked on lots of different games for Stern, including being the team leader for games like Pirates of the Caribbean and more! Before that, he worked for Williams Electronics.
Customer Support, General Awesomeness
Taro is part of Pinball Classics, Rob Anthony’s pinball repair service that has over 30 years of experience and has been coming to the Midwest Gaming Classic since he was just a puppy. Unfortunately, Taro passed away suddenly before this year’s show, but he will still be with in spirit. Special events celebrating Taro and raising money and awareness for issues that affect dogs will be done in his place. Make sure to stop by Rob Anthony to share your memories of Taro.
Michael is one of the is one of the most widely respected video game historians in the field today. He currently teaches college level video game history, design, and graphics courses. He authored Downright Bizarre Games, and has contributed to nearly a dozen textbooks as well as writing historical columns have been distributed in newspapers and magazines worldwide. Michael has also worked on nearly a hundred game titles on Atari, Coleco, Sega and other console platforms with his Company Good Deal Games.
Dhaval has held a number of prior senior management level positions in a wide variety of industries. In addition, he has established an excellent record of performance in business management, marketing, and public relations. his educational background includes a Master of Business Administration.
Verant Interactive, Sony Online Entertainment (SOE)
Game Master, Quality Assurance, Development, Level Design, Storyboarding
Eric had a major hand in the development of several extremely popular MMO titles such as PlanetSide, Star Wars: Galaxies and Vanguard Saga of Heroes. His crowning achievement is with the popular EverQuest franchise, as he developed EverQuest: Macintosh Edition, earning him the prestigious Sony Achievement award. He is currently in production of his own indie tabletop game.
Ken Williams, the original writer of Sushi-X for EGM magazine, was known for his love of fighting games and the infamous Sheng Long trick in the April (fools) 1992 issue of EGM that ended up being reprinted without verification worldwide and influenced the creation of both Akuma and Gouken… an incredible legacy for a guy who loved fighting games to get! Meet him at the show and challenge him to a round of SF2 while you’re at it!